Q:Hello! I was wondering if it'd be possible to get like a proper, professional dictionary-ish post about the usage of term "gauge" and the correct english terminology on stretched ears? I'm not a native english speaker and all english variants kinda confuse me as my native tongue does not have as many terms in it. I'm afraid I might sound like a twat and use the wrong words if no-one explains them throughly... Anyway, this blog is very enlightening, keep up the good work!
Hm. Okay let’s see if I can do this without looking like a derp. It’s one of those things that’s become such a part of my vocabulary it might be hard to explain. >.<
Gauge: The measurement or size of the jewelry.**
How to use in a sentence.
- What size are those plugs? 00 gauge.
- What size are your ears stretched to? 2 gauge.
How to NOT use in a sentence.
- Yo what size are your gauges?
- I’m gonna gauge my ears later today!*
Plug: solid jewelry worn in the ear.
Eyelet: see through or hollow ear jewelry. May also be called “tunnels” (which I suppose isn’t wrong but does get some people’s panties in a bunch and I personally don’t like it much).
*Stretch: proper word for what many people use “gauge” as a verb for.
- Cool stretched ears!
- I’m going to stretch my ears later today!
That’s all I’ve got for now. Let me know if there are terms you’re unsure of that I missed. I know I was working on a terminology list a while ago that never got finished. Perhaps I’ll work on that some more.
**usually “gauge” is only used to describe sizes under 00g. above that, inch or millimeter measurements are generally used. Someone could also say “what gauge are those plugs?” and that could be answered by “they’re 1/2”!” Normally, saying something like “one half inch gauge” just sounds silly and redundant.
The official response to iDermal.
The APP response:
It has come to the attention of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) that a video has been widely circulated that depicts the installation of four surface anchors and immediate magnetic attachment of an electronic device to those fresh piercings.
The members of the organization have several concerns about this:
While the APP recognizes surface anchors (the preferred terminology for this form of body art) as a “regular piercing,” the procedures in the video were performed with an instrument called a “dermal punch” or “biopsy punch.” This is a medical tool that is expressly forbidden to be used by body artists in the state where the piercer was located (New Jersey).
Surface anchor procedures should be performed with the standard tool that piercers use for all piercings (an ordinary piercing needle). The video sets a bad example for others, and potentially opens the piercer to legal problems.
Though the procedures were self-done by the piercer on his own body, it is rumored that he is also offering the same service to the paying public. The Association would like to make it clear that attaching any object or device to fresh piercings is not an appropriate or acceptable procedure. There are added risks of complications from attaching anything to a fresh piercing including irritation, trauma, infection, migration, and rejection.
This is in response to this video, which has been making the rounds recently.
We must say, just because it looks cool, doesn’t make it safe or sanitary.
I did it on my pinky to promise myself for a fresh start and a new beginning. :)
How about you take it out as a promise to: Not pierce yourself and put yourself at extreme risk from infection and pierce it so badly and so shallow that I could rip it out with enough force.
Fresh starts and new beginnings are great. Just they really don’t need to be signified with bad self piercing in an awful location.
OMFG GUYS IT’S A PIERCING GUN NOT A GUN. IT WILL NOT BLOW MY FUCKING HEAD OFF.
No, but it will ruin your lobes (they don’t look so great to begin with-SO MUCH THIN) and whatever other body parts you plan on mutilating with that thing.
In short. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOL.
My new plugs, that do not match. Both my ears are blown out and their is one of the tapers I have in at this moment :D Half Inch Lobes baby.
1) Why on earth would you follow ‘blown out ears’ WITH A GOD DAMN SMILEY FACE?
2) TAPERS IN BLOWNOUT LOBES
3) ACRYLIC TAPER IN BLOWN OUT LOBE
4) Have you seen the tags. THE TAGS?!
In short. What’s wrong with this? Absolutely god damn everything.
People wanna be stuck up bitches because DAMN NEAR ALL of the population call stretched ears “Gauges?” Look you bitches, can you fucking blame them? That’s kind of what they’re listed as in stores and online. I mean seriously, shut the fuck up and think about it. Yes, most of us are AWARE that’s not what they called but it’s better than going up to someone and going “Excuse me, what size are your stretched ears? two inch you say? well ma’am, your 2 in ears are lovely.” Yeah. yeah that makes a hell of a lot of fucking sense.
We get it. It’s not what they’re called. It’s just fucking easier.
Get the fuck off your god damn high horses and shut the fuck up.
I dont sit there and say “oh no, sir, that’s not a tattoo, that is a lovely ink portrait of a fish upon your arm. I quite enjoy it.”
No. I say “Wow, sir, that’s a nice tattoo.”
Possibly one of the worst, and most hilarious arguments for ‘gauging’ we’ve ever seen!
Brb guys, just going to millimeter my ears, go for a quick mile, and then head down to the pub for a litre with Scott.
And how on earth is one two-syllable word harder to say than another, two-syllable word?
And we like being on our high horses. Why? Because we’re right.
Brb, time for a litre.