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I really thought we were done with the “hey I have stretched ears that means I can make videos about it telling people how to do it!” phase of YouTube but I guess we’re not.

  1. Making an “educational” video for her followers and she doesn’t even have a plan.
  2. "It’s gonna be some information, and it’s gonna be useful."
  3. "Maybe"
  4. "Lightning speed" is not how you should be stretching whether it’s a phrase or not
  5. Doesn’t know the difference between infection and irritation
  6. Other “important stuff in regards to you” would have been mentioning the fact that you’ve had blowouts and apparently didn’t learn from them because you’re telling your viewers to do exactly what you did to get them.
  7. No. Do not get a kit.
  8. You will not find a kit that goes up in sizes by 1mm at a time, you will not get a kit that only goes up to 2g (the size where you’re recommended to stop using tapers altogether), and if you’re paying 10 bucks for 11 sets of jewelry and tapers, you are not getting good materials. One pair of plugs can cost anywhere from 20 to 170 dollars (granted the really expensive plugs are often in the very large sizes -2 inches and up- and are made of very expensive materials). This is an expensive hobby, taking the cheap way out will only hurt you. 
  9. "There are a bajillion other videos explaining how to properly insert a taper so I’m going to do a really shitty job explaining said thing and not give a shit that 70% of my viewers won’t take the time to look up how to do it themselves because they’re stupid enough to take my advice."
  10. She also pretty much said she’s not going to show us how to use tapers because she’s not going any bigger (which makes no sense) and “that’s not what this video is about” when if she’s telling you to stretch with a taper that’s kind of what the fucking video is about. 
  11. Openly admits to having blowouts and is making a video on how to get them.
  12. Does not tell us how to avoid blowouts or care for them should they happen to you.
  13. She was right one on thing: don’t get acrylic stretching kits (you shouldn’t be getting any stretching kits at all, but you know). But she failed to mention that acrylic is toxic and should not be worn in the body for any amount of time even if the piercing is fully healed. The plastic contains toxins that, when heated up (aka sitting inside your body which should be at least 96 degrees at all times) the toxins get released into your skin. Yikes.
  14. There are two grades of stainless steel. 316L stainless steel, which is found in a lot of stores that sell body jewelry and even quite a lot of piercing places, and most likely what your shitty “surgical stainless steel” stretching kit will be made of. This stuff is cheap for a reason. It can cause allergic reactions, irritation of your piercings, and lots of other nasty stuff. The other grade, 316 lvm f-138 stainless steel is permanent implant grade. This is the same stuff that makes artificial knee caps, goes in pacemakers, stuff like that. This grade is hypoallergenic, and if your piercing is having a problem, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the problem won’t be the type of metal you’re using. I’m not going to put her up for a hanging for not knowing this -a lot of people don’t- but if you’re buying a stainless steel kit off of amazon for 10 bucks, you can guarantee it’s not going to be good jewelry.
  15. The United States is the only country that uses “gauge” for the measurement of piercings. Everywhere else uses millimeters. It is not hard to convert one to the other, despite what she is trying to say while she does a shitty job of explaining the sizes. The sizes go up by millimeters. 20g is 0.8mm, 18g is 1mm, 2g is 6mm, and so on. In the small sizes, they go up by 1 millimeter. Once you hit 2g, they start going up by two. It’s a good idea to stop using tapers at this point because lots of people cannot safely make 2mm jumps in their ears while stretching. For some reason a lot of people don’t know this little fact, either. 
  16. Yes, that is a lie. Almost everyone sells 16g jewelry. And it absolutely is worth your time because skipping sizes is a really fucking dumb thing to do.
  17. Oils are for oil massages and keeping your earlobes moisturized. Although you /can/ use them as a lubricant, using an actual lubricant is much better for you because that’s what they’re fucking made for. 
  18. "It prevents tearing and stuff" oh okay
  19. Using lubricant while stretching with tapers is key because it drastically helps your earlobes. If it’s slippery, it will go in a lot easier. You wouldn’t put a dick in your ass without lube, would you? (don’t answer that question)
  20. It takes at least 6 weeks for your ears to recover from a stretch. No matter what size you are at, a month is not enough time. Whenever you go up a size, you create microtears in your skin much the same as you tear your muscles during a workout. When the tears heal, they create new skin cells to fill the tears, and this can take a while. Your lobes are not superheros, be kind to them.
  21. Again cannot tell the difference between infections or just stretching like an idiot.
  22. If a piercing is infected, you need to go to the doctor and get a prescription for antibiotics. Taking out the jewelry and doing sea salt soaks will not do jack shit. 
  23. "I realize I am impatient and really bad at stretching my ears so I’m going to make a video telling you how to do exactly what I did because I’m a fucking genius"
  24. Should not hurt. Should not sting. Should not be any noticeable difference at all. If your ears are warm or stinging, that is a sign that your ears are not ready. This is another reason why people should not stretch with tapers because a lot of folks associate stretching with pain because when you stretch with tapers you are forcing your ears to be more elastic than they are capable of, which can really fucking hurt.
  25.  Having a gap does not always mean it’s time for bigger jewelry. Like I said, it takes at least 6 weeks for the tears in your ears to heal. And even then, you want to do daily oil massages and give your ears a rest before you shove a bigger thing in it. 
  26. The size you can reach before you can no longer shrink your ears back to their original size is completely subjective. It depends on the elasticity of your skin, how long it took you to stretch, how long you’ve been at your current size, how well you took care of your piercings, and lots of other things. There is no set size for this kind of thing. I’ve been at 7/8ths for nearly a year and if I leave them out for two weeks they’re back to a 2g. It depends on each individual person.
  27. You can tell by the look on her face that the only reason she’s saying don’t wear tapers as jewelry is because she heard it on the internet and doesn’t really know why they’re bad. 
  28. Yes, they cause uneven weight distribution. If you expose your ears to this for extended periods of time, you will thin out your ears (you will begin to stretch the very bottom of your earlobe, and not the piercing all the way around. The bottom of your ear will be much thinner than the rest of it, and this will cause big problems later down the line.) they are also big and bulky, and can cause a lot more damage if hit or banged up. 
  29. They do not look cool. They make you look extremely uneducated. You know what looks cool? Glass plugs. Industrial Strength and Anatometal jewelry. Things that are made to be in stretched piercings.
  30. Referring to the thing you use to measure the size of your jewelry as the modification says to those who actually know what they’re doing that you are stretching your lobes to be cool and not for a general interest or excitement about the mod and you look rly rly dumb. Just saying.
  31. Stretched piercings are considered a permanent modification in the body mod community. Yes, they can shrink up, but there are a lot of variables that come in to play and it is a serious modification that takes a lot of work and dedication. 
  32. If you are under the age of 18 and still depend on someone else to support you, you kind of have to listen to them. If they say no, it means no. I know it sucks. Believe me, I know. But going behind their backs to stretch your ears will not end well (Believe me again, I also know a lot about this, too). You’ll rush to get to sizes, you’ll buy cheap materials, you’ll take drastic measures to hide them which can and will damage your ears. If you can’t stretch out in the open and safely, don’t do it. Wait. Save up your money for some really rad jewelry. Take the time to research about what you’re going to be doing to your body, educate yourself on safe methods of stretching (instead of looking up youtube videos like you are now). It will be worth it. I promise.

If you don’t know how to remove a wisdom tooth you don’t make videos on how to do it so why do so many people still make videos on how to stretch/pierce/tattoo whatever if they have literally no idea what they are doing I don’t understand.


professional-pastatute said: So on July 11th, I had a single incision appendectomy through my belly button. My incision is healed, but it did scar significantly. Would it be okay if I ever got my belly button pierced? Should I wait a certain amount of time before I do?

Depending on where exactly the scar is, it may be in a different spot than where a navel piercing would suit you. Either way, it would be good to try and minimize the scarring that you have. Vitamin e oil helps reduce scarring a lot, as well as tea tree oil. It is possible to pierce next to scar tissue, but since it is lighter than regular skin tissue, there is the possibility of it migrating to the scar tissue if they are in very close proximity. I would consult a local piercer that you trust and ask them what they think you should do.

Anonymous said: okay so, i have been wanting to stretch my ears for awhile and have been considering it alot lately, however i have my second and third holes pierced and i am afraid that if i stretch my ears they wll rip right into my second holes and create just a mess, my second lobes arent spaed out very far, will this be a huge problem if i plan to stretch them to about an inch

I ended up retiring my second lobe piercings just because I wanted to focus more on stretching my first; I made my way up to 7/8ths without any problems. I would go to a local piercer that you trust and ask them what they think. I won’t be of much help since I can’t see your lobes in person. I’ve heard of people stretching their first (or both) holes to a certain size and having them scalpeled so it is just one hole, but that is a very expensive (and probably painful) way to go, so I would check out all other options before you started thinking about that one.


hello-good-vibes said: Oh, also, how do you even use the taping method. How much tape do you even put on. I know its a stupid question but I want to stretch my ears the right way. :)

I haven’t had a look at this in a couple of weeks because I am a very bad mod (plus I don’t have a computer) so if it’s been forever since you’ve gotten a reply I am very very sorry and I really am trying to get better about being more active here.

Anyway, I actually made (and updated) a guide explaining how the taping method works, what materials to use, and a whole bunch of other exciting stuff. You can find it here! If it’s confusing or you just want more information, please don’t hesitate to shoot us more messages! (and I promise I’ll respond quicker next time >.<)


hello-good-vibes said: I was also curious if you could give me some good reasons for a tattoo? I would love to get one, but I don't know what to get. Plus I can't think of when to get it. /: I would love to see the video. And how do suggest I get started stretching?

Get whatever you like! Tattoos don’t have to have a meaning. As for reasons, because you like the design, you want to decorate your body, maybe it has a meaning. Find a reputable artist, LOOK AT THEIR PORTFOLIO, and make an appointment (if you’re 18+)! Or you can see if the artist takes walk ins.

How long have you had your ears pierced? Make sure they are properly placed. That can be an issue, especially if they were pierced using a gun and may affect stretching. For example, mine were gunned when I was a baby, and the placement on my right lobe is more towards the outer edge, so it’s a lot thicker where my lobe connects, and thinner on the outside.

If your ears have been pierced for a while, you might be able to slip in 16g jewelry (I recommend a titanium captive or circular barbell) once you’ve lubed them up. You can get them anodized to a pretty color, too! Wait for it to loosen up (it will take a few months, but that’s fine! Stretching isn’t a race), and then get 14g jewelry, lubricate it, and slip it in.


hello-good-vibes said: Hi! I was going to start stretching my ears soon. I was going to stretch to a half inch. Are there any good stretching kits I could use? I saw a very good one on etsy for $72 but I feel that's a bit expensive but worth it. Could you give some tips?:)

Hey! You’re going to want to skip on any stretching kits. Most are terrible quality (low grade material, tapers that don’t provide a gradual stretch, etc.). While taping is better than tapers, it’s controversial in the modification community. I have used it, and I really like it, but it can be risky, even when using the proper tape. My suggestion is to naturally stretch by waiting 3-4 months in between stretches and slipping in the next size glass plug when you have the room. You’ll want to stretch using millimeter measurements and go up one millimeter every time you stretch. I’m going to be posting a video on my YouTube channel about stretching naturally soon, so if you want to subscribe to be notified when I do so, feel free :3


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. 


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!


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. 


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.