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How to Care for a Gauge Piercing | Body Piercings

7 500 views | 13 Sep. 2011

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Learn how to care for an ear stretching, aka gauge piercing, from professional body piercer Dana Dunn in this Howcast video.

My name's Dana Dunn. I've been working in the piercing business going on 6 years now. I do typically about 3,000 to 4,000 a year. I work at Pins and Needles Tattoo. We have a website pinsandneedlesportland.com. Piercing is my life and I'm going to talk to you about body piercing. Gauging and ear stretching is a, it's a slow process. You really want to take your time when it comes to it. I have gauged ears myself, mine are at an inch which are pretty big for society these days. What it is, is the lower number of the gauge, the larger the size is. Typically a normal ear piercing is a sixteen gauge which is pretty small, and then it goes in sets of two. So sixteen, fourteen, twelve, ten, etc., etc., until you get to a zero, and then it goes to a double zero, and then it goes to actual sizing. As in quarter inch, half inch, three quarters, five eighths, an inch. And the taking care of them, it's really just, when they're first stretched, you just wanna keep them just like it's a piercing. You want to wash it with an antibacterial soap, just keep it really, really clean. They do swell up just a little bit depending on the size of the jump, but again you really want to take your time when it comes to stretching your ears. Just because you can actually tear your earlobe and it's, it's called a blowout is what it's called. Which consists of thee inner part of the healed ear will actually come on the outside, and it will leave an extra little piece of skin on the back of the ear. It can be removed but again, if you just take your time when it comes to stretching your ears, it really won't happen, it doesn't happen that much. But again, I can't stress enough to really just take the time to do it properly.


Blow outs and tears aren't the same thing.

Typical cartilage piercing gauge

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How to Select a Gauge Size for an Ear Piercing

77 views | 21 Dec. 2020

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How to Select a Gauge Size for an Ear Piercing. Part of the series: Ear Piercing & Stretching Tips. When starting an ear piercing gauge size, it is probably a good idea to stick with a smaller size at first and work up to a bigger size. Avoid ear blow out and possible scarring by not skipping a gauge size when stretching earlobes with insight from a professional body piercer in this free video on ear piercing.

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What Is Ear Stretching aka Gauges? | Piercings

9 845 views | 10 Nov. 2014

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Learn all about ear stretching, aka gauges, from professional piercer Owen Beane in this Howcast video.

Hello, I'm Owen Beane, I work at Chameleon Tattoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chameleonbodyarts.com is the website. Chameleon Tattoo's been here more than 10 years, but ten years as such with tattooing, over the last 14 years I've been doing body piercing here in Cambridge and I'll be talking to you about piercings today. Shat you need to know about ear stretching is that patience is very very important. You don't really want to skip uh, sizes on the gauge system, and you really want to wait the right amount of time in between stretches. Um, the standard amount of time in between a stretch is anywhere in between 3 to 6 weeks, um and you don't really want to skip gauges on the way down. So the gauge system is set up so that as long as you follow, um, the amount of time in between, and you go one gauge at a time, you're going to be able to avoid tearing tissue and damaging tissue, and that's the goal. Um, ear stretching is just that. It's just stretching, you don't ever want to break skin. So if you're ever stretching your ear, and you're seeing bleeding, um, that's not going well. You know, and, um, have help. Have professional help when you get started because, that way you know what a safe stretching feels like,um, and then in the future if you are stretching on your own you know what it's supposed to feel like. And yeah, stretching with implements you find around the house like chopsticks and paintbrushes and stuff like that is ill-advised. You really want to have a professional do it with a taper is what its called, it's a stretching tool.


OMG I live in Boston and born in Cambridge how come I never saw this place? Maybe cause I don't go to piercing shops lol!