I'm so dismayed at the self-righteous hate y'all get. This is a great blog, and I know I can attest to the fact that any questions I've submitted have been answered. Yeah, you can talk about what could happen if you do a mod wrong/in poor conditions, but that's a poor substitute for seeing what can go wrong. And what's better- with this, you can see what really happens when things go wrong rather than taking someone's tenuous advice.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: So browsing through the ever pleasant Facebook, I saw that an old “friend” had changed his profile picture. Upon closer inspection, I found this monstrosity. All I have to say is wowza. It would have been better for him to have hot something.
WHAT’S AWFUL:All that blood! Its everywhere. And while I’m no expert, I’m pretty sure that’s the wrong kind of jewelry for it. He did it himself so no sanitation whatsoever. And the placement looks off.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:Take them out, let it heal, and go to a professional if you actually want something like that.
Submitter comment: A girl from school who obsesses over her “fiance” basically got a tattoo up her entire right side of her body that is in incredibly illegible handwriting. He’s a Marine and they don’t see eachother very often, she didn’t want to pay much for a tattoo so she settled for this for the rest of her life.
What’s Awful: The fact she paid money to receive a tattoo that is so difficult to read, but not only that, the handwriting is horrible. She should have waited to get more money or just not get the tattoo, she’ll most likely regret getting it in the future.
Alright, I’ve been reading this blog for quite awhile and decided it was time to share my own story. I have 5 piercings as of now. My lobes, which I recently downsized from 0g and three cartilage piercings. I went to a local shop called red koi because I had heard they were cheap and did a good job. I’d gone to a more expensive place for my other cartilage peircings and they had turned out well, so I was nervous to go to other places. Though I decided a cheaper price was worth it. That’s my first mistake.
So, I walk in and there’s people getting tattooed right in the front room, for everybody to see. If that wasn’t strange, employees were walking in between the tables which were already very crowded. We had to walk in between them to get to the piercing area. A blond girl with normal looking piercings and few tattoos sat me down and got me ready to pierce, she seemed to know what she was doing so I calmed down.
Soon after cleaning my ear she pulled out a long 14g curved barbel. I was quite confused by it because I’d only ever seen cartilages pierced with CBRs before, so I asked if she could use one of those instead. She hesitantly agreed, and got one out.
She put a cork behind my ear as my other pierces had and pushed the needle in. As soon as she did I knew something was wrong. The needle only went through halfway. She laughed and said “you’ve got some thick cartilage!” and took the needle out, then jabbed it back into my ear before I could say anything. It was extremely painful to say the least. She then started pulling and twisting my ear while trying to shove the jewelry in. It was a long process and just when I though she was done, I realized she had pulled the needle out and was digging the ring back into the closing hole. After awhile she got the ring in and the ball on. I had blood pouring out of my ear and was very frustrated at the situation.
She then took her gloves off to clean up her station, stopped, and said “let me turn that for you!” and proceeded to grab and twist my bleeding, tender new piercing with her bare hands.
For the next week and a half my ear was very swollen and angry, but I soaked it in warm salty water 3 times a day and it turned out fine.
I was lucky this time, but I plan on only going to my original shop from now on. Pick your piercer wisely! You get what you pay for!
I don't know if you guys do shout-outs, but I'd really like to spread the word about Black Diamond Body Piercing in West Hartford, Connecticut. They're the only APP-certified place in Connecticut, and they make the drive from anywhere well worth it. Georgia and Brooke are absolutely lovely, and every visit has been an absolute pleasure. The atmosphere is friendly & comfortable. On top of their diverse jewelry selection, they also take custom jewelry orders for companies they're partnered with.
Submitter Comment She’s making plugs out of EMPTY BOTTLES, and PACKING TAPE, putting bondage tape on the outside to make them look bought.
What’s Awful …Did you read the summary? Oh and she has comments disabled. I guess other people realize just how bad this is. I can’t imagine the adhesives in packing tape are any good for you, or the chemicals of whatever was in BOTTLE before it was used for a plug.
How Can It Be Fixed STOP telling people to make plugs like this. She ends with commentary about being poor and ‘creative’. Erm. This isn’t creativity it’s idiocy.
I’m new to Awfulmodifications, and alas, I don’t see much information on dimple piercings. This would be me before the ‘incident’ I am about to warn/speak of.
As you can see, I had five piercings on my face alone. (That doesn’t include the other multiple ones I’ve got.) Now, dimple piercings aren’t really troublesome if done PROFESSIONALLY, and if taken care of properly. About a month ago, I had to take my dimple piercings out. I had gotten a severe 3rd degree burn on my face from [sadly] being allergic to sunscreen and being out in the sun for a total of 15 hours in two days. Due to the burn being on my left piercing, when the skin rawed, it became very sensitive to infection. Unaware of this, I continued to only clean it twice a day rather than what I should have due to it being painful to clean because of the burn.
The burn had caused it to become infected easily, and in result, I had to remove my dimple piercings. Many people talk about how it’s troublesome to get them because of:
1) Biting the bars or balls on the inside of the cheek.
2) Them being impossible to deal with while eating before they’ve completely healed the way they should.
3) The balls for the bars are too large.
Etc. Etc. Those are just the top three excuses I’ve heard for people who really want the piercings done, but have these fears. Yes, you do sometimes bite the ball or bar while eating if not careful, BUT, that only happens if you keep the original long bars in that the piercer did the piercing with. Because they use longer bars due to swelling, you need to have regular tongue ring bars at the ready for when they’re good to be changed. As for the concern about the balls being too large, yes, the usual tongue ring balls are too large and gawky.
Solution to this: Use the same gauge balls from another piercing that are smaller. (I used Monroe balls from my lip.) As for eating, you really have no troubles more than the ordinary oral inflammation and slight annoyance with having to chew more slowly. Dimple piercings aren’t as bad as some people make them out to be (mind you a good percent of those people haven’t even had them done.)
This is me currently, and I do indeed plan on getting my dimples redone when I have the funds.
Had my lip rings out due to my sister borrowing them and then losing them. Anyways, as you can see, they left no problem. I didn’t even have dimples before I got them, and they’ve been out for a month [Or more] and I still have little dimples. That’s the cute thing about these piercings. People say that they’re impossible to get rid of if you want to take them out, that’s not true. It takes a while, yes, but it depends more so on how long you had them in. I had mine in for over three months. So of course it’s not going to go away instantly, your body molds to such things. So if you plan on getting dimple piercings, remember to get them done at a professional place by someone who knows what they’re doing. Not some chop shop with half baked equipment. Remember to take care of your skin around your piercings and such because it does effect the piercing it’s self. Always keep it clean and dandy and you’ll be happy with what you have.
Submitter comment: I’ve known this girl for awhile, used to be good friends with her in middle school but she moved and I haven’t seen her much since. She’s 17 and got this tattoo for free from her best friend who is 14! The girl who did this has been tattooing her friends since she was 11 and I have seen quite the collection of the “work” she’s done.
Source: My facebook newsfeed.
What’s awful: Done in the “artist’s” bedroom. Probably unsanitary. No professional training or skills. Both girls are underaged and I have no idea why anyone would let their younger friend modify their body in any way.
How it can be fixed: Go to a professional! Why would you let someone so young give you a tattoo?!
SOURCE: Myself SUBMITTER COMMENT: Today, I lost a plug and went to a local piercer (D at Infusion Studio in Marysville, WA for the uninformed) to buy a piece of jewelry and have it inserted. Not only did he convince me to buy a double-flared plug, he then tried to jump my one month old 2g stretch to a 0g (in order to get the flare in), despite being clear that if I said “ow” he was to stop. When I told him stretching should never hurt, he said, “So you think you know how to do it better than me?” Yes. I do. This guy was also, apparently, good enough to have an apprentice, which horrifies me.
I went home, sea salt soaked, and will be babying it until it stops crusting. It is still bleeding now, almost two hours later. I can’t get a plug in at all and now have decided (with the advice of the BAF forums and my normal piercer, who I didn’t go to because she is an hour or more drive away, HUGE MISTAKE) to let it heal sans jewelry for six months minimum.
I understand that this is my fault, as he is known to be a bad piercer with a bad attitude, but I am furious with myself and him that I’m going to have to wait six months to start stretching over again when I had done nothing wrong up until now.
Moderator comment: This is why I say that stretching your earlobes or septum or even ear cartilage is the only mod that should be self done (with proper knowledge anyway). Stories like this happen all too often. :/ -Kat
I would assume if the piercer to do that is crazy enough that either a straight barbell or PTFE would be appropriate jewelry. However, because that piercing goes through the tip of the tongue, you’re super prone to chipping or cracking your teeth and gum erosion. I would also imagine that it’d be generally uncomfortable.
So I found this guy while looking at upper conch pictures
Submitter comment: Be prepared for a somewhat long post… I was looking on google for upper conch piercing pictures and saw this guy’s (whom I do not know at all) lobes, which caught my eye:
(source) Not sure if it’s that bad or not, but he says it’s near 16mm and it just seems off. Anyways, seeing his lobes I decide to click the picture and it takes me to his myspace. I look at all of his pictures, which seem to be mod-related, and I just about died when I saw these.
(source) ^Titled: “Product placement, in the most unlikely place”^
(source) ^”A bottle of Vitamin-E Oil through my ear”^ Looks so comfortable!
(source) ^Titled: “The cap of the Vitamin E oil through my ear with O-rings on it”^ …Looks much better, don’t ya think?
(source) Something we don’t have in America, a Kinder Surprise Egg(? Hope I’m getting the name right) and he asks if “it surprises us” Ha ha. This next one just takes it all…
(source) ^”My next size up: empty scotch tape roll, around 38mm”^ …REALLY? -That’s all of the picture but he always recommends EarGauges.net to people, saying “I know they’re not called gauges but they have good deals”, where if you look at the community photos there are some real wows. -He also has a YouTube channel where he used to tell people how to stretch [improperly]. The videos of him stretching his lobes are  At least he tells people it’s a bad way to do it now though.
What’s Awful: The things he put in his ears and the way he used to stretch them, and the fact that he is doing it while being in a lot of pain.
How it can be fixed: DO NOT DO THIS. I do believe this guy has downsized back to 16mm or 14mm and is now telling people that it’s a bad way to stretch, so I guess he’s in the process of fixing
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I found this image on Facebook - it’s caption was ‘First ever tattoo with no practice’. I’ve got an idea that he’s got a proper apprenticeship now, and his designs are greatly improving.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Clearly done in an unsanitary environment (judging by the pen and keyboard etc on the floor)
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Practise on something other than real skin, train for proper qualifications and a then get employed by a reputable shop with a sanitary environment to work in!
Submitter comment: I came across this video on youtube a little while back.
What’s Awful: He’s getting his ears pierced in a mall via a piercing gun. Had he been in a proper piercing studio, being worked on by an actual body modification artist as opposed to this hack, he wouldn’t have fainted on the floor. The piercer would have known that fainting may occur and would’ve handled it accordingly instead of letting him fall to the floor.
How it can be fixed: Never get pierced with a piercing gun in a mall by someone who’s untrained.
Moderator comment: NEVER get pierced without eating a real meal (like at least a sandwich) within about 4 hours before getting pierced. A REAL piercer will know that if someone is freaking out like that and acting like they feel funny/off/dizzy/whatever that that person needs to stay seated, take a break from being pierced, and maybe drink some juice and/or eat something small. -Kat
I know this guy through Facebook, and he’s got so many terrible mods. His tongue looks dead and lifeless due to so many bad piercings, and now this picture of his lobe! He also has a “tattoo gun” (his words, not mine) that he bought off eBay. As far as I know he hasn’t used it on anyone, but it’s only a matter of time I suppose.
Posting this thin, bloody, nasty lobe on Facebook and actually being proud of it. And his girlfriend seems to think it’s cool. I mean come on, have some respect for your body!
I know you probably get a shitload of these, but I just wanted to say thank you. I’m 15 and I’ve wanted a lip piercing for quite some time now, but my mother is not so sure about letting me have it, because the country we live in isn’t exactly educated about piercings and like 80 % of kids get their piercings done by friends. But I’m currently on page 175 of your blog and I have learned so much, I now know how to pick a place to get my piercing, how to take proper care of it, when I can change the jewellery, what should I do if I by any change get an infection… I could probably give a 15 minute speech about it to my mum, and I’m planning on showing her that I’m serious about this and that it didn’t just cross my mind like 5 minutes ago. I’m already saving up for it for my 16th birthday. So yeah, I know that I’m not suppose to submit shit like this, but seriously, a huge thank you to all you beautiful people running this blog, you’ve really helped out a lot of us ignorant and uneducated people.
EDIT: I think BME is having some issues? Here’s a picture from that article:
And a summary:
chirrcollector said: If you can’t read the article, an important note is that this is NOT a “trend”. Saline injections have been a part of the fetish + mod communities for many years. The media loves to grip such stories and misrepresent them without historical context.
Alright, so I used to know this guy a few years back. He used to pierce out of his house. The piercings were either done in the bedroom (over carpet, not to mention the cat box was in the room) or on the kitchen table. The table was always littered with dirty dishes. He kept all of his jewelry in a glass bowl, which he would let his clients fish around in to find jewelry they like. He went around saying that he was a ‘Certified Piercer’. And by that he means he ordered a few DVDs online that teach you how to pierce and it comes with a certificate that you can hang on the wall. FYI: There’s no such thing as a CERTIFIED or LICENSED piercer or tattoo artist in Canada. The guy actually works in a shop now, and has started tattooing, and his tattoo work is possibly worse than his piercings.
I think the tattoo and the 32000x navel piercings speak for themselves in the fact that they just look awful and dumb. The navel/stomach piercings make my gut wrench for a few reasons, so I’ll list the two most important. ONE, he’s pierced her with curved barbells. Surface piercings already have a low success rate, especially in that area, even when they are done with the correct jewelry. TWO, surface piercings, navels, and eyebrows all have to be done against the ‘grain’ of your skin. Look at all the weird angles a few of those are pierced at. The grain of skin, and the depth of a piercing, are the elements that keep jewelry in your body. If these stomach piercings even healed correctly to begin with, I assume they rejected at a rapid pace.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:
Assuming someone was wanting to get that atrocious wheel of steel sharks teeth around their navel, there really would be no ‘good’ way to do it. With the stomach being such a high motion area, it’s not going to like having foreign objects moving around all the time. But I suppose the best way to do it would be with microdermals.