The MC Hammer story is ME!

Earlier today I wrote and submitted my ear stretching experience to the engine. I submitted it using my oooooold handle, 2HVDE (if you don't get it, imagine what it would take to cast that word as a shadow — I've illustrated it at the bottom of this entry). Anyway, since I submitted it in a way that didn't prove “written by Shannon Larratt” I hoped it would get more honest reviews… Two comments (both votes no) caught my eye; the first one:

Reason: Misinformation
Comment: There should be a larger warning/disclaimer about piercing guns, and using those studs to pierce ears.

In regards to the this first comment, my ear was pierced using a mall gun when I was younger, as were pretty much all ears during that timeperiod. There were no studios for me to go to, at least not within five hundred miles. There was no generally publicly available information out there on the risks, or that there were other piercing options out there. I included statements in the experience making it clear that I wouldn't repeat the gunning knowing what I do now and included a brief explanation why. It isn't reasonable to ask people to include a larger warning than I have, especially given that in this case the gun piercing itself is only a very peripheral part of the experience.

The second comment that caught my eye was:

Reason: Other
Comment: badly done.. the whole experience. Did no research, overall scary

Let me suggest that this look at my ears; they're pretty much the most cleanest healthiest stretched lobes I've seen (even in the damaged photo I included you can see that the stretching is even and clean with no “lip” or anything like that). Denying an experience because you think I didn't do enough research, especially that long ago, is just foolish. I made it clear about a zillion times that when I did this, there WAS nowhere to do the research. My only source of information was a book on the Maasai which showed how they did it — cut the hole with a tin can, and then put in found objects. I can only imagine what the reaction to that would be.

And, I should add that my “non politically correct” method of stretching that I used on my first lobe worked a lot better the the “by the book” method I used on the second. Yes, that's right: For me, stretching with found objects of highly questionable biocompatibility resulted in a better stretching than doing it with proper body modification jewelry and tapers.

Remember, the experiences are there to serve as documentation for the experiences people have gone through. You can't deny an experience just because you didn't like the way the person did it (that said, if the person is recommending that others copy them, it's a different story). Anyway, just out of interest, since this is my experience I figure it's OK to anonymously share the comments that people left since it's something you don't really get to see:

“maybe” button. *g*
its not a fairy tale but that is why i like it. it tells how not to strech your lobes, he does go on about other experiences but it all links back to his streched lobes. he gives a warning to the reader.
WOW. Very interesting. I learned something
very throurough and cautionary expereince.
very well written, good disclaimer at the end
Very informative! I send congrats to the person for bringing this story out!
A very detailed account of stretching his ears
It turned out to be very considerably better than I first thought it was going to be.
damn…a sunburn on the inside of a piercing has to be a bitch….
This is really good. Complete with warnings about what should not be “done at home”
only because of the time when it happened. if it was earler then that i would deny it for harmful context.
This article was very well writen and I think this is Shannon but I'm not 100% sure, either way it is a very good experience and should be featured.
It is very interesting and honest. He does warn against his behavior and I believe that people could learn a number of things from his experience.
it's good writing , good advice
Awesome esperience. And pictures too!
Good experience, good disclaimers and pictures!
Although the methods used in this experience could be dangerous to the public, it's explained that there are safer ways to accomplish the desired outcome and not to follow what was done here. Experience was very well written, ventured off course for a min, easy to read
A well documented story, I like the fact that its inclusive of warnings and pictures. More experiences should have pics.
Well written experience
A wonderfully funny and excellently written experience.
Interesting…it's a gun story, but the pictures are incredible. Disgusting too :P
Good experience. Makes you appreciate tapers!
well written, really interesting,,,,i wish more were like it
although this article has many no-no's when it comes to stretching lobes (as the author pointed out many times), it looks like he put a lot of effort into this experience. it is well-written and the pictures are a great addition.
Very interesting and a good use of HTML.
well written, informative, includes pictures. soudns great to me
Articulate, honest, explains that what he did was not the best thing but worked for him, includes small visual aids.
One of the best experiences I've reviewed so far; great spelling and grammar, well written, funny AND interesting, all wrapped up in a delicious package.
Highly recommend this experience to be featured.
good experience, especially for diy kids…
EWWWWW that's really cool :)
Yowzas. Wow. This is OK.
interesting, well written and makes excellent use of html/images. well done!
Well written experience, Knew I should have listened to more Hammer
Good detail, careful to discourage dangerous practices, well writtten
Good experience in that it was very detailed and warned others that this method would most likely not work for them. I really liked it.
Very well written, I especially enjoy the experiences with pictures attached. Good.
This was interesting, and I find that second picture very gross…
I thought this was excellent. I especially appreciated the 'don't try this yourself' warnings. The experience was well written and nicely detailed.
Good history of his stretching, adding pictures was a nice touch
Very good article!
interesting read, accurate in terms of spelling and grammar, addition of pics is nice.
This is great. Despite the fact that there are some unsafe practices, the author goes on to explain why they are unsafe, and how and why they should be avoided, as well as explaining why piercing guns are so bad. yay!
Well-written, good content including cultural that might be of interest to others researching this type of modification.
good advice. lots of details. good story. helpful.
I've never heard of anything like this….especially the sun burn!! so i think it should be posted as it is unique
Only minor errors in spelling and grammar. No reason to deny. Interesting story that includes warnings about not following his example. Rarity but does not come across as fake.
i really like this.
This is an Okay experience, a little too long but oh well…
It's great, it got disclaimer about what he did. We know everything about the stretching.

Anyway, this was a LOT of fun. I think that I'll have to write a few more experiences… It's actually pretty shameful that I haven't written more…

Finally, I wanted to repeat something important. This has always been online here, but I feel warrants constant repition. It's BME's statement of purpose — I know I lose track every once in a while and this helps me think about why I'm here. When you're reviewing experiences, this might help:

What is BME's goal?

  1. To let people know they are not alone and to help them to understand who they are and what they are going through.
  2. To provide a space allowing people to share their experiences with body modification and manipulation.
  3. To politically and commercially encourage the ethical growth of body modification and manipulation.
  4. To generate revenue and succeed as a traditional business, and to reinvest a part of these profits in body-related projects.
  5. To educate the public about body modification and manipulation for the purposes of safety, history, culture, and good will.
  6. When possible, to unify people interested in body modification and manipulation subjects.
  7. To never judge one body modification or manipulation activity as more "right" than another and never succumb to public (mainstream or non-mainstream) pressure to draw this line.
  8. To act as a media liason to encourage accurate portrayals of body modification and manipulation and to encourage positive mainstream acceptance of body modification and manipulation activities.
  9. To work with other body modification and manipulation groups to further our common goals.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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