SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a local “professional” artist, tattooing in somebody’s house. This images are proudly put up on her facebook and regularly updates with tattoos she has done and ones she has “fixed.” She also makes excuses for why her lines are shaky quite often. She has been tattooing for about one year, and became a professional without an apprenticeship, weird how that magic happens when your dad is also a “professional”
WHAT’S AWFUL: Tattooing in an non-sterile environment.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Don’t tattoo in a non sterile environment! Also be sure to check your local artists and make sure they don’t follow practices such as this!
Submitter comment: These are some “set up” shots of an at home subdermal implant procedure. There wasn’t much text with the photos, but she did state that the procedure was done on the bed (second photo). She did post some pictures )not included here) showing the implants before they were inserted. From this I can say that there was nothing obviously wrong with the jewelry, only the procedure. There is no indication given of how the contaminated tools and materials were disposed of - I can only hope they didn’t put anyone else at risk.
What’s Awful: Performing a body modification in an unclean environment. I don’t know who did this, but if they were a professional then they are the sort of professional who is willing to work in someone’s bedroom.
How it can be fixed: Go to a reputable professional who works out of a clean studio. Also, do your research. Implants have many potential risks and complications, so it’s worth your time and money to go to someone who understands the risks and can give your implant the best chance of success.
Unfortunately I’m unable to log in to my tumblr so I have to ask this in a submission, hopefully you guys will answer. I have recently acquired some tattoo flash art sheets and I wanted to know how I would go about selling these since I have no use for them. Do you think that a local tattoo shop would buy them?
People come by our shop all the time trying to sell flash. It doesn’t hurt to try.
Be cautious around Diversified Ink in Bangor, ME. I went in a few months ago to talk to “B” about deep dydoes and various other genital piercings. I’ve had normal, 14g dydoes (10 and 2 position) in the past, but snagged one of them on my jeans which jumpstarted the rejection process. I took them both out because leaving just one in wouldn’t be symmetrical. Anywho, I loved the dydoes but wanted something sturdier, hence the interest in a deep dydoe that goes in behind the ridge and out next to the urethra. She told me she couldn’t do it, but she could give me 16g dydoes with a curved barbell. 16g and curved seemed totally fucked up, so I politely said I’d think about it and possibly come back.
I just came across her portfolio online. Even if 16g curved barbells are suitable for dydoes, I’m glad I didn’t get them. I would hate to support the “pro” who does things like:
The other piercer may very well be competent, so I don’t want to say avoid Diversified Ink altogether..
How it can be fixed: Learning the fundamentals of piercing
I just saw this on the Fair Trading website and thought it would be a good read for yourselves and any other Australian’s who are wondering about unlicensed tattooing/being tattooed by an unprofessional.
Submitters comment: This is a kid i went to high school with. He loves his tat and shows it to everyone. He claims its meaning has something to do with the beauty of death and says its a tribute but wont say to who. Got this from facebook.
Whats Awful: Look at it. It looks like a middle school art student drew it.
How it can be fixed: Go to an artist that isn’t terrible, if he even went to an artist. Get this covered or redone. something. ack.
You guys semi-frequently ask if we condone hand-poked tattoos. Usually I respond with that I, personally, don’t unless they’re done by a professional. I’m not about to condone using india ink, pen ink, black paint, etc. and a safety pin that you boiled in a kitchen pot as something you should use to permanently mark yourself.
However, I found this interview because of this post and think it’s quite interesting and also impressive. This guy is 100x better than anything that will EVER show up on “fyeahstickandpoke”.
This was also recently posted to BME. Different artist, but still hand-poked tattooing.
Submitting myself here. When I was seventeen, I had my eyebrow pierced twice unprofessionally with a reused needle
Oh yeah, fun stuff. Placement ended up being really bad so I took them out.
and now almost three years later I still have really bad scarring from them! I’ve had this eyebrow pierced five times professionally and it recovered perfectly from those, but never healed the original home done ones. Unprofessional piercings can have long term consequences, so keep that in mind next time you think you don’t want to pay for someone to do it.
Submitter comment: These tattoos are done by a 17-year old girl in her living room. She did the first tattoo on her father and the second one on her boyfriend. There are many more like these on her blog.
What’s awful: First of all, unsanitary conditions. I’m no tattooist but the lines look wonky and the coloring on the first one looks awful.
There’s a Starbuck’s a couple doors down from my dayjob that I frequent enough that they know me and I can identify new employees. Well, a new barista is staring at me hardcore as I make my way to the front and I see he has modest stretched ears. He turns on the charm and without letting me get a word in says, “Wow, what size are your plugs? I just gauged mine. Yeah, skipped three sizes, almost tore my lobes in half and pussed out, but I’m so stoked!”
And I’m just like, “That’s nice, can I get extra caramel on that, bro?”
I don’t want to submit a photo of this individual because not only is it filtered (instagram) so that the redness and infection is difficult to see, it is on her very-identifiable face and I don’t wish to play that game. But here is my story:
About a year ago, my side-by-side dermals beneath my collarbone had a very nasty accident with my fuzzy pillow, which is filled with fuzzy-pillow bacteria being that I can’t just throw my fuzzy pillow in the washer after I drool on it and rub my hair and skin oils all over it all night - it has to be steam cleaned. They ripped but didn’t come out because I was quick to stop moving and untangle them from the fuzzies. I called my mom crying, and she refrained from “I told you so” and simply made an appointment with the doctor for the next afternoon. When I arrived, he took a look and informed me that he had never even heard of these piercings and was not sure how to remove them. I explained to him, complete with a diagram of the jewelry, how the piercing was done, and which side of the gem had the long leg and short leg under my skin. Two injections of local anesthesia later, he was snipping tissue and I felt nothing but pressure. After removal, my doctor (with gloved hands, of course) applied pressure to the area and squeezed out any pus (etc.) that he could, and gave me wound care instructions and a prescription for antibiotics to kill any infection that was still there.
Had I not gone to the doctor, and my piercer had removed them, chances are my skin would have healed over the infection and an abscess would have formed (which can be deadly if not attended to). My doctor learned something new, and he caught on quickly because he is a smart man - if your doctor is not a smart man who is quick to learn, you should find another doctor.
Last fall, a girl from my area (who I’d never even met or heard of up until after this) started following me on instagram out of the blue. I followed back, and I couldn’t help but comment politely with my advice (based on my experience) one day when she posted her infected facial dermal, crying about it. She became very rude and told me I was stupid and that I don’t know anything about piercings (I’ve had over 15 piercings, most of which I’ve had done after serious research), and she was going to her piercer friend who did all her piercings and knew everything about it. I explained to her that it would be more painful that way and the piercer couldn’t give her any antibiotics for the infection, and told her good luck. She then commented on a photo of my ear (I had just gotten a new double forward helix recently) - one of my earrings was shaped really oddly, and she chastised me for having poorly aligned piercings and told me I was unqualified to give her advice (all because my earring was shaped in a way that you can’t really tell where the post on the back is). I explained that to her, wished her the best again, and blocked her from contact.
All I can say is that I hope her “piercer friend” referred her to a doctor as well and refused to remove it.
LESSON TO LEARN: IF YOUR PIERCING IS INFECTED, PLEASE GO TO A DOCTOR. SKIP THE PIERCER - THEY CANNOT PRESCRIBE ANTIBIOTICS FOR WHAT COULD BE A DEADLY INFECTION.
I agree with the sentiment that if you believe you have an infection, you should go straight to see your doctor for antibiotics. This is the same advice a professional piercer should give you if you go to see them about infection, anyway.
HOWEVER, I would like to make it clear that there is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with a piercer removing a surface anchor. In fact, that is the way I prefer it be done. Doctors cause much more trauma when they cut them out. A skilled piercer could remove the surface anchor just with massage and pressure, because they have a greater understanding of the jewelry and the piercing. There is absolutely no need to use a local anesthetic or cut them out, and it greatly increases the healing time and the chance of scar tissue.
I would’ve suggested going to your doctor about the infection, and then having your piercer remove them after being put on antibiotics. They are different professionals for different problems.
Since a few of you have asked: A couple of us are back in school I believe, one of us is working major hours piercin’ her lovely little ass off, and I’m quite ill, but we’re here! And we love you beautiful people!
With that being said, submissions have been a little slower than usual so show us something gross to post :3
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a guy I used to work with. Wonderful man. Loves his family… Maybe a little too much. Or maybe not enough. Considering these tattoos are ugly as sin, and they weren’t even done professionally. I vaguely remember asking him where he got them done and him saying something like, “my buddy does them in his basement”. My only reaction was, “Oh, honey, nooo.”
WHAT’S AWFUL: Non-professional tattooist (with the usual problems that come with that - thankfully he does not appear to have gotten any infections of any kind), tattoo contains wonky colouring and shading, the children look squished and weird and creepy instead of glowingly adorable like they are IRL (I was lucky enough to meet his youngest grandkid who was absolutely sweet).
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: I don’t know if tattoos this severe-looking can be lasered/covered, but that’s all I can think of.
I would like to clarify in that I do not think less of this person for making the decisions he did, and I appreciate the sentiments behind the tattoos. But he could be putting himself at a health risk if he continues to have his tats done by a ‘friend in his basement’, and his tattoos just don’t reflect just how precious and adorable his grandkids are.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: A bit about it; this is from Oregon. This kid went (and has recently dropped out of ) my school. I’m constantly seeing him post about self tattooing, and it makes me sick.
WHAT’S AWFUL: The fact that he is self tattooing most likely in his bedroom or germ infested bathroom etc., the fact that he is under the influence of drugs while tattooing himself, I’m going to go ahead and assume he did not wear gloves, or follow any safety precautions,.. not to mention the quality of the tattoo., the lines shakey, non-consistent and un-even. I do not know much about the needles, probably not high grade.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Here is a good one for you. The one on the right is a “cover up”. so i guess she just made the left equally as awful to match? More shitty scratcher work.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything. The point of a cover up is to make it not look like a cover up… also, nobody wants a cover up their going to want to get covered up. Everything is uneven, the nautical stars are weird looking, this was done apparently on the couch in the background. it’s bloody and chewed to hell… the list is endless.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: thought this was worthy of sharing, it’s not an awful modification per se. but awful public attitudes to them.
This came up on my Facebook news feed, it’s a nice thing that there’s a charity helping people remove hideous tattoos that they regret if they can’t afford it themselves, but some of the opinions stated are depressingly anti-mod :/
it’s just awful to be writing on a well read news site that -
tattoos are essentially a form of self harm
3/4 of people who have them regret them
it’s acceptable for workplaces to discriminate based on having tattoos
if you want a job you should know better than to get tattooed in the first place