Local news story to where I am (the shop I went to had zero violations, I’m pleased to say) that just underscores why you need to research your shop.
Research of a shop goes BEYOND just making sure the artists are skilled and an autoclave is present; they should be displaying certificates showing that they pass health inspections or should provide proof if asked.
Out of 13 local shops, SEVEN failed health inspection in matters relating to sterilization of equipment, most of them being that the shops just flat out weren’t submitting spore test samples to the county and/or the state.
For the link-afraid:
The little ovens are tested to make sure they’re cleaning properly.
Proof of this in a spore sample must be sent to the health department once a month.
And what if the results are late?
“It’s a significant violation and if we continue to see it occur, we would have to issues orders. That could include ceasing and desisting operations until they demonstrate that their autoclave is working,” Thoune said.
Thoune said blood and bodily fluids left on the casings comes with many risks if it’s passed onto the next customer.
“Certainly Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV; there are also surface bacteria that are capable of causing skin infections,” Thoune said.
Here is a friendly reminder of the submission rules.
How to lay out a photo or video submission:
Source the image to it’s original URL So it looks like this: (SOURCE)
Write: SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Here you can explain the preface to your submission. What context needs adding, and is there anything you can add to make the submission make more sense? Is there a background to the photo?
Write: WHAT’S AWFUL: Here you can explain why the modification in the submission is awful. Explain what’s made it awful, if you have that information. Anything you know that explains why it is actually awful.
Write: HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Here, explain what could be done to fix the modification. Perhaps include a photo of a well-done version. IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING A TATTOO, LEAVE STEP FOUR.
Note Step 4? If it is a tattoo, do not write anything. You do NOT need to write ‘Get a cover up’ or any other witty variation of it.
I’ll repeat that: If it is a tattoo DON’T WRITE HOW TO FIX IT.
See, it’s even in capital letters for you!
ALSO please, when you are submitting stories or even regular submissions, SHORT SWEET AND TO THE POINT is really appreciated. We probably aren’t going to read through your story if it’s more than like 2 paragraphs/10 good-sized sentences, which means IT WON’T GET POSTED.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT:First thing on my news feed today. I go to school with the girl who is piercing the guys ear, and lets just say this isn’t the first time she’s pierced someone. She offers to pierce people with her dirty used needles all the time.
WHAT’S AWFUL: She’s piercing that guys ear with a needle she’s most likely used before, no gloves, mentions her fingers are wet from alcohol and its done in a bathroom.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: “Daniel” should take the ring out of his ear, wait for it to heal and then go to a reputable shop to get his ear pierced. Also the girl should stop giving people and herself piercings and people should stop asking her for piercings because they’re risking getting infection.
I don’t have a photo to submit and I’m a new follower to your blog as well. I just wanted to share a piercing story of my own.
Last summer I went to a respectable shop in my town to get surface hip piercings. I didn’t do as much research as I should have and I have to say my experience wasn’t a good one. The piercer himself was licensed and understood what he was doing, but he was incredibly rude to me and my friend and it seemed like the whole time he was trying to rush the both of us out the door.
After he pierced me, he didn’t give me any aftercare directions at all or give me the opportunity to ask him because every time I started to say something he would cut me off and talk over me. Once I got home I did a little more research and found that he didn’t even use the proper jewelry on me, using curved barbells instead of the barbells that are kind of shaped like a large staple.
They eventually rejected and now I have scars from them, not to mention they were crooked and completely out of line with each other. I will never be going back to that shop.
SUBMITTER COMMENTS: I’m submitting myself. This is my Ai hanzi back tattoo and triforce tattoo that I got done at Buddahs in Erie PA. The back tattoo was my first and I had heard good things about the place, so I blame myself for not researching more on that one. But why I went back for my triforce tattoo ( with two other friends who also got one on their wrists) I will never know.
WHATS AWFUL: My back tattoo is crooked, and the heart at the bottom wasn’t supposed to be running into the bottom of the character like that. The ink is also already fading even though ( in this photo) it was only 2 years old. The lines on the triforce aren’t straight in some places, there are white spots, and its generally crooked.
Today my mom told me a story about how one of her coworker’s husband does tattoos from their home. Also that he tattooed his wife with “ink” from a melted down chess piece.. A CHESS PIECE. How do people even think of these things?
SUBMITTER COMMENT: Saw this on my friend’s facebook the other night. This is the second piece his friend has done on him, but this is the worst of the two. I don’t know if his friend tattoos out of a shop or home, but her gallery of drawings is full of work like this (wonky lines, weird proportion, etc.). It’s supposed to be Harley Quinn but it looks like a child drew it.
What’s Awful: Lines look uneven and shaky, especially around the pumpkin. Shading is uneven and looks like marker in some places. It looks like scratcher work.
How it can be fixed: Getting it removed with laser treatments is probably the best bet.
I feel like submittig my own story concerning lobe piercing at unsanitary shops, after seeing so many people in my environment (and on the internet) making the same mistake.
When I was a young girl, I desperately wanted earrings, so one day my mum decided to go to a local jeweller with me. It’s a reputable shop - but only relating to jewellery. My mum didn’t know a lot about piercings, so we simply went there and - of course - they used a gun. I have no clue whether they even used gloves, but of course it took place in the unsanitary, normal selling room. After a few weeks, my lobes became infected and hurt a lot, so I took the earrings out and let my ears heal. Many months later, I begged and asked for earrings, for the second time. And - oh dear - we went to the same shop, again. They repeated the whole procedure, but this time, my ears not only got infected - it was way worse. Just like in this story, the ear studs somehow got inside my lobes and stayed there.
My parents and I went to see a doctor and during an incredibly painful surgery, he successfully managed to get removed them. That event really shaped me and it’s the reason why I will always try my best to prevent people from getting piercings done in shops like Claire’s or at jeweller’s shops.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: Sorry no pictures, this took place at my work place! So upon sitting at my desk two girls in my office came over to chat to me about the piercings in my ear. I happily chatted to them, and gave them this link to this blog as they were thinking of increasing the amount they have already. One took a look at this blog and upon the advice here sought out a reputable piercing and had another dermal in her face.
The second however… She got two tragus piercings in one go, a week later had her seconds in her ears, a week later after that had her thirds in her ears. Roughly after a month her thirds rejected and one of the tragus piercings had some scarring and irritation starting to form. Roughly a month after this she had her nose pierced, and a few weeks later I noticed she had a nape piercing with a straight bar. A bit concerned I ended up chatting to her and seeing if I could convince her to get a 90° surface bar and/or take out a few others to give her body a chance to heal them up correctly.
She listened quietly for a bit, and refused on the grounds that she thought the straight bar was ‘prettier’. She brushed off my concern and just kept the straight bar in and her other piercings. For the last month or two I was in work I basically kept dibs on her piercings as they slowly rejected. She now has a large worm like scar on the back of her neck and it looked as though it actually fell out, and white lumps in her ears from the rejected thirds. As for her other piercings she was lucky since they pretty much healed but the one tragus has pretty heavy scarring.
WHAT’S AWFUL?: Having so many piercings in a short amount of time, and a straight barball in a nape piercing. How she had someone pierce her so many times in such a short amount of time I don’t know. They could have been home jobs, but I wasn’t keeping dibs on the type of jewellery at all other than the nape.
HOW CAN IT BE FIXED?: Space your piercings out evenly to allow them to heal, have them with correct jewellery and commit to cleaning your piercings. As for the scarring give it some TLC with Sea salt soaks or camomile presses.
"Hayley i want you bad baby! I wana make love to your pretty face every night!"
We’d like to thank “master-baiter669" for this lovely submission.
But really, bro. Trolling or not, are you like twelve? This is rude and gross and inappropriate. You better figure out how to make love to your own face because talking like that, nobody is gonna let you near them.
Source: Deviantart.com (I won’t link it to the specific deviation to avoid the girl getting harassed)
What’s awful: Both pokemon look extremely deformed, Pikachu’s head looks inflated and I’m not even sure what’s going on with quilava’s legs and neck. The colouring looks like its been done in felt tips. How it can be fixed: Rework? Cover-up? Going to an experienced and licensed tattoo artist next time?
MOD: So I know this says it was submitted by “hayleykuchen”, which is me, but it just changed it to that because I added all that stuff at the bottom. Don’t send me hate mail, I didn’t submit this. xD I’m still trying to figure out Tumblr.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: Why is everyone so concerned with what other people do to THEIR bodies.. You learn from DOING.. some people make mistakes n some are just plain shocking decisions (in our OPINIONS) but hey why waste OUR time and energy bitching about it. I saw one tattoo put up done by a 17 year old to her mother n damn, that would be one proud mother and at least it meant something.. it also looked pretty dam GOOD and some jealous facebook ‘friend’ puts it on here and belittles her for it.. geese all this whining about unsanitary conditions.. get over it! PLENTY OF tats get infected due to bad aftercare… Ones done by pros! U really think if a tat gets done with clean needles n sterile gear with clean hands, gloves and disinfectant spray that will get aids because its an ‘unsterile environment’? What makes any of you an expert on these subjects.. Are you any better than them? For having a go at something?? well good on them… they have guts unlike the *****s on here.. And its JEWELLERY .. Not jewelry as I see day in, day out by you know it all judgemental retards
So, uh, yeah. Not really sure where to begin.
1. There are plenty of intelligent people in the world who don’t need to learn by “doing.” They learn by researching before they do something. You don’t need to try to practice surgery on yourself to know that it’s not safe. The point of this blog is to show people what happens when you practice unsafe body modification. Anyone can say “Oh, don’t do that, it’s bad”, but if you can actually show someone the potential results, they’ll probably be taking more away from the discussion. We also provide sound advice to anyone who wants it. We aren’t a one trick pony.
2. Do you really think that anything done in a home can be considered “sterile”? Just because you order something on eBay and it comes in a pretty little package does not mean it’s even remotely clean. To ensure something is sterile, you need an autoclave, etc. Period. Dunno when the last time you saw someone with an autoclave in their home was, but okay. And even if they had access to equipment that came to them sterile, they don’t know proper aseptic technique. If you take something sterile, open it, and dump it on a paper towel, it is no longer clean. If you put gloves on, you are not automatically immune to germs. These are the things you learn when you become a professional (or have common sense).
3. We post modifications done by professionals all the time. We fully endorse that not all piercers/tattoo artists are created equal. We have stories about bad aftercare practices all the time, and we give aftercare advice to prevent them. Learn yer shit.
4. If having my body modifications done in a clean environment by a licensed, experienced professional (and providing the same to other people) makes me a “sissy”, you need to rethink what you associate with body modification. This is not a brutal badass competition.
(SOURCE) SUBMITTER COMMENT: So I was just browsing Facebook when I came across this piece of trash. He’s posted several other ‘freehand’ works of art, including “F**K THE POLICE!” sprawled across someone’s arm. Seriously. WHAT’S AWFUL: I can’t even tell what this is supposed to be because of the wonky lines. The placement is terrible and the ink is mosty likely from a pen. HOW TO FIX THIS: HELP!
About a week ago, the girl who did this tattoo posted that she was going to do a tattoo to make some money. I hid her from my newsfeed since she DOESN’T listen to reason and I didn’t want to start a fight. Well, I checked back and she went through with giving this poor guy a tattoo. She asked not to be criticized since she’s still practicing. Pretty hypocritical considering how she berated the guy who gave her this tattoo (Source) in his basement…
WHAT’S AWFUL: This tattoo was performed by someone who didn’t know what they were doing. She bought the machine and ink from a store that is four doors down from a legit, clean, safe tattoo shop. There is no way this tattoo was done in a clean environment. On top of all of the safety hazards, the tattoo just looks plain bad. There isn’t much symmetry, the lines are wonky, and the colors are blurry. The tattoo she got back in ‘10 is in the same boat - unsafe and poorly done.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Education. People need to learn why basement tattoos from scratchers are bad. If people don’t understand why they’re unsafe, this will keep happening. As for educating stubborn people? HELP! For these tattoos, an incredibly skilled artist may be able to cover them up. If not, laser removal is an expensive, painful option.
I was attempting to do some research so that I could ask the right questions when I went to get my septum pierced. This is what I found instead…
What’s awful: These kids are all encouraging people to pierce themselves in unclean, unsanitary environments with unsterile equipment and no professional piercing experience. Not only are there some using safety pins and sewing needles, but those who are using piercing needles are not wearing gloves, did not autoclave (one girl used a lighter thinking it was an acceptable substitute), and still tout themselves on their safety and professionalism. Some of them even have the balls to tell the few intelligent people chastising them in the comments that they are wrong and that viewers shouldn’t listen to them.
How it can be fixed: STOP MAKING “TUTORIALS” ON YOUTUBE OF YOU PIERCING YOURSELVES. educate yourselves before getting pierced (by a professional, please!!), do not pierce yourself under ANY circumstance, and please, encourage anyone you know who is considering something like this to wait to get it done, you guessed it, professionally.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sPYrIE8jew&feature=youtube_gdata_player Submitter comment: What’s awful: someone else stretching your ears, wrong jewelry in surface piercing (seriously, look at that thing, you can see the bar through the skin!), leaving taper in How it could be fixed: the surface piercing should probably be taken out and redone with proper jewelry, I don’t know about the other stuff, HELP?
Wow, this video is bad. There are so many things wrong here, but what really sticks out to me is the “head piercer” fiddling with the ultrasonic and autoclave with BARE HANDS, as well as the fact that they have that equipment in the piercing room at all. You don’t process dirty tools in the same space that you pierce people, that’s fucking disgusting.
This one should be a fun game for the followers, pick out as many incorrect things as you can! :)
Hello, I live in Florida Miami and I would really like to know if any one has either been to Phat Joe's tattoo parlor or either Green Machine. I'm very uncertain about the two, I have seen both of their portfolio but I kinda wanna hear others opinion the two. I'm planing to have a tattoo on the back of my neck but I just don't know which shop is better for a tattoo job.
So I have wanted my septum for a long time now, and a few months ago I went on a trip to Europe with my friend and I thought I could get it done there and flip it up so that my mom wouldn’t see it when I got home. We went to the shop and the guy didn’t take any of my information or even ask how old I was (I was 17 at the time). The one good thing is that the place was very clean and well taken care of.
I let the guy know what I wanted and he said okay. Everything was sterile and clean, and he put the dots on with a marker, but I didn’t get to see them and hoped he knew what he was doing. He pierced it but it was way too low (just below the cartilage-the thickest part)… and after a lot of shoving and tears from me he got it through. But here is where it gets worse.
The guy was starting to shake and get sweaty, which made me really nervous. When he went to put the jewelry through he waited too long and the other side closed- so the jewelry was halfway through. So, he took it out and proceded to pierce it again and start over.
It hurt even more the second time. He was able to get the jewelry through, and everything was over. I think I paid him the equivelant of $30 US. Afterwards my friend and I went to go get ice cream and I knew something was wrong. It was bleeding and it took hours for it to stop, and to make matters worse, I couldn’t smile or talk. My entire top lip and nose area felt numb and hurt REALLY bad. We tried to take photos but I couldn’t smile in any of them because the pain was so bad.
After about 5 days I couldn’t take it any more. The pain was still terrible (and I was cleaning it) and the jewelry wouldn’t hang down, for some reason it would flip up and if I tried to put it down it would float back up. So I took it out and let it heal back up. After taking it out I looked at the scars and realized that it was completely crooked. One side was really high up and the other was really low. Thanks to that guys’ shaky hands.
I let it go back to normal, and a few months later I went to a local (and well reviewed) shop back in America. The lady who did my septum again did a fantastic job! It was up a lot higher and she got it right in the sweet spot, so when she pierced it I asked her if that was it, and she said yes. I didn’t even shed a single tear (compared to the water works of the first time) and it didn’t even hurt a little. I’m proud of myself for going to a good shop and making up for the terrible mistake I made. It is all healed now and looks great!
WORDS OF ADVICE: no matter how bad you want a piercing- JUST WAIT . It’s not worth it to go to a place that doesn’t even take your name (or somebody’s dirty basement for that matter) to get it. Have patience and go to a good place that will do an amazing job, and it will probably hurt less then if your “friend” does it. Be smart people!
(I will submit the photos of the good and bad piercing in another submission since I cannot get them on here for some reason!)
When I was twelve, I got a helix (or what the girls at my school call it, a cartilage) piercing. This was before I had ANY knowledge of piercings, so I thought of the first place I knew that did piercings, Claire’s. So I sat down in the chair, my mom filled out the forms, then the girl pulled out a piercing gun. She cleaned my left ear, marked it then shoved a blunt metal object through my ear cartilage. It was a burning pain. I cleaned it with the bottle of “cleaning” liquid. I took good care of it but the jewelry was too short, and I’m pretty sure it got infected. Pus, crusties, blood,it was very icky. It hurt as well. Since we didn’t have any other jewelry, we put a safety pin in the piercing. A safety pin. I ended up taking it out and letting it heal over, and still have a black spot where the piercing was. Now it’s completely healed over, and I have a happy industrial, 16g and 10g lobe piercings.
Moral of my story?
Don’t get any piercings at Claire’s or with a piercing gun.
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.