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I am a 16 year old girl who goes to a very creative school where people express themselves through tattoos, interesting clothing, make-up, and piercing. Several of my friends have piercing in their tongues, septum, lips and nipples. My parents are very tentative about letting me try any of these things, but I wanted to extend the activity in piercing I was going through so I decided to take things into my own hands in a small, subtle stretching.
On a nice sunny afternoon I walked downtown Kitchener (where I live) and walked into a store called Shakedown Street where they carry tons of rings and barbells and other cool things. I was asking mainly about tongue rings to begin with and the woman was really informative about them, showing me the two she had an telling me the same things I've read here. But since I knew it would take a lot of pleading and begging to get parental permission, I asked about stretching the lobes (because I wasn't very sure or knowledgeable about it but VERY curious about all body modification). She showed me some 10 gauge earrings and explained the punching methods (which actually take out the skin there.. sorta like a hole punch) and the basic stretching methods. She said some people stretch their ears by putting in several studs at a time but that will tear or rip the earlobe and makes an uneven hole. I had no money so I left, with thoughts of stretching in my mind.
The next day I went to the mall and visited a store called Neat Stuff. I walked in and looked at the plastic earrings they had. They were a bit of a larger gauge compared to normal earrings (though, I'm not sure what) and I thought they would look neat in my ears. So I borrowed money from my friend and bought them. Running out of the store we disinfected them but had problems because since I hadn't worn an earring for almost a year, the holes were way too small to get them in. It turns out that one earring was about a guage thicker than the other, which made it a little more painful later, anyway.. so after much poking and prodding from my friend, I decided to wait.
When I went home I put some regular earrings (that were sorta.. 80's-ish.. heavier) and then I just pushed and grunted the bigger ones' way into my holes. ( I ended up putting them in my second set of holes in my ears because they were better and didn't hurt as much). Voila, they were there. I flicked them and laughed because they didn't move, the skin was very tight around my earring, so I moved them back and forth. They stung quite a bit but it faded as long as I didn't touch them, my main problem was sleeping on them, because it moved them. It didn't bother me much, and I slept like a baby. The next day I was all proud (even though they were spaced very small) because I had done a small body modification thing that's different without going too far out of the boundaries of my parents (I figure I should start small and gently nudge my way into getting a tongue piercing). People noticed them, although I didn't think it was noticeable.
I found that I had to move the earring back and forth a little every once and a while for it to heal properly and other than the odd little bit of pus (which could have been related to the fact that I have very sensitive ears) they've been awesome! I'm going to go up to another size a little later, which will work well, because the beads fell off the ones I have (as you can see in the picture) and they're probably laying on the floor in my room somewhere, so new earrings will be nice.
I'm thinking of stretching it a little higher using the spikes they have at Shakedown Street which are a more gradual way or stretching them.
I'm really pleased with what I did, and although it may seem very minor to a lot of you, for people like me that are just VERY curious and VERY tempted to try something different, this is the way to go. It only hurt me for about a week and now I take it out (and make my friends weirded out cos the hole's a bit bigger) all the time. It's a minor and little thing, but it's giving me the courage to move onto bigger and better things....
E-mail me whenever at Pattifirstname.lastname@example.org
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 July 1999
in Ear Piercing