Q: I’ve been told two different things about stretching and i can’t decide which is best. It’s about stretching with tapers or tunnels. I don’t know which is best for what size…I’ve stretched with tapers previously, just because i’m at a small size. I’m currently in the middle of stretching to…
There is this guy at my school, who was tattooing himself in the middle of class, with a pencil. I wasn’t in the class so I don’t even know how he was doing it, but he showed it to me & it was awful looking. Red, swollen, I’m not even sure how the pencil was doing anything. He kept putting GermX all over it, for some reason. He said he planned on putting pen ink on it when he got home. When asked why he did it, he said it was because he was too poor to get a professional tattoo. That was about a week ago. Now, it is green looking & still ridiculously red. The tattoo is of his girlfriends name, & it’s huge & on his forearm. Also, we are sophomores in high school. So that just makes it worse. I wish I could get a picture so you could see how disgusting it is.
MOD COMMENT: Wow. The thought of that is nauseating… :( Green, now? Uh…has anyone perhaps suggested he may want to see a doctor? (I mean, when you say “green” I assume “swollen and red and painful and hot-to-the-touch and infected and gross and practically oozing pus” green, not like “he rubbed green ink into it” green.)
Recently I purchased 3 pairs of single-flared steel tunnels in 1 1/8” , 1 3/16” , and 1 1/4” from Spencer’s Gifts. I usually don’t but I just needed some steel tunnels. I’ll remind you that I spent a total of $75.00 (about) on these 3 pairs. When I got home I opened them so I could put them away in my jewelry drawer. I went to put in the 1 1/8” tunnels (which is the size I’m at) into my lobes but they didn’t fit. So then I continued to compare the size differences between the 3 tunnels. They were the SAME SIZE. All 3 of them were EXACTLY the SAME. $75.00 wasted on 3 pairs of the SAME sized plugs. So I’m pissed and I contacted Spencer’s Gifts and I’m hoping for a reply soon. Moral of the story, don’t buy any kind of body jewelry from stores like Spencer’s or Hot Topic.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a girl I used to go to high school with. She is a really good athlete and obsessed with basketball. I’m imagining that’s what the tattoo is for. I have no idea where she got the tattoo from but..
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Well, this is my first tattoo. I was too impatient to wait for my brother to take me to a shop and ended up going to a scratcher.
WHAT’S AWFUL: They’re just bad. They’re uneven, at different angles, and different sizes. The shading is all stripe-y, too. It used to look even worse.
I was only a few months away from being legal to get a tattoo. I don’t know why but I was stupid and decided to go with my upstairs neighbor to a “friend” of hers. She said he was a “professional.” I trusted the wrong person. When we got there I wanted to back out but didn’t feel like I could. He didn’t wear gloves. He and the two other people there were smoking pot and cigarettes the whole time. He used an ink pen and deodorant to put the “stencil” on. I laid on a Bowflex in the back room of his parents’ house.
Surprise! I got MRSA. I caught it really early so I didn’t get too sick. I had a blister right in between the two wings. It was just a little bubble, maybe half a centimeter across, but was raised up and really painful. At first I thought maybe it was an ingrown hair or something, but then it started to feel like I had a bladder infection. It hurt to pee and my stomach ached. I actually had a teacher I showed it too who used to be a nurse and she convinced me to go to a doctor. I went to the ER and they wanted to lance it but it popped on it’s own before they could get to it. I got some antibiotics and had to keep it covered for a little while. I’m allergic to bandaids too, so yay, raw skin from a tattoo, MRSA blister, and welts from bandaid adhesive, all right there. I had a scar for up until maybe a year ago that looked like a square with a little dot in the middle from it.
Then about a year later, I had it sort of covered by a guy in a shop that my friends had been tattooed by. They’re tattoos came out fine. I’m not sure if he was out of his depth or what, but the way it looks in the pic is after he “fixed” it.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: When I have the money, I’ll go to a reputable artist and have it covered up. Until I know what I want it covered with and I have the money, I’ll just have to settle for having a crappy tattoo for a little while.
So I had this friend that I used to be quite close with from my work, and about 6 months ago we were talking to each other about modifications. We both expressed interest in stretching our ears, and she came up with the idea of starting to stretch together. This friend of mine however hadn’t even had her ears pierced, so she said she would get them pierced the next week and then start stretching the week after that. Having done my research on the subject, I told her that she’d have to wait at least 6 months after getting them pierced to start stretching them, though I recommended up to a year. I told her I’d be happy to wait until then to start stretching with her, however she did not take this well and I haven’t seen her often since then. Despite my advice, in the not even six months she got them pierced, her ears are now stretched to an inch. They are disgusting and red and man, the blowouts. It really looks like she has two earlobes. And yet, even though they look disgusting, she thinks they look fantastic. Since the time I saw her I started stretching too, but mine are only up to 6G because I’ve been doing it really slowly and looking after my lobes, and seeing what hers look like because of her rushed job really enforces the fact that being patient and taking care of your lobes is the only way to do it. Unless you want to end up with disgusting looking ears. Its not worth it.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Starting to stretch only a week or so after getting them pierced. Stretching them to an inch within six months of getting them pierced. Having horrible looking ears that are obviously damaged and need some serious TLC.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take everything out and just leave it to heal, get some jojoba oil on that and hope to hell that they start to heal without any kind of surgery.
This girl posted a video of her tattooing herself on facebook. It’s in Dutch, and she basically says ‘I tattooed myself, not kidding’ and ‘nope I didn’t practice but it went alright’. Someone else mentions she’s sitting at her mom’s kitchen table.
The table’s cluttered, she’s sitting at a kitchen table, she didn’t practice beforehand and that doesn’t seem to bother her, -everything- is awful.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:
Kids, get tattoos done by professionals. Don’t diy them when you don’t know what you’re doing.
For the "bobby pin earrings" post- those may not actually be bobby pins, and I doubt that they are, as bobby pins would be too large to fit in the average 20g-16g piercing. I have earrings very similar to this made by Harry Mason. TL;DR. The OP should fact check a bit better before criticizing.
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.
This has probably been said before, so sorry if it has, but one thing that bugs me is that a lot of people let their piercings become more and more infected because they're too ashamed to go to a piercer or doctor. Believe me, it is so much better to go to a professional and get your mod seen to rather than let it fester. Pros have almost always seen worse, and they're trained to know what to do. They'll be sad that you haven't respected it, but will be happy to help. Don't be embarrassed!
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!
Guns should never be used on anything, period. There is no pro to a piercing gun.
Piercing guns are NEVER sterilized in those little mall kiosks or stores, seriously. Ask to see their sterilization equipment and they’ll most likely show you an alcohol wipe. So an alcohol wipe is all that…
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.
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.
I'd like to add that sometimes self piercing/tattooing can be a positive, empowering experience. Asserting control over your body and testing your limits can be cathartic in some circumstances. Experimentation isn't always a bad thing. People in tribes all over the world have pierced/scarred/branded their bodies for thousands of years in less than sterile conditions, and I've never read anything about severe infection or death from their practices. Check out modblog, and Zentastic as well.
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.
I think a lot of submitters are confusing "awful mods" with "things they don't personally like."
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.
Ignore the hateful people who are obviously butthurt about others acknowledging that they did something wrong that could be harmful to their well being. You giving extremely useful information to people who are actually want to learn about body modification and want to do it right.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a girl I went to cosmetology school with, she has a few other tattoos all done by scratchers but this is by far the worst one. You’d think after 1600 of cosmetology school(50+ hours in health and safety/blood bloodborne pathogens/skin disease) she’d have enough common sense to not do something as stupid/ugly/dangerous as this.
WHAT’S AWFUL: It was done under horrible conditions by someone who doesn’t know what their doing, he’s not even wearing gloves! The lines are wonky, the lettering sucks, and it looks like it’s drawn on with pen.
Source Unknown. But I saw this as a good thing to give to the blog, showing a microscopic view of hypodermic needles after multiple uses. Since they are constructed out of the same material that piercing needles are, you can see the damage reusing piercing needles can be.