Submitter’s Comment: He has stretched with a huge taper, and cannot fit a tunnel/plug in. In the comments it also says that he didn’t want to wait and use other methods like the taping method.
What’s Awful?: Stretching with such a large sized taper, and then holding the end up with tape.
How it can be fixed?: Don’t stretch with a large taper, take the time to properly stretch and care for your lobes.
I found this while browsing around on tumblr. The man is a piercer, and claims to have happy and healthy lobes. After looking at his page, I discovered that he pierces navels with straight barbels and a bunch of them were very shallow. He also has a picture of a vertical tragus with a curved barbel in it. He claims his lobes look like this because he ‘rode on his motorcycle’ without jewelry in it and they chapped up but I’m seeing a little more than that. He also claims they are in no way blown out, when they clearly are here.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Irritated, blown out lobes, not to mention the amateur piercing in his profile.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Massages and some love, I am assuming.
As a side note, it just really bothers me when so-called ‘piercers’ are perfectly fine having less-than-healthy mods, and practicing some pretty crummy work.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Saw this scrolling though the “plugs” tag on tumblr. They also had other tags such as “stretching”.
WHAT’S AWFUL: They stretched their ears with silicone, it’s obviously very angry and inflamed. The caption said it had been like this for 6 HOURS!
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take it out! Never stretch with silicone at all!!!
This is my own story about how stumbling across your page saved me from my own ignorance. I was stretching at the time and by stretching, I mean shoving acrylic tapers in my ears that were two sizes too big. Eventually the inevitable happened; one of my ears got a nasty blowout. I quickly took them out and looked online for modification sites for help. I stumbled across Awful Mods and read through easily 20 pages of submissions. I have three self pierced holes and four done with a gun, which I was completely unaware was bad. I signed all of the anti gun petitions and vowed never to use them again. I went and got my daith pierced in a very reputable shop as well as my navel and stretched back up safely, following directions you guys have posted as closely as possible. I also got a tattoo for my 15th birthday (legal in my state with parental consent) at the same reputable shop that I go to for my piercings. I try to educate my friends on what not to do and discourage their self piercing attempts. My friend recently offered to “make me some gauges” out of polymer clay, which I declined and warned her not to use. I credit this blog alone with most of my modification interest and knowledge. Thank you guys and keep up the amazing work!
Do not buy body jewelry from Hot Topic!
I just want to second the other post about not buying Hot Topic body jewelry…I bought some “6g” pinchers and couldn’t get them in my ear; they were too big. I’d been stretched to 6g for months, so there shouldn’t have been a problem, unless of course they mislabeled their body jewelry. I tried to return/exchange them and they refused to take them back even though it was their fault for selling me “6g” pinchers that were actually larger than that!
About the lobe of the APP piercer
So forgive me for not doing this in “ask” form, but I apparently can’t submit a question without first joining tumblr, and I’m not doing that just to ask one question to one blog.
Anyway, I’m the one who uploaded the picture of that lobe that I *THINK* belongs to an APP piercer (I am literally not able to confirm whether he is or not, however). Blowouts are bad. Blowouts are ALWAYS bad. You guys and all your followers always agree that blowouts are bad, icky, wrong, etc.
…until the lobes *MIGHT* belong to a professional?
Why is everyone acting like it’s okay all of a sudden? Normal, healthy stretched ears DON’T look like that…ever. It’s NOT okay, no matter who they belong to. And no, it’s not an “old injury.” That photo is less than two years old, and in all his newer photos (of his ears), his lobes look pissed and thin. I’d love to say that he downsized and corrected the issue, but in his current facebook profile picture (taken in september 2012), one of his ears is shown and it’s still blow-out city.
And in response to the comments directed at me…
1. I am 21 with 3/4” lobes, but I don’t think my age or the size of my ears should have anything to do with what’s wrong or right. 2. If most peoples’ ears that you know look like those, you should educate them. 3. If your lobes “naturally” started to look like that “once you got over a certain size,” then how come the man who has 5” lobes (I can’t recall his name, I know at least one of the moderators does though) doesn’t have blowouts? 4. Sorry for my incorrect use of the word “certified.” It was like 5 a.m. when I found and posted that. Whoops.
But yeah, can you /please/ tell your followers that a bad mod is not okay when it’s on a certain person (seriously, go read about Kate Moss’ million dollar tattoo of tiny, shitty sparrows)? Those comments are only going to perpetuate to others that blowouts are okay. :(
Holy shit. wow. I didn’t see the notes on it because usually I don’t check the notes of our posts unless i get bored. But wow. What you’re saying is fucking spot on. And you’re talking about Bear Big Ears/Daryl “Bear” Belmares.
And there’s also Efix Roy:
And Mateo Way
Do their ears look like that? No. No they do not.
Source: facebook. Cropped out as much as possible to conceal his identity.
This blow-out (and the matching one in his other ear) belong to someone I’m pretty sure is an APP-certified piercer. The fact that he’s a professional and puts pics showing these monsters on Facebook, is just scary to me…I’m sure he’s a great piercer, but I still don’t think I’d get pierced by a guy with blowouts you could land planes on.
Ear Piercing With Nail
You didn’t follow the submission rules, but I don’t even care.
We needed this video on our blog.
Another “piercing gun” scare story.
This took place while I was staying with my back-then boyfriend in Adelaide, Australia. I lived in a suburb (I don’t recall seeing ANYONE with tattoos; those that were considered “alternative” were merely teens with too much black make-up), and the only place to get piercings were the jewelry store in a mall an hour away.
Back then I did not research nor know about how bad piercing guns are.
I decided to get the top part of my ear cartilage pierced, and didn’t think twice when I saw the shop used piercing guns.
So, I got the piercing, and loads of swelling and pain followed. The absolute worst part was the healing process, as my skin wanted to heal OVER the piercing. I had a little bubble of skin filled with blood sitting atop the piercing, and nothing helped. Needless to say, the jewelry “piercer” didn’t provide any tips to aftercare apart from “don’t sleep on it, don’t let your hair rub on it.”
The stud I had in didn’t even allow for swelling because the lock on the back was tight, and the staff very short.
Eventually I got so scared that it’d have to be surgically removed (I was there on a tourist visa; no health insurance) that I had to take it out.
At some point I went back to get the other ear done too, but the exact same thing happened.
My ears did heal perfectly once the jewelry was removed - but I want to help spread the word; IF you are getting pierced anywhere… say NO to guns!