Modern Primitive Sketch

Pierre Andre from New Orleans sends in this sketch he did… I’m not sure what you’d have to do to get your ears that shape!

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32 thoughts on “Modern Primitive Sketch

  1. if you could stretch them huge (like 4 or 5 inches) and then have the top cut and sitched back together that might happen. the ears look cool. not a big fan of lip plates though.

  2. Lip disks can either stick up OR down.

    It depends on what the plug is made out of, how low the initial piercing was done, and how large it is.

    If you look at pictures of the Suya tribe in Brazil, you’ll notice that the men with Lip disks tend to have them pointed up, like in this picture. It’s because they often pierce very very very low on the lip, but also wear very lightweight wooden disks.

    Now.. if you take alook at the Surma tribes in Ethiopia… they tend to hang down.

    but, their jewelry is also made of very very heavy clay, and the weight often pulls the lip down. Their lips also tend to be much larger, so that also contributes.

    but it’s not uncommon to see Surma women with lips pointing up as well…especially if the disk is smaller.

    but if you see them in real life, the disc goes up and down as the woman talk/eat/yell etc. with the movement of the cheeks and facial muscles.

  3. I remember there was once a video on one of those “believe it or not” shows with a guy who, for some reason, had very stretchy ear lobes. They looked normal, but he could stretch them to a foot long or something like that.
    Anyway, it seems like maybe stretching the earlobe before it’s ever pierced might be able to yeild this result.
    Wouldn’t it be interesting if this drawing yielded a new form of body modification, like Dargo and his subclavical piercings.

  4. yea!! it was that british guy.

    He pulled on his earlobes since he was a kid, and eventually he was able to launch coins and stuff with them.

    you’re very right. i think that would do the trick!

  5. i think it is a great drawing. I like the dramatization and the accuracy in the realism

  6. id say ball stretching weights worn above eyelets would do it.
    with a one inch plug in my ear, if i pull down on it and pinch above the plug, i could deff. see this could be possible with either tape, wrapping around that area, or ball weights. i really like the fact that the illistration has the enlongated lobes tattooed as well !

  7. this pic kinda reminded me of something, so ill go ahead and ask it here -

    ive always wondered about the big fat happy bald dude statues by the door at chinese resturants that have lobes like theres a ball implanted inside them. know what i’m talkin about? whats the story on them? was it like good luck to have exceptionally large lobes and they just exaggerated them? i’ve never seen an implant like that but always wondered if it was possible… and no, i’m not volunteering.

  8. Tony: Put put it very simply..

    the statues usually represent buddhist monks.

    and in Buddhism, the long earlobes tend to represent wealth.. the ear being elongated due to wear large heavy earrings.

    (at least thats why the “original” buddah Siddhartha Gautama had long lobes)

    I think that the long lobe with the fat end is just an artistic interpretation. It’s rare to actually see a buddha statue with “loops” for earlobes as opposed to long lobes.

  9. I was actually thinking (only just thinking, wouldn’t go through with it at this point, maybe with some real planning/research, but not where it stands right now) of trying something like this. The only difference with my idea was that there would be several smaller stretched piercings going down the lobe from smaller to the largest at the bottom. My original concept was much like Mr. Will’s idea, with a huge stretched lobe scalped and stitched. I didn’t think of doing it with just one stretch though, I thought of getting to two inches, cutting and sewing the top, starting over again, and on and on. I don’t know, if I absolutely knew it would work, I might very well try it someday.

  10. thanks for the info aaron!

    i’m still curious about lobal implants. would something like that even be possible? I would assume you would need some good sized lobes that aren’t even pierced.

  11. “Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?”

  12. I think using ball weights above some other jewllery would just push down the jewellery, stretching the lobe. I’d say that getting that effect would require some heavy stretching first, and then slitting open the fistula and stitching the ear back together, leaving a loop in the end.

    …if you know what I mean :D

  13. Nny: You’re very right that it could be. A lot of the Shinto Images look exactly the same as fat buddha statues. If they are chinese restaurants… then yea, i guess there is a good chance they are shinto. but i still stand by what I said as well.

    Giles: thank you… and no! I’ve never even heard of it! I’ll look into that..

  14. Oh!!! wait, i just looked it up. I’ve never actually watched the show, but a little while ago I saw a clip on youtube of him doing the running over the cattle’s back with he Massai (I think it was the massai..?)

    I loved it!!

  15. Nny and Aaron: if the statues are outside of a Chinese restaurant, they are most assuredly not Shinto. Shinto is a religion indigenous to Japan. They are most likely Buddhist images, though they may not be representations of the Buddha.

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