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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Those damn kids.

I'll admit I've never been particularly "hip" to these young whippersnapper's fashions, but this latest thing (and by a latest, I mean at least two years old) really throws me.

Flesh tunnels.

For those that don't know, this involves piercing your earlobes, and putting increasingly large nuts into the hole, stretching it. Very African, though I'm fairly certain that's not the point.

My problem, is I don't get the why. It's self-mutilation, without the "art" or sentimentality of tattoos. They're hygene bombs (the nuts don't come out very often, and ears aren't known for their cleanliness to start with). And they're permenant.

When they take the stupid disk/nut/thing out, the hole droops. That means you have to wear the bloody things for the rest of your life. For a fashion!

I just don't know.

In other news, my (no doubt years behind the time) "discovery" of the day is The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.

It's awful.


At 4:05 AM , Anonymous Nenad said...

This is actually very common in Kenya (or at least it was about 15 years ago, when I lived there).

Very often you would see people walking around with holes intheir earlobes, stretching down to their shoulders (They did not generally wear anything in them... Just... Holes)

It freaked me out at first, until I got used to it.

At 8:25 AM , Blogger moonflake said...

is there something wrong with me that when you said 'flesh tunnels' i thought of female genitalia?

At 9:49 AM , Blogger Andrew said...

If there is, then there's something wrong with me.

Unfortunately, that's what they call them.

At 7:00 AM , Blogger firstfallen said...

If you're really impatient, you can get them "scalpeled", ie cut and a disk inserted, so that you don't have to wait for the stretching. I think the style with the smaller (like less that 2cm diameter) metal tunnels and a thicker loop through it is actually quite fetching. The black disk is a bit wierd though, it just looks like a large mole on a deformed lobe.


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