MODERATOR NOTE: For the record, scar tissue can be tattooed over in many cases. The ink doesn’t take as well as fresh skin and the scar tissue is more fragile (for lack of a better word), but a good artist can generally work something out.
So I just found out last week that one of my boyfriend’s band mates decided to get a tattoo. He got a memorial tattoo for his neighbor who passed away this year, which is pretty cool of him to do. That is, until I found out he got it from someone who is unlicensed and untrained, and it was done out of that person’s house. I saw it this past weekend and in all honesty, it isn’t a horrible tattoo. (Their singer also got a tattoo from the same person, and his tattoo is a little wonky and lines are a tad shaky.) However, we all just found out this weekend that the person who gave them tattoos has BED BUGS in his house. The guy who did it, one of his friends, the person who just got his tattoo, and his girlfriend all have bite marks everywhere from them. He hasn’t had any complications with his tattoo yet, and I hope he doesn’t. Moral of the story? Don’t get your tattoos done by an untrained person in an unsterilized environment.
Submitter’s comment: Basically this girl I went to school with and her boyfriend (his tattoo is the first one) went to a scratcher to get them done. Her boyfriend told me he paid like less then a hundred for his whole back piece and I cringed before I even saw it knowing the price he paid. The girl also has many other of these scratcher tattoos on her wrists, shoulder and other places.
What’s awful: The shading is horrible, and the lack of sanitary conditions in the last photo makes me cringe.
How it can be fixed: I don’t have much hope for her boyfriend unless he gets laser or a huge cover-up, but not much can be done to improve these tattoos without laser or cover-up.
If it’s 100 dollars for a whole back piece tattoo, you might want to consider the quality of work.
This was to big to put in an ask, so I’m gonna put it here. Sowwy.
I found this on ishiboo.com, giving tips on tongue splitting:
The fishing line Method
First, your tongue must be pierced, and completely healed from the piercing. Then, using thin monofilament fishing line, thread the line through the same hole that the bar goes through. Then you line it up with the tip of your tongue. The line is knotted and then pulled as tight as its possible to bear the pain. Another knot is put on to make it even tighter that you can bear. After its knotted a few times, you cut off excess line, and close your mouth. You leave the line in for a few days, and then you do this procedure again. The first line should be loose after you repeat this procedure with a second piece of fishing line — you should be able to cut the first line free. After doing this for 4-8 weeks, the tongue is supposed to be almost completely split, and the rest can be split by taking a scalpel or razor and just cutting the last bit to finish it off. This method heals up quickly, since the cuts are slow and small, and the tongue doesnt reattach itself together since not much is ever unhealed at any one time.
I could be totally wrong, and this be a legit way to split, but it just doesn’t sound to safe to me…
MODERATOR COMMENT: Iirc, before tongue splitting/bifurcation procedures were more easily available like they are now, this was a legitimate way to split the tongue. HOWEVER, tongue splitting procedures have come a long way and can now be done with easier, safer, and most likely less painful methods. There is absolutely no reason to split your tongue in this manner anymore as there are a decent amount of body modification professionals who will safely and efficiently do it for you.
I found this on facebook, in an album for a shop outside my hometown and there are a few gems like this. They do regular microdermal piercings fine, but everything that deserves a surface bar is done similarly to this one.
Well that jewelry is not made for a surface piercing like that and you can tell at both ends.
How it can be fixed:
Go to a shop with better knowledge, maybe even look it up yourself beforehand to avoid things like this!
I have a stretched ears, and a guy I met yesterday told me he liked my ‘gauges’, and asked about some of my other piercings. He then proceeded to brag about how he had pierced himself ‘tons’ of times (ears, lips, etc) and never got an infection. I asked if he used an autoclaved needle. He said no, and that he had bought it off eBay and boiled it in hot water because ‘it’s the same as an autoclave!’ -_- I asked if he wore gloves and he once again said no, saying that he had washed his hands. He also stated that he used jewelry he bought from Spencer’s and that he didn’t need to sterilize it because ‘metal is sterile’, and ADAMANTLY insisted this was true no matter how explicitly I informed him otherwise. Not like, tetanus and bacteria exist or anything…
Everything in quotes is quoted exactly as he said it. I’m still shuddering thinking about it D:
The body is like a canvas. Everyone can paint, sure, but it takes an artist to make it look amazing. People should apply that same logic when it comes to self modifying. All they're doing is destroying their canvas and making it more difficult for someone to fix.
Submitter comment: I was scrolling through my facebook when I saw this little gem of disappoint. My childhood bestfriend just turned 22, and he had his “good friend” tattoo him, not only drunk, but tripping out on pills, shroom, and weed. My good friend is so proud of this tattoo, and I feel so stupid for not saying earlier that it sucks, it’s a bad choice, it’s not “RADICAL” or “badass”. It’s a malformed piece of awful.
What’s Awful: Dude, look at it. It’s wonky lines, awful shading, terrible everything imaginable.
How can it be fixed: By letting me cut that flap of skin off his arm. That or getting a better cover up. You get what you pay for.
Submitter’s comment: So, an old friend of mine designed his own tattoo. It looks absolutely terrible.
What’s awful: Everything. The shading is awful, the petals look horrendous! And all this friend’s are telling him that it looks gorgeous?! And one of the girls said she wanted him to design her something!? Are these people blind??
How it can be fixed: A cover-up. Preferably designed by someone who can draw.
OMG. THIS IS HORRIBLE. VERY GORY, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.
I was googling “split tongue” seeing if there were a large amount of people that have it, since I have not see that many, and I came across this blog post. At first I was like.. oh? And then I was like: HOLY OMG.
What is wrong with his: OH MY GOD. I don’t even know what he was doing. Try to stretch so big his tongue would split? And then getting bored and just cutting it in half instead? Like what ISN’T WRONG WITH THAT? How didn’t he get an infection..
I’ve had my ears stretched to 20mm/13/16” for two years. My ears healed completely and were fine. I cleaned them regularly and had no problems, etc. However, a few weeks ago I attended a concert in which I was hit in the ear, and a week later, this is the result.
If your ears are healed, I urge you to take care of them more. You will be disfigured like myself and have to get constructive surgery from either a hospital or piercing specialist (who often charge a lot). If you do somehow tear the tissue of your ears, get medical help immediately. I personally went to the hospital.
If anybody has questions about what happens next or my situation, please ask. I just want people to be more careful whilst they have plugs, even if they’re healed they can still be a danger.
Why is it such a big deal if people say gauges instead of plugs/tunnels? It's just the more common term, especially from people that don't have stretched ears. You know what they mean, doesn't it get annoying to continuously correct people?
It’s not the more common term, it’s an incorrect term grown from lack of information and often, correct education about the process and methods of safely stretching a piercing.
Gauge is a unit of measurement. We don’t say ‘I’m going for a mile’ when you mean you’re ‘going for a walk’
Just like we don’t say ‘I’m gauging my gauges’ when you mean ‘you’re stretching your ears’
I’ll start this by saying this kind fellow said Nose and lip rings don’t count as modifications in a second ask he ever so kindly decided to leave us with. Oh dear.
I, Scott have a 20mm left lobe, and a 5mm right lobe, Paired 1.2mm nostrils, a 1.6mm philtrum and a 3.2mm tongue.
I’m pretty sure they count as modifications, and if they don’t in your book, you better refine your definition of modification because it’s evidently wrong. I can’t vouch for everyone else on this Blog, except i know quite a few of Emilys.
Paired 1mm nostrils, 1.2mm central labret, 4mm septum. 12mm lobes, 4mm right conch, 1.6mm left conch along with various other lobe piercings. And a Double Helix DNA piece down her spine.
I can’t vouch for any other moderators, but if you’d care to add yourselfs to this, go ahead.
TL;DR, We have modifications, and yes nose and lip piercings count. You better go refine your definition of Body Modification.
Emily’s comment: I have 17 piercings, have been pierced 32 times and have 2 hours of tattoo work.
Petra has been: Suspended, tattooed, scalpelled, etched and pierced. In her repertoire, she had the rarest female piercing ever (Google it, folks, we aren’t going to tell you!), her labret scalpelled to 4g, two microdermals, stretched lobes, and two flat cartilage dermal punches.
Submitter Comment: I just had this conversation with this idiot on my facebook and i instantly thought of you. all i told him was that they arent gauges, the gauge is the size. and he took a shit fit. hilarious, yet sad.
What’s Awful: He clearly doesn’t know the proper terms for the mods he’s doing on his body, and got angry and defensive when i told him.
How it can be fixed: Shouldn’t even be stretching his ears if he doesn’t know what it’s called.
Submitter’s Comment: He thought it would be a good idea to let one of his unexperienced friends do this tattoo for “friend price”
What’s Awful: Absolutely everything about it. The ears are too far back behind the head, The eyes the Moon/Dream catcher or whatever resembles a cratered egg, which fades in to poorly drawn and shaded beads and generic feathers.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: I knew this guy via facebook and he is very much ‘down with the clown’. I guess so much that he decided to get a tattoo representing “ICP” (which means Insane Clown Posse) if you don’t know what a juggalo is then you are a very lucky being, so please don’t explore. It is a mushroom smoking a joint, I’m assuming the mushroom itself is intended to represent a drug, 2 drugs in one….how daring.
WHATS AWFUL: It’s kind of too obvious for me to even state. The fact that this tattoo portrays a million awful things; drugs, icp, more drugs is just first off. and it is completely awfully crooked everywhere. I could have done a better job and I don’t even do tattoos. I don’t understand half of the pattern in this, its like…fish scales on the head of the shroom or something and then there are little zig zags in the shrooms eyes to represent it’s highness? Whatever makes you feel better about yourself.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: I guess you can try to cover it up with a better tattoo…you can try to wear it with pride (as he is doing) i think it would be best if you just cut out the whole square inch area of where the tattoo is though…then maybe the flat square scar would at least look better.
Someone I used to go to school with. Evidently, she decided to pierce her own ears herself. I shared Zeke’s MRSA story, and she replies: “THANKS FOR SCARING ME, I’M JUST GONNA PRAY THAT I DON’T DIE”.
What’s Awful: She pierced her own ear, claiming that she “disinfected everything” and was “super careful”. I know for a fact that she has no experience or training, and I highly highly highly doubt that she owns an autoclave for which to “disinfect everything”.
The lobe itself also looks very discolored and irritated. It looks like an open door to infection and bacteria.
How it can be Fixed: Take out the piercing, and go to a professional.