This month’s piercing and tattoo model is Bry, from Ohio, USA. There is lots of amazing information and stories below so without further ado, let’s start with a short introduction and dive right in!
Earlobe Stretching with Bry Innes
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
To start off my name is Bry, I’m 21 and from Akron, Ohio! I was not born here, I was born in Toms River, New Jersey. My parents decided to move to Ohio after they found out my mum was pregnant with my brother. So I was still small at the time. I went through the Cuyahoga Falls school system up until 8th grade. Then my parents decided to move to Rootstown, Ohio. I was not happy about us moving away but I unfortunately, was bullied a lot in Cuyahoga Falls. After graduating Rootstown High school I went onto Brown Mackie College; which is a technical school. I moved out on my own and studied how to become a veterinary technician. Within 2 years I graduated with an associates degree. I am now currently working as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital in Solon, Ohio. They are all very supportive when It comes to my ear piercings and my tattoos. I also am allowed to wear my jewellery while I work; which is something I am very thankful for. Everyone at my clinic has been absolutely wonderful, but recent events in my life have lead me to question my career choice. I was recently in a bad car accident. After recovery, I started thinking about what I really want to do in life and what I really loved. I had come to a few conclusions: tattoos, piercings, fast cars, and modelling. This brings me to my greatest passion. My scion TC release series 9.0 named havoc. She is my greatest passion and my biggest hobby. I love taking long drives and modifying her anyway I can. My current hobby is photography. I am new to the scene but I do get to shoot my first wedding in a month. So hopefully things will go from there!
When and how do you get your first piercing?
My first modification was an eyebrow piercing. I got it while I was in Rootstown, so I was about 14 years old. I do not know what sparked my interest. Honestly, I do not remember a time when I did not like piercings or tattoos. Growing up in Cuyahoga falls all of the older kids always had lips rings and nose rings. I always believed it was a normal thing. The only reason I got my eyebrow done was because it was the only one that I could convince her on. I unfortunately, do not have that eyebrow piercing today. It began to reject after a week. I had my mum take me back to the shop and it was closed down. Both my mum and I laughed, then we went home and my dad pulled the ring out. It was quite an experience.
Which is your favourite piercing?
My favourite piercing is my septum. A few years ago my septum was stretched from a 14g to a 6g. I had a 6g septum for some time but then my vet tech career called for a different appearance. Currently at work I wear nothing then at night I have a gold clicker that I absolutely love. If I had to guess my septum is probably shrunk to a 10g or 12g in a year.
Which is your favourite tattoo?
My favourite tattoo would have to be my knee mandala. It took three 4 hour sessions to complete and let me say it was not a walk in the park. The healing process was fairly easy, I would have saran wrap around my knee for sleeping. Then tights for work so it could breathe. I had my knee done in 2014, its been 2 years and the colour is still absolutely wonderful. I am very proud of my knee.
When did you get your earlobe pierced?
Can you tell us more about the stretching process?
I decided to stretch my ears when I was a freshman in high school. So I was 15. I had always wanted to stretch my ears. I don’t remember why. I believe it was something I myself wanted to do. Before I was able to stretch my ears I would watch Taboo shows to see the other people with stretched ears. It’s more than the look, they mean patience, but that is just how I see it. When I was younger I did not stretch my ears correctly. I am not going to go into much detail, but I used acrylic tapers. My ears would bleed and it was not a good process. That is not the correct way to stretch your ear lobes. I was lucky to not have blown out my ears. Blowing out your ear is when you force a stretch and the side of the lobe flattens out from the amount stress. I incorrectly stretched my ears for 2 years. That got me to 1 inch and 1/2. I began to use oils and soaks every night to help my ears if they were stressed. The main oil I used was Jojoba oil. I would put some on my fingers and lightly massage my lobe after a shower or right before I put jewellery in. This helped my lobes thicken up and also reduced stress. During the cold months, I would wear things on my ears to prevent frost bite. I found plug mittens on Etsy and ordered a pair. I would highly recommend a scarf as well. After I hit 1 inch and 1/2 I used natural weight to stretch my ears. I would buy heavy stone and use my jojoba oil twice or three times a day. It is a very long process. Altogether, it has taken me 6 years to stretch my ear lobe piercings to 2 inches.
Does stretching your ears hurt?
If you are stretching you ear lobe piercing and it hurts then you are doing it wrong. Put the taper down, buy some jojoba oil and stretch naturally. Stretching my ears after I began to stretch naturally did not hurt at all. If my ears ever got stressed. I would soak them in warm salt water for about 5 mins each. That seems to calm them down. Again you will need to do your research before you even decide to stretch your ears. They do get very stressed out for no reason.
What piercings or tattoos do you still want to get?
I do not have any piercings I want to get. I mainly want to focus on tattoos. The few I have planned are my cat’s name, Lincoln tattooed above my right knee. I want a traditional 6 eyed grizzly bear on my left outside bicep. I would also love a death moth with pure hate underneath and I would love to have Die slow tattooed on my toes.
What is your goal for the rest of this year?
My goal for this year is to change my career. I want to be a professional piercing and tattoo model.
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