Ive been going through the pages and I just have to say, maybe some people are happy with the tattoos they have. Making comments like "get a cover up that's the only real way to fix this mess" isn't 'advice' or 'how it can be fixed'. Sucks you don't like their tattoo, if they like it then that's what matters. I'm not sure if this blog is to just insult people or if you're actually in it for the education, it's hardly apparent sometimes.
WE DON’T WRITE THE STUFF UNDER THE SUBMISSIONS.
That’s why it says “SUBMITTER’S COMMENT.”
The only stuff we write is preceded by “MODERATOR’S COMMENT.” We are the moderators.
All we do is approve submissions, add some little random notes, and educate the people who ask body modification questions. Obviously we don’t think comments like that are legitimate advice, because we tell people to leave that line blank on tattoo submissions.
Posting publicly because omg, guys. You really think I would say so many mean things? ;(
I have a friend who is about to start a sleeve, and he's been looking for a sterile shop with talented artists. In all honesty, I don't trust most of the shops where I am. Is there a website or something where he can look for a nice shop? or would you happen to know of somewhere in east Tennessee?
The only shop that comes to mind is Born This Way in Knoxville, they’re fantastic.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: It could be purely coincidental that this person has cellulitis on what appears to be a home done scratcher tattoo… or it could be because they got a home done scratcher tattoo and it got horribly infected due to poor sanitation and unsterile conditions.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I found this in a comment while I was talking to a guy that thought it was okay to stretch right after he got his ears pierced… I told him about blow outs, cat buts, proper way of stretching and what not… after that he said, I can get those things removed this easily and gave me this video. This video is the source. I’m sorry if my grammar is bad, that’s never my intention but I’m from Holland,. so it’s not my first language..
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Well, first of all, not this way….. Second, Just size down,. treat your lobes well, don’t over do it and don’t stretch too fast.. for the rest; HELP!
SOURCE: The source seems to have deleted her blog. Wouldn’t you?
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Here I am, innocently scrolling through my dash, when lo and behold, I come across THIS little gem. You’d think that people would put more thought into these things before putting them on their bodies, but I suppose that is just not the case here.
WHAT’S AWFUL: For starters, the grammar is horrendous. The lines are wonky and uneven. The tattoo itself is crooked. It’s just an altogether poorly thought out tattoo.
Something to note if you are going to get a hanzi/kanji/hangul characters tattooed onto yourself:
First of all:
Hanzi is Chinese.
Kanji is Japanese.
Hangul is Korean.
While Hanzi and Kanji share some of the same characters, the two are not entirely synonymous.
Please be aware of the fake “asian character tattoo sheet” that has been going around. Such as this one. It’s bullshit and while those are actually Hanzi characters, they usually do not mean what the website says they mean.
Hanzi does not work like alphabets. There is no “A”, “B”, “C” character. There are individual words.
If you are getting a tattoo in a language you are unfamiliar (or even if you take basic classes, or have Googled) with, please, please find someone who is reliable and fluent in said language to make sure that your tattoo design says what you want it to say. Here is a blog that is dedicated to gibberish Hanzi tattoos.
Please do not run your phrase through Google translate. Half the time, the translator fucks up. So please don’t.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I don’t know if you guys have seen this already, but I found this gem on YouTube. If you want a really good mashup of some really bad tattoos with real people’s feelings towards them, then watch this! They do some really good cover ups.
WHAT’S AWFUL: The majority of these people were drunk when they got these and didn’t think about the long term consequences of getting a permanent modification like this. They’re wonky, uneven, badly drawn, faded and just plain awful!
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Well as you can see what they did was cover them up to make them look better. But of course the real cure is not to make those bad decisions in the first place.
thought you'd enjoy this story, so i saw this girl today at school who was wearing a safety pin in her ear and asked her why and she said "it looks cool." I told her how bad it was for her to have in her ear and her response was "you're just mad you're not as badass as me."
>.> Uhm. Okay then, mrs. badass-of-badassery. Come talk to me about how badass you are when it starts rusting in your ear…
when drunk i had a friend of mine stretch my earlobe. bad idea. went up a size too much and my earlobe started secreting pus and junk so i took the barbell out... now it's just about grown shut :( sigh. but i am still glad i was wise enough to take it out asap!
Actually, if it was oozing “pus and junk” you should’ve left the barbell in until you went to a doctor and gotten anti-biotics. Taking out the barbell could’ve trapped the infection and made your scenario much much worse.
My neighbor’s mom is kinda old, I estimate around 60’s or in that area. She has hep C from a tattooing party that her and some friends had IN A HOUSE when they were younger. She doesn’t drink, but is in stage 4 liver failure because she thought a few wonky tattoos from a (presumably) high or drunk “friend” using the same needle over and over was worth the risk.
The first picture of her back is what caught my attention. This is something that always drives me nuts about tattoo artists that have absolutely no idea what they are doing. I am very familiar with the Japanese language and am an eternal lover of body mods, and so I just couldn’t stay quiet on this issue.
What’s Awful: In addition to the issues she already posted, the biggest one is actually that it doesn’t say anything. It does not mean ‘love’ (ai) it’s just a bunch of marks that kind of look like Japanese / Chinese kanji. The character for Ai is the same in both languages and they are pronounced only slightly differently.
As you can see there is a whole lot of differences in either case. I can not count how many people I have seen with something they think says peace/love/tranquility/ect and in actually is gibberish, a completely different word or just random marks.
How it can be fixed: I would highly suggest going to a reputable tattoo parlor and getting this fixed. PLEASE, if you or someone you know are thinking about going to get another language that you are not familiar with tattooed onto your body, be sure to do as much research as possible and if you can, consult someone who is familiar with the language just to be safe!
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.