For the "bobby pin earrings" post- those may not actually be bobby pins, and I doubt that they are, as bobby pins would be too large to fit in the average 20g-16g piercing. I have earrings very similar to this made by Harry Mason. TL;DR. The OP should fact check a bit better before criticizing.
I had no clue there were earrings that looked like that, I’m so out of the loop with standard jewelry haha. The post the OP screencapped did say “DIY Bobby Pin Earrings”, but now that you mention it, they don’t look much like bobby pins at all! I removed it. Thanks :)
background:I was looking for a tattooist to get a new tattoo done and basically get pricing up good places, my cousin emailed me telling me she had just had her friend do her tattoo in memory of her niece that died and linked me to this picture telling me that he is amazing at tattoos, she admitted she had it done in his home and he is very new to tattoos but hes brilliant considering he’s just started, I am not sure if he used gloves but I do know it wasn’t a sterile enviroment.
whats wrong: sadly whats not wrong, the lines, colouring, text and shading are horribly done even though he is new he shouldn’t be tattooing on other people just yet.
How can it be sorted: this guy seriously needs to go get experience in a tattoo shop I know it’s difficult at first to do tattoos but he needs an apprenticeship asap to learn not to do what’s shown in this picture.
I notice a lot of people kicking off over tattooist’s like this but when it comes to being new at the job it’s hard so I think if you do see new tattooist’s who are old enough to get an apprenticeship job tell them to go get one and inform them of the right sterile way to not cause infections etc just for a bit of cash, I informed my cousin to tell her friend to not give up but go practice on paper first and seek professional advice on what to do but more then anything I told him to stop doing scratcher work in homes where infections can be formed, I hope I have given the right information as I am not a tattooist, I can understand if the person has been doing this years and just won’t listen tbh those people I would usually report as they are a health risk to others but I can be wrong C:
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I was searching the ‘dermal’ tag on tumblr when I found this text post:
Piercings, you shall be mine soon.
So I found a site where I can buy dermal anchors and the kit to pierce myself. Hoping to get it after I get my Christmas money. Then hip dermals here I come! Fuck going to have other people do it for me. I like doing it myself.
Eventually I’ll have:
2 matching sets of hip dermals
Dermals in my tattoos (preferably the keyhole one that’s going on the back of my neck)
Bellybutton! (I’m sooo re-doing that sometime soon)
Most likely tongue (again)
Maybe septum? (not sure about that one, it hurts like a bitch)
I’m so excited. :3’
WHAT’S AWFUL: self piercing, self piercing a DERMAL!
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Just don’t self pierce! You can’t be stingy with your safety
Self-piercing horror aside, I’m gonna use this as an opportunity to throw down some more terminology info for y’all.
Please, please, please. Stop calling them “dermals.” And before you say, “PAH THIS IS JUST LIKE THE GAUGES THING WHATEVAR”, hear me out:
The term “dermal” gives the implication that surface anchors are something other than just single-point piercings. It’s actually super abbreviated from “micro-transdermal” (like “transdermal implant”), which classifies them as implants. They are not implants. They are merely single-point piercings, which can be done with a needle just like any other piercing, and do not need to be surgically removed (like implants do). When you call them “dermals”, the legislative types freak out and want to group them in with implants, and they make them illegal. Obviously that’s bad for both piercers and piercees.
Just call ‘em “surface anchors” or “single-point piercings”, mkay?
Hopefully this clears up some other misinformation floating around out there about surface anchors. They are single-point piercings. They are NOT implants. They do NOT need to be performed with a biopsy punch, and they do NOT need to be removed via scalpel or other surgical procedure. I remove surface anchors all the time using nothing more than a tool to hold the top, and tissue massage.
EDIT: Wow, I’ve already gotten one response from another piercer saying you definitely CAN NOT remove surface anchors without cutting them out, and one person implying you can’t do surface anchors with a needle. The entire reason they were invented was to provide a piercing-friendly alternative to heavier modifications like transdermal implants, so that piercers can do them without the use of medical devices like biopsy punches! Punches are illegal on a federal level in the US, so I’m not sure why people think we’re all lawbreakers?
I’m going to try to put together a FAQ about surface anchors, until then here is a picture of some long-healed surface anchors from my shop done with the needle method:
I’ve personally removed tons of surface anchors without cutting tissue, including three from my own body. And I’ll point out that they were Industrial Strength surface anchors, since the piercer who messaged me said if I can remove them without cutting them, I’m using shit jewelry.
This has probably been said before, so sorry if it has, but one thing that bugs me is that a lot of people let their piercings become more and more infected because they're too ashamed to go to a piercer or doctor. Believe me, it is so much better to go to a professional and get your mod seen to rather than let it fester. Pros have almost always seen worse, and they're trained to know what to do. They'll be sad that you haven't respected it, but will be happy to help. Don't be embarrassed!
Yes! So much this!
Your piercer is ALWAYS available to help you. And it’s easier for them to help you when you come in at the first sign of trouble. This goes for everything, not just possible infection.
Piercers can help you much more easily if you come in with a 3 day old piercing that is very swollen, with sinking jewelry, than if you come in with a 3 month old piercing with jewelry that is completely embedded and healed under the skin. We’re here to help!
Guns should never be used on anything, period. There is no pro to a piercing gun.
Piercing guns are NEVER sterilized in those little mall kiosks or stores, seriously. Ask to see their sterilization equipment and they’ll most likely show you an alcohol wipe. So an alcohol wipe is all that…
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: It’s an actual condition, more commonly found in people with darker complexions (15 times more likely actually) and generally severely overgrows the original wound. They are also prone to continually grow even after the original wound has healed. They’re generally only removable with medical assistance.
As a jewelry company that cares a lot about the product we are creating everyday, we are often posed the question: Why go to a piercer?
There a host of reasons. The best thing you can do for yourself if you are considering getting a piercing is to visit a professional studio. Your decision on where to go and who to have perform your piercing ultimately rests in your hands; do your homework! When you visit a professional, you not only are getting the knowledge and experience they carry with them, but you get a place to ask questions, and a person to help you solve problems that range from what stone looks best in my navel, to does my navel look infected?
From a health standpoint, visiting a local studio is a no brainer. A piercer using proper aseptic technique and freshly sterilized tools and jewelry offers an infinitely greater sense of comfort than a friend or home piercer who may be using inferior and ineffective methods of disease control and transmission.
Allowing a professional to handle your piercing ensures that it will be placed in an anatomically correct and aesthetically pleasing spot. Trying to pierce yourself can often yield piercings done at awkward angles, done too deep or extremely shallow which can all lead to complications with the healing and long term comfort, if the piercing even makes it that long.
Something else to consider is that one size does not fit all. A lot of people need custom sizes for their jewelry, it’s not unusual! A nostril screw for instance, needs to be bent to fit the anatomy of the individual who will be wearing the piece. If not bent to fit, these can easily cause irritation to the piercing.
Maybe you have a healed piercing and are looking to downsize your starter jewelry. Maybe you have a healed piercing and are looking to stretch. Both are great opportunities to allow a second set of eyes to look at places you can’t see (back/inside of your ear, nostrils, nape of the neck). Body jewelry is a onetime purchase. Plenty of people see a piece of jewelry online for a good price and purchase it based on “it probably being close enough”. Improperly sized jewelry can cause irritation and aggravation, even in well healed piercings.
Stretching is easy, right? You just shove the next size in, right? Do you know how long you should be waiting in between stretches? Do you know the tell-tale signs that your piercing is ready to stretch, or that you haven’t waited long enough? These are just some of the great reasons, but by no means all, that you should have a professional opinion weigh in on when you should go up a size.
Encountering a problem with a piercing? Trouble shooting from an experienced piercer is a lot more likely to be effective than with advice found in a forum on the internet or “doing what my friend said worked for them”. A piercer can assess your particular issue and give advice based on first
hand observation of the affected area.
Why should you buy your jewelry through a local piercer? There are plenty of places you can purchase jewelry online and generally at a slightly reduced rate than you could if you bought it in person. Here are a few things to consider: When you buy through a shop, you get the expertise of the piercer to help you with your decision. You can have your piercing measured for accuracy against the part you intend to order. Often, you can have most questions answered on the spot. You’ll be able to look at pieces that you will be able to buy in person and if you’re planning on making a custom order, you’ll be able to see comparable material colors (titanium, gold, and niobium) as well as stone colors and how they may work together. Computer screens don’t always do the true color justice.
The money you may save on jewelry you are buying based on a couple of photos online will probably be made up for by shipping, or possibly shipping the piece back if you are even able to make an exchange. Beyond that, buying jewelry from your local shop keeps your money *local*. Piercing and tattoo shops are local, small businesses staffed by folks in your local community, and deserve to be supported.
Looks like hypertrophic scarring. It’s common in piercings and all it needs is tea tree oil applied to it twice a day with a cue tip for at least 2 weeks after it’s gone. It’s always best to go back to the piercer with questions; not a doctor.
Not always true. A piercer is not a doctor and cannot fix and infection for you or give you anti-biotics. If that is not hypertropic scarring, A piercer will be able to do very little except tell you to go to a doctor or dermatologist.
And if it IS hypertrophic scarring, the first thing I’d suggest is to go to the piercer and get those CBRs switch to labret studs of the proper length. Then go from there. Tea tree oil can be very harsh and make things like this worse sometimes.
I'd like to add that sometimes self piercing/tattooing can be a positive, empowering experience. Asserting control over your body and testing your limits can be cathartic in some circumstances. Experimentation isn't always a bad thing. People in tribes all over the world have pierced/scarred/branded their bodies for thousands of years in less than sterile conditions, and I've never read anything about severe infection or death from their practices. Check out modblog, and Zentastic as well.
To that, I ask you to read this. Simply as food for thought.
Modblog does post some great stuff, but they also post stuff like this, where the subject of the DIY modification is VERY… nonchalant about the consequences of his modifications. (Acrylic paint isn’t a good place to start.) Which, sure, is he’s willing to take those risks in his own exploration, fine, but it doesn’t really come across how serious some of the consequences could be…
From my point of view, if you want to DIY your mods, they should be done with proper tools, proper knowledge, and the proper environment. As someone who HAS self-done piercings in the past, with safety pins and everything else we criticize on this blog, I wouldn’t recommend that to ANYONE. I have gross lumps of scar tissue in my lobes that feel like pimples that will never pop. The holes sometimes gather gunk in them and get irritated and will pop like a pimple and then ooze for like 3 days afterwards. It’s gross and uncomfortable and in turn makes my whole ear unhappy with life.
I think a lot of submitters are confusing "awful mods" with "things they don't personally like."
Or people they don’t like.
Submitting a picture of someone NOT SHOWING THEIR MODS and following with the caption “This bog-troll is [name deleted because this post is fucking rude], She is full of awful body modification’s! She is chubby and has two butterfly tattoo’s on her “hips” that are both uneven and one is way bigger then the other, it has a red ribbon and the other is pink. doesnt red mean Aids? Anyhow, she got her belly button pierced, she had it pierced too far up it got infected she kept it in and did NOT clean it, plus she sweat like a hog on a hot summer day which made it worse, She is now stretching her ears, in the past MONTH she has had 3 blowouts, went from 0-00-1/2 and is now wanting to go to 5/8s! she doesnt even bother with 7/16 or 9/16. She is an idiot and no dumbass like her should have mods!”
Yes, asshole, red means AIDS support, but does not mean she HAS AIDS like you are implying. Even if she did, so what? There are so many ways someone can get HIV/AIDS (like, idk, from birth) that it’s irrelevant and you have no right to judge this person. Pink means breast cancer and i don’t see you judging/questioning that.
Look guys, please. just. don’t. be. assholes. Seriously. Even if you don’t like the person, SUBMIT THEIR MODS, not all this irrelevant shit about why you don’t like them.
Sometimes I wonder if you guys are just trolling us…like I can’t believe someone actually made that submission in a 100% serious way.
Ignore the hateful people who are obviously butthurt about others acknowledging that they did something wrong that could be harmful to their well being. You giving extremely useful information to people who are actually want to learn about body modification and want to do it right.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a girl I went to cosmetology school with, she has a few other tattoos all done by scratchers but this is by far the worst one. You’d think after 1600 of cosmetology school(50+ hours in health and safety/blood bloodborne pathogens/skin disease) she’d have enough common sense to not do something as stupid/ugly/dangerous as this.
WHAT’S AWFUL: It was done under horrible conditions by someone who doesn’t know what their doing, he’s not even wearing gloves! The lines are wonky, the lettering sucks, and it looks like it’s drawn on with pen.
Source Unknown. But I saw this as a good thing to give to the blog, showing a microscopic view of hypodermic needles after multiple uses. Since they are constructed out of the same material that piercing needles are, you can see the damage reusing piercing needles can be.
Submitter’s Comment: Okay, so I was lurking YouTube with the phrase ‘septum piercing’ since I’m getting one in a few days. During my hunt, I uncovered this… I just… I’m utterly shocked.
What’s Awful: Well, in this video specifically, he shows off some tools he ordered online to pierce his own septum. That should be awful enough, however, MY DEAR SWEET GOD… Check the comments. This kid confirms that he is TWELVE YEARS OLD. And that was ten months ago… So maybe he is thirteen now. Even so, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. Where are this kid’s parents?! He has snakebites and lobes stretched big enough to fit his pinky through. All of his videos seem to be mod based (I didn’t watch them all). I just find this so terrifying. I mean, I really know nothing in regards to body modification laws, and since they vary from place to place, who knows… Even with this kid planning on piercing his own septum, it is possible that all of his current piercings were done by a professional. Still, considering he is TWELVE, I’m doubtful… And even then, I don’t think a twelve year old — at the very least — should be stretching his ears. After a certain size (which I am pretty sure he has exceeded), those won’t shrink back down. A kid his age does not have the mental capacity (and I can back this up with research) to make these sorts of decisions because his ability to think in the long term and foresee consequences will not yet have been developed. This is a psychological fact. The aforementioned self-piercing aside, potentially permanent mods need to be left up to people who are psychologically capable of making these kinds of decisions. I just… Wow.
How It Can Be Fixed: I don’t know… I mean, I can’t see the state of his lobes or piercings. It is possible everything is fine and perfectly healthy. Still, I’d recommend that the kid downsize his lobes until he is old enough to make that kind of decision. Furthermore, he needs to be educated in how dangerous self-piercing is so that he doesn’t try that anymore. Oh, and his parents need to be seriously questioned for their judgement.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This girl I know who’s 16, apparently, is tattooing herself and others, she has no experience and I’m assuming she uses the stick-n-poke method seeing as she hasn’t gotten a tattoo machine yet. She’s also pierced her septum and nostril with a safety pin.
WHAT’S AWFUL: This one’s fairly obvious, she’s tattooing herself (more than likely using the stick-n-poke method) and other minors with no experience and in an unsanitary environment. I feel bad for the poor souls who allow her to tattoo them.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Stop tattooing and wait until you can get a tattoo apprenticeship.
Yesterday, I noticed that one of my good friends (she lives in the dorm across the hall from me) came back from Thanksgiving break with her nose pierced - I knew that she had been wanting to get it done, so I figured she finally took the plunge!…until she told me that she did it herself after “taking a ton of shots” and her sister put Ora-jel (a numbing cream used for toothaches) on her nose to numb it before she pierced it. And as far as I know, she’s not doing anything to clean it/help it heal.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I just can’t….Ora-jel? WHAT’S AWFUL:Being blackout drunk while self-piercing…and using numbing cream HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:Save your money up, go to a licensed piercing artist, and get it done properly.
People care enough about your blog to reblog and talk shit, but not enough to click through to the page, read "We are an online resource dedicated to showing what happens when modification goes wrong all in the name of education. We also offer guides & advice on all forms of modification. From blowouts & torn lobes, to home-done tattoos and rejecting surface bars, we'll show you how to do it right!" Which IS A CLEAR STATEMENT OF YOUR INTENT WHICH ISN'T POMPOUS. Holy shit you haters are annoying.
You’re right, the concept is kinda dopey as hell.
Would you call your dentist “pompous” if they criticized you for pulling your own tooth? I don’t think ~snobbery~ really comes into play when peoples’ health is concerned. If you can come up to me and honestly say, “I don’t care that I’m putting myself at risk for MRSA and Hepatitis and other various diseases. I don’t care about my personal health. Getting a shitty tattoo done in my neighbor’s garage is TOTALLY worth the possibility of getting a terrible infection and going into septic shock!”, then you’re a joke. Sorry.
Personally, I don’t care what these peoples’ tattoos look like. I only care that they’re putting themselves and others in danger.
So I’ve had some pretty bad luck in the past with piercings and thought I would share a story with you. I’ve had 3 separate piercings done before (excluding my ears) and all have rejected/got infected. Maybe it’s something I’m doing, but I’ll share this and let you be the judge. So for my 18th birthday my boyfriend took me to a tattoo parlor to get my nipples pierced by a guy we knew. He’s done piercings on friends we knew before in the past and they have all turned out fine, so there was no need to question the quality of his service. I get there and he takes a look at my nipples, taking his time to mark where the needle would enter and exit. He prepped his table, using only new needles still in the pack and sterilized everything. He used gloves when piercing me and was very quick and efficient. I felt little pain (more like an intense sensitive feeling) and so I thought everything was fine. I followed the cleaning instructions, making sure not to soak with sea salt water too often so the skin didn’t dry out, yet I was noticing a problem with the piercings. I would go to school wearing a bra and by the time I got home my piercings would be so crusted over with goop and blood that it physically hurt to take my bra off and I would have to stand in the shower until the bra was soaked enough with water that I could peel it away. I thought maybe they were taking a while to heal because everything on the Internet I read said 6-12 months healing time. Finally after 9 months I went back to talk to someone. The guy who originally pierced my nipples wasn’t in that day so another guy too a look for me. Turns out I have flat nipples (meaning they don’t stand out unless stimulated) so when they were pierced it was done too shallow, with too small a bar, and the beads on the end were too big. This actually caused the jewelry to migrate and reject, splitting the edges of my nipple open. I was told if I had left them in any longer they would eventually split open entirely :( Needless to say I took them out immediately and now they are healed but I’m left with some nasty scars. I’ve been told using vitamin e oil to soften them might give me the chance to have them repierced, but it would have to be done so deeper and with a curved barbell instead of a straight one. I’m not saying the guy was awful, just that maybe he wasn’t as knowledgeable as I thought and use this as a cautious reminder to carefully plan your piercings and your piercer.
I also have flat nipples. For anyone reading this, that doesn’t mean you can’t be pierced or that awful things will happen. I did take one of mine out as I kept bumping it on things and it just didn’t really heal even after a year and I didn’t want to deal with it. Nothing to really do with my nipple shape.
aaaanyway. I know 12g seems scary to some of you, but it’s only .4mm larger than 14g and that can make a big difference with nipple piercings. Female nipples should be pierced at no smaller than 14g and optimally at 12g. And with straight barbells, unless perhaps it would relieve the pressure of having either flat or inverted nipples. Male nipples should be pierced no smaller than 16g and optimally at 14g. Straight barbells, preferably.
And when you get pierced, watch out for strange extended irritation like the OP. Your nipple piercing probably shouldn’t be really really crusty like that after about the first week or so. It took a while for mine to completely stop, but the crusty flood usually ends after a week, maybe two. Another thing I found helpful was to put clean gauze between nipple and bra and even hold it in place with paper medical tape. (I’ve found that paper medical tape is a lot less harsh with the adhesive and your skin. I know some people have sensitivities to all adhesives, but for someone who just doesn’t want to rip their skin off, paper tape is good.)
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I actually found her because she copied one of my tattoos. Curious, I checked out her blog and found this. She also has loads of other terrible tattoos. Apparently she pierced her wrist herself, and this is the result.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Self piercing. It’s crooked. The fact that she hasn’t taken it out.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take it out and don’t pierce yourself at home!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a friend of mine from Facebook. When I asked her where she got them done, she said her friend’s dad did them at their house. She is over 18 though.
WHAT’S AWFUL: They weren’t done by a professional, they weren’t done in a sanitary setting, the lines are all wonky, the two sides of the heart on the first one aren’t even, the horns aren’t even, and the wings on the second tattoo aren’t even.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This girl posted a picture of her piercing herself. she’s 13. First off, there is no way she has any experience. She also claimed it wasn’t the wrong needle, which it clearly is. Until about three or so people commented on it telling her different, she admitted to it being the wrong needle, but just said “oh well. I did it anyway.” I, along with many others, told her how unsafe and stupid it was. What I thought, was that the girl was piercing her tongue web, a common one amongst those ‘scene kids’ that they usually do themselves because they can hide it from their parents, but what she actually pierced was her tooth.
Hi! So for my first tattoo I want a cover up of a bunch of scars and I know this can be difficult for some tattoo artists, so I was wondering if you guys knew of any reputable shops in the Nebraska/Midwest area. Thank you!
Keep in mind that no matter how good your artist, scar tissue will “take” the ink differently than non-scar tissue. It may take a few times for the ink to stay.
Hi there! I live near Roseville in CA. I have two tattoos that i got at Wild Bills, both by different artists. my second one i still like, but he screwed up the shading a bit. Anyways, I"ve been contemplating another tattoo, but this time on my thigh to cover up a bunch of scars. I'm having a tough time finding a clean, reputable, and talented place to get tattoo'd. If you have any advice or suggestions, I would really appreciate it. -Amanda
Extremely Bad Experience with Claire's Piercing Gun
My older sister wanted us to get our ears pierced together when we were 12 and 13. My dad took us to Claire’s, where they used a piercing gun to do the job.
They gave me surgical steel earrings and clear instructions on how to care for the new piercing. I woke up in the morning less than 48 hours after they’d been done to find that my ears had swollen immensely, to the point that the skin had enveloped the stud earrings.
I had to go to the emergency room, where doctors literally had to cut away skin in order to get them out. After the affected area healed, I went to a professional piercing studio to have them re-done. There, they told me that by looking at the scars left by Claire’s, they could tell that they hadn’t even pierced my ears in the correct place, and did it at an angle so that the earrings went in lopsided in addition. In short, while I was probably too young to understand anything about proper piercing methods and the value of going to a pro, I wish that I had at least gone to someone who didn’t use a piercing gun.