Got a little story! (sorry for the length, couldn't really shorten it much.)
Submitter’s comment: So a couple days ago, a friend asked me and my boyfriend to come with him and friends to get his cousin’s ear pierced. So we all went, and well, turns out he was getting pierced for free. Completely for free, in a shop. Oh and the girl piercing? She was 16. Her father was the owner, and he lets his 16 year old daughter pierce in his shop. That horrified me. Anyway, he obviously hasn’t taught her very well, she used one pair of gloves, didn’t run the needle through the autoclave, and she was opening up drawers, searching through things, and PICKED SOMETHING UP OFF THE FLOOR with her gloves on and never changed them, then proceeded to do the piercing. She also gave him standard earrings with butterfly backings. The worst part? (in my opinion.) After, my boyfriend asked me if he should get his done. I gave him a death stare and said no. By the end of the day, our friend’s ear looked like it was about to swallow that earring whole.
What’s awful: One pair of gloves, touching potentially very unsanitary things and not changing gloves. Didn’t autoclave the needle or the jewelry. Used a short earring with a butterfly backing, allowing no room for swelling. A FREE PIERCING DONE BY A 16 YEAR OLD IN A TATTOO SHOP.
How it can be fixed: Take out that awful jewelry, let your ear heal, get it repierced in sanitary conditions by a professional piercer. Learn the motto: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a 17 year old girl I know in my high school. I asked her if she got it done in a shop (knowing that she was under 18 and there was no way she would have gotten it done professionally.) and she said “Pretty much. He’s a certified tattoo artist but doesn’t have a certified shop. Plus I’ve known his family.. blah blah.. excuses that don’t clean up his dirty basement.”
WHAT’S AWFUL: That “shading”? The “W”? Everything?
SUBMITTERS COMMENT: This man has pierced his ear with the gun you use to attach price tags to clothing.
WHAT’S AWFUL: After being jammed through clothing all day, some of which could be (pre-worn) returns or thrift store items, the last place the tagging gun needs to be is THROUGH YOUR EARLOBE. Unbelievable unsanitary, not to mention the leftover clothes fibers that will now be living in his “piercing”.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take that out, and hope it heals/doesn’t get infected.
I went to a popular chain in Canada(and maybe the USA?) called Merle Norman to get my nose pierced earlier in the week. The place itself is fine, they do hair nails and piercings, in separate rooms. I got the piercing done and everything went fine, but then when talking about aftercare, the piercer told me NOT to use salt water because it would dry out the piercing and cause irritation and instead she tried to sell me alcohol based “aftercare” garbage. It left me to wonder how someone who is employed to pierce people for a living actually shunned salt water…
I decided to tell my story of a recent bad experience I had at a shop. I live in Colorado and I’ve always really wanted a second pair of holes in my earlobes. I swore this would be my last piercing (on my ears) and decided to do it late May of this year. I went to the shop I’ve went to for my last two piercings. They were good, the employees are nice and they also did two of my mother’s piercings also (though she had hers done multiple times for different reasons). So I had no reason to feel nervous about them. I felt I could trust them so when I went I unfortunately got a new employee there to do my piercings. First of all: he couldn’t mark my ears evenly. The hell? Was he not trained or just not used to doing lobes or anywhere else that needed precise evenness? Secondly, he was extremely rude. After I got fed up with him always making them uneven he had ME try to do it myself! Then he had the gall to get mad at ME because I didn’t think they were straight! So, I just have to sit and accept uneven piercing because I hurt your feelings? No, the hell, way. He actually even called me a bitch during this which I have NEVER been called before in my life and there was no reason for him to call me this under the circumstances. This whole process of moving the markings around took about 30 minutes believe it or not. So eventually I decided to leave. However, he caught me before I drove off. He said I had to pay the 20 dollars because he had already opened the jewelry. Seriously? So I decided to just go in and get it over with. I got them as even as possible and he pierced me.
I basically did a partial self piercing because I was the one who tried to make the marks even. He wouldn’t help me. So, of course, they ended up being crooked anyway, but not as much as they would have been if he had done them ironically. Luckily I made a complaint about the jerk and got a refund so at least this amateur job was free.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:
If a bad situation like this happens to you just don’t get it done by them. I was unlucky because he was the only piercer there. But I COULD have asked to possibly reschedule and get it done by someone else later on if I was thinking. (I probably DIDN’T think about that because the front counter people were gone.) Report the jerk amateur and ask for your other options.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: The other day, one of my coworkers came into work with a new nose piercing, claiming she did it herself in her bathroom at home. She did hers and my supervisor’s nose. (Both have quite a few body modifications so I thought they were knowledgeable in this!) I didn’t say anything to her, until the next day. I would like to point out at this time that I work at a humane society. We are surrounded by cats and dogs; who poop and pee and (some) vomit everywhere. Most of them have fleas, tapeworms, ear mites, URI’s and kennel cough. GERMS AND BACTERIA GALORE. We are a building literally full of unsanitary conditions. The day after she pierced her nose, she came to work and pierced her nose AGAIN in the BATHROOM of the humane society. So not only in a building with animal germs and bacteria, but in a bathroom with human germs and bacteria. It wasn’t even pierced correctly; rather than going in toward the face to double pierce it, she went straight down toward her mouth. So she has two vertical holes in her nose. She also took the ring from her tragus and put it into the second hole, which I’m sure is disgusting. I laid it on her, telling her that this has to be the most unsanitary place to ever pierce anything. She just rolled her eyes and blew it off.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Piercing yourself in extremely unsanitary conditions; also piercing it completely wrong.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Pay the money and get your nose pierced in a CLEAN area.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: a girl i know has been wanting a mermaid tattoo for a long time, and she couldn’t wait to turn 18 so she had it done without parental consent. she got it done at this run-down tattoo shop that a friend of her boyfriends works at. this tattoo artist doesn’t ask for id, and the shop is completely unsanitary, but this poor girl wanted a mermaid on her so bad that she would let anyone do it.
WHAT’S AWFUL: LOOK AT IT. The mermaids arm only has two fingers on it. The tail is disproportional. The shading in the hair is terrible and doesn’t even look like the artist filled all of it in. The “mermaid” looks like it has a bloody mouth rather than lips. The water behind the mermaid doesn’t look like water. I could go on and on, but I’m pretty sure you all can see the flaws.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: So, this beautiful gem showed up on my Facebook newsfeed. The girl who got it was PROUD to say she got it done at a Halloween party. Before getting it done, she was asking people if she could do it at their houses, because her mom wouldn’t let her do it at home, something about her grandma getting annoyed or something.
WHAT’S AWFUL: It’s not shaped like Minnesota at all. It goes on a downward slope where the state outline does not. It was clearly done free-hand, as the shading on the letters are not even, not even on the two ‘N’s.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: An old friend recently added me on facebook, so I went through her pictures to see what she had been up to the last couple years and I stumbled upon this.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything! Having your friend (a complete unprofessional) tattoo you in the unsanitary environment that is your home. The lines are simply horrid; her friends also support her and her bad decisions! She also possesses a “diamond” behind one of her ears that is just a complete blob.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is one of the most famous Tokyo street style icons. It’s not the first time she has awful-looking piercings, her body, especially her chest, is covered with scars from previous rejected piercings.She wears them until they get badly infected, she takes them out and then she gets another one and so it continues.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Wrong jewelry for a surface piercing, also it looks infected.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take it out and let it heal?
MODERATOR’S COMMENT: That doesn’t look infected. That looks irritated and like it’s rejecting, though. Time to take it out and go to someone who knows what they’re doing…
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I don’t have source because this is just a story;
but in middle school there was this girl who ended up getting suspended because one day she pulled a thumb tack out of the bulletin board and proceeded to pierce people’s cartilage with it. And it didn’t stop there. I walked into history class and someone had their leg up on the table and she was ‘tattooing’ a heart on them, with the same thumb tack, and some ink she took from a broken pen.
Even back then, I knew how dumb it was. I think one of the girls ears got infected or something, but it was just plain stupidity.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Came across some girl from my school on facebook. Found this gem.
WHAT’S AWFUL: For one, this was done when she was in 9th grade, making her 14. That isn’t legal here in Canada, even with parental consent. Secondly, this is done is someone’s dirty kitchen. Yeah he is wearing gloves but it is still being done in an unsanitary enviornment.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Tonight I was at a Say Anything show in rural PA, and I had my non-pierced non-tattooed boyfriend with me. He did not know me when I had stretched ears, but he has watched me look at AM for a while now, and heard me complain in the past. Tonight at the show I saw a girl with ATROCIOUS blowouts, but was being polite and not saying anything. A few minutes after I noticed her, he grabbed me and said “JESUS CHRIST DID YOU SEE THOSE BLOWOUTS?” I was so proud of him! Yay for AM educating even the non-modded!! <3
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This girl is 16 years old and tattoos herself and her friends. The first picture is one she did on and friend and the second picture is her babies name that she did on herself. She’s underage and not a professional. She does these tattoos at her house/her friends houses in unsterile environments.
WHAT’S AWFUL: The wonky line and unevenness. The first tattoo is not proportional, has awful shading and just looks messy. The tattoo she did on herself has shaky lines and looks like she wrote it on herself in pen, then just tattooed over her own handwriting. She’s done other tattoos too, like her friends knuckle tattoos of a cross and an infinity sign - both shaky, uneven and poorly shaded. And she’s tattooing in an unsterile environment, which can lead to infection.
So, I was only 14 and desperately wanted another piercing to accompany my two lip piercings (that were done at a great shop in the UK) but my parents wouldn’t let me, so what did I decide to do? I decided that when I went on holiday, I would go off on my own and get my septum pierced, yes!
No… The first place I went to looked very clean, everything was in sterile packaging and that would’ve been the perfect place to get it, but no, they wanted to see ID… So where did I go? Down a backstreet alley tattoo parlour… I said I was 16, the guy didn’t even ask for ID or anything, he took me through the grotty looking shop, past people getting awful tattoos (without gloves!) and he sat me on a broken office chair. He pulled out a plastic box full of bare needles, not even wrapped! After realising he didn’t have any septum jewellery he proceeded to take a GINORMOUS keeper out of the dirty display case (no way was I going to be able to flip that up) and dropped it into a cup of water to ‘sterilise’ it.
He sat on the desk next to me and what I didn’t realise at the time, now having over 30 piercings, he pierced it SO SLOWLY, I was in absolute agony. He was wearing gloves but whether they were clean or not is a different story. When the needle was finally through he reached into his pocket for a small tub of Vaseline, dipped the keeper in it and shoved it through my nose. He said if I can’t flip it later, he would change it for me for free.
A few hours later when I realised ‘damn, this won’t hide!’ I went back to him, he then proceeded to say he had no jewellery and asked if I had a ring I could put in… Oh joy, I had a ball closure ring in my pocket! Like the keeper, he dropped it in water, opened it a bit wider and rammed it through the fresh wound in my nose. I cried so hard because of the insane amounts of pain.
I was SO lucky not to get an infection and a few years later actually have a happy, healed septum. And the best ending to this story, next time I went to my proper (amazing) piercer back home, I told her the horror story and I have no idea what she did but the guy lost his licence and now works in Tesco!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: An acquaintance posted a picture of herself, I’ve always liked her style, so I decided to take a look at her other pictures…and I saw this pic.
WHAT’S AWFUL: First of all, I know NOTHING about stretching (it’s just something I don’t care about :v) but this looks just wrong… I mean they’re dirty, not even proper jewelry… and if I’m not mistaken she was complaining, Dec-Jan, about 0G hurting too much. No, she’s not joking, she ACTUALLY wears them.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Stop wearing them D: I don’t know if it’s harmful or what but… imho they look disgusting :/ And no, I’m not hating…as I said I love her style but…this is just wrong >.<!!
Just thinking about the ear cheese those little ridges could accumulate…
Hi- not really a question but a note of thanks! I had my ears pierced with a gun about 12 years ago, and while one was fine the other ear was pierced at an angle and I couldn't put earrings in. I finally got them repierced yesterday and thanks to this blog I was able to choose a reputable piercing studio (Cold Steel in Camden, London) and had a great experience. I'm so pleased with my ears, even if they are just lobe piercings, and would like to thank you all for being so informative :)
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.