Let’s talk for a minute about the vast majority of commercially available jewelry marketed for pierced ears. Below you will see a picture of 14K gold jewelry that supposedly is safe and comfortable.
1. The edges of the jewelry appear sharp and the finish is less than mirror finish. Open grooves in the backing and the rough, sharp edges can damage piercings and harbor bacteria and debris.
2. The wonderful 14K gold stamping. The stamping is on the post of the earring, and the crevices and edges are a perfect breeding ground for nasty pathogens.
3. Super sharp threading on the post. I have seen this sort of threading go as far up as 3/4 of the way up the post, essentially causing the piercing to constantly be irritated and damaged. Rubbing this threading even against normal skin can cut into the surface… OUCH!
4. The 14K gold means quality, right? WRONG! The karat only tells you of the percentage of gold in the jewelry in GENERAL. It does not specify if the post, backing, front design or any other part of the jewelry is gold, or even if it is plated! Plated gold can flake off and cause rough edges and expose the wearer to the metals under the plating, which can contain lead (toxic), nickel (a common metal causing reactions), copper and other “stuff” to make the jewelry harder, brighter and more “gold looking”.
Long story short, the jewelry going through your body should ALWAYS be implant grade, with a mirror finish and no rough edges, and not have imprints or other marks where bacteria can colonize. We love using neometal threadless titanium labrets, which come in many different lengths (for chubby or thin lobes) and tons of threadless top choices! Stop by today and pick up some truly safe, implant grade quality jewelry and see what a wonderful difference it makes!
Submitter’s comment: This is my friend of about 4 years now and her boyfriend. The girl’s step dad tattoos out of their home, where they smoke and eat. Tattoos people of age only but does very sloppy work. She says he’s been tattooing for 30 something years now. She has mentioned to me before she would like to go to another tattoo artist because he’s sloppy but doesn’t want to hurt his feelings and she doesnt have to money. She’s also pierced herself at school.
What’s awful: Wonky lines, Very unsanitary, sloppy sloppy work.
P.s. Love this blog. lots and lots. it’s taught me a lot about my own modifications.
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Submitter’s Comments: Was cruising on Zjebany Piercing on Facebook and saw this….creation.
Why It’s Awful?: Horrible, incorrect jewelry. Those look like skin divers but I might be wrong, along with bioflex barbells in a ‘surface piercing.’ What’s that black thing lining her neck?! It looks like those plastic things you tie/lock your luggage with when you go on a plane.
Hi! In reference about the question you were asked about one needle used to make four separate holes, why exactly is it that the same needle cant be used in the same sitting on one client? Just super curious. thanks :)
The cutting portion of the needle will become extremely dull after being used once compared to being unused. A dull needle will cause more unwanted trauma and discomfort for the piercee as opposed to a new unused needle.
Piercing needles are very finely sharpened, they are not designed to be used for more than one puncture. Here are some pictures that illustrate how quickly a beveled needle dulls from use. These are pictures of syringe needles (very similar in design to piercing needles) under magnification after use.
(I realized I hadnt sourced it so I resubmitted it)
I found these while scrolling through my face book sometime in November Its from a 15 year old girl I used to be close friends with & she has been tattooing herself & friends She has no licencing or practice yet went straight on to tattooing people The top two are an example of the larger pieces shes done on herself, where as the others are what she has done on other people
Submitter’s Comment: This was posted on the Facebook page of the local shop near my college. I’m fairly certain that’s blood. I’m also fairly certain that stretching your lobes shouldn’t end with blood. This place does good work, although I will admit that the Industrial I got from them doesn’t seem to be healing right. But I stretch my own ears and I’ve never had them bleed before. it just doesn’t seem right to me.
What’s Awful: He look’s like he’s bleeding and that lobe doesn’t look happy to me.
How it can be fixed: Help! Mod’s you guys know a lot more about this than me!
that placement is also off. way off. if it were my ear i’d take it out and get it redone elsewhere after it’s healed up.
Except piercings do not just stretch down, they stretch in all directions (or sometimes the direction of least resistance). This would probably also stretch upwards and be pressing on the anti-tragus, which would likely be uncomfortable.
Submitter’s Comment: Part 2 to my ‘kkhtattoo’ picture montage. Found these on Instagram from a “piercing/tattoo shop” located in Hong Kong. All of their pictures are horrible, and mass produced/copied on different people.
What’s Awful?: I am a full believer in the fact that you MUST have a good grasp on a language people for tattoo it onto people’s body. If you don’t, okay, no problem… ASK SOMEONE WHO DOES! These people are so poorly educated in the field that it makes me so sad for these poor people getting work done by them. I mean.. “Enjoy evey Day”? Really? I don’t know what the first picture is doing, but it looks like a tampon hanging on some chains. On their page you can see the puzzle piece with birds flying out of it on multiple people, all done atrociously.
How Can These Be Fixed?: I’m not sure if they can… Perhaps go to a VERY GOOD cover-up artist. Do your research. NEVER get tattooed in China!
I mean…I wouldn’t say NEVER get tattooed in China. I’ve seen some good work come out of China, but yeah…be careful when you get tattooed in china. Or anywhere, really. Research your artists.
When you speak of what hypertrophic piercings look like why do you only describe them on caucasian skin? I for one certainly dont experience bumps that are ever red or pink
I would assume we do this because we’re all caucasian* white (including the piercers that have made informative videos on hypertrophic scars). This is a definite bias on our part and I’m sorry. I really don’t have an answer for how they appear on dark or otherwise non-caucasian skin.
Also when I went to google for images even if I added “dark/black/brown/african american skin” it still gave me mostly white people as results, which is really dumb.
This image is labelled as a keloid by the website I found it on, but is close-ish to what you’d be looking out for in a hypertrophic scarring and if you get this on a piercing, it’s not a good sign.
Not sure if we still have any piercers following us, but feel free to reblog and correct me on this and/or provide your own experiences.
(SOURCE) - Hubpage’s “Safe Body Piercing Practices”
Submitter’s Comments: This is a screen cap of a site I came across. It was actually found from THIS article, posted on AwfulMods one year ago. If you click on the source, you will find a horrific article on how to ‘safely’ pierce yourself at home.
What’s Awful?: This site is blatantly condoning self piercing. Although it’s possible to find all the info you need online, that doesn’t take away from the fact that most people don’t own autoclaves. What you purchase on the internet will not be sterile (unless it’s a high-quality site that offers such). And even so, it’s just not a good idea. People go through years of apprenticeships to master the art for a reason. They have high prices FOR A REASON.
How To Fix?: Try and educate more people on the dangers of self piercing and go to a reputable shop!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I found this shop through Groupon. They’re offering $50 for $100 worth of tattooing, $350 for six hours of tattooing in one sitting, and(according to their facebook) they offer ridiculous piercing specials regularly. They had some really nice tattoos mixed in with their awful ones which made me curious, so I image searched the good ones. Probably half of the tattoos in their shop portfolio are stolen from different artists(most from Scott Campbell of Saved Tattoo in NY). So not only are they bad at what they do, they are liars and thieves.
I would link photos of the piercings, but they are only on their website which I can’t link from.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Shaky lines, bad shading, STOLEN pictures, awful everything. Surface piercings have wrong jewelry in as well.
Submitter’s Comments: Was reading Shannon Larratt’s ModBlog, and came across THIS article (click the source for the actual article). I quote: “Tattoo artist, Ryan L. Fitzjerald was hit with a $100,000 lawsuit last week by his ex-girlfriend Rossie Brovent. She claims that her boyfriend was supposed to tattoo a scene from Narnia on her back but instead tattooed an image of a pile of excrement with flies buzzing around it.”
Why It’s Awful: He got her drunk before signing a consent form, apparently stating that the tattoo design was ‘at the artist’s discretion.’ She’s scarred for life and can’t do much about it because the idiot got her to sign something beforehand. She states that she was passed out for most of the tattoo. Any professional wouldn’t have tattooed an intoxicated person. Any professional wouldn’t do this to someone.
How It Can Be Fixed:Don’t let your partner tattoo you after you’ve slept with his best friend behind his back. Lots of laser surgery, or a good coverup. Take the bastard to court for all he’s got!
Lesson here is not really what is crossed out, but more to not go to a non-professional who will tattoo you while you’re wasted.
Yes. Literally all piercings will leave a scar in one form or another. If you create a wound in your body, you will get a scar as a result.
Not a personal attack on you, blue-morning, but please, everyone, stop asking us if [x] piercing will leave a scar. It will. Even if you do it 100% right. Some scars are more visible than others. Some scars fade faster over time. Some scars won’t really be visible in a couple months or a year or 5 years, but they will ALL leave a scar on your body for some amount of time.
WEAR YOUR EARMUFFS! (Stretched Lobes and Frostbite)
(SOURCE) - ModBlog, Jordan Ginsberg. Click for full article!
Submitter’s Comments: Was reading ModBlog again, came across this cautionary tale of keeping your lobes nice and warm during these winter months! This man went out snowboarding and his lobes became frostbitten.
What’s Awful?: He didn’t take proper precaution against the winter weather, so his poor lobes almost fell off.
How to Fix?: Wear earmuffs when you go out in the snow! Or switch your titanium/steel eyelets for something that’s less likely to freezeeeee fast!
Happy Winter, ya’ll!
I know I posted this story as an answer to someone’s question earlier in the season, but i’ll post this just as a reminder to keep those lobes warm. :)
Submitter’s Comments: Was lurking through the SNP blog, and came across this. As stated, it’s someone sitting on a toilet, at school, getting a stick n poke tattoo.
What’s Awful?: No gloves, done in the most unsanitary spot in the entire universe, besides a dumpster. They may be underage if it’s being done in ‘school,’ so they very likely may regret it in the future. Do you know how many fecal particles are flying around there right now?! Ugh!
How Can it Be Fixed?: Stop. Doing. Things. That. Licensed. Professionals. Are. Trained. To. Do… :|! Only use the bathroom to relieve yourself, not give yourself a new ‘body mod.’
Hello there, I was just flicking through your posts. And I noticed about 9 months ago. You actually posted a picture of someone who has stretched their ear, with what appears to be a lime green silicone tunnel, with almost half of the lobe destroyed. I've seen an update on the picture, they then went on to get the left over little nubs of the lobe pierced and put string around them so they could still wear the tunnel. Just thought you'd like that little follow up story. (: - John.