Today when I was at work, a girl came in and asked me if we sell “fages.” Confused, I asked her to explain. She said “you know, fake gauges. Fages.” No no no no no. Worst term ever. Then later when I was explaining to a girl not to wear tapers as jewelry, my manager (who has ears stretched to 5/8ths) asked me why I tell people that. I told her about uneven distribution and long term wear of tapers and acrylic, etc. and said “isn’t the same as wearing the jewelry you’re wearing?” I was wearing glass hanging spirals. No, it’s not the same. My ears have been healed for three years, I don’t wear these for more than a few hours at a time, they are glass.. no. Just no all around.
So. All the freaking time you see people running around flailing screaming MAH ERRR IS INFECTEDDD. When, there’s actually a very, very slender chance that it actually is infected. Also, the majority of infections are picked up where the piercing was initially performed, through poor sterilisation methods and lacking in sanitation. Infections are incredibly rare in older piercings.
The ‘Is It Infected’ checklist.
Is it very hot to the touch?
Is the skin around the piercing dark red/purple?
Is there A LOT of swelling, more than expected?
Is there a dark yellow/brown/green/blood stained secretion?
Is there a foul odour?
Is it very painful to the touch?
Generally, a piercing needs 4/6 of these symptoms to be an infection, although if you seriously suspect you have one with only a couple of the more serious symptoms (the pus, smell and significant swelling for example), get your behind to a medical professional.
Let’s compare this to the ‘Is It Irritated?’ Checklist
Warm to touch
Slight redness around piercing site
A light cream/white/light yellow substance being excreted, drying to a yellow crust?
Painful to touch?
See the difference here? Irritation is able to be treated with chamomile compresses, salt soaks and general babying. It’s annoying, but not serious and can be treated using various at-home remedies. It’s sometimes as simple as changing jewellery, or just not playing with it.
A piercing infection is very, very serious. If you suspect that you have a piercing infection, DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELLERY, EVEN IF THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL ASKS YOU TO! Get to an ER/A&E/Doctor and tell them you have an infected piercing. They will prescribe you a broad-spectrum antibiotic. ALWAYS TAKE ALL OF THE PRESCRIBED PILLS. Just because you feel better, doesn’t mean you should stop taking the pill cycle early. An infection can reoccur if you finish a cycle early.
Infections cannot be treated with at-home remedies, unlike irritation. Infections can be life threatening, and should be treated medically!
Law and Order SVU has an open casting call in NYC for heavily-modded extras.
Alright NYC ModBloggers, we’ve got a casting call for anyone with heavy modifications.
Law & Order SVU is looking to feature people with extreme body modifications for the upcoming episode “Strange Beauty.” Specifically, we are looking for people with large sub dermal implants, pointed ears, filed teeth, and other alterations and amputations, extreme piercings, and scarification. This is a paid gig in the NYC area, most likely near Coney Island, and will include a brief on-camera feature, no speaking, and no experience necessary. Depending upon the scene and your involvement, rates will vary starting at the regular SAG (Screen Actors Guild) background rate of $142.00 for 8 hours with overtime after 8 hours. The tentative work date is Friday, April 27th. All inquiries about rates and specifics welcome.
My ears absolutely refuse to stretch up from a 2 to a 0.
I’m gonna murder someone.
It’s been 2 months now, and I’ve tried 3 times.
I’m so beyond tired of waiting.
You’re forgetting the almighty, magical and mystical 1g or 7mm. These can easily be bought from your local reputable piercing shop, or online at www.bodyartforms.com. A 2mm jump is too big for all ears, which is why your ears won’t stretch, despite waiting a good amount of time. Buy something single flared, in titanium, surgical steel or glass, and you should be good to go!
The story of my tattoo … Well I was 17 and I let my friend convince me to get matching tattoos with her this place was awful it was in this guys kitchen on a disgusting table and he was high as fuck my friend convinced me to get let it be on my foot I am so lucky I don’t have an infection and that I’m ohkay this place was dirty and gross I can’t believe I let myself do this and I even knew about awfulmods at the time and I kept telling myself this is the type of shit on awfulmods and I still went through with it 1. I’m not even friends with this girl anymore 2. I don’t even listen to the beatles and 3. It looks like shit it’s fading and just terrible I wanna get it covered up so bad this place was so sketchy and gross and it was a stupid reason and I regret so much EVERYONE PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET SOMETHING MEANINGFUL TO YOU IN A PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT
This girl I know has no formal training in any kind of body modifications. She decided to give herself skin divers all up her arm. She now runs an at home business giving other people skin divers at the price of £18. She hasn’t got a sterile environment to work in so her clients are at serious risk of complications. She bought her kit from eBay….
I’m annoyed with how many people i’ve fucking seen today post “OHHEMMMGGG. 2 TO A 0 WORST PAIN EVERRRRR.” shut the fuck up. I HAD TO GO FROM A 2 TO A 00 AND SHIT BARELY HURT. MOTHER FUCKING PUSS ASS PUSSIES. annoyed as fuck -.-
What’s Awful: Skipping sizes and pain.
YOU DO NOT SKIP SIZES AND BRAG ABOUT IT LEST YE BE PROCLAIMED AN IDIOT.
And you didn’t HAVE to. You were just too impatient. Difference.
ok so my ear has been fat and red and shiny all day, took the 14mm taper out and blood goes everywhere and it smells like old tea and omg its so gross, so i put my 12mm back in but i wanna be wearing my 14mm in two weeks
dont mess with your ears kids
Woah woah woah. Let’s slow down here! Firstly. Take whatever you have in your lobe OUT. NOW. It will not want jewellery in it for a helluva long time, especially given that you caused your lobe to bleed!
Leave your ear alone. Well alone. For a month. Then, slowly massage your lobe with oil (ie, jojoba, emu, bio oil, vitamin e etc) for three months. Then, safely insert safe jewellery. You might well have shrunk to 6 or 8mm by then.
Stretch slowly, stretch safely. A bleeding lobe is NOT a happy lobe.
i just got my cartilage pierced yesterday, then again today, but the 2nd one in [like in the picture i posted].. i almost pissed my pants from the pain. not to mention the guy said that the 1st one is at a bad angle bcuz claire’s don’t know how to pierce, so he had to angle this one awkwardly. so, the 3rd piercing will have to wait 5 years bcuz that hurt so fucking bad, if my ear doesn’t fall off by then. piss. wah, i’m a baby.
Please, this is why we don’t go to Claire’s for piercings! Your professional said that ‘they don’t know how to pierce’. They are 100% correct.
Claire’s should never be used as a place to get pierced. Ever. It’s dangerous, especially for cartilage, and should be avoided like the plague. Ear piercing guns (of all types) can cause a higher rate of infection (they cannot be sterilised), more swelling (post too short), and the studs can actually embed into the ear.
Claire’s aren’t a piercer. They are a cheap jewellery shop with no training. DON’T DO IT!