i found out like a few weeks ago that a local piercer (that i'm not proud to say i went to until i found my current piercer) isn't even certified. basically, i was wondering what it takes to actually be considered certified and if what he's doing is legal or not. i tried looking it up on google but i can't really find anything that answers my question.
It depends entirely on where you live. Some digging on your local health department’s website might get you some information.
In Florida, where I live, to become a licensed piercer all you have to do is attend a 4 hour class (usually powerpoint or video) about all of the legal stuff and a small amount of air/bloodborne pathogens training. Not much at all, right? That’s why it’s so important to do your research, because a certificate doesn’t guarantee much at all, and there are tons of places that have even less regulation than where I live.
Very interesting! I’ve even seen people put thousands and thousandsof dollars into laser removal and have very little improvement at all. They come in for cover-ups on their failed tattoo removals with baaaad scar tissue.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: These gems are of a friend’s friend who proudly shows off his work thinking that it’s okay to scribble on other people’s skin. He is fully aware that he is not supposed to be tattooing minors but does it anyway. He charges $60 for any tattoo, but will knock it down to $20 if he thinks you’re cute - just slightly creepy.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Since when did Hello Kitty’s hands look like female pleasure toys instead of cute little mittens? The preparation and tattooing took only 10 or so minutes; he obviously didn’t take the time to make sure everything was sterilized and to tattoo with detail. Just look how inconsistent the shading is in both photos and how wonky the lines are. All of the faces’ eyes are asymmetrical, and in the skull tattoo, their teeth are all uneven! Oh, and the Hello Kitty tattoo’s coloring ended up fading within a week.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Get a cover up from someone from a highly reputable shop so that you won’t have to live with such a ridiculous mistake on your skin. Don’t go to a tattoo “artist” who knows he is doing something illegal but doesn’t even know that everything has to be in a sterile, professional environment. Van Gogh’s art is expensive for a reason, and it’s the same thing with masterpiece tattoos.
A girl goes and begs a tattoo artist to put Drake’s name on her forehead. The artist himself admitted it’s a horribly stupid tattoo and shitty font. When asked about it, Drake said it was cool and he 100% supported it, advocating more stupid tattoos, but for some reason is insanely pissed at the artist.
What’s awful: She got a tattoo of someone’s name on her face. Not even someone she knew, a rapper she’s never met.
How it can be fixed: (Mod comment:) Laser removal…? I really am unsure. I suppose she could get a cover up if she wanted. or bangs?
MOD COMMENT: Now, if this girl wants to get drake’s name tattooed on her, fine. That’s her thing, she can do what she wants. The problem here is that the artist is a fuck up and the lines and spacing are wacked. I also get the feel that drake thinks the idea is cool, but hates the artist because the artist did a fucking shitty job. - Kat
SUBMITTER COMMENT: So this is my friend on Facebook and she just posted a picture of a new piercing her friend gave her. I don’t get why she wouldn’t get this professionally done considering she has a job and is over 18 and wouldn’t spend the extra buck on a good job done by a reputable piercer.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Using a straight barbell on a surface piercing which would most likely cause the piercing to migrate and reject and getting pierced at someone’s home and by someone not professional.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Taking out the barbell and letting it heal and get it re-pierced by a licensed professional with proper jewelry.
Submitter Comment: These clay things came through my dashboard here on tumblr. The girl who sells them makes a bunch of other things, not earrings/plugs, that are nice on her etsy.
What’s Wrong: Even in the picture of the tentacle ones, you can see a fingerprint on the little pink suction cup. They’re not safe to wear, and she has other ones on there. At $10 a pair, and she keeps them under a “gauged earrings” heading in her shop. Oy.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: She did this by herself with fishing line and a scalpel. She’s only 17 or 18. Someone asked why it was crooked and didn’t look long enough, and she said it was and inch and a half long?! and that no one should critique it because she had the “mental strength to go through with it”
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I was scrolling through facebook when I came across this. I had to take a second look because I thought it was a badly done henna tattoo.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything. The line work is atrocious, it looks like the tattoo machine was dug into this guy’s skin, the punctuation is all wrong and “family” is spelled wrong the first time. Worse than all of that though, is that he apparently got this for all of his friends, and they’re all encouraging it.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: I’m no tattoo artist, but I think that a good coverup could fix that, unless the tattoo was done so hard that it will leave visible scarring.
MODERATOR COMMENT: I’m on the fence about this, their other tattoos (what’s visible of them, anyway) look well done. I’m thinking that the text is supposed to look like that. But the omission of the ‘i’ in the first family is a problem. Unless I’m missing a serious Lilo and Stitch ref. where it is actually spelt like that. For the owners sake, I hope it’s supposed to look like that!
To the person about the blooddrive: That is a horrible misconception! It's not within the last year! The guideline is if it's healed. Talk to the head of someone at the redcross near you and tell them about this. Volunteers have been spreading this "info" for years. My cousin was called and asked to give blood, when she informed them that she had a tattoo about 5 months back, the lady got very upset and said that volunteers are giving out wrongful information, she gave blood the next day.
I’ve also been allowed to donate blood to non-red-cross people (blood alliance of Savannah GA) even with a piercing in the last 6 months. Hell, my smilie piercing healed within about a month and I gave blood like a month and a half after getting it done.
Mostly what bothered me about that is that they think claire’s is better than a reputable piercing studio…
short story that pissed me off. i go to school at Penn State, and i'm originally from Jersey. i went to the blood drive and they asked if i had gotten any piercings/tattoos in the past year, and i [obviously] answered yes. they said i couldn't donate unless they were from Claire's or Walmart because the "FDA approved" them. i tried explaining to them that the APP piercer i got my piercings from was far more sterile than either of those and they claimed that they were "clean." i laughed. hard.
I saw a question that someone asked, saying that you guys don’t help with people’s questions. Obviously you guys know that what they said isn’t true at all, but I just wanted to let you guys know that us Awful Mods readers know that too. I’ve asked you guys two questions before (unfortunately on an old Tumblr account I deleted, so I can’t directly quote). One was on types of earrings to use/where to get them, and the other was on how to tell if a piercing studio was trustworthy and if their piercing artists were well-qualified. Both times, I got helpful, informative answers and they were greatly appreciated.
I also wanted to add that as a whole, this blog is amazing. I’ve learned so much from you all- I had no idea how bad piercing guns were before I came here, I honestly thought it was best to clean piercings with rubbing alcohol, and while I knew that self-piercing at home wasn’t a great idea, I didn’t really think it was too dangerous, and I actually considered doing it to myself a few times. Because of you guys, I’m looking very carefully to find the absolute best studio to do my industrial bar, a piercing I would have never even considered getting before I started reading this blog and Awesome Mods. I don’t expect you guys to publish this, I just wanted to make sure you all knew how much you’re appreciated.
Not an awful mod, but today in my english class a girl was asking me about my piercings, & she thought the only way to get a piercing on any part of the body was with a piercing gun, & had no idea what a piercing needle is. I then spent the next 15 minutes informing her, & many people around me who were listening to the conversation, of the horrors of piercing guns, & the wonderful world of piercing needles & piercing shops. Everyone who was listening said they were never getting gunned again <3
I've been reading a lot of these awful mod stories so I figured I'd submit my own.
When I was 13 I had finally convinced my mom to let me get an industrial bar. I went to a local piercing/tattoo shop called Cliffs that I’d been to before to get my nose pierced and such. And my nose piercing turned out fine so I trusted them. When I saw who was going to be piercing me I felt a little weird because her stretched lobes were incredibly blown out and her piercings just didn’t look healthy. Also she barely even spoke to me. Just a hello or goodbye kind of thing honestly.
She showed me the placement and I knew it was too high up on my ear but since I was 13 and she was the professional I figured I’d just let her go along with it. Once it was pierced she put the bar through and it was clearly too small. It was too small even without the swelling so I was already like uhm okay whatever you say. I went home with the piercing, cleaned it three times a day with saline solution and expected to change my bar in 6-8 months. I waited 6-8 months and my piercing was still very painful, very red, and very swollen. I knew something was wrong but I just thought it was because the bar was too small.
Once I changed the bar it felt a lot less irritated but I still couldn’t sleep on it or even lean on that side. I knew that wasn’t normal piercing pain so I continued to clean it. The entire time I thought I was doing something wrong but I followed the directions I was told to follow. After about a year and a half I ended up just taking the piercing out and putting a stud in my cartilage.
Long story short, if you suspect there’s something wrong with the piercing you’re getting, talk about it with the person who’s piercing you. Because that woman fucked up my ear and I’m now left with a whopping fucking keloid.
I'm not sure why anyone would listen to this blog. When someone actually sends you something asking a serious question, you ignore it. All you do is bash people. Not help them.
Actually, I personally spend almost all of my time as moderator answering questions. o__O I don’t publish them because they aren’t anyone else’s business, but I love helping people when they ask for it. There are a lot of submissions and questions to go through, so I apologize if it takes a little while or if you’ve been ignored, but we’re trying here.
Anyone with problems should always directly consult their piercer, especially if they need immediate help. But we’re always here to offer free professional advice, as long as people are patient. :)
Submitter’s comment: I found this gem on fb, through an old friend of mine. It was done by someone whom is unlicensed in an apartment.
What’s awful: What isn’t awful with this? It was done in an un-sterile environment by someone with absolutely no professional training. Wonky lines, unsymmetrical, poor shading/coloring, poor proportioning.
How it can be fixed: Go to a professionaland hope for the best.