SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I saw this in my Tumblr feed earlier this afternoon, it’s on a friend of mine. It mit just be me but it looks kind of faded and splotchy, also her hand is a bit disfigured. Again it mit just be me or the way the picture was taken.
WHAT’S AWFUL: It seems poorly done, at least by what i can tell in the picture. Her tail is splotchy and her hand is a bit disfigured, and it is faded. She is also missing lines on her upper tail around the waist. Her arms are distorted and her face is oddly shaped on her right cheek. Also if you look closely near the end of her tail the lines get wonky. This is just a bad tattoo all around.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Go to a professional/more experienced artist, and get a cover up. I don’t think there is any way that it could be fixed as is. A cover up is the best option in this case.
MODERATOR COMMENT: Honestly, I think this could be fairly easily fixed by a good artist who can rework what’s there. I don’t think a full-on cover-up is necessary.
SUMBITTER’S COMMENT:-This is my first tattoo I got, I went to a licensed tattoo artist and I’d seen some of his other work and thought he was good so I did do my research. For some reason it didn’t turn out how I wanted even though I gave him a very detailed picture and explained what I wanted but he did it wrong :/ My other tattoos are much better.
WHAT’S AWFUL: I think the shape of it is awful and the line work is really bad, want it fixed so badly.
Submitter Comment: I wore these for about 2 weeks in 2011. It was almost a year before my lobes were healthy enough to stretch again, and even now I’m only able to stretch about a mm per year. I can still feel the difference between the piercing that had the bottom plug (exposed to mystery metal) and the one with the top plug (only exposed to mystery coating).
What’s Awful: Flaking coating over mystery metal, a significant scratch on a wearable surface, poor finish on the one that didn’t flake, and a visible seam and filler hole mark. The bottom one broke within about a week of buying it.
How it can be avoided: Learn which materials, styles, shops and companies are acceptable and don’t buy jewelry if you don’t know that it’s good quality. If you do end up wearing something like this, remove it as soon as you notice problems and seek advice from a reputable piercer.
As an employee of Hot Topic in Virginia, I would like to point out that our body jewelry is tested to be nickel free. Also, the wonderful man who does all my piercings (20+ years experience in the best shop in my town, the owner, Joe Hagerty, shits awards for his tattooing) agrees with me, that…
All stainless steel jewelry contains nickel. Even ASTM F-138 ‘Implant Grade’ stainless steel (albeit a very minute amount). HT does not test nor guarantee any jewelry to be nickel free, that’s crazy. The only high quality jewelry they sell is Kaos.
As for “20 years experience”. The website for that shop shows the piercer has been working for ~12 years according to their website, so that’s already throwing me off a bit. Everything on his site including aftercare seems fine though, so I’d be really hard pressed to imagine that he’s OKing Hot Topic jewelry.
Thank you. <3
Also, I am really having trouble with all these comments about how HT jewelry is nickel free. like “our body jewelry doesn’t have any more nickle than the FDA allows” okay…great… maybe the FDA allows it, but that doesn’t make me not allergic to it and that means to me that your jewelry is cruddy…because it makes me break out in a gross rash. The FDA also allows peanuts, but if you’re allergic to peanuts, YOU STAY AWAY FROM PEANUTS. Nickel allergies aren’t uncommon. If you KNOW you aren’t allergic, by all means, go ahead and buy it, but I wouldn’t go near the stuff.
And yes, ALL steel has nickel in it. Even implant grade, but that is SUCH A SMALL AMOUNT that my body doesn’t react to it. Hell, I can even wear shitty metal mafia jewelry in my industrial piercing, but if my skin anywhere else comes in long-term contact with 316L “surgical” steel, I break out. (I realized that before I realized that steel jewelry had nickel in it, if i knew what i was buying at the time, i probably wouldn’t have bought it…)
SUBMITTER COMMENT: I like to watch trash TV and so, when MTV had a new episode of Teen Mom 2 last night, I tuned in.
At one point in the show, Adam, one of the principal girls’ on-again-off-again boyfriends, goes into a house and what appears to be an upstairs bedroom to be tattooed. Nothing was said about the procedure being unsafe and actually, it was sort of blown off like it was supposed to be completely normal and okay.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Being tattooed in a home can’t be sanitary. Although the guy wore gloves, they (and the tattoo machine) appeared to touch his jeans before he started tatooing. As far as I could tell, no autoclave was present.
Even though I think people should be allowed to do whatever they think is appropriate, this kid (and MTV) is setting an example for the thousands of people who view their show. By not acknowledging the risks of getting tattooed in a private residence, many kids may think it’s normal or safe and will put their health in danger because they are misinformed.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Honestly, MTV should probably add a tag to the show during that part or at the end that warns the teenagers who watch the show about the dangers of home body modification. Those consequences can be just as permanent as teen pregnancy and more life-threatening to boot.
I never thought I would have an awful mod, seeing as how I ALWAYS have mine professionally done, research my mods months before, and follow the aftercare instructions completley. But I want to submit myself. In August, I was pierced at Body Accents in Joplin, MO. I had wanted a dimple piercing since I was 16. I waited until I was 18 because my mom is against modifications. I went in and filled out a crap ton of paperwork and then I was “stabbed” (as they call it at body accents). Only after I left had I learned that they’re nicknamed “bloody accidents”. Well my piercing started to swell really bad, and ended up closing over the ball inside. I went back to them and they “attempted” to dig it out with a small needle. After they couldn’t help me, I went to several other piercers, who wouldn’t even touch it after I showed them that it was stuck in my cheek. No one could do anything for me. I even had to get married with it stuck in my cheek. Finally, 3 days ago, I went to the hospital and had it cut out. My advice to anyone looking for a body modification, DON’T GO TO BLOODY ACCIDENTS!
I was getting a tattoo yesterday and there was an Australian guy sitting next to me also getting one. From what he said, I assume he was on a cruise ship and had stopped off in Auckland briefly where he had decided to get a tattoo. There’s nothing wrong with that, he picked a very reputable shop and it turned out well, but it was the stories he was telling of his previous two tattoos that were horrible.
One looked semi decent, it was a word I couldn’t read in artistic graffiti style, his comment being “the guy who did it was sober for half of it anyway”. The worst one, although I had no opportunity to get a picture, was a completely unrecognisable dragon. He was showing us how one of the arms and the foot wasn’t even attached properly and it just looked like a mess of faded black lines.
His story was that on his eighteenth birthday, him and his friends got drunk and decided to get a tattoo. The picked this particular tattoo shop because, get this, they also sold bongs. They decided to smoke weed with the tattooist, after which he asked them if they wanted a tattoo. This turned into almost a game where they each stood in front of a wall of designs and pointed to a random one. They then got these tattoos, while drunk and stoned, from an also stoned tattooist, and the results were absolutely shocking.
He didn’t seem too bothered by his terrible tattoo, he just laughed and said “we probably should have waited until afterwards to get high, but oh well”.
All I can commend him on is finally getting a tattoo where the artist was sober for the entire duration.
A: I’m positive we’ve answered questions about them before, but it may have been before we were tagging posts. Since it’s not coming up in your search I’ll give you a little info about horizontal tongue piercings, sometimes called “snake eyes”.
This is my own story about how stumbling across your page saved me from my own ignorance. I was stretching at the time and by stretching, I mean shoving acrylic tapers in my ears that were two sizes too big. Eventually the inevitable happened; one of my ears got a nasty blowout. I quickly took them out and looked online for modification sites for help. I stumbled across Awful Mods and read through easily 20 pages of submissions. I have three self pierced holes and four done with a gun, which I was completely unaware was bad. I signed all of the anti gun petitions and vowed never to use them again. I went and got my daith pierced in a very reputable shop as well as my navel and stretched back up safely, following directions you guys have posted as closely as possible. I also got a tattoo for my 15th birthday (legal in my state with parental consent) at the same reputable shop that I go to for my piercings. I try to educate my friends on what not to do and discourage their self piercing attempts. My friend recently offered to “make me some gauges” out of polymer clay, which I declined and warned her not to use. I credit this blog alone with most of my modification interest and knowledge. Thank you guys and keep up the amazing work!
I've found that a lot of health care practitioners (at least in my area) are extremely judgmental. I have visited one in the past for an extremely infected piercing and was treated like absolute shit. The doctor was condescending, rough and very rude about people with mods. Although they usually do know best, I find they jump to, "Take it out, take these meds and never get another piercing." Again, this has been my experience in my area.. I wish they were more open minded.
Yeah. They can be really really shitty. Lucky for me, my last doctor (before we had to switch for whatever reason) was super mod-positive and had a few tattoos herself. She was great and fielded all of my mom’s questions well. My dentist is great about it too.
However, I do understand lots of people have shitty experiences with doctors, but your piercer can’t give you antibiotics or officially medically diagnose you with anything. As long as you can get the medicine. And while we’re on that note, you guys, if you end up needing antibiotics, always always always finish the entire round. Always. Even if you think you don’t need to.
The other day at the doctor's office some woman comes up to me questioning if she should get her baby's ears gunned. So I explained all the potential dangers and why its wrong to modify a child's body. "BUT SHES A BABY GIRL HER EARS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PEIRCED" "she can choose that when she gets older" "ITLL HURT WHEN SHES OLDER" "all my piercings were done when i was 14+" "WELL CLAIRES IS SAFE IM TAKING HER TO CLAIRES" then very snipply left. JEEZ LADY, WHAT WAS THE POINT IN ASKING.
I’msorrynotsorry that we’ve gone back to responding in gifs, but it’s the only way to accurately describe me when I read your submissions.
I was reading the post about the piercer with blowouts, so I went and found the original post. Someone had reblogged it or replied to it and said "if you are under the age of 20 and/or do not have stretched ears above 1/2 inch i find it hard to take your criticism of other peoples stretched ears seriously". That is the most horrible argument I have ever heard or will continue to hear. The size of your ears doesn't correlate with knowledge about piercings. :|
Hi there. I just wanted to say something that's on my mind. If something goes wrong, your piercing gets infected, you have a nasty blowout, whatever the problem may be, sometimes seeing your piercer isn't enough. You can follow all their advice (which is definitely helpful) but sometimes it just doesn't cut it. Don't be embarrassed to go see your doctor. They WILL help. Some of the photos on here are terrifying. Don't let your piercing get to that point. Stay safe. :)
If your piercing is infected or you even THINK it’s infected, you need to just skip the “go to your piercer” and/or “ask people from the internet” step and GO. TO. YOUR. DOCTOR. RIGHT. AWAY. That can get out of hand easily.
Also note, no matter how many times your doctor/parent say to take out the jewelry, you need to wait until you’re on antibiotics. Unless perhaps if it’s starting to embed, which is a whole other problem you should be seeing a doctor/going to the ER for anyway.
As an employee of Hot Topic in Virginia, I would like to point out that our body jewelry is tested to be nickel free. Also, the wonderful man who does all my piercings (20+ years experience in the best shop in my town, the owner, Joe Hagerty, shits awards for his tattooing) agrees with me, that aside from our acrylic, our jewelry is very decent, more so than Spencer’s (Who have REALLY fucked up my ears before by selling me shitty silicons.) Also, the workers in the store do not label the jewelry. We buy as a third party seller. It was Morbid Metals that mislabeled. Also, with many companies, return policy is a store-to-store thing. We will accept all body jewelry at my store for returns and exchanges, damage them out, and continue on. I’m really sorry to hear that the person had such a terrible experience with our jewelry. I buy most of my jewelry from my store and have never had a problem like that, and had it been my store, I would’ve made sure that they could have been returned. That was just not okay. Mistakes happen, and most likely they were mistakenly labeled by the other company that we buy from.
I will say a good thing to do in ANY Hot Topic, is find the person with the best piercings. My store, all of us are pierced by professionals and are great to talk to. I realize in other stores it could be different. They’re uneducated, they don’t care, or both. I personally always try to make sure people get either metal or silicone. But I had a bad experience with acrylic so I stay as far away from it as possible and try to direct other’s in that direction.
But yeah anyways, I just felt like explaining a few things and I hope no one else has a problem like that, and if anyone wants to here my personal rages about having to sell some of that jewelry, just message me :3 I may be an employee, but I still have my pet peeves! (Like idiots who jump 4 sizes with silicone after I basically beg them not too)
MODERATOR COMMENT: Nickel free, eh? So what the fuck was it then that I had a reaction to in the steel tunnels I bought from HT? The reaction that prompted me to downsize completely and restretch, that wasn’t the result of nickel (which I’ve been allergic to my whole life) in the cruddy jewelry I bought from HT? And those knock-off silicone (not silicon, they are different) plugs made of who-knows-what grade that may or may not be body safe? Sounds like a good deal and quality jewelry right there. I have bought my fair share of HT jewelry, but the only things worth anything were the glass, which is a bit wonky anyway, but at least it’s not toxic or anything.
Return policy thing…meh. I guess you could damage it out as some people have suggested, but for something that’s been in the body, you open it, it’s yours and I don’t think that’s a ridiculous policy to have.
And your store might be great, but a lot of people’s stores aren’t, so I will always always always recommend going in cautiously and if an employee is giving stretching advice and it seems off, don’t feel pressured into buying things. And I don’t think I will ever recommend going to spencer’s for jewelry. Might as well search through scrap metal…
And all stainless steel jewelry has some nickel in it… Not sure what tests you’re referring to, but they’re totally bogus.
Support your friendly neighborhood piercers instead and get good jewelry and good advice every time (provided you’re going to a good piercer, obv). :P
In regards to lame tattooist excuses: When getting my first tattoo done by an artist at an apparently reputable shop, the guy doing it asked if I was a 'stealth red head'. He said I had really difficult skin to tattoo on, insinuating that A. People with red hair have different skin to the rest of us and B. That I was making his job difficult, when in fact he was doing a shit job in the first place. Needless to say, that tattoo is covered up now.
Despite having absolutely zero intentions on doing any kind of modification on myself (beyond my basic single lobe piercings), this is an informative and nauseating resource to look at. I must hate myself because I can't stop looking for really bad entries to show other friends. It's beyond me why people continue to perform such unsafe practices just to save a few bucks/other reasons. If ya don't have the money to do it properly, you ain't gonna have the money to fix it. Be safe everyone!
Actually it’s pretty common now. Iirc, they’re easier to insert, the ends are easier to change, and they’re less irritating and less easy to rip out of your nose by accident. They’ve pretty much become the standard jewelry for that…
Just because it’s called a “labret” stud doesn’t mean that’s its only use. They’re frequently used in earlobe and helix piercings as well.
I just want to second the other post about not buying Hot Topic body jewelry…I bought some “6g” pinchers and couldn’t get them in my ear; they were too big. I’d been stretched to 6g for months, so there shouldn’t have been a problem, unless of course they mislabeled their body jewelry. I tried to return/exchange them and they refused to take them back even though it was their fault for selling me “6g” pinchers that were actually larger than that!
I think it depends where the blue banana is. I didn't know much about modifications, but the place I went to pierced all of my piercings with needles. I also had a second assistant in the room to monitor that the piercing was going correctly, and they both second opinion the positions to make sure they matched up. The only issue I had was that the exit wounds on my nipples were at a slightly wrong angle so had to be removed after a year. It's a hit or miss with them I suppose.
And chances are, a real professional would’ve gotten them right.
So forgive me for not doing this in “ask” form, but I apparently can’t submit a question without first joining tumblr, and I’m not doing that just to ask one question to one blog.
Anyway, I’m the one who uploaded the picture of that lobe that I *THINK* belongs to an APP piercer (I am literally not able to confirm whether he is or not, however). Blowouts are bad. Blowouts are ALWAYS bad. You guys and all your followers always agree that blowouts are bad, icky, wrong, etc.
…until the lobes *MIGHT* belong to a professional?
Why is everyone acting like it’s okay all of a sudden? Normal, healthy stretched ears DON’T look like that…ever. It’s NOT okay, no matter who they belong to. And no, it’s not an “old injury.” That photo is less than two years old, and in all his newer photos (of his ears), his lobes look pissed and thin. I’d love to say that he downsized and corrected the issue, but in his current facebook profile picture (taken in september 2012), one of his ears is shown and it’s still blow-out city.
And in response to the comments directed at me…
1. I am 21 with 3/4” lobes, but I don’t think my age or the size of my ears should have anything to do with what’s wrong or right. 2. If most peoples’ ears that you know look like those, you should educate them. 3. If your lobes “naturally” started to look like that “once you got over a certain size,” then how come the man who has 5” lobes (I can’t recall his name, I know at least one of the moderators does though) doesn’t have blowouts? 4. Sorry for my incorrect use of the word “certified.” It was like 5 a.m. when I found and posted that. Whoops.
But yeah, can you /please/ tell your followers that a bad mod is not okay when it’s on a certain person (seriously, go read about Kate Moss’ million dollar tattoo of tiny, shitty sparrows)? Those comments are only going to perpetuate to others that blowouts are okay. :(
MODERATOR COMMENT: Holy shit. wow. I didn’t see the notes on it because usually I don’t check the notes of our posts unless i get bored. But wow. What you’re saying is fucking spot on. And you’re talking about Bear Big Ears/Daryl “Bear” Belmares.
It amazes me that people that get pierced unprofessionally still bitch about pain. Well yeah, if someone that doesn't know what they're doing is jamming a frayed germ covered needle that's been 'sterilized' with rubbig alcohol and a lighter, it's going to fucking hurt, significantly more than a professional one.
The sharper the object, the less it’s going to hurt.
You can actually request a needle to be used at blue banana, I had my nose pierced there and it was all very proffessional, pierced with a 1.2mm titanium labret :) not all blue banana's are awful, thought I will say I wouldn't go there for a more complex piercing.
You shouldn’t have to make a special request to get a piercing done with the right tools. o__o
My housemate, after a night out, invited a guy who works in a local scene shop (Blue Banana) back to ours. I complained about their piercing because they use guns "only" for ears and nose. I tried to explain the danger of piercing guns and they were having non of it, saying guns were more accurate. It's so sad how uneducated people are when it comes to piercings. Why don't they listen?? Loving the blog :)
From what I’ve seen of anything from Blue Banana locations is that nobody should go there ever. Ever. E.v.e.r.
purchasing body jewelry from Hot Topic is WRONG. I bought a set of 12g plugs from them and my earlobes swelled up and the plugs were stuck in my ears.Hot Topic does not or ever will have quality jewelry. Do NOT buy cheap Hot Topic jewelry EVER.
They do however, sell Kaos and the glass isn’t too bad (sometimes can get pretty wonky tho).
But yeah, I wouldn’t ever buy metal or acrylic from them unless I was planning to wear it through and eyelet or something. Especially with a nickel allergy… >.<
This took place while I was staying with my back-then boyfriend in Adelaide, Australia. I lived in a suburb (I don’t recall seeing ANYONE with tattoos; those that were considered “alternative” were merely teens with too much black make-up), and the only place to get piercings were the jewelry store in a mall an hour away.
Back then I did not research nor know about how bad piercing guns are.
I decided to get the top part of my ear cartilage pierced, and didn’t think twice when I saw the shop used piercing guns.
So, I got the piercing, and loads of swelling and pain followed. The absolute worst part was the healing process, as my skin wanted to heal OVER the piercing. I had a little bubble of skin filled with blood sitting atop the piercing, and nothing helped. Needless to say, the jewelry “piercer” didn’t provide any tips to aftercare apart from “don’t sleep on it, don’t let your hair rub on it.”
The stud I had in didn’t even allow for swelling because the lock on the back was tight, and the staff very short.
Eventually I got so scared that it’d have to be surgically removed (I was there on a tourist visa; no health insurance) that I had to take it out.
At some point I went back to get the other ear done too, but the exact same thing happened.
My ears did heal perfectly once the jewelry was removed - but I want to help spread the word; IF you are getting pierced anywhere… say NO to guns!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This was my first cartilage piercing done with a needle. I got this piercing done at Steady Tattoo in Minneapolis over a year ago. The piercer asked me what kind of jewelry I wanted for the hole—in which I believe he shouldn’t had asked me. He should have told me that I should get the straight barbell for my new piercing. I went ahead with the hoop ring. My pierced cartilage was fine until around three months later. I developed the bump in the picture. I thought it was normal since the previous piercing I got, developed a small bump but it went away on its own. It has been over a year and the bump is still there. Sometimes it hurts, others it doesn’t. I still get clear discharge that dries into crusties. I’ve notice that sometimes the bump gets smaller. I’ve been trying to find good, reputable piercing shops in Puerto Rico to advice me on the piercing, but it’s really hard. I don’t know what else to do aside from the saline soaks.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Getting a hoop ring for a cartilage piercing.
HOW CAN IT BE FIXED: Maybe replace my hoop ring with a straight barbell, unless it’s pointless. Keep doing saline soaks and hope for the best.
Seriously, take your own advice and try a straight barbell. :)
It angers me when people jump down your throat, just because they've had a "good experience" with being pierced with a gun. I got my first and second lobe piercings pierced with a gun. My first holes when I was 11 and my mum didn't know better. My second holes when I was 19 and I didn't know the dangers of piercing guns. Just because I was lucky and didn't have infections, doesn't mean it was the best way to do it! I'll never let a piercing gun go near my children when I have them!
can you guys please make a tattoo FAQ >,< mainly about how to take care of it when it's healing ect. it would be very much appreciated, thankyou for your time! <3
So I asked hayley because, frankly, I don’t know that much about actually HEALING tattoos (which is why, unless it’s obviously infected, I leave the advice questions about tattoos alone). I know what they should look like, what to look for in an artist, etc etc. But basically what she says is that there are many, perfectly fine, ways to heal tattoos. However, if you don’t follow your artists instructions, they won’t do free touch-ups and get grumpy.
Submitter’s Comment: First of all, sorry if my English isn’t good, I’m not a native speaker.
I got my industrial done in October, 2012. I went to a “reputable” piercing studio near my house to get it done. I was told that the barbell was “high quality stainless steel”, the first week was healing normally, like a normal piercing, after the first week it started to get very swollen and itchy, “It may be healing” I thought, but every day my ear became more swollen and the itchiness didn’t let me sleep, until one morning I woke up and find my ear was like twice the size swollen, and EXTREMELY itchy (like in the photo).
Until I decided to go to the doctor and find out that the stainless steel barbell I was pierced was what caused the allergy. The doctor prescribed me some antibiotics to avoid infection, some pills to prevent the allergy to spread through my whole ear and a cream, so the itchiness could disappear. Nowadays, I have a nice and healthy ear again, but I still can feel the scars where my industrial used to be.
What’s Awful: I was pierced with a low quality “jewelry” which caused me the allergy.
How it can be fixed: Get pierced with jewelry that the piercing studio knows what material is made of, not materials made of God knows what.
MODERATOR COMMENT: 1. your english is better than quite a lot of native speakers.
2. Note to all: Stainless Steel is pretty much never “high quality” unless it’s Anatometal or Industrial strength. (Iirc, Neometal and BVLA don’t work with steel at all.) If you’re getting pierced with steel and don’t know if it’s Anatometal or IS, ask for titanium jewelry. I know outside the US Anato and IS are hard to come by in quite a lot of places, so asking for Ti is your next best bet.
I’m gonna add that not all titanium is created equally, it has different grades just like steel… Even “bad” jewelry companies work in titanium. There are also more companies than just Anatometal & Industrial Strength that deal in high-quality steel jewelry. There’s more to jewelry than just the metal, you want something that is made properly with a good surface finish that isn’t covered in tool marks. Your best bet is to just go to a GOOD shop that uses good jewelry, that knows the grade of the metal they’re using. You can always ask them to special-order from a better company or order it yourself from a site like BAF. You can find more information about metal quality and what to ask for on the APP’s website under their minimum standards for jewelry. Basically, for steel you want to hear “F138” and for titanium you want to hear “F136.” Neither metal is just flat-out better than the other, it all depends on the quality of the piece.
In that article you linked us to about the trans-gum piercing by shannon larratt, he said the trans-gum piercing "actually is reckless and a terrible idea." He may be a proponent for misunderstood piercings, but he definitely does not support that type of piercing.
That was the point of linking the article. That even someone who is down for unconventional modification thinks it’s a bad idea. :x
Sorry if anyone else misunderstood my intention with that! My bad!
i desperately want to learn how to and start piercing people, although its not suggest i have pierced myself a couple of times and none have rejected nor gotten infected due to careful cleaning and proper “technique” or what little i have. where should i start looking? does one have to be a certain age before being allowed to pierce people? and last of all where could i find synthetic skin to practice on without the consequences of screwing up somebodies body?
Piercing is about so much more than just being able to stick a needle through something. Find yourself a good apprenticeship under a good (I cannot stress this enough, don’t just jump at the first opportunity you get) piercer, and they will get you started on the right path. It’s not necessarily an “easy” industry to get into, since everyone and their mother wants to be a piercer.
In the meantime, all I can suggest is doing some research. Find all the information you can, and read it three times. Use your internet resources! Comb through BME, blog posts by industry professionals, back issues of The Point. I know reading and learning is ~boring~, but if you’re looking for an exciting action-packed glamor job, you’re checking out the wrong industry.
DISCLAIMER: In case someone somehow reads my post wrong, I would like to point out that DOING THE RESEARCH I SUGGESTED DOES NOT MAKE YOU A PIERCER. IT DOESN’T EVEN NECESSARILY MAKE YOU QUALIFIED TO DISH OUT YOUR OWN PIERCING ADVICE. LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS.
I have several tattoos, a few of them done by a close friend of mine (I know, I know, they were from a few years ago) and surprisingly, they’re pretty good. I like them, at least.
This story, oddly enough, isn’t about his work though but a shop in my area that actually has a great reputation. I got my first tattoo there, right when I turned 18. Its a goofy looking skull that looks more like Jack Skellington than anything else, and took about 20 minutes. I was a bit confused as to why that cost me 70$ but I figured hell, I’m happy with it, no reason to really complain.
About a year later my boyfriend offered to pay for my second tattoo, ‘Live Before You Die’ on my left forearm. I’d wanted it for about a year, contemplated it and when I still wanted it, he offered as a birthday gift. I went back to the same shop, set a date, saw the lettering he drew up and felt pretty confident.
Everything was normal at first, I was incredibly shocked how painless it was though, an about 20 minutes in he went to wipe the ink off and all of the lettering went with it.
He just kinda stared at my arm and the needle, shrugged and went back to it. Next time he wiped the ink, the same thing happened. Apparently the needle was in BACkWARDS.
So he effectively tenderized the shit out of my arm before actually getting the ink in. Halfway through he switched to a bigger needle and at that point I was outright sobbing because it was so sore.
About four years later, I’m amazed how well it healed, but it wasn’t easy. Out of the seven I have, its the ONLY one that ever scabbed and got horribly sore. There are a few weird bubbly spots on it still, and while I’m happy with how it looks in spite of that, I can’t imagine ever going back there again.