this time I’d like to talk about my ear pointing, ‘cause I got asked about it several times (on the picture above you see Sad’s ear pointing, but my ears look the same). I gathered some of the most frequent questions for you:
What is an ear pointing?
Besides other methods of shaping human’s ears it’s a body modification. Because it’s not as usual as tattoos and piercings, it’s considered being more “extreme”.
How this is done?
Every artist developed his own procedure that is also influenced by your ears, but there are two general procedures. The first one is based on opening the top of your ear with a little cut and removing one or more slices of your cartilage. After this, your ear can be shaped to a more elvish look and everything will be sewn together with a few stitches.
(me during the ear pointing procedure)
The second way takes more time, ‘cause most of your helix will be cut off from your ear, so the rest of the cartilage can be shaped. After the final look is achieved, your helix will be sewn around your new shaped ear with lots of stitches. As far as I recognized by myself, this is the more painful version, but the different results can be worth the pain. Also this leads to the next question:
Does it hurt?
Of course it does, it’s a surgery. But the pain is bearable and depends on the technique with was used to create the new shape of your ear. Removing the whole helix is way more painful than just removing some pieces of your cartilage. For me it felt like wearing sunglasses for a very long time (so it hurts more “behind” your ears, or at least it feels like this) but most of the pain was gone after one hour (and also stayed away as far as you didn’t touched the freshly pointed ears).
I often where told being keen on pain or something like this…. No, I can tell you, I’m not. Just because a lot of people seem to be wimp when it comes to pain, others aren’t perverts for bearing them. Girls with silicone boobs also aren’t called pain perverts or something like this….and probably the days after heir surgery are filled with much more pain than getting pointed ears.
(my ears right after the surgery)
How can I find somebody who can do this for me?
Usually this type of modification isn’t done by a doctor, instead of this it’s made by a body modification artist. In general I always advice visiting well known and experienced artists for this kind of surgery, ‘cause somebody who does this kind of modification for the first time isn’t that used to all the difficulties that could come along with this modification.
There are a lot of different ear styles offered, which can be mainly categorized as more natural and Lord of the Ring like look or, in contrast to this, they can be really pointy and unnatural looking. So who is the right artist for you, depends on the final look, you want to achieve. Well known names are Steve Haworth (he did my ears), Lukas Zpira and Sampaa von Cyborg. But be critical about the pictures you find while searching for them in the internet. There are a lot of wrong tagged pictures, so the easiest way is to contact an artist and ask for his portfolio. If you’re unsure about how to explain your ideas, you can also use some image editing software and create a photo of you with your new ears. But at the end never forget about the fact that all ears are different: an artist can just tell you what is possible with your ear when he saw it in real life (for example they have to touch it and feel how thick your cartilage is). Also don’t be concerned ‘cause you don’t live in the same country your bodymod artist does, a lot of them are traveling through different countries during the year, so you will have a chance to meet them without traveling around the world by yourself.
(my elf ears in action)
What does an ear pointing cost?
I don’t want to speak about specific prices, ‘cause I know that the prices for this modification rised during the past years and the final price depends on too many aspects. In general you should be able to pay something between 600 and 1200 Euro. Yes, this might seem like a really huge sum but please consider: you have just one pair of ears and the result is totally worth the money! Also never forget, that bodymod artists have to earn their living from what they do and that there is also a second person who assists during the ear pointing. So please, don’t choose any unexperienced guy ‘cause he offers you this modification way cheaper than anybody else. If your ear got pointed in the wrong way it’s hard for a second artist to create a new point. Or even worse: if the workplace wasn’t sterile, you could get a really bad infection of your cartilage that can cause serious and
irreparable damage within 24 hours. So all in all, getting the ears you want, should be your first goal, not saving money.
That wasn’t enough? I also gathered all information in a blog long time ago, ‘cause when I searched for information about this kind of body modification, I wasn’t satisfied with the amount of sources I got. So visit the blog here: http://pointed-ears.blogspot.de for more pictures and information about how to wash your hair in the first weeks, sleeping with your new ears and stuff like this. If there are still any questions left,don’t hesitate to contact me.