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.
Submitter’s Comment: Please help me signal boost to get this stick and poke tutorial video taken down. I posted some comments on it what seems a year ago about how even though it claims to be sterile, it is not, and it is also illegal to tattoo without a licence. People are still replying to my comments telling me how stupid I am. The comments seem to be a breeding pool for people thinking that this is totally ok and completely sterile.
What’s Awful: It’s a tutorial on how do to a homemade stick and poke with over 200k views. The maker of the video is using india ink, tattooing her friend outside, and “sterlized” the needle using rubbing alcohol. (also, reading the comments is painful. Things such as “How deep should I poke it?” “Does it hurt?” “What do you do if you hit a vein??” are plentiful.)
How It Can Be Fixed: Get this video removed
Also india ink is NOT something that should be injected (more or less) into the skin. My local art store even had to put up a sign that says “THIS IS NOT TATTOO INK” near their india ink/calligraphy ink selection. I guess they were getting a lot of questions? :/
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?
“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: This is a client that I had pierced and she decided to put in a smaller barbell when it was healed. She got a piece of jewelry from a mall kiosk that is obviously to short.
What’s Awful: Low quality externally threaded jewelry that is too short for her tongue. Caused swelling and the bottom ball to be engulfed by her tongue.
How it can be fixed: I fixed this by making a small incision under the tongue, removed the shyte jewelry and replaced it with a piece on Industrial Strength titanium.
WARNING: second picture in this series is a little gruesome.
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.
These are my tattoos. I got the cross when I was 15 (in my dining room), and I got the swallow when I was 16 (in the “artist’s” living room). I am extremely embarrassed of them. I wish I had waited to get professional tattoos. I’m not even sure if these can be fixed without having to cover them completely.
I feel like you’d have to get it covered a decent amount, but I think this design could be salvaged by a good artist! I don’t think the drawing is 110% terrible and you could get someone to go over the linework and maybe throw some nice shading/color in there and it’d look a lot better. The wings are a bit awkward, but maybe they could be reworked?
When you get the time/money, i’d scout out a good artist and see if they can help fix it up. :)
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. :)