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March 28, 2013
12:22 am
joshie_
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Has anyone else made a simple mistake while modding that could have been potentially dangerous?

When i first started stretching my ears, i was buying my jewelery and whatnot from the seedy peircing parlour at the bottom of town – when i was at 4g i asked to purchase a 2g taper and tube, the man behind the counter sold me what he claimed was a 2g that just 'looked a little big'. I then proceeded to put it in, which failed 3 weeks in a row as it just would not fit. Eventually it got it in, and then switched my shop of choice to the shiny, well reputable parlour at the top of town (where i am in the process of beginning my apprenticeship). The piercer there was stretching my ear from my '2g' to 0g. As it would turn out, the dodgy parlour sold me a 0g in the first place – that was why i had so much troube when putting it in. luckily it did not blow out. I know, i should have measured it first, but hey, still. thats pretty shitty of them >.<

April 9, 2013
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Glad you didn't have a blowout. Two sizes at once is quite a stretch and from what I've heard, blowouts and other problems are quite common with such a jump in size.

Several years ago, back when I was first learning about piercing, I walked into a shop and bought a set of 12g glass plugs for my conch. My mistake was, I wasn't at 12g. I had been pierced at 14g but couldn't remember for sure what gauge it was.

When I got them home I tried to insert one of them in my conch, but found that it wouldn't go. Only then did I compare the existing steel barbell to the new glass plug. The difference was clear but I decided to soldier on.

Forcing them in, I felt the cartilage crack and I could see where it was bulging out on the back side of my ear. I decided to just give it aftercare for a while and see what happened. The aftercare regimen I had been taught was a good procedure that I still use when healing a piercing, and I should have seen a significant difference in a week or so.

Well, there was a difference alright. Instead of healing, it only became more irritated and sore and I began to see signs of swelling.

Finally, I gave up and returned to the barbell, which I am still wearing today. After a few weeks of continued aftercare everything settled down and my ear was no longer angry with me.

Looking back, it's easy to see how reckless and foolish this was, especially given everything I've learned since then. Cartilage can stretch, but it must be done VERY gradually. Jamming new jewelry in there is bad for any piercing, but especially for cartilage. I don't believe the jewelry was sterilized from the factory, but even if it had been, I wasn't scrubbed and gloved like I should have been when working with a fresh piercing, which it became once I jammed the new plug in there. On top of all that, it was throbbing and painful right away, which was worse than when I got the piercing in the first place. I should have known then, or I should have known when I heard/felt the cartilage crack. But hey…at least I figured it out before any serious infection set in or some kind of permanent damage was done.

Sometimes I wonder if I can say anything in less than a hundred words.
April 11, 2013
12:50 am
joshie_
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Yeah, my ear swelled up to about twice the side of my head and killed for days on end – quite an unpleasant experience.

Woah man, ow! I've always been told that when you stretch cartlidge it hurts like hell and is rather hard, but with my tragus, i've been breezing through the sizes. i know ill probably cop a lot of sh*t for admitting, but in the first 3 weeks, i went from 14g to 8g: but this was done with no pain and no resistence whatsoever. I have been at 8g for about two weeks now, and will give it another fortnight or so before i take it up again.

April 11, 2013
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Wow, sounds like you're lucky with your tragus! How long had you been at 14g?
Having said that the jump between 14 and 8 is fairly small, so you should be ok. How big are you going?
Bear in mind that the jumps in size get bigger each time, so you'll want to slow down if you're going to stretch much further.

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April 11, 2013
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i had been at 14g since i had it pierced initially, so around about a year i think? haha. I intend on going to 0g hopefully, so im slowing right down to a one-stretch-a-month-max with it. I was rather surprised at the lack of pain with it too – no pain during the stretch, and no afterpain whatsoever

April 11, 2013
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You are lucky. With each tragus stretch my ear canal swelled up and i was deaf on that side for a week!

"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
April 20, 2013
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Wow, really? The worst i had was a slight redness of the earea for a few days, and after a few hours i was able to comfortably listen to music with a headphone in that same ear.

June 28, 2013
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July 15, 2013
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Uhm.. what? :P i think you got the wrong thread man :)

July 16, 2013
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I think it's a weird spambot, but the link seems harmless, and tattoo removal is sort of on topic!

"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
July 22, 2013
7:23 pm
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My only oopsie is that I had to remove my spiral for surgery and I put acrylic CBR's in there for the surgery. I managed to get the spiral back in, but apparently didn't screw one of the balls on tight enough.

I sleep like an asshole and woke up one morning and my ball is on the pillow and the spiral is out the second hole. I tried to get it back in myself then gave up and went to the shop that did it.

The spiral was originally dermal punched and barely hurt at all, but getting that thing back in hurt REALLY BAD

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