YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! lol
(SOURCE) - Google images
Submitter’s Comments: Was looking up “piercing fistula” in Google images.
What’s Awful: Dat ‘surface piercing’ lol
How to Fix: Take it da fuq out and go to a reputable shop!
SUBMITTER COMMENT: I just saw this on my dash, and for the sake of the infant, i hope this is fake.
what’s awful? does it need to be asked?? stretching an infants earlobes? are you serious?!?!
how it can be fixed: don’t mess with your babies ears, please? wait until their old enough to make that decision for themselves
Submitters comment: I found this scrolling through Facebook this morning. A friend of mine thought it would be a grand idea to shove an earring he found through an old piercing.
What’s awful: Well, from the looks of it, he just ‘found’ the earring. It was definitely not sterilized because I know for a fact he doesn’t have an autoclave, and I doubt he has a tattoo/piercing shop around at that is open at 5:30 in the morning. He also does not need to be sticking a dull-ended piece of jewelry into a closed hole. That’s NEVER “always kool”.
How it can be fixed: Go to a professional piercer to have it re-pierced.
(SOURCE) - Instagram, he since deleted his account
Submitter’s Comments: Found this on Instagram while searching “bodymod.” I’m pretty sure he deleted his account after I told him about himself lol.
What’s Awful?: You mean, besides the fact that he just “found” this? DON”T YOU CLEAN YOUR EARS REGULARLY??!!! Obviously not. Otherwise you would have “found” the problem before it started.
How Can This Be Fixed?: EAR CONSTRUCTION!!! Asap!
Source: Page 88/89 of issue #21 of Inked Australia/New Zealand magazine.
Submitter Comment: Was reading this issue of Inked Aus/NZ and came across the big model spread, thought this woman was gorgeous and really loved her lobes. Then I looked a little closer and staring me right in the face were 2 ugly, blown-out lobes. Yuck! Not so attractive anymore…
What’s Awful: The fact that she has yucky blow outs, from improper stretching, and is a published modified model, especially in Inked mag.
How Can It Be Fixed: Take the jewellery out, soak & massage & shrink the lobes, then stretch back up, that can fix or at least minimise the look of a blowout.
(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?"
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!
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)
Submitters comment: Uhh.. hmm. Saw this posted on a community FaceBook Page and everyone was saying it was cute. Just thought I’d post, don’t think I’ve seen it before! Sorry if I’m submitting on the wrong blog. Just thought it should be somewhere.
What’s Awful: shoving little animals through your lobes? Unsanitary.
How to fix: a little brainpower.
“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!