Warning: Some images may be distressing for some readers.
Mainstream media and the information super highway have allowed us much more opportunity than in generations past.
Whether this is a positive or negative is truly in the eye of the beholder but in the case of body modifications, it leaves little room for excuse when looking at education. By this, I mean in educating ourselves prior to going under knife and in the choices that we have to make informed decisions, and ultimately have a terrific experience and beautiful final results.
Mainstream media has afforded us the opportunity to see firsthand what an uninformed decision can lead to with television shows such as "Tattoo Nightmares" and even documented cases of more routine plastic surgery misfortunes...often times at the entertainment expense of the unfortunate individuals who have endured and are often seeking a way to rectify the debacle that has become their own experience.
We also have a wealth of information at our finger tips, from web sites, to testimonies and everything in between, making it nearly impossible not to go into the adventure unaware. As the old adage professes, for every happy customer comes another and for every unhappy customer walks away masses. Anyone with interest in this industry and who has made it a part of their social media world is also bombarded with images of individuals that have experienced the woes of a tattoo or mod gone bad, I know I have certainly seen more than my fair share and some that I wish I could erase from memory.
Sure, there will always be those who have more than diligently thought the process through to the last detail, researched to the point of carpal tunnel, asked the right questions and still end up with something nightmarish..it does happen and sometimes not at the fault of anything but circumstance or dumb luck, but the cases are so enormous that negligence is most certainly to blame.
So then what is to be done? The answer is simple; it is merely a game of odds. Meaning, the chances of joining the rankings of the worst of the worst boy debauchery are drastically reduced, if not eliminated by doing your homework and even if you were never a stellar student, this time it could actually fall into the life or death column of pro and cons.
Take the time to find out all that you can, and then some, about the modification that you want. Meet with the artist, look at their portfolio, ask questions, and look for those ever important certificates that will most certainly line the walls of the reputable. Listen to those around you who have had mods done and if they have had a negative experience with a shop or artist (not because they decided to remove their jewellery too early, or have less than the average amount of clean habits).
And above anything else, do not cheap out. Do not go to someone who feels that wearing gloves is not important, that doesn't have a hint of sanitisation or who is working from a dirty kitchen table with a smoke hanging out of their mouth as they work...you get what you pay for, this is true of most things in life, and most certainly when it determines quality, your health and well being. If you can't afford to do it the right way, then don't do it at all!.
And if this hasn't convinced you, use one of those handy image search engines and type in the title of this article...Here are a few to get you started!
Pictures courtesy: Tait Schmaal, Youtube
By Morbid Molly