My Ear Lobe Stretching Journey.
I can not remember the exact date when I first got my ear lobes pierced, although I do remembering being a sophomore in High School and having a 12 inch mo-hawk. I did not know much about body modification at the time. In fact I didn't even have a single piercing. To be honest I am not sure where I got the idea, I guess it just seemed like the thing to do. I had initial plans of stretching my ears to a 4 gauge. At the time I was not of legal age so I had to ask my mom and she told me that was fine, as long as I had thought about it and I was sure this was something I wanted to do, of course I eagerly said yes. My step father had very small plugs about a 0 gauge, which at the time seemed very large to me. He told me that his ex-girlfriend was a piercer and she pierced them for him at a 4 gauge. I was so excited about having plugs that I just wanted to get mine punched at a 4 as well. I called a few piercing studios up in the area and none of them would pierce that large. In fa ct the biggest anyone was willing to pierce was a 10 gauge. I settled with that.
Within the next few days, my time had come. My parents drove me up to the studio, "Custom Ink & Steel" was the name. I had been there before, its a nice shop. Very clean, good artists, and the price was good as well. I do not remember how much it cost me to get them pierced something like $40. I was nervous, but it was fun and it felt good to be a little nervous. I picked out the jewelry I wanted, a 10 gauge circular barbell. The piercer took me and my parents into his piercing room and prepared everything he needed to pierce me. I was ready. He told me to take a deep breathe in and to then exhale. I remember trying to describe how the pain felt to the piercer. I said something like this. "It felt like a tree. Which makes no sense, but if you think about a trees branches, towards the tree trunk they are thicker and then they thin out towards the ends. The thinker part of the tree is where it hurt more and it felt like it traveled outward from the piercing and then the thinner part of the tree is where the pain dissipated." We laughed and he pierced the other side. That was that, both sides were done. I remember it feeling very warm afterwards from all the blood going into my ear lobe. I loved them, and they even felt sort of large hahaha.
After they healed, I began to stretch them. The problem was, my dad told me I was not allowed to do that until I was 18, and even then he did not want me to, but it was my choice. This devastated me. But guess what? I knew this was something I wanted, and I knew I could not wait years to do this. I devised a plan so I could stretch them without him knowing. I told him I wanted to come to the mall with me and we'd pick out a pair we both agreed on as acceptable. So I picked out a pair that were an 8 gauge, with two outer walls about the size of a 2 gauge on the outside. The front wall unscrewed so I could put them in and screwed back on so they would stay in place. As soon as we bought them we went back to his car and I popped them in right there. Later that week my friend Alyssa gave me some of her old plugs and I started to stretch them slowly. I just added more and more tape to the ones my dad had bought me so they would no shrink down when I put them in to go over to his h ouse every other weekend. You could not see the tape because the outer wall was covering them. It worked perfectly. I stretched them all the way to a 00. Everything went pretty well except for one incident when I tried stretching from a 2 gauge to a 0 gauge. I must have done it to fast and I slightly tore my left earlobe. After a few hours of pain I decided to take it out and it was pretty nasty. I let it heal and everything was fine again.
Once I turned 18 I had moved in with my dad. He told me that it didn't matter that I was of legal age and I was still not allowed to stretch my ears, as long as I lived under his roof. I didn't know what to do so I stayed at a 00 because that was as large as I simply could without him knowing. When I turned 19, I moved out of his house and I was free to do what I wanted with my body. It was great. I decided to stretch to 1 inch. I saved up the money and I skipped one of my classes to go up to this kiosk in the mall that sold body jewelry. I had made it to 5/8th of an inch and I bought a pair of, 11/16", 3/4", 7/8", and 1" plugs. They all seemed so large, but I knew this was what I wanted and I was very excited. Getting to 3/4" was very hard for me. I did not know what I was doing well enough at the time and I was trying to tape with medical tape which is really rough stuff if you ask me. Anyways, I taped way to fast! Which I simply did not know I was doing, everything felt pr
etty good, but one day I woke up with a small blow out. I was once again devastated. Every time I though about it, it put me in a bad mood. I did some research and found the best thing to do was to take it out. I was a little stubborn at first but I knew it was the best thing to do. I downsized a size and with a few days it was pretty much back to normal, I was so happy. I waited a month or two and began stretching again, except this time with electrical tape, and much slower. I know people say not to do this, but I have had no problems with this since I started using it and everything has been fine.
I made it to 1". It made me so happy. I was still not satisfied though. I knew I wanted to stretch larger still. I bought a set to stretch from 1" to 1 1/2" from this website online called "Kings Body Jewelry". I do not own any credit or debit cards so I had to mail in cash. A few things went wrong and I didn't think I was going to end up getting my plugs and losing the $70 I spent on plugs. I was so mad, but somehow they ended up showing up at my house. I have currently stretched to 1 3/8". I am slowly but surely working my way up to 1 5/8". Once I get there I am going to buy a nice pair of organic plugs from Black Heart Organics, and stay there for a few months. I plan on then slowly stretching to two inches. I can not say once I get there I will be done. I will just have to see once I get there I suppose.
I love my ear lobes so much. I am so happy that I decided to stretch them. If I wouldn't have done that, I am not sure if I would have ever found my way to the body modification community. I really love this community and I am so glad to be a part of it. This entire experience has really changed my entire life. I find it funny, people on the street they always ask me, "Oh my god, didn't that hurt?!?". Our society is very masochistic if you ask me. The first thing they want to think about is pain. Instead of maybe appreciating they beauty, everyone simply associates my ears with pain. I know that the general population may not understand these things, and thats fine with me. I stretched my ears for myself, and I do not expect everyone to get it. I love body modification, and I am not changing for anyone except myself. With that said, I will continue on my way to completeness. Feel free to contact my if you have any further questions.
submitted by: seeeingred
on: 19 Oct. 2009
in Ear Piercing