In that article you linked us to about the trans-gum piercing by shannon larratt, he said the trans-gum piercing "actually is reckless and a terrible idea." He may be a proponent for misunderstood piercings, but he definitely does not support that type of piercing.
That was the point of linking the article. That even someone who is down for unconventional modification thinks it’s a bad idea. :x
Sorry if anyone else misunderstood my intention with that! My bad!
i desperately want to learn how to and start piercing people, although its not suggest i have pierced myself a couple of times and none have rejected nor gotten infected due to careful cleaning and proper “technique” or what little i have. where should i start looking? does one have to be a certain age before being allowed to pierce people? and last of all where could i find synthetic skin to practice on without the consequences of screwing up somebodies body?
Piercing is about so much more than just being able to stick a needle through something. Find yourself a good apprenticeship under a good (I cannot stress this enough, don’t just jump at the first opportunity you get) piercer, and they will get you started on the right path. It’s not necessarily an “easy” industry to get into, since everyone and their mother wants to be a piercer.
In the meantime, all I can suggest is doing some research. Find all the information you can, and read it three times. Use your internet resources! Comb through BME, blog posts by industry professionals, back issues of The Point. I know reading and learning is ~boring~, but if you’re looking for an exciting action-packed glamor job, you’re checking out the wrong industry.
DISCLAIMER: In case someone somehow reads my post wrong, I would like to point out that DOING THE RESEARCH I SUGGESTED DOES NOT MAKE YOU A PIERCER. IT DOESN’T EVEN NECESSARILY MAKE YOU QUALIFIED TO DISH OUT YOUR OWN PIERCING ADVICE. LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS.
I have several tattoos, a few of them done by a close friend of mine (I know, I know, they were from a few years ago) and surprisingly, they’re pretty good. I like them, at least.
This story, oddly enough, isn’t about his work though but a shop in my area that actually has a great reputation. I got my first tattoo there, right when I turned 18. Its a goofy looking skull that looks more like Jack Skellington than anything else, and took about 20 minutes. I was a bit confused as to why that cost me 70$ but I figured hell, I’m happy with it, no reason to really complain.
About a year later my boyfriend offered to pay for my second tattoo, ‘Live Before You Die’ on my left forearm. I’d wanted it for about a year, contemplated it and when I still wanted it, he offered as a birthday gift. I went back to the same shop, set a date, saw the lettering he drew up and felt pretty confident.
Everything was normal at first, I was incredibly shocked how painless it was though, an about 20 minutes in he went to wipe the ink off and all of the lettering went with it.
He just kinda stared at my arm and the needle, shrugged and went back to it. Next time he wiped the ink, the same thing happened. Apparently the needle was in BACkWARDS.
So he effectively tenderized the shit out of my arm before actually getting the ink in. Halfway through he switched to a bigger needle and at that point I was outright sobbing because it was so sore.
About four years later, I’m amazed how well it healed, but it wasn’t easy. Out of the seven I have, its the ONLY one that ever scabbed and got horribly sore. There are a few weird bubbly spots on it still, and while I’m happy with how it looks in spite of that, I can’t imagine ever going back there again.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This was a random dude I had on facebook. Just the tip of the ice berg. He works in one of the worst shops in the city, and brags about doing the most “outrageous” work he can think of. He is very experienced and his work is sterile - but that’s about where the positives stop. He has a creative mind, but not even nearly enough knowledge on anatomy or body modification to utilise it. Other work of his includes corset piercings using CBR’s, multiple piercings crammed so close together they’ll never settle (we’re talking 6 in one case), nipple piercings intentionally done so deep they’re in the areola, piercing through the fatty part of a finger between the first two knuckles using a circular barbell… you get the idea.
WHAT’S AWFUL: In this particular one, it’s GUM piercings. Through the gum between teeth. Common sense alone can point out how intensive the potential dental damage is.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take it out. Never let him attempt his “creative” work on you again. Also go to a dentist to get whatever damage he’s already caused fixed.
Just gonna point out that a lot of corsets are done with CBRs by reputable piercers; they’re usually only meant to be temporary anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.
I know this subject is up for a lot of interpretation, whether you consider these things “awful mods” or just “different, possibly misunderstood mods.”
Someone submitted about "My Tattoo Addiction" - One of the things that annoyed me about it was it featured a girl who had set up a professional studio in her home, which makes it look like it's okay to tattoo people at home, or go and get tattoos from someone at home, not warning the veiwers that most of the people who tattoo from home aren't licensed and have NO health and safety standards at all, which will (as we all know) give poor quality work, and health risks..
The thing is last week I went to a piercing/tattoo shop to have my septum done. I feel like it may be too low and now that the scab has gone the holes appear to be crooked. What do you think? What should I do? Thank you in advance.
MODERATOR COMMENT: Well, because you included a picture, I’ll post it anyway even though you’re “anon at firstname.lastname@example.org” and usually we won’t respond to questions that don’t have an asker we can directly contact.
Anyway, I can’t tell you for sure, but it does look kind of low and a bit off center. The off center part could just be how your jewelry is sitting. However, where it should be in your nose is NOT in any cartilage. It should sit in your “sweet spot”. If you pinch your septum between your fingers you’ll feel this little area where it’s JUST skin. It’s between the outer part of your septum, and the cartilage that goes up your septum in the center. I think you’ll know what I’m talking about if you feel your septum. If it’s not pierced in the sweet spot or where you’re happy with it, i’d take it out and get it redone somewhere better.
i had been wanting a conch piercing, so i went to get one at the place i get all my piercings done. it’s a very clean place, they autoclave everything, use gloves and needles, etc. i got my 2 previous helix piercings there, and they were both healing really nicely.
anyway, i got the piercing and it hurt so much less than i though it would. it hardly hurt on the way home and for the first five days, i could barely tell it was even there.
then it started to get sore and hurt. i thought it was just part of the healing process, so i just continued with the twice-daily sea salt soaks. however, it started getting worse and worse. after around 3 days, the pain was so bad that i was popping ibuprofens every couple of hours. my entire conch and anti-tragus area was swollen and red. it started oozing yellowish pus after a few days. the pain got so bad that i could’t focus on doing anything.
i asked my mom to take me to the emergency room, and despite me trying to explain how you’re not supposed to take the earring out as that can cause an abscess, the doctor and my mom made me take it out. then the doctor made me lie down and proceeded to try and push all the pus out. it was the most excruciating pain i have ever experienced in my whole life. i knew they were going to do something painful and i was telling myself i wouldn’t cry, but i ended up screaming and crying. then they gave me antibiotics and really strong painkillers.
for the next three days, i was still in extreme pain and my ear was still very swollen and full of pus. when i went to see an ENT, she sliced the back open so the abscess could drain. i was still in constant pain for around a week before it started to feel a little better. it’s been getting better since then, but my ear still looks far from normal.
i honestly don’t know what i did wrong, and how i got that horrible infection.
MODERATOR COMMENT: Sometimes weird unfortunate shit happens. :/ It’s okay to take out the jewelry if you’re on anti-biotics. If it were really really bad, the doctor who lanced it the first time (or even the second) would have put a tube in there anyway so it could drain. At least I hope they would… Anything could’ve happened to cause that (probably post-piercing if they’re as clean as you say). The world is gross and anything could’ve just flown into your ear and gotten all up in the piercing and then BAM you’re in lots of pain. Sorry that happened to you. :/
Submitter Comment: Tumblr ‘famous’ user Daisy Lola often preaches about “respecting tattoo culture” and will not hesitate to pass judgement on the placement and quality of other people’s tattoos, but apparently those “rules” apply to everyone except her. Having once taken a stance against scratcher tattoos, we see the hypocrite in its natural habitat, getting a scratcher tattoo in a very unsanitary looking environment. Admitting your shitty tattoo is shitty does not detract from the fact you don’t think there is anything “wrong” with getting tattooed by someone who etched some shaky lettering into your knees.
What’s Awful: NO GLOVES, being done at home on a chair that is likely ripe with bacteria by someone who is not a professional; in fact this was allegedly their second tattoo. Real apprentices practice on fruit for a reason but #YOLO and all that.
Titanium is a lightweight metal that is ideal for people with concerns about nickel sensitivity. This material can be anodized to create jewelry of different colors without affecting the safety. Look for implant certified titanium (6Al4V ELI) that is ASTM F-136 compliant or ISO 5832-3 compliant, or commercially pure titanium that is ASTM F-67 compliant. http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/jewelry-for-initial-piercings/
There are many, many different titanium alloys, but for the sake of body piercing you will primarily hear about three of them.
The two that are acceptable for initial piercings due to them having an implant grade designation are F-136, and F-67, as mentioned above.
Titanium that is 6AL 4V ELI means it is made from 90% titanium, 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium. ELI means “extra low interstitial”.
ASTM F-67 is commercially pure titanium, meaning it is unalloyed.
Both of these materials have been tested and approved for medical implantation if manufactured according to the specifications set forth by the ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials) or ISO.
The third type of titanium the piercing industry has heard about, especially in the past few years is G23 titanium.
Contrary to what some companies are leading consumers to believe, G23 is not an implant grade of titanium.
Brian Skellie wrote an article about G23 titanium and how it pertains (or rather, doesn’t) to body piercing.
SUBMITTERS COMMENT: Saw this on my Facebook Newsfeed, honestly not a surprise. This is the same girl I submitted the story for a while ago, the one who kept her jewelry around her pet rats! She pierces herself a lot, so again, no surprise, but this is the first time she’s posted a photo.
(As a quick side note, the large pinchers are her second holes, and she’s gone from a 6g to whatever size that is, in under a month, she just doesn’t have photos to really show all that much about it.)
WHAT’S AWFUL: Well, that’s an unsanitary sewing needle through her ear. It’s not a proper instrument to pierce with, and the string can’t be doing any good either.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take that needle out of there! And stop piercing yourself, and others, with improper, unsanitary ‘tools’!
Submitter comment: When I was 14, I witnessed one girl from my school piercing another girl’s ear with a thumbtack. To make matters worse, this occurred in the restroom of a local public swimming pool.
What’s awful: what isn’t?? Thumbtack aside, if you’re looking for a sterile environment, a damp mouldy pool restroom is not it.
How it can be fixed: well, I’m fairly sure said girl removed the piercing and got it done by a professional. By some miracle, there was no associated infection. Just don’t do it kids!
When I was around 10 years old I finally wore my mother down and she allowed me to get my ears pierced. We had just moved away from my hometown and I wasn’t dealing with it very well, so this was sort of my “reward”/birthday present.
The place was immaculate, sterilized completely and staffed with individuals who had earned more First Aid/pathogen certificates than one should be able to in a life time. The piercer sat me down on the edge of the chair and pulled on his rubber gloves. He then pulled out what looked like a plastic “U” in a secure baggie.
I didn’t know piercing guns– even disposable ones– were bad. My mother had gotten her ears pierced in the late 1950s by a girlfriend, so I doubt she’d even seen one before. All I knew was that what happened next was- to this day- the most painful thing that I have ever felt. If the piercer used anything to numb my ear it clearly wasn’t doing its job, and his demeanor wasn’t helping. “Close your eyes and think of something nice.” KA-CHUNK.
It took months for my ears to heal to a point where I could change the earring out. I distinctly remember being able to break off plates of dried blood from the post and I was unable to sleep on my sides for weeks. To this day- 17 years later- I still get inflammation from the holes.
Who was this horrible piercer? MY PEDIATRICIAN. Just goes to show you, you can be pierced in the cleanest spot imaginable, by someone with multiple degrees in health and safety, and piercings can still go wrong.
I got my ears pierced at Claire's two years ago. I did the research on the dangers of getting pierced with a gun in an non-sterilized environment, but I still decided to get my ears done at Claire's for one reason only: I was scared that I wouldn't be able to afford a piercing at a fancy professional shop. Apparently professional places charge the same prices as the stores that use a gun....
And even if they charged a bit more, I’d still go to a pro over some piercing-gun-wielding-untrained-mall-girl (or boy, I guess). The only reason I got mine done at a mall was because I was 13 and didn’t know. If I had done research on why piercing guns are bad, I would have said fuck no to that crazy shit no matter the cost.
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.