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September 3, 2013
11:20 am
rhigorehound
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Hi all,

So I keep seeing people getting rid of there earlobes and putting them back to normal, why do you think it is? Do you think its because its more popular now with people who don't know how to stretch or is it boredom??SmileSmile

September 4, 2013
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well i personally think its because it was a fad and now some people are "growing out of it" witch to me means you did it to be cool witch is a horrible reason to do it. i love my stretched ears and will have them forever. weather its just cause you like or because of spiritual reasons i say go for it to anyone considering it but it can be hard to undo(depending on size) so dont ever modify your body to be "cool" as you may end up trying to undo it latter witch reminds me its time to start stretching again Laugh inch and a half here i come!

September 4, 2013
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Hi glen, welcome to the forum.

I concur regards fashion. I think possibly a majority of those with stretched lobes now have been influenced by fashion. A large amount are also young and may not have considered how they may change in time, or the impact it may have on how they are treated, career etc.

It's also worth noting that lobe closures were very rare until pretty recently, where more artists perform these now. This availability may give people an option which may make them reconsider.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 4, 2013
10:35 pm
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thanks oakbear, yeah i kow i put a lot of thought into every permanent mod i have done and i dont regret any of them even tho it deff makes finding a job harder. the world wont change by me conforming

September 13, 2013
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I suppose one reason is as good as another to stretch lobes. Not everyone is willing to commit to a lifetime of visible modifications. My lobes are one inch and they look small to me, but the thought of collecting jewelry and fielding more questions than I already do seems overwhelming at this point in my life. I had no idea it was fashionable and now many people are having them closed up. What makes you think that? Is it specific popular bands like Janes Addiction or fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood? I am curious what you all think. I am pretty out of the popular loop, so to speak, and have always marched to the beat of my own drum. I live just outside of Atlanta, GA and I still see people in my area with piercings. I rarely see anyone with "larger" lobes, like 1/2 inch or 1 inch or larger, and it is almost always a man.

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September 16, 2013
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I can't say I've noticed anyone in my area closing up their lobes, or even sizing down. Then again, I moved to a very small town after I lost a job a couple years ago, so I'm not connected to the scene in Phoenix anymore.

It could be that it's just a trend that has played out, or it could be that some people have decided to size-down because they liked their lobes better at a smaller size. Who knows?

As for me, I'm still planning on going up, although I haven't stretched at all in about a year. I'm at 3/4" now, but I plan on going up to at least 7/8" and probably 1". After that, I think I might be stopping, but we'll have to see how it looks when I get there.

But that's just the first hole. I plan on getting a second hole and gauging those up as well, although I'll probably stop at about 3/8" or 1/2". That depends on how they look next to the first holes, and how it suits the shape of my ears.

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September 16, 2013
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I think my judgement about it being fashionable is the frequency i see stretched lobes over here, particularly amongst younger people. Walking through a city centre in the UK you will see many young people with small stretches, dressed in different styles, often in mainstream fashions with little or no other visible modification. Larger stretches are rarer, and more likely to be worn by skater/emo/hipster looking males, and are usual accompanied by other visible modifications. In a similar vein sleeve tattoos seem much more common, especially in young men.

As i get 'the questions' frequently, it is common for people to state they like the look of small stretched lobes, or that they feel it is 'cool'. Questions about lobes returning to 'normal' in these cases suggest that people would be keen to have stretched lobes, but would not wish to commit to changing their body permanently.
The amount of non tattooed people who inform me they want to get 'a sleeve' is also quite high. They don't seem to mind what the tattoos are, just that they cover their whole arm!
Each to their own!Smile

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September 16, 2013
4:21 am
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I guess i see more people getting them closed as my friend offers the procedure and has not only reported a big increase in requests and inquiries, but says other studios have been getting the same, and he is seeing requests for him to train people in the procedure, as are others who do this.
If they are good you wouldn't see the results on the street!

How many people do you know who laugh about how they were a hippy in the 60's or goth in the 80's, or see amusing pictures of people when they were young dressed in some fashion of the past? The fashions recently have been different as you can't just cut your hair and change your clothes to return to 'normal'!

Q have you already got a second lobe piercing? The only reason i ask is that positioning is very important regards how far each would go due to compressing the tissue between jewellery. I retired my second stretched lobe piercing when the first was around an inch and the second about 2/3, as it was stopping me going any further and became uncomfortable. That was pierced with stretching in mind too. It can be done however. The biggest combo i have seen is i think around 1 1/2" and 3/4".

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 17, 2013
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I also retired my 2nd lobe piercing because I noticed the same thing as Oakbear mentioned above. It was very awkward for 2 larger plugs to work together. If we had known each other we may have been able to share the lesson, but here we are. I suggest a cartilage piercing and then stretch that because it is a very different experience than lobe stretches. I wore a 8g 3/4 ring in a orbit in my cartilage (both ears) for a few years and I liked that. I ended up taking my lower cartilage piercing out to stretch my upper.

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September 17, 2013
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Oakbear,

I retired my second lobe piercing (and my third which was only on the left side) when I started to gauge up because I noticed that the two sided were in different places relative to the first holes. I also noticed the same thing you were talking about with the tissue between the holes becoming thinner and thinner.

I finally took the jewelry out of my second holes when it was touching the plugs in my first holes. I'm sure if I had kept going without removing them it would have become uncomfortable.

I plan on getting my first holes up to a size I want to stick with indefinitely, and then I'll choose a location for the new second holes and begin stretching them up. There's plenty of room on my lobes for a second hole, so I'm hoping for good results.

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September 19, 2013
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Sounds like a good plan sir.Smile

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September 23, 2013
6:04 pm
rhigorehound
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Hey guys,

Sorry I didn't reply sooner, my internet has been terrible. I love how straight forward all the answers are. I feel it's not really highlighted enough when people want to do it.
To a certain degree I wish I hadn't torn my ears as many times as I have (my fault completely making silly jumps and using silcon flexi tunnels) as my 20's were always so sore :( I'm back at 14's now for the sake of work. I'm still thinking of getting rid of them next year and focusing on my scarification and ink.
I know so many people who have abused their earlobes, It's like they want them because it's still a big trend in Wales with the hardcore music scene. I think it gets to me more that people don't respect the culture,history of body modification or their bodies.

November 1, 2013
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Im at a gauge 2 and considering going back up to 0. I took my plugs out for surgery and was so messed up on anesthesia I sorta forgot to put them back in immediately. I absolutely love my plugs and will never get rid of them. I plan on rocking these babies all the way to the grave. They are very much a part of my identity at this point and I feel genuinely off balance whenever I remover them. I don't mean to offend anyone but whenever I hear about someone closing their gauged holes my first thought is one of two things:either the person wasnt thinking past "This looks cool and I want it fir now so Im gonna do it." or they werent seriously considering their circumstances when engaging in body modification. More often than not when I am talking to someone who's closed their lobes its because of a job. I am a housewife so Ive got a certain leniency when it comes to body modification. However, if one is seekig a career in a conservative field, an individuals modifications should be done with that in mind.

December 4, 2013
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kaytemew
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My boyfriend is stretched to almost 1 3/4" and wants to get them sewn up, because he claims he just doesn't like them anymore. But also said he'll probably get bored with "normal" ears and just stretch them again. So for some people it may be boredom, but for most I agree that it's high fashion for the moment!
I personally would never remove mine. I agree with ShylaRose in that I also feel unbalanced when I remove them.

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December 8, 2013
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rhigorehound
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I'll be honest I'm not a massive fan of mine after ten years, my fault for messing them up so many times :-/

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