Firstly, It can’t be that healthy to have that much blood lost during a tattoo…
This is a link for a group trying to bring awareness about a guy who is tattooing people who are underage and when people tell him his work is awful they are then threatened. Its a shame because he’s ruining the reputation of body modification in our area.
Submitter Comment: I was in art class when a girl mentioned something terrifying; she described how she heated up an X-Acto blade and used that to split her tongue. I cringed in fear when she nonchalantly commented, “Bad decisions happen everyday”.
What’s Awful: Could possibly damage a nerve in her tongue, huge risk of infection, possibly done in a contaminated area, crappy sense of sterilization, and foolishness.
How it can be Fixed: Stop everything! Go get it done properly by someone who knows what they’re doing.
My roommate’s been stretching his ears for a little under 6 months. He always skips sizes and every time he stretches up his ears swell up and bleed profusely-but insists it’s normal. He was at a 0g 3 months ago and is now at 1” and continuing to stretch. Last week he was at 1/2”, stretched to 5/8” the NEXT day then to 7/8” a few days later by taping up his plug EVERY 5 MINUTES. He also made his own wooden “gauges” from a tree branch that had fallen into our patio-keep in mind our patio normally has feces on it because that’s the only place our dog can do her “business”. He wont take any advice from me or my boyfriend. Needless to say his ears are destroyed.
What’s awful: He skips sizes like it’s going out of style, uses wrong stretching and jewelry terminology, made his own wooden plugs from gross wood that he found outside where my dog defecates.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: The story here is that this girl originally wanted a bar code, I believe, with text underneath, so her friends (generally great with their mods) took her to a tattoo artist known for text. The woman explained how bad those lines would look in a few years, so then this girl pulled out an old design she had sketched. The tattoo artist drew this up, and the girl told her friend she didn’t like it much. Her group of friends then tried to talk her out of it, but she insisted she wanted that tattoo that day, and went with it. It is on her upper back.
Write: WHAT’S AWFUL: lines, shading, lack of symmetry in the horse’s face. The text is very uneven and I have no idea what I am looking at.
Submitter Comments: Those flowers, what? And that rope is wonky and disproportional around the middle, suppose it should be winding but it really just looks awkwardly thin there. Poor shading, it looks like it really could have been an 8-year-old with Crayola markers and slightly above-average artistic abilities for an 8-year-old… PS. Anon because- This girl goes on tumblr a lot, I’m sure she will see this.. Hopefully it will push her to get it fixed by someone better!
SUBMITTERS COMMENT: lol so I was browsing on my friends tattoo artists facebook and came across this beauty start of a leg sleeve. Her tattoo artist has always been sketchy and is a hated shop in town, despite me telling her this, she’s gone to him countless times. (He’s even messed up roman numerals on her….) Anyways, guys got a big ego but no talent to match it.
WHATS AWFUL ABOUT IT: look at it. The lines, colours, general shape of the face. It looks NOTHING like the Joker. I could’ve done a better job with crayola markers and my eyes closed.
I was at an amusement park last week when I saw a guy with the most fabulous Batman plugs, that I believe were anodized titanium. I stalked him for a bit, slowly getting closer to get a better look at the plugs when he turned his head, and I got full view of his massive blowout. Like… they were giant fleshy rings orbiting a piece of metal beauty.
I regret every time I think about it that I didn’t snag a picture for you guys, for you were the first I thought of when I saw it.
When I was 10 y/o, my mother and father took me to get my ears pierced for Christmas at Walmart (and I know, right off the bat, you know it’s going to be shit). The two girls who worked there in the department pierced both lobes with a gun. My left ear was first, and it went in just fine. The right ear, however, was a whole other story. The earring only went halfway in. One of the girls had a panic attack right in front of my family, and started retching and stuff. The other one physically pushed the earring through the rest of my lobe with her not-gloved, unwashed, hands. I couldn’t feel a thing, but my mother looked like she was going to pass out.
As you can imagine, this right ear was subject to serious infections over the next year or so, one of them even requiring a doctor’s visit. (Thank goodness my pediatrician knew what she was doing and didn’t have me take them out.)
Four years later, I was still an idiot who knew nothing about safety and piercing correctly, and had my friend Ally pierce the second holes with a safety pin at a sleepover. We iced the lobe, heated and sanitized the needle with a lighter, and used a washcloth to prevent sticking when the needle went through. The holes were not completely even, unfortunately, but I guess that’s what you get.
I don’t condone what I did at all, but I think it’s interesting to note, however, that I had less infections with a pin that was slowly introduced to the lobe than with a gun.
So I’m currently in South Korea for study abroad. Since getting a tattoo can be a real pain here, considering how illegal it is and I don’t know any reputable places, I figured I’d start stretching my ears (something I’ve wanted to do for a while). I stopped by a place in Hyundae called Crow Piercing. The woman who helped me was really nice, spoke very fluent English (which is nice since my Korean isn’t good enough for a conversation about stretching ears). When I told her that I wanted to stretch from a 14g to an 8/6g (and after we figured out what that would be in mm), she pointed me straight to an 8g plug. I tried to explain to her that I wanted to go through each size but she told me, “Why? It would be quicker and less expensive if you just go from your size now to the 8g.” While I can be thankful she wanted to save me money (the plugs were 20,000KRW, about 18USD), I couldn’t see ANY way that would end well. I’m not even sure how I’d get 8g plugs in my ears and even if it is relatively small, if I wanted to stretch bigger, I’d definitely have some issues later. When I told her that I wanted to make sure that my lobes were healthy, she said that the jump in size wasn’t extreme and they would be fine.
What’s awful: Suggesting jumping in size. How it can be fixed: Don’t do it. If I can’t find any place close by that sells what I want, I’ll go back, only to buy exactly what I want.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: So this girl told another that asked for advice that she only needed to wait a few days to stretch and it shouldn’t take her very long to get to her goal size. I decided to probe. yes, I am an instigator, but really I just want to see what her lobes look like.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Stretching too quickly, spreading horrible advice, 6 weeks from a fresh piercing to start stretching
HOW CAN THIS BE FIXED?: really? I mean, do your research before stretching, don’t just trust random people on tumblr. Take your time and be nice to your ears kids.
Regarding your already answered question "Why can't I wear tapers as jewelry?" You answered because they're not jewelry. But then why are they now selling realistic fake tapers in accessory and jewelry shops?
Because it’s a trend that they know they’ll make money off of, maybe? Why do economy jewelry sellers sell realistic fake safety pin earrings? Those aren’t jewelry either. It’s just another way to peddle crap novelty jewelry to the masses.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: So this is the place that’s all the rage in my town, ‘Wicked Tattoo’. As the name suggests, it’s a tattoo business which (to my knowledge) is run from a garage. While he has nice designs, his tattoo artistry skills are quite average.
That’s me. Firstly, would like to say that I did get it done at a clean and reputable studio, and it was only that cheap because they’ve massively cut their prices down recently since getting rid of their “Half Price Wednesdays” offer. I didn’t get it done there because of the price, I got it done there as it was the only place I knew of remotely near me that did that piercing and several friends of mine had had other piercings done there with no problems whatsoever. I had looked into anti eyebrow piercings online quite a lot beforehand so didn’t just stroll in and ask for it without doing any research. However I will admit I didn’t think to ask the piercer what kind of bar he was going to use (and shut my eyes when he put it in) and once he’d done it the balls didn’t seem to be in the wrong place and it seemed to sit fine. On many messageboards people had said they had a curved barbel in theirs with no problem and it was the jewellry this piercer had chosen to use so I thought it might be okay (hence why I said to my friend I thought it’d be fine). I asked another piercer about it and they said to change it to a surface bar if I could, but I was a little scared about doing this with a brand new piercing. The anti eyebrow was absolutely fine for a couple of months and then I was really sick for a week (not cause of the piercing) and I bashed in a lot in my sleep during that time and then it began to reject. Went to a piercer when I could and got it out and only have a small scar which doesn’t really look that bad so I don’t mind it one bit.
IN CONCLUSION - Do check that the place you go to has the right kind of bars. Surface piercings have a high rejection rate as it is, and I expected this piercing to not be long lasting anyway even with good aftercare, but maybe I would have been able to keep it longer if I’d had a surface bar. Mainly though I wrote this to make it clear that despite what the original post makes out, I didn’t just go for the cheapest piercing place available, or “insist” that I knew best about what bars should go where. I do research my piercings before I get them but in this case I just didn’t enough. So double check, people! Love the blog. Xx
Submitters comment: This girl decided to change her navel piercing less than two weeks later because she was “easily bored” and make a video about it because its “going to take more than saying no” to stop her apparently.
whats awful: She’s using bactine spray for one, she’s taking it into her own hands to change an unhealed piercing because she apparently has a problem with following basic piercing rules and thinks that using “any GOOD antibacterial spray” is okay. The whole thing is horrid, and she’s being a rude cow to anyone thats telling her what shes doing wrong.
How it can be fixed: Dont be an idiot and wait for your piercings to heal, dont use antibacterial sprays and dont encourage others to do stupid things like this.
Submitter Comment: I found this while looking through Facebook. It is the rapper T. Mills with a metal container in his ear…He captioned it: “U keep a joint behind ur ear. I keep my weed container IN mine” and everyone in the comments were telling him how awesome it is and how they wanted to/can do that. I’ve seen photoshoots that he’s done and his ears are always a purplish red, blown out and very thin…
What’s awful: It’s quite obvious what is awful; and the fact that he is “inspiring” people to do this to their poor ears makes it even worse.
How it can be fixed: I don’t think his ears can be fixed at this point…
She’s selling these plugs made out of rolled up paper on etsy.
This is her description of the item:
white plugs made from a page from a magazine size 1/2” campletely stable and safe to wear able to be sterelized!!! i don’t think that they need o-rings, but if you would like some please leave a note, and i’ll send some with your order!!
**MY PAPER PLUGS/TUNNELS ARE COATED WITH DECOPAUGE, THEN I COAT THEM WITH 2 COATS OF ARCRYLIC SEALER ~this makes them safe to wear for certain periods of time. (arcrylic sealer is shown on the last picture) NOTE: not recomended for really long periods of wear. NOTE: not recomended for use during stretching. wait at least 3 weeks after stretching before wearing these! doing so could cause infection in your ears, and could also ruin your plugs.
________If you ARE worried about my plugs damaging or hurting your ears in any way, i do suggest using PTFE tape around them so that your ears are not in contact with the plug. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THIS, i will put some of my own PTFE tape on the plugs that you order for an additional $0.50 ~i may not have any currently in stock, and if that is the case, please be patient as your order will take slightly longer to be sent out/shipped.
WHAT’S AWFUL: well just in case it’s not obvious… they’re freakin magazine pages rolled up to make ‘plugs’. Also, she claims they can be “sterelized!”.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Don’t wear, make, or buy rediculous unsafe and unsanitary creations such as this.
My blowout and swollen lobe is the result of wearing acrylic plugs for three days in a row. I used to think I knew alot about stretching until the day this happened. My ears had been quite itchy but I ignored it. One night I decided to remove my plugs and massage my lobes with e-oil, once I was finished I realized that my lobes were angry, red, itchy,swollen and hard to the touch and I didn’t understand why. I kept the plugs out for two days and my ears shrunk from a 1/2 to a 4g. I was so depressed. I did my research and found that acrylic plugs are actual toxic and release cancer causing toxins into your body. Yikes! I babied my ears for months with sea salt soaks and multiple E-oil massages to flatten the blowout (which was mostly swelling in the beginning) My blowouts are gone now and I am slowly going back up to my new goal 9/16ths! Now as a result of this Ive been warning others about acrylic when I can and I am way more aware of the materials that I put in my ears and which plugs are meant for extended wear and which aren’t.
MODERATOR COMMENT: Blowouts do not magically happen with the wearing of a certain pair of plugs. They are the result of improper stretching over a long period of time. -Kat
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I was looking through the plugs tag on tumblr and found this
WHAT’S AWFUL: She made the plugs herself, and i’m guessing she probably made them out of clay and glitter. They’re uneven and her ears are covered in glitter, which means the inside of her lobes are covered in glitter too.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:well she can start with taking those awful plugs out of her ear and never wearing them, or any other plug she made herself again. You should never wear plugs that have glitter flaking off them like that.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is my cousin. Let’s say we used to be really close, but not so much anymore. She’s done most of her own piercings, tried to offer to do ones that I wanted [a huge “hell no” there], and picks RANDOM SHIT SHE LIKES to be tattoos. Like “oh, I like X. Let me put symbol for X on my body forever because sure.” Some of these things she hasn’t been a fan of for that long, either. I’m not saying tattoos shouldn’t be of things that you like or might be meaningful, but seriously. It’s just because “I kind of dig this and that.” And most of them look like garbage! About her own piercings [sorry I couldn’t find any pictures!]. I wager most of them were with some house-hold needle. I was never present for any of them. But I can tell you, the areas aren’t pretty. Her bellybutton rejected twice, maybe more. Those were ill-placed too, so now it’s just a scarred mess that looks like a bunghole. I’m pretty sure she pierced her own lip and industrial [which the latter rejected and is all scarred now, too].
WHAT’S AWFUL: 1. The “zombie fairy”: First of all, I wouldn’t have guess that it was zombie anything. I’m only just realizing that’s a brain [I hope] in her hand. The lines are so very uneven. The coloring might as well have been done by a toddler with colored pencils. Does she have a spot over her eye? Is she a dalmatian now? I don’t really know what to make of it. By the way, this one is on her calf. 2. The Rabbit: I don’t know what happened, but somewhere along the line she became obsessed with Alice in Wonderland [seriously, out of the blue]. She got this on her forearm. Again, uneven lines here. The coloring is uneven. I always thought the layers in the ears looked like tears in them, or like mistakes when the “artist” was doing them. And, if you didn’t notice, it looks like a five year old designed it. Look at that watch…it’s not even an even circle. 3. The Harley Quinn symbol: This is one of the more recent random obsessions. She never even gave a remote shit about Batman EVER until some time during her brief college experience. Once again I bring you to uneven coloring. The spacing between the shapes is not even either, and that BUGS me!
There are more tattoos that I won’t add because they aren’t too awfully done. Her first were the theatre drama/comedy masks. My one complaint is that the masks aren’t evenly sized, but ok. The other is from Rocky Horror: the lips. Yeah, those red lips. It’s nicely colored and shaded, though [but is placed on her foot. Oh well]. She’s got some tiny Alvira-related tattoo as well. Again, out of NOWHERE she suddenly digs it. As far as I know, those are all she has. But I could very easily be wrong.
SO SORRY FOR THE NOVEL, GUYS
HOW FIX: I don’t even. Terrible overload. Go to a professional; DO NOT try to pierce yourself of others without proper training…and throwing “I’m buying a piercing gun from online” on the table isn’t going to help; get cover-ups maybe?; stop being so dumb. Put a little more thought into what you want for a tattoo and who you choose to put them on you.
Feel free to add/correct whatever. Hope I did that all correctly.
Submitter Comment: I was browsing youtube and I was looking at some other stick and poke tattoos when some how stubbled across this little gem!
What is awful: Where do I start! this lady is using india ink which is hardly a proper pigment for tattooing and could possibly be harmful! She thinks that dipping a dirty sewing needle into hydrogen peroxide will make it “sterile”. She doesn’t wear gloves, they are outside being exposed to so much bacteria just waiting to infect the “victim”, there is no stencil of any sort and the end result looks as if a kindergardener took a sharpie to her arm!
How it can be fixed: Go to a PROFESSIONAL!!! Don’t do home tattoos with dirty equipment! hydrogen peroxide will not sterilize that needle, only an auto clave will get ride of all that bacteria!! and don’t let people who look that normal poke you with anything!