Not getting it

I have noticed that some younger typically hipster fools about are into those big hole ear piercings…it took about bit of research but I have found out that they are pofficially called “flesh tunnels” or scalpelling.

Scalpelling is a body art procedure similar to body piercing for the creation of decorative perforations through the skin and other body tissue, and is most commonly used as a replacement for or enhancement of ear piercing. Whereas piercing is typically performed with a hollow piercing needle or an ear piercing instrument, scalpelling is performed by using a scalpel to cut a slit into the skin. Unlike dermal punching, no flesh is removed. The technique can immediately produce holes with a larger diameter than can be achieved by piercing. This is a more rapid means of accommodating larger gauge jewellery than stretching, a technique whereby piercings are enlarged by inserting gradually larger jewellery. Scalpelling is performed to quickly achieve a large-gauge piercing, when scar tissue is preventing further stretching, if tissue has thinned to the point where further stretching could cause it to break, or to combine two closely placed piercings into one hole.

I simply don’t get it…what is the point? What sort of fool does this?


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  • kevin

    Must be an employment retardent system.

    • Kosh103

      Not true at all. I know a few guys with flesh tunnels – all employed.

      • Anonymous

        As cleaners no doubt.

      • Are any of them nurses?

      • Kosh103

        @ toby. One owns his own business – a skate shop. 2 are in retail, one is an accountant. No WO no nurses. I would have thought that would be one job where it would not be allowed. But then again, as long as it is kept clean I guess it is no different to normal earings.


    ‘What sort of fool does this?’ Loads of those moaning fuckwits camping in aotea square.

  • nigel fairweather

    its a means of easily identifing those who are living in poverty.

    • Kosh103

      Again, not true. Dont let sterotyping close your eyes.

  • Poker face

    All of the above. Can’t be much going on “upstairs”!  And they probably have to pay for this? Glad I’m too old now.

  • Statler & Waldorf

    ‘What sort of fool does this?’

    It’s narcissism and exhibitionism. Just another semaphore for a declining culture.

    • Guest

      No, it’s a useful method of routing cables, I think. If you have an ethernet cable that needs to be ear mounted, these people have the hole in which to install it.

      • Euan Rt

        Or could be really useful if you want to tow a trailer.

  • Dyannt

    Isn’t there a stone age tribe in Africa that routinely this to their ears, noses and lips?

  • Callum

    Is is just the latest way for young people to be individuals by looking the same as all their friends….

  • John Q Public

    It’s in the same category as flames indelibly drawn up your arm as far as I’m concerned.

    • Jester

      Probably handy to run you guy ropes through when your camping in Aotea Sq and are too lazy or tired to hammer in a tent peg.

  • Gazzaw

    You can bet your bottom dollar that these nutbars will be queuing up for restorative surgery on the public tit once they finally come to their senses. The cosmetic surgery industry must be rubbing their hands together in anticipation of this ready made revenue stream.

  • Anonymous

    They could all run chains through their ear “holes” when the cops come to turf them out of the Occupy sites.


  • Anonymous

    It reminds me of the tribe that has the plates in their lips.

  • Kosh103

    It is quiet intresting to see how some groups make very snap judgements on the value of a person based on looks alone.

    • kevin

      It would be ‘quite’ interesting to see how many of the self afflicted keep the adornments…

  • Gazzaw

    So what would you do Kosh if one of your Year 8 pupils turned up at school with a giant stud embedded in their snorer?

    • kevin

      Wonder if kosh103 has kids?.
      I also see the ‘odd’ person with the nose ring between nostrils, (not) nice look…. and probably inconvenient in several ways.

      • Gazzaw

        Not as inconvenient as an insertion in other even more sensitive places. Why would you do that?

  • Kosh103

    It is sooo cute when the prudes get all judgemental on something.

  • MrV

    What happens if someone were to walk past with a neodymium magnet?

  • greenmuppet

    If you live in Wellington (or visit) you should pop into Ninja Flower piercing shop on Willis St. You will meet this guy at the counter. It’s nothing like what whale has posted here, the size of piercing “jewelry” this guy has is truly amazing. Have nothing against what people do with their bodies but this is one example worth seeing live!

    I think P Goff would have had a lot more pronounced impact on the election results if I he’d chosen body piercing over dying his hair. Willis St is within walking distance for Cunliffe too.

  • In pre-colonial and early colonial times Nguni older men and women would carry snuff in their ears, in plugs inserted into such holes; it has remained a marker of tribal affiliation worn sometimes by men [and a few women] as a tribute to their ancestors.
    Of course, that is Africa, and does not seem to be these peoples’ heritage, but perhaps they do it as a primitivist plaint against modern society.
    As to the magnet question- I have seen a much studded male be attacked by a miniature figure which he bent over to examine at a show; the figure had arms which were attached by magnets so that different arms could be attached for gaming purposes.
    I must admit that I laughed at his misfortune. This is doubtless because I am a homophobic neo-fascist racist sexist shit or something.