So I finally have my very own piecing horror story.
A few days back I went and got my septum repierced. I went back to the same store when I first got it done, because they did a great job.
The piercer got me to place the clamp where I thought was the best spot and she got another piercer to look and see it was in a good spot. Every time I found an alright spot, the girl would say that it should be moved a bit and the girl holding the clamp moved it a lot. After about 5 minutes of trying to get it in the right spot she asked me if I was ready. I said yes then she put the needle through. It was way more painful than what I remember and I almost passed out.
After everything I got up and looked in the mirror and to my shock my piercing looked awful! On the left the piercing looked normal, but on the right side it was very very low. And the piercing was on a 45 degree angle so that the bar flipped up.
I asked another piercer to do it again for me and she gladly excepted. I never thought something like that would happen to me!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is my friend Kyle’s tattoo that he got from a home tattoo job. The tattoo is actually supposed to say 19KRZY90 for his birthday and a nickname he just started going by, KRZY.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Just look at it, the K looks like a deformed B and the Y looks like a D, let alone the numbers are all different sizes. This tattoo was also done in a house which was not sterile by a friend of his.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is just my own, personal piercing story.
When I was a kid my parents never let me get my ears pierced. So, when I turned 18, I knew I wanted to get them done. HOWEVER. Even though I was of age, one night when I was at my best friend’s house I decided to let him pierce my ears. In an unsanitary environment that has A LOT of cat hair floating around, with some old earrings (with butterfly backings as if this wasn’t horrifying enough) that we sharpened on the ground and then “sterilised” with a flame and rubbing alcohol. I can’t believe how dumb I was! I was extremely lucky that they didn’t reject/get infected/what have you. In addition, before finding this blog, I was wanted to get my seconds pierced and I thought I would just go to Walmart because it’s cheap. But now, thanks to you guys, I know that the way my first piercing was executed was incredibly stupid and I am definitely going to a professional for any future piercings I get!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: So I was looking up information on ear weights and I found this, an eHow on how to make ear weights out of FISHING WEIGHTS.
For those of you who don’t know, fishing weights are typically made from LEAD.
Do I even need to say why that’s bad?
MODERATOR’S COMMENT:The fact that they’re encouraging people to use weights to stretch is bad enough, eugh. Don’t stretch with weights (even if they aren’t made of lead!), you’ll end up with uneven lobes.
To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.
To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing.
To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized (where appropriate) in an autoclave prior to use on anyone else.
To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate, and are often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes.
To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.
To a have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle.
To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.
To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio.
To have initial piercings fitted with jewelry of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.
To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision.
To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the piercer for assistance throughout the healing process.
To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.
To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.
It might seem pretty basic, but there was a time when these rights were more wishful thinking for our industry. There are still plenty of piercers and studios who think otherwise though. I remember reading this bill of rights when I was a teenager just getting into piercing and it helped shape my outlook on this art form and industry.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I tried to explaining the risk of getting piercing done by a complete amateur. She’s gonna have one hell of a rejection sooner or later. They look completely crooked and too shallow.
1) Can we calm down with the ridiculous assumptions in submissions, please? If you don’t know where the tattoo was done, don’t write in your submission that it was most likely done in an alley by a drunk Claire’s employee or something. It’s enough that the tattoo/piercing is awful, we don’t need a ton of misinformation and speculation about how the person PROBABLY got a home tattoo done when they were pregnant, just because they have a kid. Uncool, guys.
2) NOBODY CARES IF THE PERSON WHO GOT MODIFIED IS 17. It doesn’t really matter! There are loads of places where you can get tattoos/body piercings underage, legally and safely. Whether or not someone getting their lip pierced at 16 is ~okay~ is not really your moral call to make, and it certainly doesn’t make an otherwise awesome modification “awful.” EDIT: If you know for a fact that the person you’re submitting got modified illegally, obviously you can include that if you’d like.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: A girl who was in my graduating class posted this photo to Facebook. We’re both juniors in college now, but ever since high school she’s been modifying herself and bragging about it. Now I see her proudly posting a photo of her roommate tattooing himself in their bathroom.
WHAT’S AWFUL: No matter how much you try to clean it, that bathroom has fecal matter in it. Probably on the mirror too where his gloved hand is pressed up against. Though I doubt he thought about cleaning the bathroom top to bottom before tattooing himself. He probably only thought up to the glove part, which have now been deemed useless since he has them pressed up against a dirty surface. Ugh it just gives me a feeling in the back of my throat knowing he’s in literally the dirtiest part of the house tattooing himself.
Not to mention he’s holding that tattoo machine upside-down. Oh gosh.
Sort of have a story: Today, this girl walked up to me and asked me if I could buy a piercing needle for her. She was going to hand me money and everything! Apparently, if you're over 18, this store where I live will sell you a needle so you can pierce yourself. I was pretty dumbfounded not only that some random chick just walks up and asks me, but the fact this store was legit selling needles!
Yeah… I have a store like that near me… totally considered it in high school. Womp. >.> They sold if it was over 16. Yikes.
WHAT’S AWFUL: An old acquaintance of mine is known for her stupidity, and this just proves it all. I am unsure if she does these tattoos herself after she ‘stencils’ them, though they are backyard/home jobs. The environment is fairly unhygienic. The lines are awfully thick and shaky, the (horrible) stencil has no shading at all, the “tattooist” didn’t even bother to add shading, but instead only made it thicker, darker and more horrible. The first tattoo lacks shading and the lines are all out of place. The unicorn/horse looks like it has been drawn with a ball point pen and makes me sick to know that this is on somebody’s body.
The girl is of legal tattoo age, I suggest her going to a real tattooist instead of skimping out.
Seriously it’s not that difficult and I can’t believe I’m making this post again. I kind of hate to be a condescending asshole, but when you have to moderate hundreds of incorrectly submitted things, it gets on your nerves.
So. THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOU SUBMIT:
IF IT IS AN IMAGE:
WE NEED THE SOURCE. We need you to put the image INTO the post, not just link to it.
1. SUBMITTER COMMENT: this is where you say where you found it/what’s going on
2. WHAT IS WRONG: This is where you say what went wrong here
3. HOW TO FIX IT: if it is a tattoo leave it blank. The only thing you can really do for tattoos is cover it up/retouch it or remove it. Piercings… if you don’t know how to fix it, leave it blank. and PLEASE DO NOT BE AN ASSHOLE ABOUT IT. like “idk go hide in a cave forever out of shame” IS NOT A VALID SOLUTION.
IF IT IS TEXT/PERSONAL STORY:
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep it to like 3 SHORT paragraphs. I know you want to put in every detail, but I’m not going to read a 2000 word essay on what went wrong.
IF IT IS A VIDEO:
well…video is a little messed up on tumblr as a whole. Put the link to the video in the post and the do what is under and image post.
More instructions on how to do specific things are on the page our “submission” button goes to. If you can’t figure it out, please read through that.
REMEMBER: Disliking someone is not a valid reason to submit them and thinking a certain modification (facial tattoos, genital mods, tongue splits…etc) are weird is not a reason to submit them. We don’t take “adult” stuff anyway, so don’t submit that…
There is a girl at my cosmetology school that on Halloween decided to shove a needle through her ear for a self pierced industrial. I did not see the piercing take place because trust me, I would have tried to stop her. When we were all in a room listening to our guest speaker I could not stop staring at her new “cool” piercing. Her ear had swelled up about 2 times its size, she kept the needle in instead of putting jewelry in, it was still bleeding, she was constantly touching it with her bare hands, and the placement was pretty awful. I wanted to take a photo but she had recently been bragging about beating up some girl and fracturing her arm so I was honestly a bit afraid to upset her if she caught me taking a photo. I tried to nicely tell her that it would probably be a good idea to take it out but I was quickly ignored. I sent her a message on Facebook with a link to this site but she has never responded so I have given up on trying to help.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Need I say more?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Self piercing at a school, touching it without wearing gloves or sanitizing hands at least, keeping the needle in, and probably so many other things that I did not see her do.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: For the love of all things good, take it out. Or at least put a bar in the piercing instead of using the needle as jewelry.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is the tattoo of someone from my facebook with the caption “I got a classic microphone cause I’m a singer”. She’s got tattoos from the same guy before apparently, but her previous ones look so much better.
WHAT’S AWFUL?: The tattoos are done by a home artist, probably, judging by the state of the artwork in unsanitary conditions. You can’t really tell what it is! the line work is AWFUL! It’s a terrible design, the so called shading isn’t in the right places. It makes me wonder if the person that did the tattoo can even draw let alone be let loose with a tattoo machine. The worst thing is, he actually paid for it!! if this was me, I’d ask for compensation so I could afford to get rid of it.
(you can watch this in the UK for the next couple of weeks, not sure about the USA, sorry!)
This was the saddest show :( I watched it after reading the blurb:
“This film explores the world of tattoos; the artists, the reasons why people have them and what happens when they regret them.”
Over half the tattoos on the show were AWFUL (and I even kinda like some bad tattoos) but seriously really awful, and the people getting them weren’t into the art, but obsessive people, who could have been on a whole other show about people with too much money and OCDs - it featured a guy with c*nt tattooed on him several times (got when he was drunk, in Ayia Napa) and some guy with a Miley Cyrus obsession. Its worth it to see the scary demon head Miley he gets - its meant to just be her face, but I swear to you, it’s a hell demon.
I was really sad to watch it, because it made out that people who get a lot of tattoos are crazy and that tattoos are ugly and deforming. The quality of the work they showed was bad - including a girl that set up a studio in her own home. With cats.
I’m kind of angry that Channel 4 chose this as a way of showing off “why people have tattoos”…although I could certainly see why some people would regret them, after watching this :(
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Not an awful modification, just an interesting video which interviews and compares licensed tattoo artists to scratchers. It’s in dutch but you can tell just by the quality of the tattoos that they bear and show off about which works in a shop and which doesnt. A very interesting watch for those who understand dutch!
It’s sad when I have so many things that are worthy of submitting here.
When I met my boyfriend, he had already been stretching his ears. They were pretty big, not exactly sure what size, but he got to well beyond an inch. He had to downsize because he got a blowout, (it’s healed now thank goodness, his ears are at about 0 now, he leaves them naked)
But he does have some catbutt going on, just a little bit. Last night we were talking about this blog, and he told me, “If I start to stretch again, I’m not gonna take advice from some website.”
So I replied with, “When my ears get big enough, let’s compare healthiness and see what you say then!” ;)
Just thought you guys might like to hear that you are talked about and that one of your minions is /trying/ to spread the word :)
YEAH ‘CAUSE IT’S NOT LIKE THERE’S ANY INFORMATION TO BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET OR ANYTHING
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I found pictures of this guy on Facebook. He tattoos people with his cheap tattoo machine in their bedrooms. He says he’s a professional and everybody praises his work. He has entire folders full of these horrid pieces of so-called ‘art’. And he has a few awful tattoos as well. You can’t see much in the photo’s, but he also has very thin and blowouty lobes.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Bad tattoos, not done by a professional, in unsanitary conditions and thin discusting lobes.
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.