SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: A bit about it; this is from Oregon. This kid went (and has recently dropped out of ) my school. I’m constantly seeing him post about self tattooing, and it makes me sick.
WHAT’S AWFUL: The fact that he is self tattooing most likely in his bedroom or germ infested bathroom etc., the fact that he is under the influence of drugs while tattooing himself, I’m going to go ahead and assume he did not wear gloves, or follow any safety precautions,.. not to mention the quality of the tattoo., the lines shakey, non-consistent and un-even. I do not know much about the needles, probably not high grade.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Here is a good one for you. The one on the right is a “cover up”. so i guess she just made the left equally as awful to match? More shitty scratcher work.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything. The point of a cover up is to make it not look like a cover up… also, nobody wants a cover up their going to want to get covered up. Everything is uneven, the nautical stars are weird looking, this was done apparently on the couch in the background. it’s bloody and chewed to hell… the list is endless.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: thought this was worthy of sharing, it’s not an awful modification per se. but awful public attitudes to them.
This came up on my Facebook news feed, it’s a nice thing that there’s a charity helping people remove hideous tattoos that they regret if they can’t afford it themselves, but some of the opinions stated are depressingly anti-mod :/
it’s just awful to be writing on a well read news site that -
tattoos are essentially a form of self harm
3/4 of people who have them regret them
it’s acceptable for workplaces to discriminate based on having tattoos
if you want a job you should know better than to get tattooed in the first place
Submitters Comment: I was scrolling down my facebook news feed and suddenly this appeared. I was shocked. The poor girl is so proud of it.
What’s Awful: The bar is far too long, leaving it prone to getting caught on clothing/hair. Also, as far as I know, the bar itself is wrong and should not be used on a nape piercing. It will almost definitely reject.
How it can be fixed: Take it out and let it heal completely before going to a piercer who actually knows what they’re doing.
Hey guys, a lot of you have submitted the video of a mother allowing her young child to be held down and tattooed. Shannon Larratt has brought up an interesting point in an article on Modblog regarding the legality of this and mentions, “If I had to guess, I would say these people are followers of Jose Luis de Jesus of Growing in Grace. Followers of this fringe religion often get 666 tattooed one them as a part of their faith.”
Freedom of religion or abusing the rights of parental consent? If it’s an awful mod, how do you feel about circumcision? Keep the discussion civil please, but I think it’s worth hearing all sides of the story.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Found while browsing my facebook feed. I feel slightly bad about posting it since I know the person and I understand why they got it, but wow.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything. The hearts are wonky & uneven. The letters look like they were done by two completely different artists and aren’t centered in the hearts at all. The shading is some kind of special. Just….horrible work.
After reading the recent submission about Body Accents down in Joplin, Missouri, I feel I need to add to the severity of that horrible situation. I won’t name the person I’m going to mention, because he’s a very close friend of mine, and I feel sorry for his bad luck in this.
A few years ago, “J”, as we’ll call him, called me up and said he was going to get a tattoo and asked if I wanted to come along and check it out when it was done. I said sure, and suggested a couple places to him that he should go for the artwork. RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING, I told him a dozen times not to go to Body Accents, and expressed their nickname “Bloody Accidents”. I think he went there because it was cheap and they were ready to do it right on the spot. He went in with a design of a dagger, supposed to appear as though it’s stuck in the skin, with a banner reading “Family Forever” around the hilt.
Instead what he got was a butter knife that looked as if someone pulled on and pinched his skin around the horribly misshapen blade of it.
I’d also like to mention that the “artist” let both J’s brother and I sit within two feet of J as he was getting worked on, AND at one point when J was obviously as nervous as could be, this “artist” chose to turn his tattoo gun upside down and buzzed it on J’s nipple when he wasn’t looking, just because it was funny.
If you are from Joplin or the surrounding area DO NOT GO TO BLOODY ACCIDENTS.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: When people ask me ‘why did you pay so much??’ or ‘my jewelry was way cheaper, you got ripped off’ I show them this. Quality over quantity. Jewelry that’s made out of implant grade materials, that you know what metals they are made from, and that are made just for you beat any $10 cbr or curved barbell bought from the mall. If you pride yourself on your piercings and care about them, buy the jewelry that show you do. It’s pricey, yes. BUT like I said it’s quality over quantity. If you have any questions on what brands or where you can buy excellent quality jewelry hit up my askbox! I know the body mod community might be kinda intimidating at times, but asking questions is how we learn and better ourselves!
Submitter comment: I found this picture online of bacteria on the point of a household pin. Notice how blunt the tip is also. Wanna shove something like that through your skin? Yeah, I doubt it. Maybe this can convince some people not to self pierce.
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.