Words By S.

Saturday, 15 April 2006

Life of the Decadent.

Filed under: Popular Culture,Ramblings — S @ 1:16 pm

Ultimately, why I will never understand current trends in fashion.

Riding the good ‘ol Greyhound yesterday, I saw a teen with the most atrocious mouthwork ever.

Apparently, it's called a grill.

Apparently, this atrocity is called a “grill” and it is the latest fashion statement among adolescents and young adults within the (popular) “hip hop” scene. The one that I saw on the teen riding the Greyhound was not nearly as gaudy as that one, but it was bad nevertheless.


Along with questioning why it is anyone in their right mind would want this done to themselves, I have to question just how much something like this would cost. As a person that had to suffer through braces for three of my adolescent years, I am more than aware of the cost of putting useful metal in your mouth and the upkeep that goes along with it. I cannot even fathom how much a person would spend on this complete and utter uselessness.

In addition to having this implanted in, I cannot help but wonder if it is removable, how a person could ever manage to eat with it in, and how the shine is maintained. Really, not only is it awfully gaudy and ugly, but it is just wholly unnecessary.

To me, this is like the “hip hop” equivalent of ear gauging.

also ugly

Pictured is the tame version of a gauged ear. This is also utterly useless. However, unlike the “grill” (or so I would imagine) the aftermath of having gauged ears is horrendous. These people will forever have ears that you can see straight through with loosely hanging ear lobes. It’s disgusting.

One other difference between ear gauging and the “grill” is the cost. While I imagine that the grill likely costs thousands of dollars, ear gauging costs a little more than a hundred, at best.

I like piercings as much as the next person, but really, where does one draw the line? When is enough enough? And is it that I am just not “hip” enough to understand?

It seems as if the new trend in teen fashion is to be as extreme in your overt expressiveness as possible so that there is something extra to show for their being “rebellious”. No longer is it enough to have a few piercings and a tattoo. No, now teens must gauge their ears, get “grills” put in, get neck/facial tattoos, and so on.


It wasn’t so long ago that that being a “goth” or a “punk” deemed you “weird”. It wasn’t so long ago that ear gauging and “grills” were not the norm. It wasn’t so long ago that you were considered to be a weirdo if you wore all black clothing, extreme makeup or a trenchcoat, Doc Martens, and a Marilyn Manson tee. It wasn’t so long ago that you were considered to be a weirdo if you wore tartan bondage pants, safety pins, and had a mohawk in five different colors.


No longer is it enough for unpermanent damage to give you an identity to hold on to. Now it is necessary for youth to alter their bodies permanently in order to be accepted. And naturally, in normal teen fashion, there is no looking to the future to see how what they do now will affect them later.

Do we have a future of floppy eared, silver mouthed, tattooed freaks as our food servers, dentists, doctors, and senior citizens?

And, as always, there will be that one person that doesn’t know how far is too far.


Think about it, kids. That’s all I’m saying – think about it.



  1. Yikes!

    Comment by William — Saturday, 15 April 2006 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  2. Sssssss! I didn’t know you were actually doing this blog. Nice!

    Comment by Angela-The Knit-Kit — Tuesday, 18 April 2006 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  3. Yes yes yes. Thank you.

    Comment by S — Tuesday, 18 April 2006 @ 10:39 am | Reply

  4. haha, why don’t you actually go and do some research when it comes to ‘gauged’ ears. You would find out that the earlobe will actually shrink back down (though a hole still may be visible depending on how big you go) to a reasonable size. To say they would have earlobes that would be forever saggy and gross is actually wrong. As for your rant as a whole? You must be Republican. Haven’t you heard of defining yourself and finding out who you are? We live in the 21st century, stop being so closed minded. Yes, I will agree that a lot of ‘kids’ these days will do anything that is ‘cool’ at the time, but don’t insult people like me who enjoy tattoos, know the history of tattoos and everything else concerning them. It just shows how ignorant you are when you group people into one large category. Now to quote you:

    Do we have a future of floppy eared, silver mouthed, tattooed freaks as our food servers, dentists, doctors, and senior citizens?

    There is no reason to judge someone for what they look like on the outside. You are being prejudice to a particular group of individuals who enjoy altering their bodies. So you are saying that if an individual is the most influential teacher ever to walk the earth, they would be descredited because of how they look, even though how they look holds no sway on their philosophies and beliefs? What you say makes no sense and shows typical Republican ignorance about society and how society is changing. Accept people for who they are, not how big the holes in their ears are or how many tattoos they have. And who are you to say what is too far? Again, read up on your history of tattooing and gauging of ears. It has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, so it is no different if you get these things if in the correct context, not doing it just to be ‘different’.

    Comment by cody — Tuesday, 8 August 2006 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

  5. Here are some links that I believe will be interested

    Comment by sjytuyioiu — Wednesday, 9 August 2006 @ 6:46 am | Reply

  6. So what if we have so-called “freaks” as our future dentists, seniors, etc.? I myself have gauges in my ears, and when I take out my plugs the holes do shrink back to a much smaller size. You say this as if being a freak is a bad thing, or wierd is being a bad thing, it isn’t. Difference and individuality is good, obviously you don’t realize this. Like the comment before, you must be a conservative republican. Well, I really don’t have to say much else except that I’m a liberal pro-choice democrat, and the world does NOT need anymore people with sticks up their asses, like you. Much fun reading your public display of your ignorance. :P

    Comment by kate — Friday, 13 October 2006 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

  7. Haha, yup, I’m with everything said above. I’m fine with you not finding certain body mods attractive, but lay off the harsh language. It just makes you look like a moronic bigot.

    Comment by Scott — Wednesday, 4 April 2007 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  8. people can fid better things to do then to just spend hours ranting about how their bothered by the way strangers look. society sets standards of whats normal and whats weird and without that we couldn’t express ourselfs so don’t bash people just because its not the same as when we were kids. think before you post stuff like this

    Comment by joe — Tuesday, 17 April 2007 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  9. Ouch. That other piercing in her ear looks cute, though.

    Comment by Summertime — Monday, 21 May 2007 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  10. i have to agree with a lot of people, you really are narrow minded. people have been stretcing there ears long before your narrow right wing ideals were even dreamed of. i am well aware that at 17 years of age, the 2 inch holes in my ears wont go away. but i chose these things i do, (and not to be cool, none of my friends have them nor anyone i associate with) i think its beatifull as do many, i am extremeley happy with my apearence with piercings and tattoos. but are you happy with youre ignorance?

    Comment by barrie — Friday, 19 October 2007 @ 11:50 am | Reply

  11. damn, i would gladly accept the death of the internet if it meant that twats like you no longer had a voice. life of the decadent? dont try to mount that moral high horse. people in third world countries have their ears gauged you fucking muppet. move out of middle america (educated guess) and you might have a broader view of things.

    Comment by chris — Sunday, 2 December 2007 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  12. Well, as far as the last picture as a scar etactic, you know the lady’s gages are bleeding? Because she skipped a size. No, your ear doesn’t tear open unless you skip a size or two. And even then maybe. And you know what? Wearing black, grills, and tartan pants with a mohawk will STILL get you shit, and possibly a lot more then it used to. AND I’ve gotten gages pretty damn cheap, around ten dollars per pair. AND even more important, you can get your ears sewn up at the doctors if you no longer wish to have gages, it’s entirely correctable.


    Comment by Rach. — Thursday, 20 December 2007 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

  13. Not surprised at all by the fucktard comments. Anyone who disagrees with me shouldn’t have a voice and is a fascist. You weren’t progressive in 1967 and you’re not progressive now, shitting from the mouth your 2 seconds of googled research00 you fucking parasites, you. Luckily, nature weeds you out so none of us has to worry.

    Comment by rr — Saturday, 29 December 2007 @ 2:12 am | Reply

  14. if you start of ANY sentence with “people in third world countries”, you’re worse than a fucking muppet.

    Comment by rr — Saturday, 29 December 2007 @ 2:14 am | Reply

  15. they pretty much covered what i was gonna say. you pretty much suck dude.

    Comment by apathyatitsbest — Wednesday, 9 January 2008 @ 3:28 am | Reply

  16. encyclopediadramatica.com

    Comment by rr — Wednesday, 9 January 2008 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

  17. Wow…first off- the whole reason of someone having a blog is so they can voice their opinions and ideas. So why the fuck are people in here calling this person ignorant and that they are “ranting”. What the fuck do you think people do in blogs? Duh you retards! I have stretched earlobes and yes if I take them out they is a visible hole. But whatever. I work in the hospitality bussiness and my ears don’t stop me from being polite to total idiots everyday. People shouldn’t be defined by what they wear or how they wear something. Unfortuatly this is the real world so no matter what you wear, be4 it a lacoste polo shirt and slacks or tight blue jeans and leather jacket- you ARE going to be critized for being too normal or not of the norm. Just deal with your own life! Live and let live. If big fuckin’ holes in someone’s ears make them happy-GOOD if buying the new Coach bag makes you happy, well congrats to you.

    Comment by Claw — Monday, 4 February 2008 @ 12:05 am | Reply

  18. ok look we as the so called youth know more than you people think so before you trash what some people want to do with there bodies this….1 there is nothing wrong with tattoos and all that “nonsense” i personaly think that if some one is turned down a job because of tattoos,piercings and or hair style or whatever than honestly tell me how far have we come as a society. its the same thing as when the blacks where turned down jobs and housing back in the day..really come on now and 2nd are “society” is so fucked up that people would rather make money by selling treatment for shit like cancer and all that than come out with the cure,because you cant tell me that we dont have it. that is why kids like me and all my friends do what we do because america is fucked up and honestly i want people to see that I WILL NOT CONFORM TO THIS BULLSHIT CODE OF SOCIETY AND I WILL NOT STAND BY AND LET MONEY KILL AND FUCK UP PEOPLE AND FAMILIES BECAUSE HONESTLY THINK ABOUT IT, MONEY, THE THING EVERY ONE LOVES TO HAVE IS THE CAUSE OF ALL PAIN , DEATH , AND MISERY !

    Comment by m!kexdropdead — Thursday, 27 March 2008 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  19. I am all for disagreement and debate. And I am certainly interested in what your opinions are; however I felt the need to give this comments section a rest for a while, for a couple reasons.

    1. The ill-typed, poorly constructed, assumption laden comments were, frankly, giving me a headache. I realize that the comments section on WordPress has no “spell check” option, but proof-reading is not that difficult.

    2. I got a little tired of reading, what was essentially, the same comment over and over.

    3. There were no constructive comments, or anything that I felt was really worth responding to.

    4. It seems as if no one actually bothered to really take the true point of the post into consideration when responding.

    I decided today to re-open the comments section, however. I really hope that any future responses will be better thought out and constructed.


    Comment by S — Monday, 28 July 2008 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  20. My opinion here is that the blog could have been ok if maybe you didnt go as far as to call us people freaks. I am tattooed and i have guages but im also a very normal person. I work a 50 hour a week salary job and have a child and bills and responsibility. Nobody in my entire family looks like me and they dont appreciate it like i do. But theyre stuck with me. Its true its harder to get jobs. But thats bullshit because its the same as getting turned down for race or sexuality. Its an appearance. it doesnt quite define a person. Even i have to limit the things id like to do to keep my job i cant have peircings besides my ears. I believe its very wrong to limit someones self expression. I want to live the way that makes me happy not society. I am the first to admit i have strong opinions on certain people but it is wrong to label them in harsh ways. I believe in equality its all about the mind and the heart not the skin or the ears or teeth :) And though i might get backlash for my opinion…most people that are tattooed and pierced that ive personally met are more down to earth and nice because they dont care about appearance…just my opinion.

    Comment by ashley — Wednesday, 16 September 2009 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  21. Freak (n.)
    1. any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object; anomaly; aberration.
    2. a person or animal on exhibition as an example of a strange deviation from nature.

    As tattoos and piercings are deviations from the natural state of humans, people that exhibit them (including myself) are, in fact, freaks. It’s not a term that I view as a negative, though I am well aware that the term “freak” does have a negative connotation.

    As far as the rest of your comment, though you may view it as “bullshit” that people are judged based on looks, I generally disagree. One reason that I disagree is that the first part of any other organism that we encounter is their physical appearance. Whether or not I am attracted to what I see determines whether or not I decide that you are someone I need to get to know further. It’s ingrained in all facets of nature.

    I would also like to note that never in this particular entry did I mention limiting anyone’s freedom of expression. What I merely stated in my article were my observations of today’s youth in comparison to the youth from as little as ten years ago. Had I been alive in the 50’s and 60’s when greasers and beatniks were prevalent, I’d likely say that the youth of the 80’s or 90’s were freaks.

    Yes, my blog entry is about appearances. That is what you choose to alter for one reason or another.

    Comment by S — Thursday, 17 September 2009 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

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