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’S COMMENT: So, this 17 year old girl I went to school with bought a tattoo gun, and her friends, including her boyfriend, have let her tattoo them in her home and she’s doing it for free. So far she’s tattooed 5 people.
WHAT’S AWFUL: No training, poor line work, unsanitary conditions, and she gave herself 5 days of practice with the tattoo gun before she tattooed the person showed.
(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: Planet Silver - Tattoos, Piercings, Bakery, Tanning Salon in Woodbridge, ON. There are numerous photos posted on their website and Facebook online.
Submitter Comment: This was a surface piercing done at a popular, yet highly unprofessional piercing shop in the town next to mine. This shop does piercings, but they are also a bakery and provide services such as tanning. I have never been there, but seeing piercings they have done on people I go to school with and pictures on their website is extremely frustrating. Apparently they have over 11 years experience with piercing, and they also pierce for ridiculously cheap prices. This is just one of the many pictures of the awful piercings they do on their website.
What’s Awful: Wrong jewelry!! This is a surface piercing which has been done with a curved barbell and low quality jewelry and it is unnaturally red and inflamed.
How It Can Be Fixed: Take out the piercing to heal, go to a professional, reputable shop and wear proper jewelry!
Submitter Comment: Browsing around Tumblr, had a bit of a LOL at this one. Hilariously awful
What’s Awful: 1. Tattooing a pregnant woman. No person with half a brain would ever do that. BIG risk of harming the baby! If that gets infected or anything, you can bet your bottom dollar the baby is going to be harmed by it 2. It looks like it’s done in someone’s kitchen, sooo unsanitary! and 3. I don’t usually hate on people for their choice of tattoo, but that baby isn’t going to be on board forever…
How can it be fixed: Pray to Jesus that the baby is not harmed. It would’ve been better to just go with a temporary tattoo, those ones you get at the $2 store and use a wet wash cloth to transfer them to your skin…
Submitter’s comment: When I was fifteen I had a major tattoo obsession and decided it would be cool to give myself a stick and poke. It’s been a year and much to my disappointment, it’s hardly faded.
What’s awful: The fact that it was done by a minor with minimal artistic ability, a safety pin, and India ink; and that I did it while sitting on some newspaper on my bedroom floor.
How it can be fixed: a cover-up once I’m eighteen.
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!
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)
“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!