Submitter Comment: These popped up on my Facebook news feed.A friend of mine first posted her boyfriends “tattoos” and then posted herself also getting “tattoos”. I then commented and called her out saying “Have fun with infections and a terrible tattoo” and she goes “what are you talking about? These are completely legit in my kitchen” ….need I go on?
What’s awful?: These are prison style tattoos being done in someones kitchen, they think they look “so good!” It’s not clean, it’s shaky at best. These tattoos are terrifying.
Don’t handle your piercings (even if they are healed) as you may spread bacteria to the studio’s common areas thereby endangering both staff and fellow patrons.
Bring worn jewelry in a baggie or other sealed container. Never place worn jewelry on the counter or display.
In the restroom:
Don’t handle your piercings (see above).
It is never appropriate to change your jewelry in the restroom or other locations in the studio. If you want your jewelry changed at the studio, it should be done by one of the piercers, in the piercing room.
In the piercing room:
Allow your piercer to direct you to an area where personal belongings may be placed BEFORE setting anything down.
Camera flashes can be very distracting during the performance of a piercing. Check with your piercer before taking pictures. Turn off your cell phone.
This is meant to be a guideline and to aid you in having a safe piercing experience.
See their autoclave (sterilizer)
An autoclave is a device that sterilizes the jewelry, tools and equipment necessary to perform your piercing/s by eliminating bacteria and its spores. The most effective units available to studios use a combination of steam and pressure. (”Dry Heat” is NOT considered appropriate for sterilization.) Absolutely no studio should be in operation without this vital piece of equipment!
Spore test Results
A spore test (biological indicator) is the only way to know that an autoclave is working properly. Biological indicators actually test the autoclave’s ability to kill even the most dangerous & resistant organisms such as HIV, Hepatitis, etc. The studio should keep recent results on file and be willing to show them to you.
Ask if you can watch them set-up for a piercing and be in the room when they set up for yours. The piercer should first wash and glove their hands. The equipment should be sealed in individual sterilized packages and placed on a tray. The piercer should change gloves if they touch anything in the room other than you and the sterile equipment. All needles should be in individual sterile packages and should be opened while you are present. NEVER let a piercer use a needle on you that was soaked in a liquid. All needles should be disposed of in a sharps container (usually a small red box marked “biohazard”) after they have been used on a single client.
Do they provide aftercare guidelines?
The aftercare for your piercing should be explained to you and provided in writing. Read this sheet BEFORE you have the piercing done! If it tells you to treat your piercing with harsh soap, ointment, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide, the studio is not keeping up with industry standards.
It’s a common misconception that you need plastic in an oral piercing to avoid tooth and gum damage. It’s less about the material and more about the size. Many oral piercings are performed with slightly longer jewelry to account for swelling. Once the swelling has passed the jewelry needs to be downsized
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SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Well, a little history I guess. These are my lobes today. (Please note they’re not actually this yucky pinky-red, I have a pink light which reeks havoc on my photo levels) I had them pierced with a gun when I was 12 at a hairdressers, where my aunt signed me off pretending to be my mum. Quality stuff, wonky and everything. I began stretching when I was about 18, I bought a nasty acrylic taper and similar screw-closure tunnels from the local goth shop. (The very same shop who have almost everything out to touch. One time my sister was in there, some girls stuck jewellery in their piercings and put it back, and the guy behind the counter got mad and said he’d have to “disinfect it all again”. Ugh. Just. No.) The girl who served me at the time said going from where I was to 3mm would be fine and to use vaseline. I did exactly that over the course of 2 days, along with a little blood and a nasty throbbing pain. I know a lot better now. I later went up to 4mm by just popping the next size of acrylic in the day before an event. I since let them shrink back, and have been stretching again using the correct methods shown in your stretching guide. (THANK you <3) I’m only back to a 2.4, but I’m kinda worried about the placement and any potential scar tissue? When I was younger I tried for 5mm, but one of my lobes was having none of it, which makes me think a little bundle of NOPE could be preventing me there. My goal size is 1” one day, but the way things are positioned I just feel like even with regular downsizing, my ears and going to look awfully thin. My local piercer said that the lobes should even themselves out over time and be just fine, but I’m starting to doubt their judgement after hearing some of the other stuff they’ve come out with. (I was told by the same guy that every surface piercing, even with a staple bar, will reject and they’re all pretty pointless.) Magical mods, what are your opinions? These holes won’t close up completely as I had them out about a year before. Would it be worth getting them maybe dermal punched into a better placement and to remove any little bits of scarring?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Placement.
First things first: for the scar tissue, try massages. They’ll help break it up slowly over time.
I agree that the placement is not ideal, especially if you want to go much larger. I would try to get them to downsize as much as possible (while doing massages), and (provided they don’t close on their own) possibly look into scalpelling or having them closed by a professional and pierced again later. They’re so off from being centered that I’m not sure what your best bet will be at this point. If you send us your location we can try to help find a body modification artist near you that you can have a consultation in-person with.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I have no intention of buying them as I’m at my GS. Just curious mainly.
I’m not gonna go too in-depth here because I’m not sure if this has been posted before, but they’re acrylic. We do not recommend stretching with acrylic anyway, so the material makes it a bad idea automatically.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I’m actually submitting myself on here in hopes people will read this and take their time before getting a tattoo. I was 16 when I got this done (in Idaho, you could get tattooed at 14 with parental consent.) I brought in a very clear picture of the leaves, and told him I wanted it exactly like the picture. Needless to say, I did not get it. The stencil looked like the picture, but the tattoo did not. I went back in when I was 18 to see what could be done, only to find out that the guy who did mine was fired for terrible work. I’ve gotten it “fixed” as much as I could, now it just looks like black blobs on my chest. Trust with your artist is important. If you ever feel uncomfortable, don’t do it.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT:I found this photo from fb newsfeed. Friend of mine has done it, apparently drunk, for her friend. She has been doing tattoos for few years now and this is her handwork.. Tattooist is 24 and tattooed is around the same age. Tattooed girl has pictures from her new beauty on her fb page and tattoo shows in every photo.
WHAT’S AWFUL: people claiming to use ‘black henna’ that the FDA has PPD in it- an approved chemical for hair color, but not directly for skin, off the scalp.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: be more knowledgeable about those “temporary henna tattoo” places you see on boardwalks, in parks, etc, etc. Know when it is true henna- or when you may get a chemical if left on your skin- that can ruin it.
This is some scary stuff, and you guys should read it. I actually had someone come into the shop several months ago asking for help with a “black henna” tattoo, and it was not a pretty situation.