I just stretched from 4g to 2g a couple of days ago. Last night one of my plugs fell out while I was sleeping and the hole looks super scabby now. I think I should leave it out and let it heal but I kind of want a second opinion to be sure? Thank you!
yep. either leave it out or put back in 4g/6g plugs in glass or a safe metal.
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Number 4 is bolded because it’s a thing we get on awful mods a lot. “my ___ is swollen. why?” Nobody has any idea if you don’t provide enough info. There are at least 10 reasons whatever it is could be having problems. I know it’s hard with asks to provide all the info because of the character limit, but there is none on FB, so there is no reason to not provide info.
2. I was young and stupid, and my boyfriend at the time fancied himself a tattoo artist. Like I said, young and idiotic, so I let him do it. In his bed. In his mom’s trailer. This was one of the many reasons I am now glad we aren’t together anymore. I am getting a real, professional cover up once I can afford it.
3. Blown out wonky lines, I have no idea what’s going on with that green, and the bottom swirl is just terrifying. You can’t really tell from the pic, but there’s a faint shadow all around the outline from ink that bled out.
Submitters Comment : So I work in a reputable shop and stumbled across this guys page, working out of a not so reputable location. Young guy with clearly no experience in the scarification/heavy mod field yet here he is scarring himself and intending to offer his services to others. Along with this he has pictures of himself dermal punching his own conch in just awful conditions and completely unsanitary.
What’s Awful : What isn’t awful?! He has little to no real knowledge of the process, he was attempting a single scalpel method with his scarring and they turned out terrible. The bottom picture is actually supposed to be a healed shot of the first one, pretty easy to tell how well that turned out. Along with the quality, you can tell from other shots he is not taking any necessary precautions that go along with extreme procedures like these, such as proper sterilized area. It’s just not right. Especially if he plans on doing this to other people.
How Can It Be Fixed : Well as far as the scars themselves the damage has been done there, however this piercer could put the scalpel down and quit while he’s ahead. These aren’t procedures you just jump into, especially without proper guidance. These are things you apprentice under a well respected, well learned piercing/artist who has enough experience to pass the knowledge along to you.
Normally we won’t post scarification submissions, but I think the commentary here is really valuable. Bolding is mine. Please be careful with who you choose to modify your body. Scarification, like any other modifications, should be done by a professional and, imo, should be handled with even more caution since you’re literally letting someone cut/burn/remove your skin.
Source: A girl who goes to my college. These are photos of herself that she posted online.
Submitter Comment: This was a surface tragus pierced by her boyfriend, who has no idea what he is doing. It was done with a low grade, externally threaded curved barbell. She also stretched her ears incredibly quickly (from smaller than 1/2” to 1” in a single semester).
Why It’s Awful: Such wrong jewelry! A curved barbell is not appropriate jewelry for surface piercings. It was also done incredibly shallow, you can see the bar through the skin. She should have stretched her ears slower as well, with proper materials.
How It Can Be Fixed: Retire the piercing and see a professional who will repierce it with an implant grade steel or titanium surface bar!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Once upon a time, I saw both of these on Facebook. I decided to dig them up again because they’re pretty hilarious. So, the top tattoo is what this chick originally wanted, and the bottom tattoo is what she got. She paid “about $75” for it, so I guess you really do get what you pay for…
WHAT’S AWFUL: What ISN’T awful? The shading makes Hello Kitty looks like she’s on meth and/or holding a flashlight up to her face. Her eyes are waaaay too big, too; they’re practically boring in to your soul. And what’s that weird shadow behind Hello Kitty?
Source: This popped up on my facebook news feed. This kid is my little brother’s friend
Submitter Comment: Believe it or not, this tattoo is actually a cover-up (I’d hate to see what it originally looked like in that case). This boy just turned 16 and despite my best efforts to get him to .modify safely (he asked me if I could pierce his lip and give him snakebites, at which I told him to get it done by a qualified piercer) he ignores my advice and this monstrosity pops up on my facebook feed. It was home done, and despite there being a ton of comments telling him that it looks awful and he needs to get it fixed up by a professional, he still refuses to acknowledge that it’s a horrible tattoo! The worst thing is his parents won’t give permission for him to go to an actual shop, so he’ll have to walk around with this monstrosity for two more years
What’s awful: Home tattoo job in an unsanitary environment on a 16 year old, the lines look wonky, the shading is terrible, the lines behind it are supposed to be dust clouds but really don’t look anything like it
How it can be fixed: Go to an actual shop and have someone qualified cover it up!
Good morrow! If it’s been a fortnight (2 weeks for people with bad vocabularies) and the piercing feels fine you should be ok for some light kissing. As for the oral sex you might want to wait closer to the one month point.
When I was 12 or so, I got my ears pierced for the first time by my aunt, with a gun, in my home. I didn’t actually know what the studs were before my ears were pierced, my aunt eyeballed where they were to be pierced (They look pretty good nonetheless) and the studs were a questionable metal. I was really scared, and so none of this really registered. They seemed to be gold but were became corroded very quickly, and turned green where my ears touched them almost constantly. Despite this, i used them for three years, cleaning them and my ears regularly, and never really got infected, though my ears leaked a clear liquid occasionally, but I never did anything about it. Since then I’ve thrown away the earrings, bought some decent ones that i knew were real silver, and my ears are much healthier!
What’s awful: Questionable metal, unsanitary environment, done by a non-professional.
For the record, “real silver” isn’t exactly great for long-term wear either as it can still contain nickel (which lots of people are allergic to) and tarnishes over time (in your body).
I’d highly recommend looking for some implant grade steel or titanium from brands like Industrial Strength, Anatometal, and Neometal.
In order mentioned:
(Anatometal also makes “normal” earrings, pictured on the left)
(Note, those are ONLY THE ENDS of Neometal labret studs)
“Bought a Dremel a few months back, now that the weathers warm I have actually been using it!
The first thing I made were taper ear spacers! They turned out alright, I know I need to practice using a Dremel though!
Right now I did a base coat of white on all 8 spacers, and will be decorating and sealing them. I will post photos when I’m done!
Currently making a beginner taper spacer for myself. Going to sand it down more, soak it in extra virgin olive oil and put it in tonight. I’ll update with photos later.”
Source: Someone who I went to school with.
Submitter Comment: I’m just flabbergasted. Obviously she has done no research on ear stretching whatsoever. She has normal pierced ears, not stretched ones.
Why It’s Awful: Where to begin? Her terminology is off - they are called tapers, not ‘beginner taper ear spacers’. Wood should never be used to stretch with, especially not wooden tapers. Tapers are bad enough as it is. Who knows what kind of wood these are made out of, they could be toxic. Look how wonky they are! They are uneven, a huge size jump, and badly sanded. Plus she coated them in paint, and then a sealant, neither of which are healthy for your ears. And then she shoved them through with olive oil..
How It Can Be Fixed: Throw these things in the trash and do some actual research. Buy proper stretching materials and for the love of all things modified, put the dremel down!
Submitter Comment: So this is the tattoo of a guy I work with. The first picture is the day it was done, the second is about 4 days after it was done, and the last one is from earlier this week. The back story is that it was a home done tattoo. I think he said he had it done by his brother. When he first got it done, it looked a little wonky, but overall, not horrible. However, I could tell that the red ink looked a little off. The second picture is rough to look at. He told me that the doctor told him if he had waited any longer, they would have had to amputate his leg from the infection. He was in the hospital for at least two days being pumped full of antibiotics. the last picture is what it now looks like. All of the red ink got pushed out and it’s essentially a huge scar. When he came back to work, he had to use a cane because he could barely walk. When I was talking to him about it, he said he will never get a tattoo again (to which I responded that going to a proper studio would alleviate that fear because they’re hygienic and safe) and that he sold his tattoo gun (cue facepalm).
Whats Awful: Home done tattoo gone REALLY wrong. Infection, almost amputation. Then, to top it off, selling the tattoo gun to someone who could get infected because it wasn’t properly cleaned.
How it can be fixed?: Go to a proper studio with proper hygiene protocols. If your tattoo looks wonky, GET MEDICAL ATTENTION. This guy is very lucky that he still has his leg.
another shitty things about claire's: i got pierced there when i was about 4 months old. i was lucky enough not to get an infection, but i've had a lump (scar tissue, i'm guessing) around the hole in my left ear. when i started stretching, my left ear was significantly tougher to stretch and it was painful. there's not much i can do about it either. just shows you what happens when you get pierced by a teenage girl with a gun who has little idea what she's doing.
You could go to your piercer and have them repierce it or otherwise work something out for you to fix your stretching problems.
And regardless of preexisting scar tissue, stretching shouldn’t be painful. All you’re gonna end up doing there is making it worse.
In case you needed another reason to hate Claire's... I worked there when I was 16. I had been working there for two weeks when I was "licensed" to pierce ears. Two weeks. 16 years old. "Licensed." I had no idea how wrong it all was until long after I quit. I feel very angry about this still.
Submitter Comment: So this is my tattoo that I got for my 18th birthday (I’m 19 now.) and this was taken soon after I got it. Reading this blog is making me think that it’s actually not that well done and now the lines are looking fuzzy….Of course this probably could have been avoided if I HAD DONE MORE RESEARCH AND NOT GONE WITH MY DAD TO SOME DUDES BASEMENT TO GET IT! He wore gloves and everything looked sterile but oh my God, I’m lucky I didn’t get an infection!
What’s Awful: Getting tattooed in some guys basement, an unclean environment, because I didn’t do any research! The lines look fuzzy and as you can see, the moon isn’t shaded in all the way. (That red in one of the stars has faded away though.)
How it can be fixed: Go to a pro next time!!!! And maybe get it cleaned up…I’m not entirely sure, I’m curious to find out what the mods think.
It’s a little wonky, but I think a good tattoo artist would probably be able to touch it up so that it looks better. Find a good artist and give them a visit to discuss your options. :)