Q:I'd like to add that sometimes self piercing/tattooing can be a positive, empowering experience. Asserting control over your body and testing your limits can be cathartic in some circumstances. Experimentation isn't always a bad thing. People in tribes all over the world have pierced/scarred/branded their bodies for thousands of years in less than sterile conditions, and I've never read anything about severe infection or death from their practices. Check out modblog, and Zentastic as well.
To that, I ask you to read this. Simply as food for thought.
Modblog does post some great stuff, but they also post stuff like this, where the subject of the DIY modification is VERY… nonchalant about the consequences of his modifications. (Acrylic paint isn’t a good place to start.) Which, sure, is he’s willing to take those risks in his own exploration, fine, but it doesn’t really come across how serious some of the consequences could be…
From my point of view, if you want to DIY your mods, they should be done with proper tools, proper knowledge, and the proper environment. As someone who HAS self-done piercings in the past, with safety pins and everything else we criticize on this blog, I wouldn’t recommend that to ANYONE. I have gross lumps of scar tissue in my lobes that feel like pimples that will never pop. The holes sometimes gather gunk in them and get irritated and will pop like a pimple and then ooze for like 3 days afterwards. It’s gross and uncomfortable and in turn makes my whole ear unhappy with life.