We got an ask in the form of fanmail (which is not where questions go) saying the following:
"i live in canada and winter is coming up soon and well winter is really cold here, would you say it’ safe for me to wear stainless steel tunnels through out the winter or should i be wearing some other type of material in my lobes?
I would almost 100% advise against wearing metal, especially eyelets, in the winter. Even something like glass would be slightly better. If you have to wear eyelets, I suggest you get a good hat that covers your lobes up, earmuffs, or these little lobe warmers might do the trick, though I haven’t tested them myself. Frostbite is a risk. Wood and silicone will change temperature slower than metal, but if you’re outside for long periods of time (or outside at all, depending on the temp), I’d cover those lobes anyway.
I want to get my nipples pierced for personal reasons but I'm painfully shy about my body. I'm definitely not comfortable with stripping down for a stranger, even for clinical reasons. How can I get my nipples pierced and preserve my modesty?
I really have no idea how to answer this. You might be able to figure out how to just expose you nipple without taking your entire shirt off? The only thing i can think of is wear an undershirt or something with appropriately placed holes in it? (sorry if that sounds weird and creepy) You could ask your piercer for suggestions too.
Other than that, your piercer is much like a doctor and sees whatever body parts you want pierced on a daily basis. There is a difference between “stripping down” and taking off clothes for a piercing/medical procedure. To be completely honest, if you aren’t comfortable with taking off your shirt for the piercing, then maybe it isn’t the piercing for you.
Do you know what someone has to go through to become a scarification professional? Someone tried to tell me that they don't need to be trained, but I know they're stupid. I know there's obviously training I just can't find any info to back it up. Do they need a licence?
I’m not sure on if they need a license or not, but I’d say you definitely need to be trained by someone who knows what they’re doing (aka a real professional) before/while going into it. I mean…I wouldn’t just let an untrained person cut into, remove, or burn my flesh… O_O
Anybody else have more info (preferably those in the body modification field)? Send it here (not in our ask box).
Submitter’s comment: This beauty was posted on Facebook by my ex’s sister who is 30 years old(!!) with the caption “Pierced my belly button again :)”. She also mentions in the comments that she used ice to numb the pain.
What’s awful: First of all - she did it herself, which means she didn’t sterilize it properly. This could lead to awful infections which could then actually lead to death in worst case scenario.
Second, IT’S A PIN! Now, where do I begin? Since it’s not hollow it’s going to rip the tissue apart instead of cutting through it, which leads to a lot more scar tissue and healing complications. Also, the pin has a head which makes it impossible for her to push it all the way through and lead the jewelry into the piercing. The piercing and putting in the jewelry should be in one motion. How is she even going to get a jewelry through that? It’s like a half a millimeter wide. The pin also has a lot of different metals in it, most of them harmful to the body. This could, surprise surprise, complicate the healing if the body has to deal with all the toxics entering the wound first.
Third: THE PLACEMENT. Oh god… The amount of tissue is far to thin and instead of piercing through the navel, she pierced above it. It will probably be rejected faster than I began to cry after seeing it.
Also, she used ice. “Why not?” you might think, because it does indeed numb the pain. But it also hardens the tissue which makes it even harder to get through the tissue. You could easily get the placement wrong and the more stress you put the piercing through, the harder it will be to get healed.
How it can be fixed: Get it out immediately and get it done by a professional, jesus christ…
With the helix soaks, my friend used to have a silicone cup (I think it was some sort of egg-poaching cup) and it was much easier because she could just hold it in her hand and just lean on her hand for a few minutes.
Hello! I have three helix piercings on each ear and I was wondering, how would I effectively perform a soak on them? I can make the solution fine, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to actually soak my piercings because of the placement.
What I did when I had helix piercings is I’d put the soak in a bowl (like a cereal bowl, though it could work with a more…ear-sized container), warm it up, put it on a table, turn on the TV, and dip my ear into it. New soak for your other ear, repeat. Have a paper towel ready to dry off the side of your face/ear because the whole thing will probably be wet.
Pick a table that is a good height for your head/neck because the neck cramping will be uncomfortable if not.
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!