Source: A girl who goes to my college. These are photos of herself that she posted online.
Submitter Comment: This was a surface tragus pierced by her boyfriend, who has no idea what he is doing. It was done with a low grade, externally threaded curved barbell. She also stretched her ears incredibly quickly (from smaller than 1/2” to 1” in a single semester).
Why It’s Awful: Such wrong jewelry! A curved barbell is not appropriate jewelry for surface piercings. It was also done incredibly shallow, you can see the bar through the skin. She should have stretched her ears slower as well, with proper materials.
How It Can Be Fixed: Retire the piercing and see a professional who will repierce it with an implant grade steel or titanium surface bar!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Once upon a time, I saw both of these on Facebook. I decided to dig them up again because they’re pretty hilarious. So, the top tattoo is what this chick originally wanted, and the bottom tattoo is what she got. She paid “about $75” for it, so I guess you really do get what you pay for…
WHAT’S AWFUL: What ISN’T awful? The shading makes Hello Kitty looks like she’s on meth and/or holding a flashlight up to her face. Her eyes are waaaay too big, too; they’re practically boring in to your soul. And what’s that weird shadow behind Hello Kitty?
Source: This popped up on my facebook news feed. This kid is my little brother’s friend
Submitter Comment: Believe it or not, this tattoo is actually a cover-up (I’d hate to see what it originally looked like in that case). This boy just turned 16 and despite my best efforts to get him to .modify safely (he asked me if I could pierce his lip and give him snakebites, at which I told him to get it done by a qualified piercer) he ignores my advice and this monstrosity pops up on my facebook feed. It was home done, and despite there being a ton of comments telling him that it looks awful and he needs to get it fixed up by a professional, he still refuses to acknowledge that it’s a horrible tattoo! The worst thing is his parents won’t give permission for him to go to an actual shop, so he’ll have to walk around with this monstrosity for two more years
What’s awful: Home tattoo job in an unsanitary environment on a 16 year old, the lines look wonky, the shading is terrible, the lines behind it are supposed to be dust clouds but really don’t look anything like it
How it can be fixed: Go to an actual shop and have someone qualified cover it up!
Good morrow! If it’s been a fortnight (2 weeks for people with bad vocabularies) and the piercing feels fine you should be ok for some light kissing. As for the oral sex you might want to wait closer to the one month point.
When I was 12 or so, I got my ears pierced for the first time by my aunt, with a gun, in my home. I didn’t actually know what the studs were before my ears were pierced, my aunt eyeballed where they were to be pierced (They look pretty good nonetheless) and the studs were a questionable metal. I was really scared, and so none of this really registered. They seemed to be gold but were became corroded very quickly, and turned green where my ears touched them almost constantly. Despite this, i used them for three years, cleaning them and my ears regularly, and never really got infected, though my ears leaked a clear liquid occasionally, but I never did anything about it. Since then I’ve thrown away the earrings, bought some decent ones that i knew were real silver, and my ears are much healthier!
What’s awful: Questionable metal, unsanitary environment, done by a non-professional.
For the record, “real silver” isn’t exactly great for long-term wear either as it can still contain nickel (which lots of people are allergic to) and tarnishes over time (in your body).
I’d highly recommend looking for some implant grade steel or titanium from brands like Industrial Strength, Anatometal, and Neometal.
In order mentioned:
(Anatometal also makes “normal” earrings, pictured on the left)
(Note, those are ONLY THE ENDS of Neometal labret studs)
“Bought a Dremel a few months back, now that the weathers warm I have actually been using it!
The first thing I made were taper ear spacers! They turned out alright, I know I need to practice using a Dremel though!
Right now I did a base coat of white on all 8 spacers, and will be decorating and sealing them. I will post photos when I’m done!
Currently making a beginner taper spacer for myself. Going to sand it down more, soak it in extra virgin olive oil and put it in tonight. I’ll update with photos later.”
Source: Someone who I went to school with.
Submitter Comment: I’m just flabbergasted. Obviously she has done no research on ear stretching whatsoever. She has normal pierced ears, not stretched ones.
Why It’s Awful: Where to begin? Her terminology is off - they are called tapers, not ‘beginner taper ear spacers’. Wood should never be used to stretch with, especially not wooden tapers. Tapers are bad enough as it is. Who knows what kind of wood these are made out of, they could be toxic. Look how wonky they are! They are uneven, a huge size jump, and badly sanded. Plus she coated them in paint, and then a sealant, neither of which are healthy for your ears. And then she shoved them through with olive oil..
How It Can Be Fixed: Throw these things in the trash and do some actual research. Buy proper stretching materials and for the love of all things modified, put the dremel down!
Submitter Comment: So this is the tattoo of a guy I work with. The first picture is the day it was done, the second is about 4 days after it was done, and the last one is from earlier this week. The back story is that it was a home done tattoo. I think he said he had it done by his brother. When he first got it done, it looked a little wonky, but overall, not horrible. However, I could tell that the red ink looked a little off. The second picture is rough to look at. He told me that the doctor told him if he had waited any longer, they would have had to amputate his leg from the infection. He was in the hospital for at least two days being pumped full of antibiotics. the last picture is what it now looks like. All of the red ink got pushed out and it’s essentially a huge scar. When he came back to work, he had to use a cane because he could barely walk. When I was talking to him about it, he said he will never get a tattoo again (to which I responded that going to a proper studio would alleviate that fear because they’re hygienic and safe) and that he sold his tattoo gun (cue facepalm).
Whats Awful: Home done tattoo gone REALLY wrong. Infection, almost amputation. Then, to top it off, selling the tattoo gun to someone who could get infected because it wasn’t properly cleaned.
How it can be fixed?: Go to a proper studio with proper hygiene protocols. If your tattoo looks wonky, GET MEDICAL ATTENTION. This guy is very lucky that he still has his leg.
another shitty things about claire's: i got pierced there when i was about 4 months old. i was lucky enough not to get an infection, but i've had a lump (scar tissue, i'm guessing) around the hole in my left ear. when i started stretching, my left ear was significantly tougher to stretch and it was painful. there's not much i can do about it either. just shows you what happens when you get pierced by a teenage girl with a gun who has little idea what she's doing.
You could go to your piercer and have them repierce it or otherwise work something out for you to fix your stretching problems.
And regardless of preexisting scar tissue, stretching shouldn’t be painful. All you’re gonna end up doing there is making it worse.
In case you needed another reason to hate Claire's... I worked there when I was 16. I had been working there for two weeks when I was "licensed" to pierce ears. Two weeks. 16 years old. "Licensed." I had no idea how wrong it all was until long after I quit. I feel very angry about this still.
Submitter Comment: So this is my tattoo that I got for my 18th birthday (I’m 19 now.) and this was taken soon after I got it. Reading this blog is making me think that it’s actually not that well done and now the lines are looking fuzzy….Of course this probably could have been avoided if I HAD DONE MORE RESEARCH AND NOT GONE WITH MY DAD TO SOME DUDES BASEMENT TO GET IT! He wore gloves and everything looked sterile but oh my God, I’m lucky I didn’t get an infection!
What’s Awful: Getting tattooed in some guys basement, an unclean environment, because I didn’t do any research! The lines look fuzzy and as you can see, the moon isn’t shaded in all the way. (That red in one of the stars has faded away though.)
How it can be fixed: Go to a pro next time!!!! And maybe get it cleaned up…I’m not entirely sure, I’m curious to find out what the mods think.
It’s a little wonky, but I think a good tattoo artist would probably be able to touch it up so that it looks better. Find a good artist and give them a visit to discuss your options. :)
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: this girl Kirstyn let her best friend attempt to give herself snake bites and posted statuses about it through the process. They both proceeded to laugh about how a vein was struck and she bled everywhere. When people commented out of concern her friend (the “piercer”) said “we just hit a small vein she cant get hurt from it or anything”
WHAT’S AWFUL: she’s bleeding everywhere from bad placement. The one on the other side is too low. The jewelry was bought from a piercing kiosk in the mall and is not sterile. I could go on about whats wrong here.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: remove and let both holes heal. Go to a professional and don’t let your friends pierce you just cause they have a “kit”.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: Found this baby on my Facebook news feed. Looks like the person is either making the best of a bad situation, or this is a desperate grab to do something “different”. Probably the latter.
WHAT’S AWFUL: First of all, that spit lobe. Then the fact they pierced and stretched the end of the lobe flesh. The acrylic taper, oh my. And the extreme redness and swelling. That is not a happy piercing!
HOW CAN IT BE FIXED: Take the taper out. Heal it up. Book in for some lobe reconstruction surgery. And if they still wan to stretch their lobes again, then seek some professional advice on how to go about it properly.
When you submit things that are pictures of yourself/your piercings asking for advice, we cannot and will not reply back to e-mail addresses. You need to either be okay with us posting it PUBLICLY or leave us a tumblr with an open ask box that we can reply to.
In short, we won’t reply to anonymous submissions unless a tumblr ask box is left for us to reply to or you say we can post it.
Submitter comment: You’ve probably seen this one before but I just love this, it’s so hilarious. Made a mistake, oh ok just cross it out, it’s all cool.
What’s awful?: Everything. 2 spelling errors, the fact the artist has just crossed it out. The rose is very basic, like a 10 year old drew it. the words are hell wonky. Looks like the kind of thing people do in their lounge with tattoo machines they buy on eBay.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I was searching my boyfriend’s ex’s facebook page like the stalker I am when I saw this jewel. I suppose it’s supposed to be a rose with birth and death dates beneath but at this point who knows.
WHAT’S WRONG: What’s right? This hardly looks like a flower, definitely wasn’t done by a professional or in a clean setting, the dates aren’t readable… Nothing about this is acceptable in any form.