"strange" is subjective. there are some cultures around the world where they stretch earlobes out drastically, not just here.
some people like them, that's why they are popular with those people. its pretty simple...lol
acting on whether or not you regret a decision in the future...well that separates the "i live in the moment, no regrets" people and the "i think everything out, and I may not do something I want because of the consequences" people. different mindsets work for different people. although, I don't think this is something very serious, personally. if you want to tat it up or stretch your lobes out, go for it. I like the way it looks sometimes on some people. diversity is beauty. I like that there are people who see their bodies as canvasses and have beautiful or interesting features. its nice to mix it up. just my opinion.
I wouldn't exactly say they're popular. Maybe in some social circles. I have my ears gauged, and I love them. I always have jewelry in, so it's not like I'm ever walking around with gaping holes in my ears, lol.
Mine are at 00g, which some people call the borderline of no return. I'm staying at this size IN CASE I ever decide to take them out and go back to normal. They'll never shrink back totally to normal ear piercing size, but they'll go back small enough that no one would notice the difference with normal earrings in. If I were to go any bigger, there's no guarantee they would shrink back to relatively normal size.
And I'm not really the kind of person who regrets things. The things that I do to my body [gauging, piercings, tattoos] aren't things worth regretting, in my eyes. Everything I do and have done, everything I've experienced are parts of what make me the person I am today. I like who I am, so I can't regret my past. When it comes to tattoos, that artwork represents facets of my personality and memorable times in my life that are part of who I am. I see nothing to regret there. =]
haha I'm going to re stretch my ears actually I had them at about 00 in high school, and LOVED them, then I one got infected, so I took them both out. I liked them because of the tribal reference and also because I have small ears and they look so beautiful and sexy when they are stretched, and the jewelry is so beautiful and unique, and I live by haight and ashbury where they sell loads of the jewelry and I love to shop for them there. A perfect day out is picking up a new glass piece and some stone gauges made by a local artist... and chatting about art and stuff with like minded people, its a culture thing, its like a secret society, you see someone else with gauges and you know they are on the same page as you. lol, its a statment. rebellion. conecting with our roots, our tribal side (tattoos, gauges, expressing oneself, art, music) Gauges are a symbol for rebellion and freedom.. at least to me:D
I actually really like the smaller ones, but the gigantic I-could-wear-your-ear-as-a-bracelet ones are just weird looking.
As far as taking them out, it depends on the person. Super small ones will almost always go back to normal/close to normal. Larger ones will shrink some but never all the way back. I've heard of 2g being the "point of no return" but I've also heard of people at 00g going all the way back to 6 or 8g. (if you don't know how gauge sizes work, a standard ear piercing can be 20g or 18g, and from there, the smaller the number the bigger the hole).
I don't think it's really any weirder than any of the other things people do to their bodies. There's a lot of really odd looking tattoos and piercings out there. It's just how some people choose to express themselves. If they are happy with it, then that's all that really matters I think.
Yeah I definitely think they are attractive or guys or girls. Either silver or wooden and nothing bigger than a size 7/16. And they can stretch back if they are not too big. I have had them for 6 years and I love them.