Submitter’s Comment: Okay, so I was lurking YouTube with the phrase ‘septum piercing’ since I’m getting one in a few days. During my hunt, I uncovered this… I just… I’m utterly shocked.
What’s Awful: Well, in this video specifically, he shows off some tools he ordered online to pierce his own septum. That should be awful enough, however, MY DEAR SWEET GOD… Check the comments. This kid confirms that he is TWELVE YEARS OLD. And that was ten months ago… So maybe he is thirteen now. Even so, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. Where are this kid’s parents?! He has snakebites and lobes stretched big enough to fit his pinky through. All of his videos seem to be mod based (I didn’t watch them all). I just find this so terrifying. I mean, I really know nothing in regards to body modification laws, and since they vary from place to place, who knows… Even with this kid planning on piercing his own septum, it is possible that all of his current piercings were done by a professional. Still, considering he is TWELVE, I’m doubtful… And even then, I don’t think a twelve year old — at the very least — should be stretching his ears. After a certain size (which I am pretty sure he has exceeded), those won’t shrink back down. A kid his age does not have the mental capacity (and I can back this up with research) to make these sorts of decisions because his ability to think in the long term and foresee consequences will not yet have been developed. This is a psychological fact. The aforementioned self-piercing aside, potentially permanent mods need to be left up to people who are psychologically capable of making these kinds of decisions. I just… Wow.
How It Can Be Fixed: I don’t know… I mean, I can’t see the state of his lobes or piercings. It is possible everything is fine and perfectly healthy. Still, I’d recommend that the kid downsize his lobes until he is old enough to make that kind of decision. Furthermore, he needs to be educated in how dangerous self-piercing is so that he doesn’t try that anymore. Oh, and his parents need to be seriously questioned for their judgement.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This girl I know who’s 16, apparently, is tattooing herself and others, she has no experience and I’m assuming she uses the stick-n-poke method seeing as she hasn’t gotten a tattoo machine yet. She’s also pierced her septum and nostril with a safety pin.
WHAT’S AWFUL: This one’s fairly obvious, she’s tattooing herself (more than likely using the stick-n-poke method) and other minors with no experience and in an unsanitary environment. I feel bad for the poor souls who allow her to tattoo them.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Stop tattooing and wait until you can get a tattoo apprenticeship.
Yesterday, I noticed that one of my good friends (she lives in the dorm across the hall from me) came back from Thanksgiving break with her nose pierced - I knew that she had been wanting to get it done, so I figured she finally took the plunge!…until she told me that she did it herself after “taking a ton of shots” and her sister put Ora-jel (a numbing cream used for toothaches) on her nose to numb it before she pierced it. And as far as I know, she’s not doing anything to clean it/help it heal.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I just can’t….Ora-jel? WHAT’S AWFUL:Being blackout drunk while self-piercing…and using numbing cream HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:Save your money up, go to a licensed piercing artist, and get it done properly.
People care enough about your blog to reblog and talk shit, but not enough to click through to the page, read "We are an online resource dedicated to showing what happens when modification goes wrong all in the name of education. We also offer guides & advice on all forms of modification. From blowouts & torn lobes, to home-done tattoos and rejecting surface bars, we'll show you how to do it right!" Which IS A CLEAR STATEMENT OF YOUR INTENT WHICH ISN'T POMPOUS. Holy shit you haters are annoying.
You’re right, the concept is kinda dopey as hell.
Would you call your dentist “pompous” if they criticized you for pulling your own tooth? I don’t think ~snobbery~ really comes into play when peoples’ health is concerned. If you can come up to me and honestly say, “I don’t care that I’m putting myself at risk for MRSA and Hepatitis and other various diseases. I don’t care about my personal health. Getting a shitty tattoo done in my neighbor’s garage is TOTALLY worth the possibility of getting a terrible infection and going into septic shock!”, then you’re a joke. Sorry.
Personally, I don’t care what these peoples’ tattoos look like. I only care that they’re putting themselves and others in danger.
So I’ve had some pretty bad luck in the past with piercings and thought I would share a story with you. I’ve had 3 separate piercings done before (excluding my ears) and all have rejected/got infected. Maybe it’s something I’m doing, but I’ll share this and let you be the judge. So for my 18th birthday my boyfriend took me to a tattoo parlor to get my nipples pierced by a guy we knew. He’s done piercings on friends we knew before in the past and they have all turned out fine, so there was no need to question the quality of his service. I get there and he takes a look at my nipples, taking his time to mark where the needle would enter and exit. He prepped his table, using only new needles still in the pack and sterilized everything. He used gloves when piercing me and was very quick and efficient. I felt little pain (more like an intense sensitive feeling) and so I thought everything was fine. I followed the cleaning instructions, making sure not to soak with sea salt water too often so the skin didn’t dry out, yet I was noticing a problem with the piercings. I would go to school wearing a bra and by the time I got home my piercings would be so crusted over with goop and blood that it physically hurt to take my bra off and I would have to stand in the shower until the bra was soaked enough with water that I could peel it away. I thought maybe they were taking a while to heal because everything on the Internet I read said 6-12 months healing time. Finally after 9 months I went back to talk to someone. The guy who originally pierced my nipples wasn’t in that day so another guy too a look for me. Turns out I have flat nipples (meaning they don’t stand out unless stimulated) so when they were pierced it was done too shallow, with too small a bar, and the beads on the end were too big. This actually caused the jewelry to migrate and reject, splitting the edges of my nipple open. I was told if I had left them in any longer they would eventually split open entirely :( Needless to say I took them out immediately and now they are healed but I’m left with some nasty scars. I’ve been told using vitamin e oil to soften them might give me the chance to have them repierced, but it would have to be done so deeper and with a curved barbell instead of a straight one. I’m not saying the guy was awful, just that maybe he wasn’t as knowledgeable as I thought and use this as a cautious reminder to carefully plan your piercings and your piercer.
I also have flat nipples. For anyone reading this, that doesn’t mean you can’t be pierced or that awful things will happen. I did take one of mine out as I kept bumping it on things and it just didn’t really heal even after a year and I didn’t want to deal with it. Nothing to really do with my nipple shape.
aaaanyway. I know 12g seems scary to some of you, but it’s only .4mm larger than 14g and that can make a big difference with nipple piercings. Female nipples should be pierced at no smaller than 14g and optimally at 12g. And with straight barbells, unless perhaps it would relieve the pressure of having either flat or inverted nipples. Male nipples should be pierced no smaller than 16g and optimally at 14g. Straight barbells, preferably.
And when you get pierced, watch out for strange extended irritation like the OP. Your nipple piercing probably shouldn’t be really really crusty like that after about the first week or so. It took a while for mine to completely stop, but the crusty flood usually ends after a week, maybe two. Another thing I found helpful was to put clean gauze between nipple and bra and even hold it in place with paper medical tape. (I’ve found that paper medical tape is a lot less harsh with the adhesive and your skin. I know some people have sensitivities to all adhesives, but for someone who just doesn’t want to rip their skin off, paper tape is good.)
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I actually found her because she copied one of my tattoos. Curious, I checked out her blog and found this. She also has loads of other terrible tattoos. Apparently she pierced her wrist herself, and this is the result.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Self piercing. It’s crooked. The fact that she hasn’t taken it out.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take it out and don’t pierce yourself at home!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a friend of mine from Facebook. When I asked her where she got them done, she said her friend’s dad did them at their house. She is over 18 though.
WHAT’S AWFUL: They weren’t done by a professional, they weren’t done in a sanitary setting, the lines are all wonky, the two sides of the heart on the first one aren’t even, the horns aren’t even, and the wings on the second tattoo aren’t even.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This girl posted a picture of her piercing herself. she’s 13. First off, there is no way she has any experience. She also claimed it wasn’t the wrong needle, which it clearly is. Until about three or so people commented on it telling her different, she admitted to it being the wrong needle, but just said “oh well. I did it anyway.” I, along with many others, told her how unsafe and stupid it was. What I thought, was that the girl was piercing her tongue web, a common one amongst those ‘scene kids’ that they usually do themselves because they can hide it from their parents, but what she actually pierced was her tooth.
Hi! So for my first tattoo I want a cover up of a bunch of scars and I know this can be difficult for some tattoo artists, so I was wondering if you guys knew of any reputable shops in the Nebraska/Midwest area. Thank you!
Keep in mind that no matter how good your artist, scar tissue will “take” the ink differently than non-scar tissue. It may take a few times for the ink to stay.
Hi there! I live near Roseville in CA. I have two tattoos that i got at Wild Bills, both by different artists. my second one i still like, but he screwed up the shading a bit. Anyways, I"ve been contemplating another tattoo, but this time on my thigh to cover up a bunch of scars. I'm having a tough time finding a clean, reputable, and talented place to get tattoo'd. If you have any advice or suggestions, I would really appreciate it. -Amanda
Extremely Bad Experience with Claire's Piercing Gun
My older sister wanted us to get our ears pierced together when we were 12 and 13. My dad took us to Claire’s, where they used a piercing gun to do the job.
They gave me surgical steel earrings and clear instructions on how to care for the new piercing. I woke up in the morning less than 48 hours after they’d been done to find that my ears had swollen immensely, to the point that the skin had enveloped the stud earrings.
I had to go to the emergency room, where doctors literally had to cut away skin in order to get them out. After the affected area healed, I went to a professional piercing studio to have them re-done. There, they told me that by looking at the scars left by Claire’s, they could tell that they hadn’t even pierced my ears in the correct place, and did it at an angle so that the earrings went in lopsided in addition. In short, while I was probably too young to understand anything about proper piercing methods and the value of going to a pro, I wish that I had at least gone to someone who didn’t use a piercing gun.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: She just doesn’t stop, does she? Yep, it’s that one girl. Again. This time she’s piercing someone else’s ear. Joy. And she’s done another piercing on this girl, which has somehow not festered and rotted out of her head quite yet.
WHAT’S AWFUL: No gloves, god knows what she just put on that girl’s ear to “clean” it, I have serious doubts about that needle given the circumstances and the fact that I did not hear any packaging being opened AND I SEE THAT TOILET PAPER ROLL. YOU’RE IN A BATHROOM.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Put on some gloves, get out of your bathroom and into a professional piercer’s shop, and, judging by the touching little story from the video while the god awful needle was being prepped, STOP LETTING UNPROFESSIONAL PEOPLE PIERCE YOU.
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.