1. Source: Me, unfortunately.
2. I was young and stupid, and my boyfriend at the time fancied himself a tattoo artist. Like I said, young and idiotic, so I let him do it. In his bed. In his mom’s trailer. This was one of the many reasons I am now glad we aren’t together anymore. I am getting a real, professional cover up once I can afford it.
3. Blown out wonky lines, I have no idea what’s going on with that green, and the bottom swirl is just terrifying. You can’t really tell from the pic, but there’s a faint shadow all around the outline from ink that bled out.
(above is my own photo)
My friend went to get her cartilage pierced at a shop called bedazzled. Before she went, I specifically advised her to get it done with a needle, not a gun, and recommended a reputable shop. Unfortunately, she didn’t listen. This shop gives free piercings with purchase of earrings, which cost about $60. (You could get a piercing done with a needle, and a titanium stud for $50 at the shop I recommended)
I went to check out the shop that she had went to a few weeks afterwards, and was shocked. They advertised “free, painless, sterile piercings with purchase of earring”.
As seen above, it is basically a stapler using the earring as the needle (blunt!). They did not offer needle piercings. I asked whether they wore gloves during the procedure, and was told “No! Why would we need to wear that? Everything is sterile”
I asked the woman how she disposed of the cartridges after piercing, and she showed me a drawer with HUNDREDS of used cartridges (which could have tissue/blood on them, not sterilized, all checked together) and picked one up with her bare hands! (breeding ground for bacteria) Those same bare hands which she soon pierced another customer. Ugh.
"May I see your autoclave please?"
Submitter’s comment: When I was fifteen I had a major tattoo obsession and decided it would be cool to give myself a stick and poke. It’s been a year and much to my disappointment, it’s hardly faded.
What’s awful: The fact that it was done by a minor with minimal artistic ability, a safety pin, and India ink; and that I did it while sitting on some newspaper on my bedroom floor.
How it can be fixed: a cover-up once I’m eighteen.
Tattoo on my ex.
What’s awful:what isn’t awful about this?
Pretty sure someone was intoxicated. Or not. I’ve seen the stuff that comes out of the shop he got this at(his family’s shop actually) and it all looks like that.
How can it be fixed: not even sure it can be.
SUBMITTERS COMMENT: I randomly ran across this girl on Instagram after she liked a picture of my piercings. I was horrified when I saw her pictures.
WHAT’S AWFUL: She did these tattoos on herself, her mother, and her boyfriend. She bought all her instruments online, is not certified in anyway, and does them in her home. The one thing I can say is that at least she wears gloves. As for the tattoos, the Grandad one is my favorite: the text is crooked and cramped, the proportions of the cross are wrong and the halo is totally crooked. The same applies to the rosary on her mom’s foot, the proportions are just appalling. Finally, she did her eyebrow piercing by herself and it’s not even on her eyebrow… it’s on the skin below it.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Stop torturing people with awful tattoos.
Submitter comment: the lovely lady who is the recipient of this, er, piece of art, got it to commemorate her father who died when she was a baby. While that sentiment is nice, it still remains that she is only 13 and the tattoo was done in someone’s house in horrible, dirty conditions.
What’s awful: The line work is wonky, I have no idea what the top of the last “d” is doing but I’m not entirely sure it should be doing it. The colouring is truly terrible and the overall tattoo just screams looming infection. I honestly cannot see what would possess someone to actually tattoo this, irregardless of money, she’s just a child and now has something that looks like a squashed tomato rotting away on her arm which she will regret before she’s even old enough to get it covered up.
Tonight I was correcting someone on terminology and I got told I sound like Hermionie.
So I made this.
(it’s funny so I had to submit lol)
Submitters Comment : So I work in a reputable shop and stumbled across this guys page, working out of a not so reputable location. Young guy with clearly no experience in the scarification/heavy mod field yet here he is scarring himself and intending to offer his services to others. Along with this he has pictures of himself dermal punching his own conch in just awful conditions and completely unsanitary.
What’s Awful : What isn’t awful?! He has little to no real knowledge of the process, he was attempting a single scalpel method with his scarring and they turned out terrible. The bottom picture is actually supposed to be a healed shot of the first one, pretty easy to tell how well that turned out. Along with the quality, you can tell from other shots he is not taking any necessary precautions that go along with extreme procedures like these, such as proper sterilized area. It’s just not right. Especially if he plans on doing this to other people.
How Can It Be Fixed : Well as far as the scars themselves the damage has been done there, however this piercer could put the scalpel down and quit while he’s ahead. These aren’t procedures you just jump into, especially without proper guidance. These are things you apprentice under a well respected, well learned piercing/artist who has enough experience to pass the knowledge along to you.
Normally we won’t post scarification submissions, but I think the commentary here is really valuable. Bolding is mine. Please be careful with who you choose to modify your body. Scarification, like any other modifications, should be done by a professional and, imo, should be handled with even more caution since you’re literally letting someone cut/burn/remove your skin.
I’m stationed with him. This guy has been doing home tattoos on people and himself. Sometimes with gloves, sometimes without.
What’s awful? Unsterilized environment. Terrible line work. All around just unprofessional.
How to fix it? Stop tattooing. Let the professionals handle it.