SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This here is a wonderful piece of home tattooing. This person had a “shop” in Denver. This may sound impressive until you realize how lax the mod laws are in denver. Regardless of the easy going laws, the shop didn’t last long (shocker). She was taught by her scratcher boyfriend. Now without her shop, she continues to tattoo out of her house under unsanitary conditions (over carpet, food service gloves, no sterilizer, etc). No knowledge of BBP’s when asked when she came in looking for a job.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Well lets start with the lines. Inconsistent depth, inconsistent line thickness. If you can find a good line, you win a cookie.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Well with any luck, over time the tattoo will just fall out from being on the bottom of a foot. Alternatives would be to never take off your shoes.
The small bumps that sometimes form on nostril piercings can be caused by numerous things.
- The piercing is done at an incorrect angle. You can usually spot this easily by looking at the end of the jewelry. If it is not sitting perfectly flush and flat against your nostril, then the angle of…
I am looking at getting my nipples pierced in the coming weeks, and have a few places in mind. However, I don't know anyone else who has had them done, and am wondering if any of your lovely followers have any experience with nipple piercing in Calgary, Alberta? Thanks!
Anyone? Answer here, not in the awfulmods ask box.
i definitely agree with your mod comment on the too-low-septum post! I had a VERY different experience getting my septum, they had to pierce it with a retainer and i could change it a month later (for straight healing) and i didn't need a clamp (I guess i have a giant sweet spot that could allow for a second septum piercing) and i had to lay upsidedown with my head off the bench thing so she could see what she was doing. and it was no pain and it's perfect. :(( feel so bad for shops doing shitty
I got mine done at 8g with no clamps with my head tilted back sitting up. But yeah, about the same. That septum is nowhere near where it should be…it’s not even IN the nose. >.<
I messaged the asker as well (saying almost the same thing as hayley) and haven’t gotten a response, but hopefully she sees our responses to her.
Last year, my mom agreed to me getting my helix pierced. We found a shop in Troy, NY (I can’t remember the name) and we went to go get it done. When we got there, there was a woman at the front desk yapping on her cell phone and eating, and we were told to wait until she got off of the phone. When she finally hung up, we asked her what the pricing was and what jewelry she would recommend. She replied “Oh, I don’t know. Ask _____.” Turns out _____ was the artist and piercer, who was piercing a client on a table in the dead center of the room. Once he was done and we had done all of the necessary paperwork, he asked how old I was. When my mom said that I was 13, he said “Oh, we can’t pierce younger than 15 (come to find out later the legal piercing age in NYS on anything besides lobes is 16).” Then my mom said “So, if she’s 15 she can get pierced? Well then she’s 15.” He immediately agreed, and he set everything up and pierced me. Well an hour later I passed out from the pain. And the next day I woke up with a HUGE bubble on either side of the jewelry. I disregarded it, thinking it was normal. A month later, it was still there and was even bigger. I went to my doctor and she told me it was badly infected (even though I had been taking all necessary cleaning steps) and I was forced to take it out. Did I mention that he pierced it with a 12g hoop? Bottom line, don’t go to a place that is willing to overlook your age in order to get money.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: A girl I know has a boyfriend who got this tattoo done, the guy said it was his nickname. I found this on Facebook, and most of the comments were positive, with people saying that it was cool and they liked it. The few people that actually said it wasn’t well done got negative responses from him and his girlfriend.
WHAT’S AWFUL: The lines are off, he’s underage which means he probably got it done at someone’s house which is unsanitary. He also said he was going to add to it and put a star around it, and hopefully if he does it will be professionally done.
I know there are quite a few lovely [completely awful] blowouts posted here but I thought I’d give it a go. I use to live in the same town with this kid and thought he was a decent person until these gems came up on my newsfeed. These aren’t your normal blowouts. Goodgawd, this is a perfect example of knowing when to just please stop.
This was number one, back in May. Caption: “Right before I glued it. \m/ Metal XD”
This was the same day. He super glued it.
This was November 18th. Calling it “Fixed”.
And this was November 20th, two days later. He had tried to stretch again.
WHAT’S AWFUL: I’m pretty sure this is self explanatory. I’ve seen tons of blow outs, but holy cow, this takes the cake. Lobes don’t just “Randomly blow out and rip”. You shouldn’t even let them get to that point. Let alone not even notice it to the point that it rips in half. Secondly, Super glue? What? What sane person would even..? I guess it worked for him and they healed back together, but that’s about the point you should know when to stop. This just has stupid written all over it and I think we could all learn from this.
I get lots of clients saying something similar “I’m going to pass out” or “I’m really scared of needles and blood”. As professional piercers we’re not just here to stick a needle in you and send you on your way. We’re here to give you a safe piercing and a pleasant experience. Good bedside…
Things professionals think about that your safety-pin weilding friend won’t
And I realize I’ve been reblogging a lot of stuff from the APP tumblr lately and it’s because I know not all of you follow them, but ALL OF YOU SHOULD. And if you don’t, you’ll see it here anyway half the time. But seriously. Follow them. Now.
Born to make mistakes? You just made another mistake!
SUBMITTER COMMENT: To the people commenting on the tattoo owner’s photo: When you are complementing this tattoo, are you lying or lying?
WHAT’S AWFUL: The lines are shaky. The tattoo looks like it was retraced, as some letters’ lines are doubled. Ink usage on each word is not evenly distributed, and on some, too much ink is used. The alignment of the letters are not at level. The letters are not the same shape. (Glance at the “s” in was, and the “s” at the end of mistakes) Space between the words are not equally spread out. Did the tatoo-er even care to finish the “k” in mistakes? Bless your little heart. I hope you learn from this “mistake”!
SUBMITTER COMMENT: So I’ve seen some posts about people related to/knowing a hairdresser who claims to be a licensed piercer and, while we all know this can’t possibly be true I wanted to offer a little bit of information on where it comes from for those who don’t know. I am a hairdresser, I have a coworker who claims to be a licensed piercer. When he was in beauty school a guy came to the school selling piercing gun kits and teaching people how to “properly” use them. After some “Here’s how you wipe this down” and the like they did some test piercings, were told they were now trained professionals and were set free to pierce the heck out of each other and other students.
Because of this lovely day in beauty school my friend is now convinced he can pierce just about anything safely and at least as well as any piercer working out of a real shop. He tried to insist he could do my nose piercing and should be the one to do it, sadly the bad information he gained in school lead him to not believing the correct information I offered him as to why I wouldn’t let him near me with that evil gun.
So for those of you out there who weren’t aware why some hair dressers think they are or claim to be professional piercers, its because they’re being told they are after taking a short sales based course from a piercing gun salesmen. Try not to hate on these people too much, they’re victims of misinformation and should be reeducated, nicely.
Q: I’ve been considering getting a hip piercing but I still don’t fully understand the concept of a microdermal piercing. Please explain. And if it’s not too much trouble, can you also explain if getting a hip piercing removed is a complicated/painful process?
Microdermal piercings (surface anchors) are essentially a small post inserted into a single point piercing, different end pieces can be threading onto the post. Unlike most piercings there is only a single point. So no in-and-out action of the needle or jewelry. It’s essentially a little pocket made with the use of a standard piercing needle, or O-style needle. Here is a video of some lower back surface anchors being installed.
Having them removed is typically just as easy as having them installed. If the piercer is experienced they should be able to gently remove it in just a few seconds. The skin should NEVER require cutting to remove a surface anchor. If a piercer says they need a scalpel or any cutting tool to remove a surface anchor you may want to get a second opinion.
Q: What is the difference between microdermals and surface anchors? I am indeed looking for a less of a dimpling effect as I already have a dimple on one side of my cheek and have always wanted cheek piercings. Do you by chance have any pictures of someone who had surface anchors for cheek piercings but retired them? I’m curious how they look once healed.
Microdermals (surface anchors) are a single point piercing. Meaning one side to the hole, they’re more of a pocket. Surface piercings are two point piercings, like most other body piercings they have an entrance and an exist.
So with anchors you can do one by itself or any number of individual anchors in an area. Surface bars are two visible ends connected under the surface.
I don’t have any pictures of removed anchors on cheeks to show you. Anchors typically leave a small flat scar when removed, there usually isn’t any significantly visible scar unless they rejected or were removed poorly. With cheek microdermals specifically I have removed a few of the ones I’ve installed and they have left no noticeable scars or dimples long term. Hope this helps to answer your questions.
submitter comment: I came across these photos on facebook. The work is coming out of a shop called Evil By Needle.
As usual, the comment section was flooded with praise for these horrible tattoos. I wish people would just STOP and LOOK at the work for a second before encouraging these atrocious pieces to continue being placed permanently on peoples bodies. Ignorance is tolerated from clients but there is no excuse for the artist. If you have trouble with drawing human anatomy then DON’T DO IT. shaky lines, wonky perspective… just plain bad drawings that have been executed poorly
1.) The new ASL (American Sign Language) teacher at my high-school is a nice person, supportive, humorous, and a good teacher. He has a few piercings (nostril, a few in his ears), all of them well taken care of from what I can tell. But what I cannot stand is his constant giving of inaccurate piercing advice. He cut into a conversation I had with a friend about her wanting a Monroe piercing, claiming it would leave a “huge ugly scar”, and claimed that if I wanted my nape done, then I could ONLY get ANY surface piercing done with a flexible straight bar. Um, no. 90 degree titanium surface staple, if you please.
What’s awful: Inaccurate advice that some poor kid may take to heart. He won’t believe any other piercing advice but his own.
2.) This one happened today, actually. A newer friend of mine has stretched ears, and is currently at a 0g and plans to size up soon. They looked healthy at a glance, so I asked how she went about it. She frowned, looking embarrassed as the tells me she jumped from her 20g initial piercing to 6g in one go! Holy cow!
What’s awful: 20g to 6g in one go!
3.) There are literally ten people I know who have self-pierced. The worst one of all, I am sorry to say, is a very close friend. She has piercing guns from her aunt’s salon, claiming her aunt (who is a hair stylist, not a piercer) is a certified professional. No pro would pierce with a gun. And now a 16 year old has a piercing gun. She pierced her middle school aged little sister’s cartilage and lobes with it without taking any small secondary precautions The second worse case of self-piercing is when another close friend came in with a Monroe that she did with a sewing needle and an earring. Her mother noticed it as soon as she went home, don’t know how she planned not to get caught with it.
Why it’s awful: I think it speaks for itself.
And now to end on a high note. The replacement Polymer and Crystalline Engineering teacher we have this year has the healthiest stretched lobes I have ever seen in my life and he will stop to educate those who are doing it way wrong. His advice echoes what I’ve seen in your stretching FAQ, he abhors the word “gauging”, and abhors improper jewelry and home tattoos. He may only be at a 0g (and plans to stay there), but the time and effort that went into those perfect stretched lobes should not go unnoticed.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: This chick I used to follow on tumblr is barely 15 years old and has her eye brow pierced. So I asked how she got it done and she said her sister did it for her. She was a bit rude about me warning her of what could happen, obviously people like to stay ignorant. She also plans on getting more piercings done by her sister too, she had a whole list of them asking her followers what she should get next. Here’s what her, one of her followers, and I said. (me being anonymous)
What’s Awful: unprofessional. piercing at home. UNDER AGE.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything… EVERY SINGLE THING! And the scissors?! Why are scissors being used to insert a surface anchor… then the lack of gloves, unsterile piercing area, dirty (and wrong) tools being used. This is a nightmare!!
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: When I see things like this, I feel like there’s no hope. GO TO A PROFESSIONAL!!! How hard is it to save a few bucks and get something safely done?! Geez! If you want it done THAT badly, at least get it done safely! Gosh darn!!
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Watch at your own risk. This one made us a little queasy.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I had a neighbor whose boyfriend bought a tattoo gun. Every couple of days for a few weeks, one of them would come outside and show me their new additions. They were ALWAYS wonky and awful looking. Another neighbor told me to draw out her husband’s name so she could get it tattooed on her ankle by this guy IN HIS HOUSE. So I did. I don’t have a picture of it, but its terrible and faded. Then one day the girlfriend came outside and told me, “You need to give me a tattoo sometime!”
I’ve never handled a tattoo gun, never even touched one, so I said no. Who the hell does this?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Home tattooing, asking someone who doesn’t even know how to tattoo to give you one.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I stumbled upon this as I am following multiple piercing blogs. Forgive me If the source is incorrect, i’m still getting used to my macbook.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything in this image looks wrong. The hip piercings have incorrect jewelry (straight barbells) and are clearly rejecting, both navel piercings are extremely shallow, the tattoo surrounding the navel is off centered with wonky lines, and the bottom tattoo has wonky lines, is crooked, and has awful writing as well.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: HELP! There are too many thing’s wrong to accurately say how it can be fixed.
So, there was a girl at school who told me she was getting a tattoo done…in her house. By a guy who is apparently licensed, from what i know he’s around 19, and probably a scratcher; not a professional.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: The girl told me in class she was getting a tattoo done, and i was rather excited for her; until she told me it was being done in her house. I legit asked if she was stupid for making a decision like that and she responded that it was okay because she knows him. When we got back to school and I saw it in person I cringed because of how wonky it looks and from the horrible shading in it is. I asked how many years of experience the guy had and she said he had his license which…doesn’t really explain anything. She’s incredibly proud of it but everyone I’ve talked too has said the same thing I did to her. What I mostly fear is that if his outline of a really simple tattoo is this bad…what would big tattoos that include detail look like?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything about the tattoo, the knowledge of the girl who was tattoo’d on, the tattooist himself.