I’m stationed with him. This guy has been doing home tattoos on people and himself. Sometimes with gloves, sometimes without.
What’s awful? Unsterilized environment. Terrible line work. All around just unprofessional.
How to fix it? Stop tattooing. Let the professionals handle it.
'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.
Submitter comment: This girls boyfriend is a “licensed” tattoo artist, she got bored and wanted a tattoo, so he gave her this. She has a few tattoos by him that have all come out horrid, but this one takes the cake. I first read it as “It Lart raik all the time.”
What’s awful? It’s practically illegible, taking multiple moments to realize what it states, I still read it wrong. The lines, oh man, those lines are on a whole different level, it looks as those he thickened up his lines in attempt to make it look better. The letter size goes from gargantuan to half the size in no time flat. Also, the environment this was done in is her house, and we all know how that goes, horribly!
How it can be fixed? I honestly don’t even know, seeing as she later complained that it was far too painful, I think any kind of cover up would be out of the question.
I’d love to hear a Mods take on this “beauty”.
Since you asked… I thought it said “it fart rair all the timee”? Yikes…
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? :/
SUBMITTER COMMENT: My friend’s mom got a tattoo done by my friend at her house.
What’s Awful: First of all, the tattoo was done at my friend’s house, which is definitely not a tattoo studio. I doubt they cleaned the place that much which is bad, since there’s three kids living there and the mess is obvious.
Second, my friend is not a tattoo artist and you can see it from the completed work. Coloring is uneven and the picture itself is wonky. I don’t know what style she tried to go with here but it failed. The tattoo looks just plain awful and I’m afraid it’s going to get infected.
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 Comment: Guy did it himself, drunk, with a tattoo “gun”
Whats Awful: Self done home done tattoo, horrible lines and most of all doing this while intoxicated.
How it can be fixed?: Go to a REAL tattoo artist and try getting it covered up, or at least touched up and colored.
Submitter’s comment: The owner of this fetching art piece is a girl I went to school with, it was apparently done by a ‘family friend’ and based on other photos I would say not in a studio. Also based on the quality I’d say that said ‘family friend’ is not a professional.
What’s awful: I think it’s quite obvious but, the line work is really quite abysmal the design itself is poor and the colour is pretty shoddy.
How it can be fixed: Hopefully a reputable artist would be able to fix this mess, if not a cover-up is literally the only option (apart from laser removal) Moderator comment:
I think a good tattoo artist would be able to rework this into something much better looking than it is now. The flowers look wilty and sad and, yeah, the linework is awful, but hopefully someone better could work over it and give it new life.