I get lots of clients saying something similar “I’m going to pass out” or “I’m really scared of needles and blood”. As professional piercers we’re not just here to stick a needle in you and send you on your way. We’re here to give you a safe piercing and a pleasant experience. Good bedside…
Things professionals think about that your safety-pin weilding friend won’t
And I realize I’ve been reblogging a lot of stuff from the APP tumblr lately and it’s because I know not all of you follow them, but ALL OF YOU SHOULD. And if you don’t, you’ll see it here anyway half the time. But seriously. Follow them. Now.
Born to make mistakes? You just made another mistake!
SUBMITTER COMMENT: To the people commenting on the tattoo owner’s photo: When you are complementing this tattoo, are you lying or lying?
WHAT’S AWFUL: The lines are shaky. The tattoo looks like it was retraced, as some letters’ lines are doubled. Ink usage on each word is not evenly distributed, and on some, too much ink is used. The alignment of the letters are not at level. The letters are not the same shape. (Glance at the “s” in was, and the “s” at the end of mistakes) Space between the words are not equally spread out. Did the tatoo-er even care to finish the “k” in mistakes? Bless your little heart. I hope you learn from this “mistake”!
SUBMITTER COMMENT: So I’ve seen some posts about people related to/knowing a hairdresser who claims to be a licensed piercer and, while we all know this can’t possibly be true I wanted to offer a little bit of information on where it comes from for those who don’t know. I am a hairdresser, I have a coworker who claims to be a licensed piercer. When he was in beauty school a guy came to the school selling piercing gun kits and teaching people how to “properly” use them. After some “Here’s how you wipe this down” and the like they did some test piercings, were told they were now trained professionals and were set free to pierce the heck out of each other and other students.
Because of this lovely day in beauty school my friend is now convinced he can pierce just about anything safely and at least as well as any piercer working out of a real shop. He tried to insist he could do my nose piercing and should be the one to do it, sadly the bad information he gained in school lead him to not believing the correct information I offered him as to why I wouldn’t let him near me with that evil gun.
So for those of you out there who weren’t aware why some hair dressers think they are or claim to be professional piercers, its because they’re being told they are after taking a short sales based course from a piercing gun salesmen. Try not to hate on these people too much, they’re victims of misinformation and should be reeducated, nicely.
Q: I’ve been considering getting a hip piercing but I still don’t fully understand the concept of a microdermal piercing. Please explain. And if it’s not too much trouble, can you also explain if getting a hip piercing removed is a complicated/painful process?
Microdermal piercings (surface anchors) are essentially a small post inserted into a single point piercing, different end pieces can be threading onto the post. Unlike most piercings there is only a single point. So no in-and-out action of the needle or jewelry. It’s essentially a little pocket made with the use of a standard piercing needle, or O-style needle. Here is a video of some lower back surface anchors being installed.
Having them removed is typically just as easy as having them installed. If the piercer is experienced they should be able to gently remove it in just a few seconds. The skin should NEVER require cutting to remove a surface anchor. If a piercer says they need a scalpel or any cutting tool to remove a surface anchor you may want to get a second opinion.
Q: What is the difference between microdermals and surface anchors? I am indeed looking for a less of a dimpling effect as I already have a dimple on one side of my cheek and have always wanted cheek piercings. Do you by chance have any pictures of someone who had surface anchors for cheek piercings but retired them? I’m curious how they look once healed.
Microdermals (surface anchors) are a single point piercing. Meaning one side to the hole, they’re more of a pocket. Surface piercings are two point piercings, like most other body piercings they have an entrance and an exist.
So with anchors you can do one by itself or any number of individual anchors in an area. Surface bars are two visible ends connected under the surface.
I don’t have any pictures of removed anchors on cheeks to show you. Anchors typically leave a small flat scar when removed, there usually isn’t any significantly visible scar unless they rejected or were removed poorly. With cheek microdermals specifically I have removed a few of the ones I’ve installed and they have left no noticeable scars or dimples long term. Hope this helps to answer your questions.
submitter comment: I came across these photos on facebook. The work is coming out of a shop called Evil By Needle.
As usual, the comment section was flooded with praise for these horrible tattoos. I wish people would just STOP and LOOK at the work for a second before encouraging these atrocious pieces to continue being placed permanently on peoples bodies. Ignorance is tolerated from clients but there is no excuse for the artist. If you have trouble with drawing human anatomy then DON’T DO IT. shaky lines, wonky perspective… just plain bad drawings that have been executed poorly
1.) The new ASL (American Sign Language) teacher at my high-school is a nice person, supportive, humorous, and a good teacher. He has a few piercings (nostril, a few in his ears), all of them well taken care of from what I can tell. But what I cannot stand is his constant giving of inaccurate piercing advice. He cut into a conversation I had with a friend about her wanting a Monroe piercing, claiming it would leave a “huge ugly scar”, and claimed that if I wanted my nape done, then I could ONLY get ANY surface piercing done with a flexible straight bar. Um, no. 90 degree titanium surface staple, if you please.
What’s awful: Inaccurate advice that some poor kid may take to heart. He won’t believe any other piercing advice but his own.
2.) This one happened today, actually. A newer friend of mine has stretched ears, and is currently at a 0g and plans to size up soon. They looked healthy at a glance, so I asked how she went about it. She frowned, looking embarrassed as the tells me she jumped from her 20g initial piercing to 6g in one go! Holy cow!
What’s awful: 20g to 6g in one go!
3.) There are literally ten people I know who have self-pierced. The worst one of all, I am sorry to say, is a very close friend. She has piercing guns from her aunt’s salon, claiming her aunt (who is a hair stylist, not a piercer) is a certified professional. No pro would pierce with a gun. And now a 16 year old has a piercing gun. She pierced her middle school aged little sister’s cartilage and lobes with it without taking any small secondary precautions The second worse case of self-piercing is when another close friend came in with a Monroe that she did with a sewing needle and an earring. Her mother noticed it as soon as she went home, don’t know how she planned not to get caught with it.
Why it’s awful: I think it speaks for itself.
And now to end on a high note. The replacement Polymer and Crystalline Engineering teacher we have this year has the healthiest stretched lobes I have ever seen in my life and he will stop to educate those who are doing it way wrong. His advice echoes what I’ve seen in your stretching FAQ, he abhors the word “gauging”, and abhors improper jewelry and home tattoos. He may only be at a 0g (and plans to stay there), but the time and effort that went into those perfect stretched lobes should not go unnoticed.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: This chick I used to follow on tumblr is barely 15 years old and has her eye brow pierced. So I asked how she got it done and she said her sister did it for her. She was a bit rude about me warning her of what could happen, obviously people like to stay ignorant. She also plans on getting more piercings done by her sister too, she had a whole list of them asking her followers what she should get next. Here’s what her, one of her followers, and I said. (me being anonymous)
What’s Awful: unprofessional. piercing at home. UNDER AGE.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything… EVERY SINGLE THING! And the scissors?! Why are scissors being used to insert a surface anchor… then the lack of gloves, unsterile piercing area, dirty (and wrong) tools being used. This is a nightmare!!
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: When I see things like this, I feel like there’s no hope. GO TO A PROFESSIONAL!!! How hard is it to save a few bucks and get something safely done?! Geez! If you want it done THAT badly, at least get it done safely! Gosh darn!!
MODERATOR’S COMMENT WARNING:
Watch at your own risk. This one made us a little queasy.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I had a neighbor whose boyfriend bought a tattoo gun. Every couple of days for a few weeks, one of them would come outside and show me their new additions. They were ALWAYS wonky and awful looking. Another neighbor told me to draw out her husband’s name so she could get it tattooed on her ankle by this guy IN HIS HOUSE. So I did. I don’t have a picture of it, but its terrible and faded. Then one day the girlfriend came outside and told me, “You need to give me a tattoo sometime!”
I’ve never handled a tattoo gun, never even touched one, so I said no. Who the hell does this?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Home tattooing, asking someone who doesn’t even know how to tattoo to give you one.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I stumbled upon this as I am following multiple piercing blogs. Forgive me If the source is incorrect, i’m still getting used to my macbook.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything in this image looks wrong. The hip piercings have incorrect jewelry (straight barbells) and are clearly rejecting, both navel piercings are extremely shallow, the tattoo surrounding the navel is off centered with wonky lines, and the bottom tattoo has wonky lines, is crooked, and has awful writing as well.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: HELP! There are too many thing’s wrong to accurately say how it can be fixed.
So, there was a girl at school who told me she was getting a tattoo done…in her house. By a guy who is apparently licensed, from what i know he’s around 19, and probably a scratcher; not a professional.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: The girl told me in class she was getting a tattoo done, and i was rather excited for her; until she told me it was being done in her house. I legit asked if she was stupid for making a decision like that and she responded that it was okay because she knows him. When we got back to school and I saw it in person I cringed because of how wonky it looks and from the horrible shading in it is. I asked how many years of experience the guy had and she said he had his license which…doesn’t really explain anything. She’s incredibly proud of it but everyone I’ve talked too has said the same thing I did to her. What I mostly fear is that if his outline of a really simple tattoo is this bad…what would big tattoos that include detail look like?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything about the tattoo, the knowledge of the girl who was tattoo’d on, the tattooist himself.
So, I see a lot on tumblr and facebook about people poorly stretching their ears. I’ve got a little story. I had been stretching for five years. The last three I stretched properly and slowly, but for the first two I was young and super stupid. My ears were totally wrecked and I just spent a grand and a half getting my ears sewn up because they looked terrible. STRETCH THE RIGHT WAY! It’s not worth it to skip sizes and stretch too fast just to get to the size you want.
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.
Need to say stop posting the crap. More people that watch this. More YouTube rates the video
Followers could always give the video negative votes and also comment on the video itself. And looking at the comments and good/bad votes, they have.
Though…guys, I know the girl in this video is doing some dumb stuff, but I really don’t think the people in these videos are really aware of HOW bad it is. I know I wasn’t when I first started learning about mods. Now I am. Nice, corrective comments are not bad, but please don’t be assholes. Seriously.
i think the reason yall keep being called pretentious is because some of the things submitted have really stupid overly sassy comments about how to fix it. like, people looking at this blog must not understand that it's the submitter's comments and not the moderators comments on these pictures, unless clearly stated. because I used to think you guys were assholes but i realized that most of the people submitting are just assholes. keep up the good work!!!
Hayley and I are trying to get better at editing posts and calling people out for being assholes or giving incorrect advice (it will help our followers and the submitter understand).
And I think that’s also a big part of the problem with people thinking we’re assholes…because a lot of the submissions say rude shit. Like, I get it, I’m thinking about the SAME THING half the time, but it doesn’t help anyone to put it like that.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I was browsing through youtube searching for bridge piercings, when I came across a video of this girl in the “Related Videos” part. I was shocked at first, and I got even more shocked when I went through her channel. There are a lot of piercing gun gems including LIP PIERCINGS with a gun. Also, when people try to correct her in the comments she just says “shut the fuck up, you have no idea of what you’re talking about.” or something like that (but she also mentions she had a lot of issues with her nose piercings in another video’s comments, proving that her experience wasn’t pleasing).
WHAT’S AWFUL: Self piercings done with a gun (which can damage your cartilage), in many unsterile environments (germs and bacteria everywhere). She not only does on herself but also does on her friends. Dangerous in so many ways.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Stop piercing with a gun. In unsterile environments. Actually, stop piercing yourself and your friends COMPLETELY until you get a piercing license. Take out the piercings if they show problems and don’t use inadequate jewellery (such as butterfly-ended[?] earrings)
(sorry for any language mistakes, I’m not a native English speaker :/)
What’s awful: I got these done when I was really young at Claire’s and they are horribly crooked. The left photo is fine, that’s how I wanted these piercings to turn out. The right photo just makes me want to cry. Both ears look completely different. It’s like the lady who pierced the second holes was blind or something… it’s so obvious how wonky they are.
How it can be fixed: I talked to a professional piercer who said he could definitely make another hole between the first and second, where the original second was SUPPOSED to be. NEVER GET YOUR EARS DONE AT CLAIRE’S, OR ANY OTHER PLACE THAT USES A GUN AND DOESN’T TRAIN ITS STAFF. You could end up with depressingly lopsided ears like mine. :(
A shop recommendation, and my undying love for your blog!
STATE (and city): Rochester, NY Name of the shop and the artist you dealt with: Dorje Adornments (And they have a tumblr! Follow, follow!) and I was pierced by Nick What you had done: Scaffold/Industrial WHY you’d recommend them: It healed PERFECTLY except for the usual scaffold bar issue. I swapped it out for two short pieces and it’s doing just fine, and soon the long barbell will be back in my happy, healthy hole :) Nick is an absolute teddybear, a very kind person who knows his stuff (I got a bro-hoof from him because of my Brony shirt! Bronies unite!) I give his shop info to EVERYONE I know from school who wants any sort of piercing. and as soon as my best friend turns 15 (I’ll almost be 17 when that happens… i feel old, despite only being 16) me and her mother are going to take her there for her nostril piercing :)
And now, why i love you, awfulmods. Thanks for supplying me with the resources to do everything right. Thanks to you I knew what to do when I grappled with the bump on my scaffold, how to stretch my ears properly (still on a 14g, but proud of it because I’m goin’ slooooooooow!). You helped me realize it wasn’t my fault that my earlobes went mad after I got them done at Claire’s as a little kid, I had all symptoms associated with the gun and alcohol… So now, I have money in my “pro piercing account” jar for my second holes, with a needle, no guns! Wish me luck today on getting my conch pierced. I love you all, awfulmods moderators and fans <3 Keep doing the awesome stuff y’all do. <3<3<3
Q: i recently started stretching and i’m at a 14g, but i play basketball and have to keep my piercings out for hours at a time every day. will this affect the amount of time i should wait between sizing up?
It will be pretty counter-productive for stretching since it won’t be able to easily…
Submitter Comment: So I’ve been at 5/8” for about 8 months and thought my ears had dead stretched to 3/4” because my jewelry kept falling out and I could almost get my 3/4” plugs in. I was so excited, istead of just taping my existing plugs like a normal person, I put silicone in my lobes because I figured I was close enough already that it couldn’t hurt. Oh how wrong I was. At least, with my right ear anyway. My left lobe looked fine when I took the silicone out to shower.
What’s Awful: Stretching with silicone. Don’t do it, kids!
How It Can Be Fixed: Not using silicone, for starters. As you can see, I’m leaving my lobe naked and I’ve covered my ear in triple antibiotic ointment. When it’s not so raw and pissed off I’ll start doing sea salt soaks and when I’m able to wear jewelry in it again, I’ll be sure to take extra time and care in getting back to 3/4”
Also DO NOT FORGET 17mm and 18mm!! It will ease your stretching process and help prevent this kind of thing from happening. :)
I was using the taping method to stretch, one layer every other day, but the edges of the hole became sore and slightly irritated (no cuts or anything) so I removed 3-4 layers of tape, but now my plug keeps falling out. Helpful advice?
Well, if you were using the tape to stretch and now your…
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.