Submitting myself here. When I was seventeen, I had my eyebrow pierced twice unprofessionally with a reused needle
Oh yeah, fun stuff. Placement ended up being really bad so I took them out.
and now almost three years later I still have really bad scarring from them! I’ve had this eyebrow pierced five times professionally and it recovered perfectly from those, but never healed the original home done ones. Unprofessional piercings can have long term consequences, so keep that in mind next time you think you don’t want to pay for someone to do it.
Submitter comment: These tattoos are done by a 17-year old girl in her living room. She did the first tattoo on her father and the second one on her boyfriend. There are many more like these on her blog.
What’s awful: First of all, unsanitary conditions. I’m no tattooist but the lines look wonky and the coloring on the first one looks awful.
There’s a Starbuck’s a couple doors down from my dayjob that I frequent enough that they know me and I can identify new employees. Well, a new barista is staring at me hardcore as I make my way to the front and I see he has modest stretched ears. He turns on the charm and without letting me get a word in says, “Wow, what size are your plugs? I just gauged mine. Yeah, skipped three sizes, almost tore my lobes in half and pussed out, but I’m so stoked!”
And I’m just like, “That’s nice, can I get extra caramel on that, bro?”
I don’t want to submit a photo of this individual because not only is it filtered (instagram) so that the redness and infection is difficult to see, it is on her very-identifiable face and I don’t wish to play that game. But here is my story:
About a year ago, my side-by-side dermals beneath my collarbone had a very nasty accident with my fuzzy pillow, which is filled with fuzzy-pillow bacteria being that I can’t just throw my fuzzy pillow in the washer after I drool on it and rub my hair and skin oils all over it all night - it has to be steam cleaned. They ripped but didn’t come out because I was quick to stop moving and untangle them from the fuzzies. I called my mom crying, and she refrained from “I told you so” and simply made an appointment with the doctor for the next afternoon. When I arrived, he took a look and informed me that he had never even heard of these piercings and was not sure how to remove them. I explained to him, complete with a diagram of the jewelry, how the piercing was done, and which side of the gem had the long leg and short leg under my skin. Two injections of local anesthesia later, he was snipping tissue and I felt nothing but pressure. After removal, my doctor (with gloved hands, of course) applied pressure to the area and squeezed out any pus (etc.) that he could, and gave me wound care instructions and a prescription for antibiotics to kill any infection that was still there.
Had I not gone to the doctor, and my piercer had removed them, chances are my skin would have healed over the infection and an abscess would have formed (which can be deadly if not attended to). My doctor learned something new, and he caught on quickly because he is a smart man - if your doctor is not a smart man who is quick to learn, you should find another doctor.
Last fall, a girl from my area (who I’d never even met or heard of up until after this) started following me on instagram out of the blue. I followed back, and I couldn’t help but comment politely with my advice (based on my experience) one day when she posted her infected facial dermal, crying about it. She became very rude and told me I was stupid and that I don’t know anything about piercings (I’ve had over 15 piercings, most of which I’ve had done after serious research), and she was going to her piercer friend who did all her piercings and knew everything about it. I explained to her that it would be more painful that way and the piercer couldn’t give her any antibiotics for the infection, and told her good luck. She then commented on a photo of my ear (I had just gotten a new double forward helix recently) - one of my earrings was shaped really oddly, and she chastised me for having poorly aligned piercings and told me I was unqualified to give her advice (all because my earring was shaped in a way that you can’t really tell where the post on the back is). I explained that to her, wished her the best again, and blocked her from contact.
All I can say is that I hope her “piercer friend” referred her to a doctor as well and refused to remove it.
LESSON TO LEARN: IF YOUR PIERCING IS INFECTED, PLEASE GO TO A DOCTOR. SKIP THE PIERCER - THEY CANNOT PRESCRIBE ANTIBIOTICS FOR WHAT COULD BE A DEADLY INFECTION.
I agree with the sentiment that if you believe you have an infection, you should go straight to see your doctor for antibiotics. This is the same advice a professional piercer should give you if you go to see them about infection, anyway.
HOWEVER, I would like to make it clear that there is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with a piercer removing a surface anchor. In fact, that is the way I prefer it be done. Doctors cause much more trauma when they cut them out. A skilled piercer could remove the surface anchor just with massage and pressure, because they have a greater understanding of the jewelry and the piercing. There is absolutely no need to use a local anesthetic or cut them out, and it greatly increases the healing time and the chance of scar tissue.
I would’ve suggested going to your doctor about the infection, and then having your piercer remove them after being put on antibiotics. They are different professionals for different problems.
Since a few of you have asked: A couple of us are back in school I believe, one of us is working major hours piercin’ her lovely little ass off, and I’m quite ill, but we’re here! And we love you beautiful people!
With that being said, submissions have been a little slower than usual so show us something gross to post :3
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a guy I used to work with. Wonderful man. Loves his family… Maybe a little too much. Or maybe not enough. Considering these tattoos are ugly as sin, and they weren’t even done professionally. I vaguely remember asking him where he got them done and him saying something like, “my buddy does them in his basement”. My only reaction was, “Oh, honey, nooo.”
WHAT’S AWFUL: Non-professional tattooist (with the usual problems that come with that - thankfully he does not appear to have gotten any infections of any kind), tattoo contains wonky colouring and shading, the children look squished and weird and creepy instead of glowingly adorable like they are IRL (I was lucky enough to meet his youngest grandkid who was absolutely sweet).
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: I don’t know if tattoos this severe-looking can be lasered/covered, but that’s all I can think of.
I would like to clarify in that I do not think less of this person for making the decisions he did, and I appreciate the sentiments behind the tattoos. But he could be putting himself at a health risk if he continues to have his tats done by a ‘friend in his basement’, and his tattoos just don’t reflect just how precious and adorable his grandkids are.
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.