We talk about the internet a lot on here. Sometimes, it may sound like we’re repeating ourselves but the world wide web has become such a large part of people’s lives, it seems like something we should focus on. Since everyone carries around a mini computer in their pocket, it can be tempting to start googling your piercing or tattoo to see if everything is going the way that it should. But if you’ve ever used WebMD, you know that having something minor (like a slightly red piercing) doesn’t mean you have an infection.
So we put together five reasons as to why you should beware of the internet before your procedure and after your procedure. And yes, we realize that this article is ironically on the internet. The difference is that this is absolutely educational.

  1. No one ever shows off the good stuff
    Most of the things on the internet are fail videos or people just messing up in general. This is the kind of stuff that gains views because as much as people try to hide it, they love watching things get botched. However, not the best plan of action if you’re preparing to go in for a tattoo or piercing. Many videos on YouTube of procedures do not come out great and a lot of our clients say “Well that wasn’t nearly as bad as YouTube said it was going to be!” Yes, that’s because YouTube is a terrible compilation of bad piercings and tattoos. Watching videos beforehand is a big no-no, so try to avoid that.
  2. People recommend insane aftercare
    All of the artists here at Spider-Bite/Tattoo Angus have very detailed instructions on how to care for your new modification. It’s very important that you follow what they recommend. If you happen to forget anything, we have aftercare listed on our Facebooks, our Instagrams, our websites… Basically all over the place. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for there, call us or stop by. There are no dumb questions and even if you just want to make sure you’re on the right track, we’re here to help. However, the internet can recommend some absolutely CRAZY aftercare products, none of which we recommend! Only take advice from professionals, particularly the one that you got the work done from!
  3. Just because they had a bad experience doesn’t mean you will too
    There are artists in the industry that don’t care about what they do to people. For them, it’s all about the money. We don’t agree with that at all and make a huge effort to make sure your time spent here with us is positive and fun. If you go online and look at some people’s experience with lowquality shops, it can be a bit scary. But please remember that not all shops are like that and there are artists who care about the well-being of their clients. It’s a good idea to ask your friends and see what their experiences are, read reviews of the shops in your area, and just go in! If you go in to a place and immediately feel uncomfortable, you shouldn’t get your work done there. It’s very simple and never feel as if you have to go to someone simply because you set foot in their shop. Also bear in mind that sometimes, people have bad experiences with body modifications simply because they don’t take care of them properly. There’s far too many YouTube videos of people saying they had a terrible body modification experience and then go on to say that they tried to heal their tattoo or piercing by cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide (DO NOT DO THIS).
  4. It’s probably not infected
    Clients tend to throw around the word “infection” a lot. Infections tend to be fairly rare in reality but the internet makes even the smallest amount of redness and swelling seem like the end of the world. Yes, sometimes there is blood, swelling, and pain. You did just get needles poked in to your skin so it’s bound to be a bit irritated with you. But just because your tattoo is red the day after you got it done doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got an infection. If you believe that you have a problem with your new body modification, come in to the shop. Don’t call or email, just come in. With issues like potential infection, we do not like to mess around and the best way for us to help you is if we can see what’s happening in person. From that point, we can make a game plan to get things back on the right track!
  5. Not every piercing can work for everyone and not every tattoo is possible
    The internet has made it very difficult for people to hear that the piercing they want won’t work with their anatomy. Every body on this planet is different. Even from one side of your head to the other, things are not shaped the same. While some people have anatomy that allows for complex piercings, others don’t. When it comes to tattoos, not every tattoo is viable and many artists won’t do a tattoo if they think that it won’t hold up to the test of time. Always remember to keep an open mind when going in for some kind of body modification. Your artists intention isn’t to offend you. They are just invested in making sure that you have the best possible end product that they can give you!