'Pain is only a reminder I'm still alive'
This is the only tattoo I’ve gotten done in home, and its truly horrid. I got this tattoo as a freebie and out of a friend of mine’s home. At first, it didn’t look nearly as bad, mostly due to the fact that the shading put in was still visible. I’ve been doing a lot of asking around at the local shops, and the price tag on covering this up is pretty hefty. I typically use this as a ‘Hey, don’t get tattoos done outside of a shop, or this’ll happen.’ Especially to younger friends who can’t afford shop prices. I thought I would never get a tattoo I’d regret, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut here it is, the shittiest tattoo to rule them all, and I’m stuck with a POS that needs redone.
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: I got blood poisoning about two years ago from a small shop that doubled as the guys house. While I was getting it done i realized it hurt a lot more than the left side had. That night I realized it started turning purple and the next day or two it kept getting worse and worse. It started turning black and was spreading down to my chin under the piercing. I went to a professional shop and asked their advice and they told me to go to the ER because it looked like blood poisoning. So I listened and when I went to the hospital I got a prescription to get rid of the infection. They also advised me not to take out the jewelry so the infection didn’t spread out more.. If I didn’t go I could have gotten really sick. I kept my snake bites until recently because of all I went through it get them but my right side constantly hurt especially when I moved the jewelry which is why I decided to not have it anymore.
How this could have been fixed: Do your research and go professional. It’s not worth the money you might save because your health is worth more and in the long run it could cost you.
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. :)
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: so i got my lip pierced about two years ago and by my friends dad which I know was a horrible idea, also - he pierced it at his house, in a small ass room that he tattoo’s people in - first of all he pierced it too low and put a belly button ring in it, when I changed it to a smaller labret and not a belly button ring I noticed how low it was people always joke around saying I have my chin pierced I want to take it out but I don’t want bad scarring, because I’m a darker completion my scars go VERY dark.
WHATS AWFUL: the placement
I honestly don’t think the placement is too awful (maybe hayley and petra will disagree?). What’s mostly awful is that it was done at your friend’s house with improper jewelry.
If you don’t like it, take it out. What usually happens with retired lip piercings is they just leave a little dimple that will eventually probably heal over. Don’t hold me to that 100% because every body and every situation is different.
Followers, if your friend’s dad or mom or your friend or relative is an actual 100% professional piercer, it’s fine to let them pierce you in the studio. But otherwise, yeah, not okay. And just because they’re your friend/relative, does not mean it’s free or you get discounts unless they say so. To assume otherwise is just rude.
SOURCE:(Not directly linked as it’s just my photobucket)
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Well, a little history I guess. These are my lobes today. (Please note they’re not actually this yucky pinky-red, I have a pink light which reeks havoc on my photo levels) I had them pierced with a gun when I was 12 at a hairdressers, where my aunt signed me off pretending to be my mum. Quality stuff, wonky and everything. I began stretching when I was about 18, I bought a nasty acrylic taper and similar screw-closure tunnels from the local goth shop. (The very same shop who have almost everything out to touch. One time my sister was in there, some girls stuck jewellery in their piercings and put it back, and the guy behind the counter got mad and said he’d have to “disinfect it all again”. Ugh. Just. No.) The girl who served me at the time said going from where I was to 3mm would be fine and to use vaseline. I did exactly that over the course of 2 days, along with a little blood and a nasty throbbing pain.
I know a lot better now. I later went up to 4mm by just popping the next size of acrylic in the day before an event.
I since let them shrink back, and have been stretching again using the correct methods shown in your stretching guide. (THANK you <3) I’m only back to a 2.4, but I’m kinda worried about the placement and any potential scar tissue? When I was younger I tried for 5mm, but one of my lobes was having none of it, which makes me think a little bundle of NOPE could be preventing me there. My goal size is 1” one day, but the way things are positioned I just feel like even with regular downsizing, my ears and going to look awfully thin. My local piercer said that the lobes should even themselves out over time and be just fine, but I’m starting to doubt their judgement after hearing some of the other stuff they’ve come out with. (I was told by the same guy that every surface piercing, even with a staple bar, will reject and they’re all pretty pointless.)
Magical mods, what are your opinions? These holes won’t close up completely as I had them out about a year before. Would it be worth getting them maybe dermal punched into a better placement and to remove any little bits of scarring?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Placement.
First things first: for the scar tissue, try massages. They’ll help break it up slowly over time.
I agree that the placement is not ideal, especially if you want to go much larger. I would try to get them to downsize as much as possible (while doing massages), and (provided they don’t close on their own) possibly look into scalpelling or having them closed by a professional and pierced again later. They’re so off from being centered that I’m not sure what your best bet will be at this point. If you send us your location we can try to help find a body modification artist near you that you can have a consultation in-person with.