Submitter Comment: These popped up on my Facebook news feed.A friend of mine first posted her boyfriends “tattoos” and then posted herself also getting “tattoos”. I then commented and called her out saying “Have fun with infections and a terrible tattoo” and she goes “what are you talking about? These are completely legit in my kitchen” ….need I go on?
What’s awful?: These are prison style tattoos being done in someones kitchen, they think they look “so good!” It’s not clean, it’s shaky at best. These tattoos are terrifying.
Don’t handle your piercings (even if they are healed) as you may spread bacteria to the studio’s common areas thereby endangering both staff and fellow patrons.
Bring worn jewelry in a baggie or other sealed container. Never place worn jewelry on the counter or display.
In the restroom:
Don’t handle your piercings (see above).
It is never appropriate to change your jewelry in the restroom or other locations in the studio. If you want your jewelry changed at the studio, it should be done by one of the piercers, in the piercing room.
In the piercing room:
Allow your piercer to direct you to an area where personal belongings may be placed BEFORE setting anything down.
Camera flashes can be very distracting during the performance of a piercing. Check with your piercer before taking pictures. Turn off your cell phone.
This is meant to be a guideline and to aid you in having a safe piercing experience.
See their autoclave (sterilizer)
An autoclave is a device that sterilizes the jewelry, tools and equipment necessary to perform your piercing/s by eliminating bacteria and its spores. The most effective units available to studios use a combination of steam and pressure. (”Dry Heat” is NOT considered appropriate for sterilization.) Absolutely no studio should be in operation without this vital piece of equipment!
Spore test Results
A spore test (biological indicator) is the only way to know that an autoclave is working properly. Biological indicators actually test the autoclave’s ability to kill even the most dangerous & resistant organisms such as HIV, Hepatitis, etc. The studio should keep recent results on file and be willing to show them to you.
Ask if you can watch them set-up for a piercing and be in the room when they set up for yours. The piercer should first wash and glove their hands. The equipment should be sealed in individual sterilized packages and placed on a tray. The piercer should change gloves if they touch anything in the room other than you and the sterile equipment. All needles should be in individual sterile packages and should be opened while you are present. NEVER let a piercer use a needle on you that was soaked in a liquid. All needles should be disposed of in a sharps container (usually a small red box marked “biohazard”) after they have been used on a single client.
Do they provide aftercare guidelines?
The aftercare for your piercing should be explained to you and provided in writing. Read this sheet BEFORE you have the piercing done! If it tells you to treat your piercing with harsh soap, ointment, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide, the studio is not keeping up with industry standards.
It’s a common misconception that you need plastic in an oral piercing to avoid tooth and gum damage. It’s less about the material and more about the size. Many oral piercings are performed with slightly longer jewelry to account for swelling. Once the swelling has passed the jewelry needs to be downsized
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SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Well, a little history I guess. These are my lobes today. (Please note they’re not actually this yucky pinky-red, I have a pink light which reeks havoc on my photo levels) I had them pierced with a gun when I was 12 at a hairdressers, where my aunt signed me off pretending to be my mum. Quality stuff, wonky and everything. I began stretching when I was about 18, I bought a nasty acrylic taper and similar screw-closure tunnels from the local goth shop. (The very same shop who have almost everything out to touch. One time my sister was in there, some girls stuck jewellery in their piercings and put it back, and the guy behind the counter got mad and said he’d have to “disinfect it all again”. Ugh. Just. No.) The girl who served me at the time said going from where I was to 3mm would be fine and to use vaseline. I did exactly that over the course of 2 days, along with a little blood and a nasty throbbing pain. I know a lot better now. I later went up to 4mm by just popping the next size of acrylic in the day before an event. I since let them shrink back, and have been stretching again using the correct methods shown in your stretching guide. (THANK you <3) I’m only back to a 2.4, but I’m kinda worried about the placement and any potential scar tissue? When I was younger I tried for 5mm, but one of my lobes was having none of it, which makes me think a little bundle of NOPE could be preventing me there. My goal size is 1” one day, but the way things are positioned I just feel like even with regular downsizing, my ears and going to look awfully thin. My local piercer said that the lobes should even themselves out over time and be just fine, but I’m starting to doubt their judgement after hearing some of the other stuff they’ve come out with. (I was told by the same guy that every surface piercing, even with a staple bar, will reject and they’re all pretty pointless.) Magical mods, what are your opinions? These holes won’t close up completely as I had them out about a year before. Would it be worth getting them maybe dermal punched into a better placement and to remove any little bits of scarring?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Placement.
First things first: for the scar tissue, try massages. They’ll help break it up slowly over time.
I agree that the placement is not ideal, especially if you want to go much larger. I would try to get them to downsize as much as possible (while doing massages), and (provided they don’t close on their own) possibly look into scalpelling or having them closed by a professional and pierced again later. They’re so off from being centered that I’m not sure what your best bet will be at this point. If you send us your location we can try to help find a body modification artist near you that you can have a consultation in-person with.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I have no intention of buying them as I’m at my GS. Just curious mainly.
I’m not gonna go too in-depth here because I’m not sure if this has been posted before, but they’re acrylic. We do not recommend stretching with acrylic anyway, so the material makes it a bad idea automatically.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I’m actually submitting myself on here in hopes people will read this and take their time before getting a tattoo. I was 16 when I got this done (in Idaho, you could get tattooed at 14 with parental consent.) I brought in a very clear picture of the leaves, and told him I wanted it exactly like the picture. Needless to say, I did not get it. The stencil looked like the picture, but the tattoo did not. I went back in when I was 18 to see what could be done, only to find out that the guy who did mine was fired for terrible work. I’ve gotten it “fixed” as much as I could, now it just looks like black blobs on my chest. Trust with your artist is important. If you ever feel uncomfortable, don’t do it.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT:I found this photo from fb newsfeed. Friend of mine has done it, apparently drunk, for her friend. She has been doing tattoos for few years now and this is her handwork.. Tattooist is 24 and tattooed is around the same age. Tattooed girl has pictures from her new beauty on her fb page and tattoo shows in every photo.
WHAT’S AWFUL: people claiming to use ‘black henna’ that the FDA has PPD in it- an approved chemical for hair color, but not directly for skin, off the scalp.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: be more knowledgeable about those “temporary henna tattoo” places you see on boardwalks, in parks, etc, etc. Know when it is true henna- or when you may get a chemical if left on your skin- that can ruin it.
This is some scary stuff, and you guys should read it. I actually had someone come into the shop several months ago asking for help with a “black henna” tattoo, and it was not a pretty situation.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This man posted a picture of these two beauties and then posted “if you lades want to be in a sexy tattoo send me a topless tattoo send me a pic of you if i like it i will get it”. This man’s a real winner.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Terrible lines, shading, placement, just terrible everything. Bottom line, this is a bad tattoo.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Help. I seriously have no idea.
1. I won’t go preaching the animal debate, but for those who say they’re just going to be steak so it doesn’t matter if you tag them, that’s a cheap shot ignoring the bigger problem.
And 2. To those who say piercing guns hardly hurt people, I ended up in the hospital because of one and so have many others. That’s obviously the worst case scenario, but the basic mechanics of a piercing gun does in fact hurt people.
Hi, I just wanted to say for one I love this blog; also, my dad who is a farmer, and knows nothing about body modifications whatsoever other than piercings are holes in the body, agrees that guns should not be used on the human body, only to Pierce cattle, which he has done.
So… He agrees that guns are damaging or otherwise harmful when used on humans, but he turns around and does that damage to tag an unsuspecting animal? I’m not even a vegan and I’m uncomfortable with the comparison.
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We constantlyget asks about where to buy…
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I am getting stupid emotional because I am a giant cheese ball.
Your positive feedback is what we live for. Every time we get good feedback, we print it out and share it with everyone at the company. We hold onto stuff like this. Every one of us has something that a customer has sent us or wrote us. The packers that pack your orders have little prints of comments that you have emailed us or written to us in a survey. I have kept stamps from customers and post-it notes that a customer has drawn a smile face on.
Thank you to everyone that shops with us and has taken the time to shoot us a small email to say thank you. You guys are the best! - Melissa<3”
Y’all are so sweet. :3
Seriously the two times I had an issue with jewelry (neither time your [BAF’s] fault) it’s been resolved quickly and I am no doubt a happy customer.
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I got some fantastic eyelets, new nipple rings, tongue web rings, helix ring, regular lobe rings over the course of a few months, all superb.
Buy from here instead of that shitty stand at the mall that only sells acrylic and lets you touch everything~
Holy cow! Thank you! Our hearts feel all warm inside.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SHOP NEAR YOU THAT SELLS QUALITY JEWELRY or just doesn’t have a large selection and you’re looking for fancy shit, THIS IS YOUR ANSWER.
We constantly get asks about where to buy quality jewelry and THIS IS YOUR ANSWER. Even if you live in Canada or the UK or Australia or Europe - they ship to basically everywhere. If your location isn’t listed on their site, send an e-mail to customer service - they’re AMAZING.
Where you should get quality body jewelry from: 1. Your local studio that sells quality jewelry. 2. Body Art Forms.
PROTIP: Make an account and over time they’ll track the money spent and you’ll earn yourself a forever 10% off. They also allow you to submit reviews and product photos for store credit.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: It was captioned as follows: “Lmao. -insert test subject’s name here- got tatted today. ;) and I have the skillz to say i did it. First tat Ive ever attempted and its fire. ;D"
…are you fucking serious
WHAT’S AWFUL: The fact that the person who did it thinks this is actually good, the fact that someone let another person do this to their arm, plus, I don’t know jack about physically tattooing someone, but it looks like a full on bruise rather than a bit of redness. It could be their skin color, too, but my point is that it looks excessively painful. :/ I’d imagine that it feels like the day after getting a tetanus shot times three.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Let it heal/fade, get a reputable artist to cover it up, and last but not least, don’t freakin’ do stuff like this in the first place. Get it done professionally! It’ll be so much more worth it! In my area, the cheapest tattoo you can get is $50, if the person pictured wanted this so badly, save a bit of money, or idk, get a job. It’ll probably take less than half of a regular paycheck to get this done professionally.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a local “professional” artist, tattooing in somebody’s house. This images are proudly put up on her facebook and regularly updates with tattoos she has done and ones she has “fixed.” She also makes excuses for why her lines are shaky quite often. She has been tattooing for about one year, and became a professional without an apprenticeship, weird how that magic happens when your dad is also a “professional”
WHAT’S AWFUL: Tattooing in an non-sterile environment.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Don’t tattoo in a non sterile environment! Also be sure to check your local artists and make sure they don’t follow practices such as this!
Submitter comment: These are some “set up” shots of an at home subdermal implant procedure. There wasn’t much text with the photos, but she did state that the procedure was done on the bed (second photo). She did post some pictures )not included here) showing the implants before they were inserted. From this I can say that there was nothing obviously wrong with the jewelry, only the procedure. There is no indication given of how the contaminated tools and materials were disposed of - I can only hope they didn’t put anyone else at risk.
What’s Awful: Performing a body modification in an unclean environment. I don’t know who did this, but if they were a professional then they are the sort of professional who is willing to work in someone’s bedroom.
How it can be fixed: Go to a reputable professional who works out of a clean studio. Also, do your research. Implants have many potential risks and complications, so it’s worth your time and money to go to someone who understands the risks and can give your implant the best chance of success.
Unfortunately I’m unable to log in to my tumblr so I have to ask this in a submission, hopefully you guys will answer. I have recently acquired some tattoo flash art sheets and I wanted to know how I would go about selling these since I have no use for them. Do you think that a local tattoo shop would buy them?
People come by our shop all the time trying to sell flash. It doesn’t hurt to try.
Be cautious around Diversified Ink in Bangor, ME. I went in a few months ago to talk to “B” about deep dydoes and various other genital piercings. I’ve had normal, 14g dydoes (10 and 2 position) in the past, but snagged one of them on my jeans which jumpstarted the rejection process. I took them both out because leaving just one in wouldn’t be symmetrical. Anywho, I loved the dydoes but wanted something sturdier, hence the interest in a deep dydoe that goes in behind the ridge and out next to the urethra. She told me she couldn’t do it, but she could give me 16g dydoes with a curved barbell. 16g and curved seemed totally fucked up, so I politely said I’d think about it and possibly come back.
I just came across her portfolio online. Even if 16g curved barbells are suitable for dydoes, I’m glad I didn’t get them. I would hate to support the “pro” who does things like:
The other piercer may very well be competent, so I don’t want to say avoid Diversified Ink altogether..
How it can be fixed: Learning the fundamentals of piercing
I just saw this on the Fair Trading website and thought it would be a good read for yourselves and any other Australian’s who are wondering about unlicensed tattooing/being tattooed by an unprofessional.
Submitters comment: This is a kid i went to high school with. He loves his tat and shows it to everyone. He claims its meaning has something to do with the beauty of death and says its a tribute but wont say to who. Got this from facebook.
Whats Awful: Look at it. It looks like a middle school art student drew it.
How it can be fixed: Go to an artist that isn’t terrible, if he even went to an artist. Get this covered or redone. something. ack.
You guys semi-frequently ask if we condone hand-poked tattoos. Usually I respond with that I, personally, don’t unless they’re done by a professional. I’m not about to condone using india ink, pen ink, black paint, etc. and a safety pin that you boiled in a kitchen pot as something you should use to permanently mark yourself.
However, I found this interview because of this post and think it’s quite interesting and also impressive. This guy is 100x better than anything that will EVER show up on “fyeahstickandpoke”.
This was also recently posted to BME. Different artist, but still hand-poked tattooing.