The thing is last week I went to a piercing/tattoo shop to have my septum done. I feel like it may be too low and now that the scab has gone the holes appear to be crooked. What do you think? What should I do? Thank you in advance.
MODERATOR COMMENT: Well, because you included a picture, I’ll post it anyway even though you’re “anon at firstname.lastname@example.org” and usually we won’t respond to questions that don’t have an asker we can directly contact.
Anyway, I can’t tell you for sure, but it does look kind of low and a bit off center. The off center part could just be how your jewelry is sitting. However, where it should be in your nose is NOT in any cartilage. It should sit in your “sweet spot”. If you pinch your septum between your fingers you’ll feel this little area where it’s JUST skin. It’s between the outer part of your septum, and the cartilage that goes up your septum in the center. I think you’ll know what I’m talking about if you feel your septum. If it’s not pierced in the sweet spot or where you’re happy with it, i’d take it out and get it redone somewhere better.
i had been wanting a conch piercing, so i went to get one at the place i get all my piercings done. it’s a very clean place, they autoclave everything, use gloves and needles, etc. i got my 2 previous helix piercings there, and they were both healing really nicely.
anyway, i got the piercing and it hurt so much less than i though it would. it hardly hurt on the way home and for the first five days, i could barely tell it was even there.
then it started to get sore and hurt. i thought it was just part of the healing process, so i just continued with the twice-daily sea salt soaks. however, it started getting worse and worse. after around 3 days, the pain was so bad that i was popping ibuprofens every couple of hours. my entire conch and anti-tragus area was swollen and red. it started oozing yellowish pus after a few days. the pain got so bad that i could’t focus on doing anything.
i asked my mom to take me to the emergency room, and despite me trying to explain how you’re not supposed to take the earring out as that can cause an abscess, the doctor and my mom made me take it out. then the doctor made me lie down and proceeded to try and push all the pus out. it was the most excruciating pain i have ever experienced in my whole life. i knew they were going to do something painful and i was telling myself i wouldn’t cry, but i ended up screaming and crying. then they gave me antibiotics and really strong painkillers.
for the next three days, i was still in extreme pain and my ear was still very swollen and full of pus. when i went to see an ENT, she sliced the back open so the abscess could drain. i was still in constant pain for around a week before it started to feel a little better. it’s been getting better since then, but my ear still looks far from normal.
i honestly don’t know what i did wrong, and how i got that horrible infection.
MODERATOR COMMENT: Sometimes weird unfortunate shit happens. :/ It’s okay to take out the jewelry if you’re on anti-biotics. If it were really really bad, the doctor who lanced it the first time (or even the second) would have put a tube in there anyway so it could drain. At least I hope they would… Anything could’ve happened to cause that (probably post-piercing if they’re as clean as you say). The world is gross and anything could’ve just flown into your ear and gotten all up in the piercing and then BAM you’re in lots of pain. Sorry that happened to you. :/
Submitter Comment: Tumblr ‘famous’ user Daisy Lola often preaches about “respecting tattoo culture” and will not hesitate to pass judgement on the placement and quality of other people’s tattoos, but apparently those “rules” apply to everyone except her. Having once taken a stance against scratcher tattoos, we see the hypocrite in its natural habitat, getting a scratcher tattoo in a very unsanitary looking environment. Admitting your shitty tattoo is shitty does not detract from the fact you don’t think there is anything “wrong” with getting tattooed by someone who etched some shaky lettering into your knees.
What’s Awful: NO GLOVES, being done at home on a chair that is likely ripe with bacteria by someone who is not a professional; in fact this was allegedly their second tattoo. Real apprentices practice on fruit for a reason but #YOLO and all that.
Titanium is a lightweight metal that is ideal for people with concerns about nickel sensitivity. This material can be anodized to create jewelry of different colors without affecting the safety. Look for implant certified titanium (6Al4V ELI) that is ASTM F-136 compliant or ISO 5832-3 compliant, or commercially pure titanium that is ASTM F-67 compliant. http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/jewelry-for-initial-piercings/
There are many, many different titanium alloys, but for the sake of body piercing you will primarily hear about three of them.
The two that are acceptable for initial piercings due to them having an implant grade designation are F-136, and F-67, as mentioned above.
Titanium that is 6AL 4V ELI means it is made from 90% titanium, 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium. ELI means “extra low interstitial”.
ASTM F-67 is commercially pure titanium, meaning it is unalloyed.
Both of these materials have been tested and approved for medical implantation if manufactured according to the specifications set forth by the ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials) or ISO.
The third type of titanium the piercing industry has heard about, especially in the past few years is G23 titanium.
Contrary to what some companies are leading consumers to believe, G23 is not an implant grade of titanium.
Brian Skellie wrote an article about G23 titanium and how it pertains (or rather, doesn’t) to body piercing.
SUBMITTERS COMMENT: Saw this on my Facebook Newsfeed, honestly not a surprise. This is the same girl I submitted the story for a while ago, the one who kept her jewelry around her pet rats! She pierces herself a lot, so again, no surprise, but this is the first time she’s posted a photo.
(As a quick side note, the large pinchers are her second holes, and she’s gone from a 6g to whatever size that is, in under a month, she just doesn’t have photos to really show all that much about it.)
WHAT’S AWFUL: Well, that’s an unsanitary sewing needle through her ear. It’s not a proper instrument to pierce with, and the string can’t be doing any good either.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take that needle out of there! And stop piercing yourself, and others, with improper, unsanitary ‘tools’!
Submitter comment: When I was 14, I witnessed one girl from my school piercing another girl’s ear with a thumbtack. To make matters worse, this occurred in the restroom of a local public swimming pool.
What’s awful: what isn’t?? Thumbtack aside, if you’re looking for a sterile environment, a damp mouldy pool restroom is not it.
How it can be fixed: well, I’m fairly sure said girl removed the piercing and got it done by a professional. By some miracle, there was no associated infection. Just don’t do it kids!
When I was around 10 years old I finally wore my mother down and she allowed me to get my ears pierced. We had just moved away from my hometown and I wasn’t dealing with it very well, so this was sort of my “reward”/birthday present.
The place was immaculate, sterilized completely and staffed with individuals who had earned more First Aid/pathogen certificates than one should be able to in a life time. The piercer sat me down on the edge of the chair and pulled on his rubber gloves. He then pulled out what looked like a plastic “U” in a secure baggie.
I didn’t know piercing guns– even disposable ones– were bad. My mother had gotten her ears pierced in the late 1950s by a girlfriend, so I doubt she’d even seen one before. All I knew was that what happened next was- to this day- the most painful thing that I have ever felt. If the piercer used anything to numb my ear it clearly wasn’t doing its job, and his demeanor wasn’t helping. “Close your eyes and think of something nice.” KA-CHUNK.
It took months for my ears to heal to a point where I could change the earring out. I distinctly remember being able to break off plates of dried blood from the post and I was unable to sleep on my sides for weeks. To this day- 17 years later- I still get inflammation from the holes.
Who was this horrible piercer? MY PEDIATRICIAN. Just goes to show you, you can be pierced in the cleanest spot imaginable, by someone with multiple degrees in health and safety, and piercings can still go wrong.
I got my ears pierced at Claire's two years ago. I did the research on the dangers of getting pierced with a gun in an non-sterilized environment, but I still decided to get my ears done at Claire's for one reason only: I was scared that I wouldn't be able to afford a piercing at a fancy professional shop. Apparently professional places charge the same prices as the stores that use a gun....
And even if they charged a bit more, I’d still go to a pro over some piercing-gun-wielding-untrained-mall-girl (or boy, I guess). The only reason I got mine done at a mall was because I was 13 and didn’t know. If I had done research on why piercing guns are bad, I would have said fuck no to that crazy shit no matter the cost.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This here is a wonderful piece of home tattooing. This person had a “shop” in Denver. This may sound impressive until you realize how lax the mod laws are in denver. Regardless of the easy going laws, the shop didn’t last long (shocker). She was taught by her scratcher boyfriend. Now without her shop, she continues to tattoo out of her house under unsanitary conditions (over carpet, food service gloves, no sterilizer, etc). No knowledge of BBP’s when asked when she came in looking for a job.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Well lets start with the lines. Inconsistent depth, inconsistent line thickness. If you can find a good line, you win a cookie.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Well with any luck, over time the tattoo will just fall out from being on the bottom of a foot. Alternatives would be to never take off your shoes.
The small bumps that sometimes form on nostril piercings can be caused by numerous things.
- The piercing is done at an incorrect angle. You can usually spot this easily by looking at the end of the jewelry. If it is not sitting perfectly flush and flat against your nostril, then the angle of…
I am looking at getting my nipples pierced in the coming weeks, and have a few places in mind. However, I don't know anyone else who has had them done, and am wondering if any of your lovely followers have any experience with nipple piercing in Calgary, Alberta? Thanks!
Anyone? Answer here, not in the awfulmods ask box.
i definitely agree with your mod comment on the too-low-septum post! I had a VERY different experience getting my septum, they had to pierce it with a retainer and i could change it a month later (for straight healing) and i didn't need a clamp (I guess i have a giant sweet spot that could allow for a second septum piercing) and i had to lay upsidedown with my head off the bench thing so she could see what she was doing. and it was no pain and it's perfect. :(( feel so bad for shops doing shitty
I got mine done at 8g with no clamps with my head tilted back sitting up. But yeah, about the same. That septum is nowhere near where it should be…it’s not even IN the nose. >.<
I messaged the asker as well (saying almost the same thing as hayley) and haven’t gotten a response, but hopefully she sees our responses to her.
Last year, my mom agreed to me getting my helix pierced. We found a shop in Troy, NY (I can’t remember the name) and we went to go get it done. When we got there, there was a woman at the front desk yapping on her cell phone and eating, and we were told to wait until she got off of the phone. When she finally hung up, we asked her what the pricing was and what jewelry she would recommend. She replied “Oh, I don’t know. Ask _____.” Turns out _____ was the artist and piercer, who was piercing a client on a table in the dead center of the room. Once he was done and we had done all of the necessary paperwork, he asked how old I was. When my mom said that I was 13, he said “Oh, we can’t pierce younger than 15 (come to find out later the legal piercing age in NYS on anything besides lobes is 16).” Then my mom said “So, if she’s 15 she can get pierced? Well then she’s 15.” He immediately agreed, and he set everything up and pierced me. Well an hour later I passed out from the pain. And the next day I woke up with a HUGE bubble on either side of the jewelry. I disregarded it, thinking it was normal. A month later, it was still there and was even bigger. I went to my doctor and she told me it was badly infected (even though I had been taking all necessary cleaning steps) and I was forced to take it out. Did I mention that he pierced it with a 12g hoop? Bottom line, don’t go to a place that is willing to overlook your age in order to get money.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: A girl I know has a boyfriend who got this tattoo done, the guy said it was his nickname. I found this on Facebook, and most of the comments were positive, with people saying that it was cool and they liked it. The few people that actually said it wasn’t well done got negative responses from him and his girlfriend.
WHAT’S AWFUL: The lines are off, he’s underage which means he probably got it done at someone’s house which is unsanitary. He also said he was going to add to it and put a star around it, and hopefully if he does it will be professionally done.