Question about ear pointing mod

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Friday January 8th, 2010 @ 5:51 PM

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I have always wanted to modify my ears so that they are somewhat more pointed - like the elves have in the LOTR movies.

Arwen is the top picture, my ear is below that. I’ve tried to show what I’d want in there: when I press *very* slightly with my fingers (like when holding a ping pong ball) it’s enough to shape them like that.

But I don’t know how to make this permanent. Looking for information I found many pictures of ear modifications - pointings - that look like the bottom picture. They all have this cropped look and a “thick” triangular point. I definitely don’t want them to look like that; and besides, I’m not sure if cutting is necessary to obtain that subtle effect that I want.

So I emailed body mod studios and some artists, but to no avail.

I’ve mailed with Lukas Zpira today because a studio in Amsterdam (where I live) referred me to him asking him all these things: how the procedure worked, what I could expect; If there were any other ways of altering the shape of the ears apart from cutting .. like stretching or using little implants or what have you.

His response was that he could do what I asked but didn’t give details or any pictures of the result of his proposed procedure.

It really puzzles me that it is so hard to find answers. It even makes me feel that my asking all these things is somehow “not done”: no-one seems to do it. Maybe it’s because I don’t have any body mods at all - not even a tattoo? That people who are used to these things are a lot easier?

I would really appreciate any help. I have read from others that Lukas Zpira is considered a good artist - but I feel that I need to know a bit more before letting anyone do something so definitive to the only pair of ears I’ve got.

It’d be great if anyone could answer these questions -

- is it possible at all to create the sort of shape that I have in mind - permanently?

- since I need so little pressure to shape my ears into that shape: can’t it be done much easier than with cutting and stitching?

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With the folding method in which ear pointing is most commonly done by most artists, it can be difficult to achieve a more subtle point. The more drastically pointed ears tend to be more commonly seen in this case. There are other ear pointing methods which can achieve a more subtle point, but are not commonly seen. I think that this will change in the future.

Here is some preliminary info on caring for newly pointed ears. This will help them to hold their new shape:

Ear pointing requires much care and caution through healing, as neglect can invite the ear to not hold it’s new shape. If you are very careful and follow aftercare instructions thoroughly, it will be much easier for your ear to hold it’s new shape and heal into place permanently. Aftercare includes keeping your sutures in for 10 days, not putting pressure on your ears for a minimum of 3-6 weeks, as well as re-enforcing the points with closure tape for extra support during that time. Secondary to this, the next biggest risk (as with any body art) is infection. You must keep the freshly sutured wounds very clean and dry throughout your initial healing period. Antibiotics can also be a proactive measure that can be taken to avoid the chance of infection. You would need to see your doctor for a prescription in this case.


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4 Responses to “Question about ear pointing mod”

  1. Russ….come on man. A question about possibly getting a procedure that may not even be currently feasible and you leave an answer that is over 50% aftercare? Definitely not what this individual was hoping for.

    My advice would be to stop pigeon-holeing yourself by only trying to contact people in your area. It’s very true that modifications of this caliber are still very rare, and by limiting your search area you will vastly diminishing the possibility of getting a straight answer to your question. Even in a country as big as the U.S. there are only a handful of people who are able to do work like this, and out of that handful there are probably only two or three who might be able to achieve the look you are after.

    Most serious artists are more than willing to offer their opinions on what could be classified as “experimental procedures” to those that are interested if they are approached in the right way. The problem comes in finding these artists. So I would start by doing a bit more research into those that are capable are doing what you would want. People like Brian Decker, Howie, Steve Haworth, Sampaa etc. As a matter of fact….heres a link to a set of ears that may look like what your looking for by Sampaa http://news.bme.com/2005/08/17/alternate-ear-pointing-methods/ If, however, these names are unfamiliar to you, then I would have to say that you need to look into things a bit more before jumping into permanently modifying yourself.

    Hope that helped. Best of luck.

    Pointed on January 9th, 2010 at 2:01 am
  2. Why not just consult a plastic surgeon instead of only people in the body mod community? This seems like something a skilled surgeon might be able to figure out. And it never hurts to ask.

    Mike on January 11th, 2010 at 11:35 pm
  3. heres my 2 cents - you might not actually need a modder or a plastic surgeon. a subtle effect might be possible with wrapping your ears into the desired position (tightly) for a couple months. its a huge commitment, but i think the result is more subtle. I’ve seen tribal peoples do similar things

    nk on January 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 am
  4. I don’t think that the wrapping would work out, as it would be nearly impossible to get 2 identical ears..

    As far as I know, Sampaa is a great artist and probably your best choice considering the place where you live, and the place where he mostly works.

    DuncanD on March 9th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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