Reading all of these other stories made me want to submit my own..
It’s not too bad, but…
I was 9 at the time and decided I wanted to get my ears pierced. I know what you’re thinking, the whole Claire’s thing, but my mom decided to take it to a lower level. She took me to Wal-mart at their little piercing area. They pierced my ears with a gun and the usual $5 jewelry. My right ear’s hole is closer to my face than the other one, but other than that they were even horizontally. They gave me their bottle of Clinere ear piercing cleaner stuff and told me the usual “Rotate your jewelry and clean it with this 2x a day” or whatever. Luckily, they never got infected or anything like that, and when I was 13 I decided I wanted to stretch them.
I’ll admit it, I started out with bad [but not the worst] stretching techniques. I skipped from the standard 20-18g to a 14 because that was the smallest size I could find at *Hot Topic* [also acrylic]. I’d insert my taper and be wearing them for about 2 days, gradually pushing it in and adjusting the O-rings until about the 3rd day it would go through. The time I would wait between stretches would be about a month. I only tried to skip sizes once, from I think a 6g to a 2g. I put the tapers in and while I slept they would fall out. I finally bought the size 4gs and continued on with my stretches. I got up to 00g about 1.5 years later, and upon wearing some single-flared plugs that I played with a lot, my ear started to “rip” going upwards.
This is where I started to care for my lobes better. c:
I took out the plugs and let them downsize back to about a 2g. I correctly stretched with tapers back to a 0g [not sure about the timespans anymore, can’t remember]. Then, I found out about the taping method and used that to a 00g, then to 7/16”, and now I’m at 1/2”. My ears don’t look terrible at all, other than the incorrect placement that they started out at. I feel lucky looking at all these other submissions…
I have more about my ears, but it’s just infection issues. I had those first ones done and before I started stretching I wanted my 2nd lobes. We got them done at Claire’s and they had no trouble. But then about a year later I got my 3rd lobes and something was up with them. I don’t know exactly what happened but they got infected and since the other ones were fairly new, they got infected too. I was forced to take them both out and was left with my regular lobe piercings, and that’s when I started stretching them [not directly after infection, just adding that it didn’t happen while I had my plugs]. I just got my 2nd lobes re-done at I believe 15g, 6 years later than attempt one. You could still see where they were when I went in to get pierced, hah.
Not too bad [I don’t think], and if it wasn’t so late I’d probably be typing up my navel story too. I’ll do it later~
Also, just an idea, but I think y’all should add a “Self-story” tag or something for submissions like these. c: