I had no clue there were earrings that looked like that, I’m so out of the loop with standard jewelry haha. The post the OP screencapped did say “DIY Bobby Pin Earrings”, but now that you mention it, they don’t look much like bobby pins at all! I removed it. Thanks :)
background:I was looking for a tattooist to get a new tattoo done and basically get pricing up good places, my cousin emailed me telling me she had just had her friend do her tattoo in memory of her niece that died and linked me to this picture telling me that he is amazing at tattoos, she admitted she had it done in his home and he is very new to tattoos but hes brilliant considering he’s just started, I am not sure if he used gloves but I do know it wasn’t a sterile enviroment.
whats wrong: sadly whats not wrong, the lines, colouring, text and shading are horribly done even though he is new he shouldn’t be tattooing on other people just yet.
How can it be sorted: this guy seriously needs to go get experience in a tattoo shop I know it’s difficult at first to do tattoos but he needs an apprenticeship asap to learn not to do what’s shown in this picture.
I notice a lot of people kicking off over tattooist’s like this but when it comes to being new at the job it’s hard so I think if you do see new tattooist’s who are old enough to get an apprenticeship job tell them to go get one and inform them of the right sterile way to not cause infections etc just for a bit of cash, I informed my cousin to tell her friend to not give up but go practice on paper first and seek professional advice on what to do but more then anything I told him to stop doing scratcher work in homes where infections can be formed, I hope I have given the right information as I am not a tattooist, I can understand if the person has been doing this years and just won’t listen tbh those people I would usually report as they are a health risk to others but I can be wrong C:
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I was searching the ‘dermal’ tag on tumblr when I found this text post:
Piercings, you shall be mine soon.
So I found a site where I can buy dermal anchors and the kit to pierce myself. Hoping to get it after I get my Christmas money. Then hip dermals here I come! Fuck going to have other people do it for me. I like doing it myself.
Eventually I’ll have:
- 2 matching sets of hip dermals
- Dermals in my tattoos (preferably the keyhole one that’s going on the back of my neck)
- Bellybutton! (I’m sooo re-doing that sometime soon)
- Most likely tongue (again)
- Maybe septum? (not sure about that one, it hurts like a bitch)
I’m so excited. :3’
WHAT’S AWFUL: self piercing, self piercing a DERMAL!
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Just don’t self pierce! You can’t be stingy with your safety
Self-piercing horror aside, I’m gonna use this as an opportunity to throw down some more terminology info for y’all.
Please, please, please. Stop calling them “dermals.” And before you say, “PAH THIS IS JUST LIKE THE GAUGES THING WHATEVAR”, hear me out:
The term “dermal” gives the implication that surface anchors are something other than just single-point piercings. It’s actually super abbreviated from “micro-transdermal” (like “transdermal implant”), which classifies them as implants. They are not implants. They are merely single-point piercings, which can be done with a needle just like any other piercing, and do not need to be surgically removed (like implants do). When you call them “dermals”, the legislative types freak out and want to group them in with implants, and they make them illegal. Obviously that’s bad for both piercers and piercees.
Just call ‘em “surface anchors” or “single-point piercings”, mkay?
Hopefully this clears up some other misinformation floating around out there about surface anchors. They are single-point piercings. They are NOT implants. They do NOT need to be performed with a biopsy punch, and they do NOT need to be removed via scalpel or other surgical procedure. I remove surface anchors all the time using nothing more than a tool to hold the top, and tissue massage.
EDIT: Wow, I’ve already gotten one response from another piercer saying you definitely CAN NOT remove surface anchors without cutting them out, and one person implying you can’t do surface anchors with a needle. The entire reason they were invented was to provide a piercing-friendly alternative to heavier modifications like transdermal implants, so that piercers can do them without the use of medical devices like biopsy punches! Punches are illegal on a federal level in the US, so I’m not sure why people think we’re all lawbreakers?
I’m going to try to put together a FAQ about surface anchors, until then here is a picture of some long-healed surface anchors from my shop done with the needle method:
I’ve personally removed tons of surface anchors without cutting tissue, including three from my own body. And I’ll point out that they were Industrial Strength surface anchors, since the piercer who messaged me said if I can remove them without cutting them, I’m using shit jewelry.
Yes! So much this!
Your piercer is ALWAYS available to help you. And it’s easier for them to help you when you come in at the first sign of trouble. This goes for everything, not just possible infection.
Piercers can help you much more easily if you come in with a 3 day old piercing that is very swollen, with sinking jewelry, than if you come in with a 3 month old piercing with jewelry that is completely embedded and healed under the skin. We’re here to help!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: It’s an actual condition, more commonly found in people with darker complexions (15 times more likely actually) and generally severely overgrows the original wound. They are also prone to continually grow even after the original wound has healed. They’re generally only removable with medical assistance.
As a jewelry company that cares a lot about the product we are creating everyday, we are often posed the question: Why go to a piercer?
There a host of reasons. The best thing you can do for yourself if you are considering getting a piercing is to visit a professional studio. Your decision on where to go and who to have perform your piercing ultimately rests in your hands; do your homework! When you visit a professional, you not only are getting the knowledge and experience they carry with them, but you get a place to ask questions, and a person to help you solve problems that range from what stone looks best in my navel, to does my navel look infected?
From a health standpoint, visiting a local studio is a no brainer. A piercer using proper aseptic technique and freshly sterilized tools and jewelry offers an infinitely greater sense of comfort than a friend or home piercer who may be using inferior and ineffective methods of disease control and transmission.
Allowing a professional to handle your piercing ensures that it will be placed in an anatomically correct and aesthetically pleasing spot. Trying to pierce yourself can often yield piercings done at awkward angles, done too deep or extremely shallow which can all lead to complications with the healing and long term comfort, if the piercing even makes it that long.
Something else to consider is that one size does not fit all. A lot of people need custom sizes for their jewelry, it’s not unusual! A nostril screw for instance, needs to be bent to fit the anatomy of the individual who will be wearing the piece. If not bent to fit, these can easily cause irritation to the piercing.
Maybe you have a healed piercing and are looking to downsize your starter jewelry. Maybe you have a healed piercing and are looking to stretch. Both are great opportunities to allow a second set of eyes to look at places you can’t see (back/inside of your ear, nostrils, nape of the neck). Body jewelry is a onetime purchase. Plenty of people see a piece of jewelry online for a good price and purchase it based on “it probably being close enough”. Improperly sized jewelry can cause irritation and aggravation, even in well healed piercings.
Stretching is easy, right? You just shove the next size in, right? Do you know how long you should be waiting in between stretches? Do you know the tell-tale signs that your piercing is ready to stretch, or that you haven’t waited long enough? These are just some of the great reasons, but by no means all, that you should have a professional opinion weigh in on when you should go up a size.
Encountering a problem with a piercing? Trouble shooting from an experienced piercer is a lot more likely to be effective than with advice found in a forum on the internet or “doing what my friend said worked for them”. A piercer can assess your particular issue and give advice based on first
hand observation of the affected area.
Why should you buy your jewelry through a local piercer? There are plenty of places you can purchase jewelry online and generally at a slightly reduced rate than you could if you bought it in person. Here are a few things to consider: When you buy through a shop, you get the expertise of the piercer to help you with your decision. You can have your piercing measured for accuracy against the part you intend to order. Often, you can have most questions answered on the spot. You’ll be able to look at pieces that you will be able to buy in person and if you’re planning on making a custom order, you’ll be able to see comparable material colors (titanium, gold, and niobium) as well as stone colors and how they may work together. Computer screens don’t always do the true color justice.
The money you may save on jewelry you are buying based on a couple of photos online will probably be made up for by shipping, or possibly shipping the piece back if you are even able to make an exchange. Beyond that, buying jewelry from your local shop keeps your money *local*. Piercing and tattoo shops are local, small businesses staffed by folks in your local community, and deserve to be supported.
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those look like blowouts, give him some vitamin E lotion and tell him to rub it on his ears twice daily, or go to a piercer and get them punched (pierced with a bigger gauge needle)
Piercing with a larger gauge needle will not remove skin, or will remove very little. It is also not the way to fix this… The only things that remove skin are dermal/biopsy punches and o-needles.
Also I don’t think those are blowouts. It’s likely hypertrophic scarring. See previous post.
Looks like hypertrophic scarring. It’s common in piercings and all it needs is tea tree oil applied to it twice a day with a cue tip for at least 2 weeks after it’s gone. It’s always best to go back to the piercer with questions; not a doctor.
Not always true. A piercer is not a doctor and cannot fix and infection for you or give you anti-biotics. If that is not hypertropic scarring, A piercer will be able to do very little except tell you to go to a doctor or dermatologist.
And if it IS hypertrophic scarring, the first thing I’d suggest is to go to the piercer and get those CBRs switch to labret studs of the proper length. Then go from there. Tea tree oil can be very harsh and make things like this worse sometimes.
To that, I ask you to read this. Simply as food for thought.
Modblog does post some great stuff, but they also post stuff like this, where the subject of the DIY modification is VERY… nonchalant about the consequences of his modifications. (Acrylic paint isn’t a good place to start.) Which, sure, is he’s willing to take those risks in his own exploration, fine, but it doesn’t really come across how serious some of the consequences could be…
From my point of view, if you want to DIY your mods, they should be done with proper tools, proper knowledge, and the proper environment. As someone who HAS self-done piercings in the past, with safety pins and everything else we criticize on this blog, I wouldn’t recommend that to ANYONE. I have gross lumps of scar tissue in my lobes that feel like pimples that will never pop. The holes sometimes gather gunk in them and get irritated and will pop like a pimple and then ooze for like 3 days afterwards. It’s gross and uncomfortable and in turn makes my whole ear unhappy with life.
Submitter comment: Saw this puppy show up on my news feed. The girl also has a series of wonky, infected looking piercings.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Bad lines, looks like it was done in a house… and supposed to be leopard print?
Or people they don’t like.
Submitting a picture of someone NOT SHOWING THEIR MODS and following with the caption “This bog-troll is [name deleted because this post is fucking rude], She is full of awful body modification’s! She is chubby and has two butterfly tattoo’s on her “hips” that are both uneven and one is way bigger then the other, it has a red ribbon and the other is pink. doesnt red mean Aids? Anyhow, she got her belly button pierced, she had it pierced too far up it got infected she kept it in and did NOT clean it, plus she sweat like a hog on a hot summer day which made it worse, She is now stretching her ears, in the past MONTH she has had 3 blowouts, went from 0-00-1/2 and is now wanting to go to 5/8s! she doesnt even bother with 7/16 or 9/16. She is an idiot and no dumbass like her should have mods!”
Yes, asshole, red means AIDS support, but does not mean she HAS AIDS like you are implying. Even if she did, so what? There are so many ways someone can get HIV/AIDS (like, idk, from birth) that it’s irrelevant and you have no right to judge this person. Pink means breast cancer and i don’t see you judging/questioning that.
Look guys, please. just. don’t. be. assholes. Seriously. Even if you don’t like the person, SUBMIT THEIR MODS, not all this irrelevant shit about why you don’t like them.
Sometimes I wonder if you guys are just trolling us…like I can’t believe someone actually made that submission in a 100% serious way.