This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

How permanent is a tattoo, or an ear piercing that has been stretched to the size of a nickel? Turi consults Steve Truitt, founder and owner of Ascension Body Mod in Albuquerque, on whether you can fix such bodily “damage.” Truitt also chats about the reasoning behind modifying one’s own body, why he had several tattoos removed and how tattoos of foreign letters and symbols can go terribly wrong.

Tattoo artist Madison Stone of North Hollywood, CA, displays some of the art tattooed on his neck (Tara Godvin / Los Angeles Times)