I’ve had my ears stretched to 20mm/13/16” for two years. My ears healed completely and were fine. I cleaned them regularly and had no problems, etc. However, a few weeks ago I attended a concert in which I was hit in the ear, and a week later, this is the result.
If your ears are healed, I urge you to take care of them more. You will be disfigured like myself and have to get constructive surgery from either a hospital or piercing specialist (who often charge a lot). If you do somehow tear the tissue of your ears, get medical help immediately. I personally went to the hospital.
If anybody has questions about what happens next or my situation, please ask. I just want people to be more careful whilst they have plugs, even if they’re healed they can still be a danger.
Why is it such a big deal if people say gauges instead of plugs/tunnels? It's just the more common term, especially from people that don't have stretched ears. You know what they mean, doesn't it get annoying to continuously correct people?
It’s not the more common term, it’s an incorrect term grown from lack of information and often, correct education about the process and methods of safely stretching a piercing.
Gauge is a unit of measurement. We don’t say ‘I’m going for a mile’ when you mean you’re ‘going for a walk’
Just like we don’t say ‘I’m gauging my gauges’ when you mean ‘you’re stretching your ears’
I’ll start this by saying this kind fellow said Nose and lip rings don’t count as modifications in a second ask he ever so kindly decided to leave us with. Oh dear.
I, Scott have a 20mm left lobe, and a 5mm right lobe, Paired 1.2mm nostrils, a 1.6mm philtrum and a 3.2mm tongue.
I’m pretty sure they count as modifications, and if they don’t in your book, you better refine your definition of modification because it’s evidently wrong. I can’t vouch for everyone else on this Blog, except i know quite a few of Emilys.
Paired 1mm nostrils, 1.2mm central labret, 4mm septum. 12mm lobes, 4mm right conch, 1.6mm left conch along with various other lobe piercings. And a Double Helix DNA piece down her spine.
I can’t vouch for any other moderators, but if you’d care to add yourselfs to this, go ahead.
TL;DR, We have modifications, and yes nose and lip piercings count. You better go refine your definition of Body Modification.
Emily’s comment: I have 17 piercings, have been pierced 32 times and have 2 hours of tattoo work.
Petra has been: Suspended, tattooed, scalpelled, etched and pierced. In her repertoire, she had the rarest female piercing ever (Google it, folks, we aren’t going to tell you!), her labret scalpelled to 4g, two microdermals, stretched lobes, and two flat cartilage dermal punches.
Submitter Comment: I just had this conversation with this idiot on my facebook and i instantly thought of you. all i told him was that they arent gauges, the gauge is the size. and he took a shit fit. hilarious, yet sad.
What’s Awful: He clearly doesn’t know the proper terms for the mods he’s doing on his body, and got angry and defensive when i told him.
How it can be fixed: Shouldn’t even be stretching his ears if he doesn’t know what it’s called.
Submitter’s Comment: He thought it would be a good idea to let one of his unexperienced friends do this tattoo for “friend price”
What’s Awful: Absolutely everything about it. The ears are too far back behind the head, The eyes the Moon/Dream catcher or whatever resembles a cratered egg, which fades in to poorly drawn and shaded beads and generic feathers.
SUBMITTER COMMENT: I knew this guy via facebook and he is very much ‘down with the clown’. I guess so much that he decided to get a tattoo representing “ICP” (which means Insane Clown Posse) if you don’t know what a juggalo is then you are a very lucky being, so please don’t explore. It is a mushroom smoking a joint, I’m assuming the mushroom itself is intended to represent a drug, 2 drugs in one….how daring.
WHATS AWFUL: It’s kind of too obvious for me to even state. The fact that this tattoo portrays a million awful things; drugs, icp, more drugs is just first off. and it is completely awfully crooked everywhere. I could have done a better job and I don’t even do tattoos. I don’t understand half of the pattern in this, its like…fish scales on the head of the shroom or something and then there are little zig zags in the shrooms eyes to represent it’s highness? Whatever makes you feel better about yourself.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: I guess you can try to cover it up with a better tattoo…you can try to wear it with pride (as he is doing) i think it would be best if you just cut out the whole square inch area of where the tattoo is though…then maybe the flat square scar would at least look better.
Someone I used to go to school with. Evidently, she decided to pierce her own ears herself. I shared Zeke’s MRSA story, and she replies: “THANKS FOR SCARING ME, I’M JUST GONNA PRAY THAT I DON’T DIE”.
What’s Awful: She pierced her own ear, claiming that she “disinfected everything” and was “super careful”. I know for a fact that she has no experience or training, and I highly highly highly doubt that she owns an autoclave for which to “disinfect everything”.
The lobe itself also looks very discolored and irritated. It looks like an open door to infection and bacteria.
How it can be Fixed: Take out the piercing, and go to a professional.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I found a semi nice looking Facebook page that was selling makeup and, apparently, body jewelry. I went to look at their plug selection and found they were selling tapers as jewelry. I posted this just to inform them and people buying about the risks of wearing tapers. Then they went on about HOW IT’S TOTALLY OKAY TO WEAR TAPERS.
WHAT’S AWFUL: No. Just - no tapers. Don’t wear them. Uneven weight distribution and, not to mention, the cat butt effect.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Do actual research and stop wearing tapers and encouraging people to wear them as jewelry.
This is a story of a general dumbass running a piercing studio that has only awful tales about it; I didn’t know this at the time I went.
Long story short(er), I was hunting for a labret for my nostril piercing, and this place sells surgical stainless-steel jewellery in abundance. Naturally, they suggested to me an internally-threaded micro-labret (which I was told by a trusted friend would be perfect for my nose). After discussing and consult, I bought a gorgeous i-t labret for 20$.
OOPS. The owner sold me a 16g, my nose is an 18g, no returns, and she suggested that she could either order a taper or just shove it in for me (WHAT). I said no, and decided that since I’d paid for it and it was beautiful and she was clearly incompetent, I would go to my regular piercer and consult with him about getting it tapered the RIGHT way if I could; if not, I’d just find another labret.
Arrive at my regular piercer. One look at the labret and he says that it’s clearly too short, and whoever sold it to me for my nose was an idiot. Kindly, he offered one (free of charge!) with a longer post, the proper size, that was the same style and material as the one I’d bought, and fitted it for 5$. The longer post was the perfect length, and it was obvious the one I’d bought earlier would have been far too short. I thanked him and gave him a nice gratuity.
Go back to other shop. No returns is understandable, because it’s unsanitary, so I asked if I could even get 5$ back from my 20$ wasted because I’d been sold a “defective” product in my naivety. The owner said I had a fat nose and that it would fit on any ordinary person (gee thanks), and if I wanted she could try to shove it in again (WTF) for ONLY 20$, but she would not do anything else. No discounts, no compensation, not even sympathy.
Needless to say, I threw the labret back at her and thanked her for nothing, left and went and had a coffee. I have no intention of returning.
[other stories of this place include, amongst overcharging: re-use of needles for multiple piercings, wrong size of jewellery, not washing hands or wearing gloves, crooked piercings, wrong jewellery for piercing, improper aftercare instructions, etc…] ignore ALL the standards!
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: My brother decided on a whim to get this done. Had I known he was even going to do it, I would have done everything in my power to talk him out of it. However, he lives in a different state than I do. x.X” Oh, and to top it off, it was free. >.<”
After yelling at him about it, he tried to justify it saying, and I quote, “Sis, calm down. Everything was sterilized with alcohol!” … I just… moving on.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Just look at it. The guy isn’t wearing gloves, the lines and shading and everything is wonky. It’s done IN A HOUSE. There’s numerous things wrong.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: I honestly think a cover up by a professional is going to be his best bet, and to go to a real shop. You get what you pay for!