A friend of mine posted this status on facebook a few hours ago. Evidently, he watched his friend’s dick get pierced.
What’s Awful? This guy’s friend got his PENIS PIERCED, IN A BATHROOM, BY SOMEONE WHO IS UNTRAINED TO DO PIERCINGS. From how he described the piercing, I’m assuming it was probably either a dolphin piercing or a frenum, but I’m not sure as I wasn’t there. However, I hope to whatever god may exist that the girl did not just SHOVE A NEEDLE THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE POOR MAN’S SHAFT. Not to mention that they’ve all gotten something pierced by her in this horrifically unsafe environment.
I mean… this doesn’t even sound like a good idea. “Penis piercing” and “bathroom” should never be in the same sentence, ever.
This is not for everybody that happens to tattoo out of their house.. there are a few out there who are still being safe.. However, most of you do not have a clue..
It seems that everybody and their brother can be a.. and I use this term lightly, “Tattoo Artist” in this day in age. “All you gotta do is follow the lines” blah blah.. oh sure.
With this being said, I have a few questions for you kitchen wizard tattooers out there.
1. Are you TRAINED and CERTIFIED in bloodborne pathogens?
2. Can you list ANY bloodborne pathogens? …do you even know what a bloodborne pathogen IS??
3. How many YEARS can it take HPV, HIV, AIDS to take affect?
4. How many layers of skin are there? And what are the proper layers to reach while tattooing?
5. Staph? Mirsa?
6. Who/what is OSHA?
7. Do you own an Ultrasonic cleaner? Do you know why these are used?
8. Do you own an Autoclave? …What is an autoclave??
9. What is the proper temperature to reach when sterilizing with an autoclave? And how many pounds of steam pressure is needed to be reached for proper sterilization? How long must you sterilize your instruments in an autoclave?
10. What indicates that the sterilization process is completed?
11. How do you properly clean and prep your tools BEFORE sterilization?
12. What is the difference between SANITIZED and STERILIZED?
“oh, but I use disposable tubes” Okay, good for you, skidplate. However:
13. What is cross contamination? How are you preventing it from happening?
14. What is barrier film?
15. What needs to have barriers to prevent cross contamination?
16. What is the proper procedure when it comes to disposing of sharps?
17. Is the surface you are working on able to be sanitized and disinfected? …What surfaces are able to be sanitized and disinfected??
18. What is a clipcord cover? Why do I need this silly thing??
19. When should you change your gloves while doing just ONE tattoo?
20. Where you able to answer ANY of these!?!?
This is an example of the MINIMUM you need to know before you pick up a tattoo machine. This is just a taste of what the state REQUIRES for anybody to work in a Tattoo shop… Would you do plastic surgery on your friends if you were not trained? TATTOOING IS NO FUCKING EXCEPTION!!!!
I take this shit seriously. This is my friends careers, and they worked fucking hard to make it happen, and I find it fucking offensive and disgusting knowing this shit is going on in an unsafe manner.
(note) ALCOHOL DOES NOT STERILIZE ANYTHING!!!!! …So, stop fucking doing it!
If this offends anybody who scratches in an unsafe manner, well fuck you, because you offend me every fucking time you do a tattoo. But, to those of you who are being SAFE and ARE using the correct precautions, keep it up!
I REALLY hope some people can learn from this. If this pissed you off, than obviously you aren’t doing something right.
this is shine ethan collins, and a few things I’d like to point out.. THE EARS. look at the blowouts.
and her horrible cheek piercing;
she doesn’t even live in LA and she got this tattooed on her by her cousin, it was one of his first tattoos, and that’s very obvious if you look at the linework.. it’s just horrible. and the rose she tattooed on her self, with a tattoo kit she probably got off of ebay or something. she also tattoos other people and herself in her own home.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: They’re cute plugs, but they’re all made of icky nasty acrylic.
Awful mods comment: Things like this annoy me. They’ve glued (probably with totally non-skin-safe glue) acrylic flowers worth 10 cents onto acrylic plugs with 50 cents and are charging a hideous amount of money, of which you could easily buy plugs of a far higher quality for a dollar or more. Do the right thing by yourself, your pocket, and your ears!
SUBMITTER COMMENT: This guy I used to be friends with had his girlfriend give him a tattoo. I don’t think I need to explain why it’s awful. People were commenting on how good it was and how they wanted one. He said “well talk to my girlfriend and she can set u up she dont charge much” HOW DO PEOPLE THINK THIS LOOKS GOOD?!
Here is a screen shot from a video my friend was sent of one of his friends piercings another friends ears.
The tools? A safety pin taken from school. And a tennis ball (I don’t even know what the tennis ball was used for) taken from their dog. You can also see a delicious lack of gloves and an awkwardly pulled ear.
A friend of a friend… She purchased her own tattoo gun and unfortunately tattoos people out of her home.. Lines are horrible and it is extremely unsanitary. Not to mention this is probably some of her best work.
I'm sorry, but I'm currently 18mm for both of my ears and I used tapers to stretch up, and wore them as jewellery. I currently have silicone spacers for my ears as well and they're still normal and healthy. My stretching hurt but doesn't anymore. Some of your information is incorrect because I stretched within 6-12 days of each size, still have my stretched ears, and they've never blown out or gotten infected.
I can guarantee you that your ears are unhealthy, unhappy, scarred wrinkly circles of sad.
Dakota: I had to re-pierce my second and third ear piercings ^^; Worth it.
Oh no the cyber popo: Did you really just pierce your ears with freakin’ safety pins, Dakota Ostrenga?! Kids at home, PLEEEEEEASE don’t do this. It could cause infections or scarring, and no matter how sterile you think you’ve made them, it’s not good enough. Goodness gracious.
DEAR TUMBLR SPECIAL SNOWFLAKES: STOP FREAKING MODIFYING YOURSELVES SO TERRIBLY. YOU ARE BASICALLY TELLING ALL YOUR BLIND FOLLOWERS THAT ITS OKAY TO PIERCE YOURSELVES AND TATTOO YOURSELVES IN DANGEROUS AND UNSANITARY CONDITIONS. WHICH IT IS NEVER EVER OKAY. EVER. OKAY.
This has been a public service announcement. I trust that you are all clever enough not to follow these terrible examples set by the tumblr famous.
This, my dear friends, is why you shouldn’t pay $30 for a surface piercing. These pictures were taken on the day of getting the piercing then 4 months later back in 2011. I have since taken it out and it’s healed nicely. I got it pierced in a shop by a guy named Catfish and I’m not entirely sure he knew what he was doing. The placement of the piercing, I’m assuming, was messed up because that dark circle that looks like a bruise under my eye wasn’t there before the piercing and disappeared soon after I took it out. Also, he used a basic curved barbell in the piercing which caused it to get caught on every little thing and was just generally uncomfortable. A mixture of the jewelry and it being too shallow (you could see the bar through the skin) caused me to actually be able to feel it in my skin. The whole piercing was all-around bad. I plan on eventually getting a dermal anchor in the same area by a reputable piercer and I’m definitely going to do my research next time before choosing someone to do it.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of this but I was in the shop where I buy my hair dye yesterday (Grand Central - Liverpool, England - if anyone knows it!) and they sell all sorts of body jewellery, including acrylic tapers. So I was just waiting for them to go and get my hair dye from the store room and these four girls -about 14/15 - were stood next to a mirror in the shop and one was going OW OW OW.
I looked over and one of them had a 3mm taper halfway through her lobe. So now my face was like this D: and she was saying to her friend ‘Just push it through’ and her lobe was bright red and swelling up quickly. Then they catch me staring with my mouth hanging open so I just said ‘You really don’t want to do that, your ear will rip and you’ll get a blowout.’ and she just went ‘do you have them?’ and I said I do (I’m at 7mm at the minute) and she was like ‘OMG WILL YOU PUSH IT THROUGH FOR ME?! How much did yours hurt?!’ I just looked at her like :| then said ‘No chance in hell hah and they didn’t hurt at all IT’S. NOT. MEANT. TO. What size were you before this one?’ knowing full well the answer:
'Um… just a normal piercing?'
So then she asked me how to do it properly and I felt a bit hopeful. So I told her how to stretch using taping and oil and not skipping sizes and she just went ‘oh I don’t have any of them things and I can’t afford all the little sizes. I’ll just get my friend to push it through later!’
Then they walked out the shop and she’s still fiddling with her ear with this taper jammed half way in.
I tried my best and now she’s going to find out the hard way hah, thought you would enjoy the story :’)
Submitter comment: Got my lip pierced over the weekend, I decided to go to the same place I got all my tattoos (which I am happy with). The guy who pierced me was very fast, therefor I though very good. When he finished he told me to just was the out side of my lip with soap and water and call him if I had any problems. 3 days later my lip was very swollen and pussing and my jewelry was imbedded in the inside of my lip! I called my guy and he wasn’t in.I decided to go to a place down the street from me called American pride, I have heard nothing but bad things about this place, but I figured they could at least give me a different piece of jewelry and change it. I was dead wrong! The guy stuck a 14g lip ring in my freshly pierced lip and said “Oops I think you need a 16g” So after he man handled my lip for almost 15 agonizing min he finally put in a ring with a captive bead. When I got home and looked in the mirror I saw that the ring was crooked and the ball popped right out and went down the drain. I quickly went to one last place called crazy wolf, the guy there listed to my whole ordeal and cleaned my lip gave me a smaller ring, free A and D ointment and a bottle of Listerine, AND his cell phone number. I think I know where I am going to for all my piercings from now on. Lesson learned, do more research before picking your piercer/ tattoo artist.
"I’m allergic to gold and silver, so I can’t get pierced!"
Initial piercings can be done with surgical steel (if you’re outside the EU) or titanium. If you suspect you have a nickel allergy (or are allergic to gold or silver,) demand titanium jewellery! It’s used in joint transplants and for implants and plates by medicine for a reason: it’s hypoallergenic and the metal that the body is least likely to reject/interact with it. The same goes for your piercing.
If you have a metal allergy, use titanium jewellery!*
*Unless you are diagnosed and allergic to titanium, which is incredibly rare.
I am fresh out of my apprenticeship, just starting to do my own tattoo work and piercings. Unfortunately, the studio I work for has a policy against taking photos in the store, so I can’t show you just how disgusting this was.
We do skin divers and dermals at our studio. A girl came in a few weeks ago and was asking lots of questions about the process of getting a dermal implanted into her cheek. We thought she was just thoroughly researching a piercing (highly recommended!) before she actually decided on it, so we showed her everything, from all the tools we use to the jewelry, and explained why everything was shaped the way it was, etc. We were very detailed.
Today her mother brought her into the store. There is a very angry looking gemstone in this girls cheek. Her mother asked if we could remove it, and that her daughter said she had gotten it at our competition down the street, reknown for their shoddy tattoos and high infection rate. My boss came over to have a look, saying that it looked so infected that she might need to go to the hospital, but we’d see how bad it was first.
When we touched it, the gemstone fell off. I picked it up and looked at it, it was a threaded end from at least a 2 mm piece of jewelry. The girl became quite angry and said “oh f**k off, I’ll do it myself.” and yanked the subdermal part of her jewelry out of her face.
You guys. SHE HAD BENT A BUNCH OF STAPLES BACK ON THEMSELVES, SUPERGLUED THEM TOGETHER, GLUED A THREADED END ONTO THE MONSTROSITY, AND SHOVED IT INTO HER FACE. I suppose it SOMEWHAT resembled an older dermal anchor, but OH GOD. REALLY? THAT. IN YOUR FACE.
We were utterly and completely speechless. Her mother asked us for aftercare instructions and said “when it heals I’ll bring you back here and pay for it myself.”, because the girl was moaning about how big a scar it was going to leave.
Moral of the story is; don’t put a damn staple into a home piercing. Seriously. The hell is wrong with you.
I do not have a photo, but my trainer at work had to take a night off to take her 17 year old son to the hospital to have his ‘snake bites’ removed. He had let his friend pierce them in with a safety pin, and over time the jewelry he was using receded back into his lips. They became infected and so embedded into his skin that they were only removable by surgery in the ER. Just thought I’d share that as a lesson to anyone thinking it’s okay to do at-home, irresponsible, unprofessional piercing. Thanks for running this blog as a lesson on what NOT to do!