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Hello, and welcome to Modification Education. This blog is dedicated to providing information about body modifications, answering your questions, and featuring the lovely people of the internet to show you how not to mod. The blog is run by two lovely people, Jessi and L. As members of the body mod community, we want nothing more than to ensure your mods are as happy and healthy as possible. If you have any questions, you know who to turn to; we’ll show you the light!

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pushingnedsdaisies said: When I got my tragus pierced I made a remark to the piercer about how i was relieved it didn't bleed and she told me piercings only bleed when the jewellery is the same size as the needle. Is this true?

I, personally, have never heard of anyone saying that in the history of ever. Generally piercings will bleed; this is normal. If the piercer doesn’t know what they are doing or they are too rough, piercings will bleed excessively either from hitting a spot that shouldn’t have been poked or by manhandling it. When I had my lowbrets done (by an APP piercer who has been in the industry for /years/ and has loads of experience), they didn’t bleed until he dropped the ball (no pun intended) and he had a hard time getting a good grip on it after he picked it back up, and even then it was only a little bit. Most every piercing will bleed at least a little bit; if you see blood, don’t get too worried until it starts running down whatever body part it’s on. Whether the needle is the same size as the jewelry or not, I don’t think it matters. You’re creating a hole in your body, it’s bound to leak something. 

-L

porcelainn-timelord said: I've been at 00 for about four months now, and I really want to go bigger. Everything I've read online says the taping method is the best way, but I'm curious as to what you have to suggest. Also what kind of tape is best for the taping method? Thanks for your time!

Taping method! Taping method taping method taping method!

It is by far the best way to stretch other than natural stretching, and by far one of the easiest (in my opinion, anyway).

Here is a page you can use to soak up all sorts of information about the taping method. If you have any more questions, shoot us more messages!

-L

of-mice-and-batman said: Oh my god. I'm so happy this exists, for the past year and in all honesty I've stretched like such an idiot. My ears are blown right the hell out. But that's not why I'm messaging I'm just mentioning that fact because whenever I wake up in the morning my girlfriend points out that my lobes look dead and purple and out of no where ( I didn't take out my plugs ) they look normal? Is this normal

Thank you! It’s always nice to see someone glad we’re around (even though we are really really bad at staying active). 

If you sleep with your jewelry in, it is almost most definitely because of lack of oxygen/blood flow to the area. Once you get to any size bigger than a 0g, it’s ideal to sleep with your jewelry out. With bigger sizes, it’s harder for your lobes to get the blood flow it needs with jewelry in; taking your jewelry out at night not only helps keep that blood flow going, but it’s more comfortable than having bulky heavy things in your ears, and it gives them a chance to rejuvinate. Sleep with your plugs out, and when you wake up every morning give them a nice long oil massage with either vitamin e or jojoba oil to get the blood flowing even more; massages will also be a big help getting your jewerly back in once they’ve been out for a while. If you’re uncomfortable keeping your jewelry out all night, one thing you can do is slowly work your way up to it. Leave them out for an hour, then put them back in. The next day leave them out for two, etc etc. You’ll start to notice that once your ears get used to being naked for a while, you’ll be able to let them be naked a lot longer. 

-L

Anonymous said: I got a belly button piercing done on the 22nd of April, and it isn't painful, but it IS a little red around the top piece and occasionally has flaky skin but that's rare. My main concern is the fact that sometimes when I push the bottom ball to make the top ball pop up, a little bit of light yellowish puss will come out. I had the same issue with my nose stud which healed fine so I wasn't worried at first- but once I got pinkish/red puss. Should I be concerned and see my piercer?

Light yellow puss is usually normal; the only time you really need to worry (about infection, anyway) is when it becomes a dark yellow or greenish color. One thing you might not know is that when your piercing leaks lymph (discharge, puss, etc), it will dry on the outside and inside of your piercing. If you have crusties on the outside, there’s a chance you have crusties on the inside of your piercing, too. Pinkish/red puss means that those crusties on the inside of your piercing dried to the jewelry, and when you move the jewelry around those crusties are tearing at the fistula wall that is trying to form the channel in your skin that will eventually be your healed piercing. My advice would be stop moving the jewelry unless you absolutely have to. If your jewelry is the proper length, there should be no need to move it to push the top ball up. Continue your daily hygiene regimen with it  (which should involve daily sea salt soaks twice a day, rinsing it with warm clean water whenever crusties form, and keeping any cotton products -swabs, balls, etc- as far away from it as possible). Don’t touch it unless you have clean or gloved hands, and don’t mess with it! It should be fine, but if you see that it’s hot to the touch, more sore than normal, red, or you start seeing dark discharge, go see your piercer and see what they can do for you.

-L

Anonymous said: I'm a dude and have somewhat smaller nipples, but I want to get a nipple piercing. is there a point where your nipples are just too small to pierce, or will they just pierce it at a smaller gauge?

The only person who can tell you if you’re suitable for a piercing or not is the person who will be doing the piercing. The person who is doing the procedure will know what’s best for you and your anatomy. As far as I know, nipple piercings are done with either a 16g or 14g; anything smaller than that is not usually recommended (for any piercing, for that matter) because then you run the risk of the jewelry accidentally embedding into your skin while the piercing is healing (the healing edges of the piercing will form over the ends of the jewelry, essentially swallowing it). 

-L

nocturnal-heart said: Is it okay to stretch if I have naturally small earlobes? I've been trying to do research on this but I keep running into contradicting information.

The only problem I could see you running into is having your ears thin out faster than someone with larger earlobes, but you can help prevent that by jojoba oil massages and frequent downsizing/stretching back up. 

-L

Hi, so this is more of a question, but before I start- a) sorry for my dry, gross skin and b) sorry for my crappy phone picture.
Now, I got my ears pierced as a baby (thanks Dad) and then stopped wearing earrings at like age 3 or so and so they healed up. Then I got them redone at age 6 or so, but the dumbasses didn’t do it on the same spot. (Thank you crappy mall kiosks) So now I have two holes that are VERY close and I’m almost 18, wanting to start stretching them until they’re size 0 or 00. Do you think I can, or would they blow out? Could I just take it extra slow and hope they merge nicely? Should I stick to a smaller gauge? ): 
Also sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, I just didn’t know how else to submit a picture…



Mod:

I don’t know why it is just now telling me this went through so if you submitted this a really long time ago I am really sorry!

If I were in your shoes, I would go to a piercer and ask if they can repierce you at a larger gauge. That way it will be placed properly for stretching and you won’t have to deal with either of the holes. Don’t stretch for /at least/ six months after having the new piercing, and be sure to read this handy dandy guide to ensure your stretching journey is handle properly! If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
-L

Hi, so this is more of a question, but before I start- a) sorry for my dry, gross skin and b) sorry for my crappy phone picture.

Now, I got my ears pierced as a baby (thanks Dad) and then stopped wearing earrings at like age 3 or so and so they healed up. Then I got them redone at age 6 or so, but the dumbasses didn’t do it on the same spot. (Thank you crappy mall kiosks) So now I have two holes that are VERY close and I’m almost 18, wanting to start stretching them until they’re size 0 or 00. Do you think I can, or would they blow out? Could I just take it extra slow and hope they merge nicely? Should I stick to a smaller gauge? ): 

Also sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, I just didn’t know how else to submit a picture…

Mod:

I don’t know why it is just now telling me this went through so if you submitted this a really long time ago I am really sorry!

If I were in your shoes, I would go to a piercer and ask if they can repierce you at a larger gauge. That way it will be placed properly for stretching and you won’t have to deal with either of the holes. Don’t stretch for /at least/ six months after having the new piercing, and be sure to read this handy dandy guide to ensure your stretching journey is handle properly! If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

-L

Anonymous said: Before there were big tumblr blogs and sites, I stretched my ears with basic knowledge. I used acrylic pinchers for a bit then started using metal tapers/pinchers, metal jewelry, and used bondage tape after 4g. I waited 3-4 months between each size, never forced jewelry in, never had a blow out or hurt my ears. I've used jojoba oil and vitamin E oil since I first started stretching also. Yet my ears are wrinkly. I don't think it's the cat butt effect, just my skin type. Please help, any advice?

Some people just have wrinkly lobes; most people’s lobes will get wrinkly lobes if they leave their jewelry out for periods of time, it happens to me, too. I don’t think there’s anything you can do about it, it’s just how lobes look naturally for most people. You can buy 100% pure shea butter to help moisturize to see if that helps, but again I don’t think there’s anything you can do to get rid of it since it’s a natural occurrence. 

-L

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I am so sorry for what I am about to do to you. There will be lots of cursing because I am angry you’re just going to have to deal with it I apologize ahead of time.

This video legitimately pisses me the fuck off. This is honestly embarrassing. We as a community are better than this; this is disgraceful. I don’t know how this video has been up for a year and hasn’t gotten nearly the amount of negative attention it deserves. I honestly think we should work on taking this video down, that’s how angry it makes me.

  1. This guy is representing himself as a piercer. A professional in the body modification community. The fact that he not only has blatantly shown he does not know enough about the modification to be talking about it by letting about.com title the video “types of ear gauges” but is also giving downright incorrect information to the public worldwide makes me so angry I am shaking. You are a professional; fucking act like one
  2. This may be me just being biased and an asshole but “if I can pinch it I can pierce it” is a stupid fucking slogan and on what terms do you define ethical. 
  3. Once you’ve stretched your ear to a certain gauge allow your ear to naturally stretch itself but I’m not going to give you the size or how to get there okay cool.
  4. No. No forcing cannot be done. Not unless you quite blatanly want a fucked up modification that will give you problems and look like obvious and total shit. 
  5. Pangea Piercing sells clothing and they are one of the best studios worldwide. All of the piercing studios here in Toledo don’t even compare to those guys. Don’t base the quality of the shop based on how shiny their jewelry table is. Base the quality of the shop on how well they take care of their clients, what specific types of jewelry they sell, and whether or not they are APP certified. 
  6. No. Do not fucking have your ears pierced at a larger gauge if you are planning on stretching your lobes. You need all the tissue you can get from the start, punching or piercing at a large gauge initially will automatically take some of that much needed tissue away. 
  7. Can we just talk about the massive fucking insertion taper on that tray. Can we just.
  8. You’re supposed to stop using tapers absolutely and without acception once you hit 2g because once you hit that point the jumps are significantly bigger and not many people are capable of making that jump in one go. If it were up to me tapers wouldn’t even exist in 0g or larger. Why he has a taper that looks like it could be 3/4ths or larger is beyond me. 
  9. "your ear never retains any memory" what the fuck is that supposed to even mean. 
  10. Oh look a professional piercer who doesn’t know that labret is not a french word and should not be pronounced with the french fucking pronunciation. 
  11. Why. The fuck. Would you put a labret post. In your earlobes. They have plugs for that, sweetie.
  12. Oh yeah ‘over the hole in the hole’ is a gr8 way to explain how to put in double flared jewelry you go Glen Coco
  13. Nautical star is also apparently a type of jewelry k cool.
  14. Is he hinting that those “typical eyelet with the bronze type of gem in it” can be worn initially because if he is I might actually throw up. 
  15. That is also not your typical eyelet it is flared on both ends and has fancy shit on the front of it. Typical eyelets can be single, double, or no flared and usually aren’t very decorative because it’s fucking typical.
  16. Absolutely no mention of lobe massages to bring blood flow and oxygen to the area
  17. Absolutely no mention of the much necessary oils, lubricants, and creams/butters (100% natural shea and holey butt’r) that are desperately needed in your stretching journey.
  18. Absolutely no mention of legitimate specific materials to wear and not to wear while stretching.
  19. No mention of being wary of possible allergic reactions
  20. No mention of how to actually stretch with tapers
  21. I didn’t see bondage or ptfe tape anywhere or any even remote hint at the taping method
  22. No explanation of natural stretching past “lots of time.”

If this guy lived in my area I would have been to his shop to scream at him on multiple occasions.

-L