What’s Awful: Lots! - Terrible placement right on the lip, went through almost vertically and was way too high up inside too, pierced with a CBR which would heal curved and didn’t even touch the outside of my lip due to the weird placement, 16 (rather than 14) gauge which contributed to it migrating… Also when I went back to the shop to ask her if it looked normal, she insisted nothing was wrong!
How it can be Fixed: Take it out and get it re-pierced. At a different shop, by someone who knows what they’re doing. That’s what I’ve done, and it’s looking a lot better so far this time. :)
I feel like I’ve been way over-submitting lately, but boy do I have my own horror story. Not as bad as some, but still stupid.
I begged my mom for years to get my ears pierced, and she finally relented when I was 11, and I had them pierced for my birthday at Walmart, with a gun. They healed pretty nicely, no infections or anything, but they are uneven. :c I can’t wear the kinds of earrings with the small post that goes through a hole in the jewelry in the front and back in one of my ears because of how bad the angle is.
Later I got my ears pierced a second time, again with a gun, and the right side was really bad, gross and crusty and soon after the healing period, I took the earring out and it healed right through, but I can still feel the scar tissue there. The second piercing on the left lobe, I still have, but it’s very poorly placed, and difficult for me to wear multiple earrings in my left ear because the holes are way too close.
When I was 14 is where the real horror begins. I decided I wanted to be cool and stretch my ears; the problem was I didn’t know how to begin. I didn’t even know they made tapers small enough for regular pierced ears, so I just said, what the hell, and spent about $50 on a shitload of cheap jewelry from Walmart. A lot of it was acrylic, all externally-threaded, and it was 14g (which I now know from comparing it to my septum jewelry). Because 14 year old me had no grasp of gauges, I just lubed up the jewelry, with water, and spent about twenty minutes with each hole just shoving the jewelry straight through.
It bled, it was painful and really crusty and disgusting, and I was using fucking tongue posts. Acrylic tongue posts. I’m sure I looked like a complete moron.
I honestly don’t even know how I managed this. Things actually healed up, though, and I wore the 14g jewelry for a little while after that before taking it out, and when I tried to put it in again, the fistulas had shrunk back to a normal earring gauge, and it’s been like this ever since.
My ears are still painful to wear earrings for a long time in, and they quickly get crusty and smelly, so normally I just keep jewelry out of them altogether. It doesn’t matter much, anyway, since I plan to get them re-pierced professionally with 16 or 14g, and then wait a nice long time and treat them well before beginning to stretch them again - this time the right way! And thanks to you lovely people, I know how to do it. <3
A few days ago at my college they had one of their annual “Knowledge Fairs.” While walking around the fair I came across a booth entitled “Think Before You Ink”, this booth showed a bunch of informative images and stories of poorly done tattoos and piercings and reasons you shouldn’t get them. At first glance I was pretty stoked that people were actually informing young people about the dangers of modifications when not done professionally. Than I noticed the images of Mexican Vampire Woman, Rick Genest, and The Mexican Mutant (images below.) I asked the woman running the booth why they were up there, she replied “to make people second guess getting tattoos.”
This doesn’t make any sense, if you want to show kids bad examples of facial tattoos or piercings you might want to find someone that isn’t successful because of their imag. For example Rick Genest has been seen in Lady Gaga music videos and even on high fashion runway. They also had the girl with the stars on her face and a small text from the Kimberley Vlaeminck vs Rouslan Toumaniantz case, the text said “This girl fell asleep while getting a tattoo and woke up with stars on her face.” With some actual research they would’ve found that Kimberley lost that case because she lied.
I told the woman about Awful Mods and gave her the site, hopefully they can properly educate the public next time.
These modifications aren’t awful, they are (apart from the stars on face case) beautiful, well planned and have aided their success.
Submitter Comment: I did a lot of editing to fit your new guide lines, i hope you get a kick from this! I cut out the picture, it was just a tattoo she wants, I am the purple. I’m sorry i cut out the part of him insulting me and calling me fancy spoiled white girl.
What’s Awful: This is a younger fifteen year old girl who goes to an international baccalaureate academy. I can not believe she would think of getting it not professionally. I also list why it’s such a bad idea.
How this can be fixed: Not get the tattoo and attend biology classes.
This is actually one of my Facebook friends and seeing this post on my newsfeed made AWFUL MODS come to mind. I’ve been to lazy to submit a post until I saw THIS.
-What’s awful? This girl is 14. Last time I checked, 14 was ILLEGALLLLLL! This tattoo is horribly done. Shakey and uneven lines. It was done by some random person at a drunken party. If done by a professional, she wouldn’t of had this tattoo in the first place.
-How can it be fixed? Hmmmm…going to a professional maybe??? I think so.
Honestly if I had read these stories of infections, or seen these nasty photo’s of blown out ears I would have thought twice about the stupid things I’ve done to myself.
For starters, I pierced my own nose at 14 (about four years ago), not only did it get infected and looked like an oozing wart, I was cleaning the damn thing with hydrogen peroxide. Because at 14 that just sounded SO smart. Someone should have high fived me in the face, with a chair. I was so dumb.
Second, I got my ears pierced at Claires (original story, I know but I gets better) which was fine until at age 16 when I though “hey! stretched ears, how neat!”. My dumbass didn’t look at any sizing charts, or what taper materials are proper to stretch with. I just popped on over to hot topic, and bought some stretchers I thought looked small enough to start off with, didn’t even look at the size (they were 4g) AND they were acrylic. I’m surprised my ears didn’t blow out there. I was fine with my stretching until I went from a 0 to 00 too fast. All day my ear was throbbing but I thought that was “normal”. I took the bloody (seriously I was bleeding) taper out and saw the my left lobe felt like….you guessed it….a twat.
Now I’m 18. My nose piercing is healthy, and all the piercings I’ve gotten after have been professional. My poor left ear though…it healed but the skin is thin, and full of scar tissue, and it basically rejects any earring I put in it (I’m not talking plugs or tunnels I’m talking EARRINGS). I’m lucky to have had the hole close up.
Moral of the story, don’t be an idiot unless you want wart nose piercings and twat lobes. Read this amazing blog, it will save your skin.
There's a show on TLC called America's Worst Tattoos. This has definitely restored some faith to humanity for me. They get people with shitty scratcher tattoos, get them to tell their story about how they got it and how much they hate it, and then they get very reputable tattoo artists to do cover ups. Something worth checking out, and I thought everyone should know about it. :)
Because we just got a few messages about this…
It actually seems pretty okay as far as TLC reality shows go. Definitely not the disaster that “Tattoo School” was…
Here you can find more info on it and also a clip of the show.
Never ever ever go on this blog while eating anything with tomato sauce. You WILL vomit from the horror of poorly stretched ears. Also, I love this blog. When I was younger, I used to be so jealous that all my friends got their ears pierced when they were babies, and that my friends were going to Claire's to get their cartilage, but now, I am SO grateful my mom waited, and is making me wait until I'm 16. Also, I'm getting my ears done at a piercing parlor. Thank you guys for having this blog. :)
Submitter Comment: Okay, so this is disgusting, right? I went to school with this girl, from 6th grade until my Junior year. She started doing her own piercings around 7th grade, her parents didn’t care. I copied this from her facebook and she stated and I quote ” It doesn’t hurt,and it really isn’t as bad as it looks, I took my time but I guess my ears don’t like the stainless steel. :(.” Took her time? No, she didn’t. I seen posts every week about how she was sizing up.
What’s Awful: Bacon strip, need I say more?
How it can be fixed: The ear will never be completely normal without medical attention. It literally busted open.
Submitter content: I work in a jewellry store. A few days ago, a customer came in and asked to buy a nose ring. I looked at her piercing and was hocked to see that her nostril was pierced about a half inch away from the edge of her nostril, and, as the cherry on top of the cake of holyfrickingcrap, the end of the nostril screw she had in stuck almost an inch out of her nose. She told me that she had just had it pierced a few days ago.
What’s awful?: Improperly placed piercing with ill-fitting jewellry, and she was changing jewellry too soon.
I did not want to overstep, so i simply advised her that she at least take the ring back to the piercer and have them put it in (though I wonder about their competence, looking at the awful placement of the piercing in the first place). I also warned her about the sensitivity of new piercings, though I feel as though my advice just went in one ear and out the other. She ended up leaving with a 10k yellow gold sleeper ring, which I find a bitch to put in a five year old lobe piercing, and don’t even want to consider sticking in a new piercing. I also mentioned this, though she seemed unconcerned.
How can it be fixed?: Honestly, she should take it out, let it heal and find a new piercer. There is no way to fix an improperly placed piercing, without removing it. I hope she at least held off on putting the ring in.
Submitter comment: I found this while browsing the tattoo tag and felt my eyes burn out of their sockets.
Why it’s awful: Not even a font, clearly a scratcher tattoo, you can see where the person who did it went over the ‘e’ at the bottom several times. Just not good at all. and it’s apparently “unfinished.”
How it can be fixed: A huge cover up on the side, tattoo removal, or someone who can at least make the writing not as shallow-looking as it is.