Submitter comment: this is a tattoo i gave myself when i was just 15, my parents agreed to it and all. it was meant to be a dragonfly with my initial but as i was doing it upside down and freehand it just looks crap. i used a tattoo gun bought off ebay and the needle was sterile but still, no excuse. biggest regret of mine!
whats awful: for starters, the fact that i was 15 and my parents let me own a tattoo gun let alone use it on myself, the lines are just awful and u cant really tell what its meant to be. the wings are crooked.
I pierced my ears one year ago. I'm at 5/8ths now and plan to stay here. I've never soaked my ears with salt water or massaged with an oil. Also, to get to 5/8ths, I just put a silicone plug in after a hot shower and it went in fine. Can you tell me how dumb I am on a scale of 1-10? 10 being the dumbest.
Submitter’s Comment: (Sorry if I put in too many images, feel free to take some out if you like.) An acquaintance of mine started doing tattoos out of his kitchen, mostly for free, with no previous education, and for some reason people are eating it up! The Courage dog & chicken were actually done in a shop… :| The transformers also weren’t done by him and aren’t bad, but I’m pretty sure covering fresh tattoos in plastic wrap is awful for them…
What’s Awful: His linework is consistently messy and his shading is no better. His adoring fans are mostly underage and don’t know any better. No education. Working out of his house. People all over my town are getting awful tattoos and I seem to be the only one noticing it.
I just wanted to share that yesterday I saw a kid with fake, clear tapers... in backwards. So not only was the pointy end facing, well, his face, but also since they were clear, you could see the obvious insert where the post screws in. Plus, why would you want to wear tapers, let alone fake ones, as jewelry anyway? O_o
SUBMITTER COMMENT: I found this on my facebook newsfeed, the caption for the photo was “My first drunk tattoo experience, who’s next?”.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Tattooing in someones house, under the influence of alcohol. The lines are all wonky and I honestly don’t know what it’s meant to be! She said “who’s next” which obviously means she is planning to do it again!
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: A cover up? Stop doing dodgy home tattoos!
I just wanted to say that when I was at Warped Tour I saw so many tapers being worn as jewelry and I thought of this blog. I debated on taking pictures of them but I don't think I could get all the people.
ME TOO. So many tapers and blowouts and dry flaky blowouts and bad jewelry choices for a concert and i saw some real shallow nipple piercings and a plethora of bad tattoos…
I was actually about to make a post about it, but your ask saved me the trouble. :P
We get this question asked all the time. All the damn time. More times a week then you’d think is even logically allowed.
So, let’s try and iron out the creases as to what self piercing is, what risks it entails, and what can go wrong.
It’s imagination time: Imagine you’ve got a really sore tooth. Unbearably sore. So sore you can barely eat without wincing. So you decide you have to get it taken out. Your first port of call is to head to your garage and get a huge pair of old, rusty pliers, sit in front of your bathroom mirror, clamp down, and pull. Your tooth comes out, and it bleeds. It doesn’t stop bleeding so you take yourself to hospital. They tell you off for being an idiot, sort out the cavity in your gum and send you off on your way. A few days later, you have a headache, the pain is back in the cavity, you get a temperature. You ignore it anyway because you can’t be bothered. You end up with a full blown infection in the wound which spreads to the rest of your body, hospitalising you.
That’s a made up story, but similar things have happened with self piercing, have a read about Zeke’s story and battle with MRSA after piercing his lip, here.
Most of you stopped paying attention to that story because you probably thought, ‘I’m not an idiot, I’d go to my dentist if I wanted a tooth pulled,’. So would virtually everyone else.
Why not apply that same self-preservation logic to self piercing? Zeke pierced himself when he was a little under the weather and ended up needing multiple operations and very nearly died. The same thing could happen to anyone.
So. Let’s map out what can go wrong and where.
Implement: A professional piercing will be done with a single use beveled needle, autoclaved, brand new, shiny, happy, and sharp as hell.
A safety pin is none of the above. Nor is a thumb tack. You have NO idea where they’ve been, who’s touched them, what bacteria has been growing on there. Even if you just went out and bought them from the store, how do you know what happened when they were manufactured? These can cause all sort of bacterial infections, the rust on safety pins can be deposited inside the fistula which is really icky.
Gloves: A piercer will use brand new, well fitting nitrile gloves. Sterile gloves are an even bigger bonus.
I’ve seen a self-piercer use gloves once? Maybe? At a push? Can you remember where your hands have been today? Can you scrub them down with medical grade hand scrub? Can you clean your fingernails? Can you do all of that and then go and put on well-fitting nitrile gloves? Probably not. No gloves? No piercing. You cannot guarantee cleanliness without them.
Jewellery. A professional piercer will use high quality autoclaved titanium or implant grade surgical steel. It will be highly polished with no visible flaws. It will be the highest grade possible.
Self piercing jewellery. Meh. Virtually all I’ve seen used are hideously cheap surgical steel with the highest nickel content ever with nasty acrylic ends. Obviously this isn’t autoclaveable so no way is it safe for initial piercing.
Skill. A professional piercer has it. A self piercer doesn’t. Why? Because otherwise they wouldn’t be self piercing.
Unlicensed or friends piercing friends or anything like that is just not okay. The same life threatening risks apply.
So, why are we against self piercing:
It may well kill you
You can severely disfigure yourself
Shows contempt for the piercing industry
Lack of respect for your health
Your piercing will almost 100% have been done incorrectly which can lead to:
Honestly, the only self way to self pierce is if you are a professional piercer with a spotter on hand. I mean, technically you could go to a shop, pay the price and then say ‘I want to do it myself’, but I highly doubt any shop would entertain that.
This isn't necessarily a question nor do I think I can qualify it as a submission since I have no picture of it, but that self-done bully button piercing picture reminded me other this girl who was in my class. She was talking about belly button piercings with her friends (3 out of 4 of them had done theirs themselves). She admitted to doing hers with a pair of scissors.
So I pierced my ears, noes, and belly button myself. And I’m thinking about doing my hips. I know that it has a wicked high risk of infection.. But I really want it! I want to do it on my left side because my tattoo is on the right. I don’t know If this is a good idea…?
"celebrating 23yrs of inking, any that's write any 2x3 tattoo. is just. $23. from now until we hit the 23rd day." WHAT?
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: So I was bouncing around my facebook, someone I know posted a link to a Shoreline dude that does tattoos. It read, “Celebrating 23yrs of inking, any that’s write any 2x3 tattoo. is just. $23. from now until we hit the 23rd day.” I squinted my eyes and asked what? Clicking onto his facebook page, full of tattoos that are either mishapened, wobbley lines, patchy coloring, and lines over other lines. In a house where I believe he lives in also… I have a feeling he’s only saying 18+ for tattoos because my friend had gotten some from this guy and she’s a year younger then me.. I understand this guy has been doing this for 23 years, or so he claims, this doesn’t look safe and it doesn’t look good..
WHAT’S AWFUL: Sooooo horrible shading, wobbleylines, and just in general D: Icky icky! HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Go to a actual studio that is trust worthy and know’s what they are doing D:
(The sources are in the photos.. I’m new at linking stuff on tumblr.. If you want me to fix it just send me a message)
Submitter comment: Gangrene does not happen in a matter of moments after the initial injury or infection. Once you tear your ear to shreds in a cat fight, why would you wait long enough for it to rot and die before you seek medical treatment? How can you and everyone around you just ignore the smell of rotting flesh?
Whats Awful: Untreated wounds, and dead tissue. Gangrene spread quickly and can be fatal if it turns to the infectious bacterial “Wet” type.
How to fix it: Go to a doctor right after the injury! Seek surgery as soon as possible to remove dead tissue before it spreads.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: I found this while browsing Tumblr tags
WHAT’S AWFUL: That snug… It can’t be pierced properly. It’s way too shallow, looks seconds from being ripped out. For reference, a healed, proper snug: http://www.primehealthchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Snug-Piercing.jpg
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Remove the abomination and get it repierced before someone yanks it out
I saw this latest video from Pangea Piercing. He commented on polymer clay put into steel tunnels and how that is still bad. What are your opinions on it. Plus I think this is a great video for people to watch in general. Thanks :)
Keep in mind that J.C.’s opinions are his own, as are mine. The description of his video says his sources are Brian Skellie and Warren Hiller. When I do my research on polymer clay, I go straight to the source of the products and companies that regulate the safety of them. Polymer clay is non-toxic.
According to the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, a product is toxic if it can produce personal injury, illness to humans when it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin, or can cause long term chronic effects or neurotoxicity. Again, polymer clay is non-toxic and bears the seal of approval from the Arts and Crafts Materials Institute (whom happen to have very strict regulations on toxicity in products).
J.C. is a wonderful piercer but we all need to remember to do our own research before jumping on a bandwagon. I feel safe wearing my products and don’t appreciate the assumption that the steel eyelets I use are low quality “garbage.” A good example in difference of opinions: J.C. says dental acrylic should not be used in/around initial piercings. Elayne Angel says dental acrylic ends can be used for initial piercings. I would like to see his direct sources for this information about polymer clay releasing chlorine, because it does not match up with the amount of research I have poured into this material.
Of course I agree that it should not be worn in direct contact with the skin (because of the textural properties), but the claim that it shouldn’t be worn in steel is ridiculous to me. How can a nontoxic product emit a toxin through a material that is nonporous? It doesn’t add up.
Submitter’s comment: This is a friend of a friend on Facebook. He stretched his left ear up to that size in less than one year, and as you can see, the damage is done. When looking at his more recent photos, I’m sure his right one is thinning out too.
What’s awful: a baggity-ass wrinkly blowout hanging out the back of his earlobe, which is terribly noticeable.
How it can be fixed: taking the jewellery out for a couple of weeks to downsize, and doing sea salt soaks along with daily oil massages. If that doesn’t fix it, then a surgical procedure may help remove what’s left of the blowout.