You ever seen anyone on the street with their earlobe stretching like this?Whether you have seen it or not, it has been a recurring New York trend for a while now. Believe it or not,gauges have been here for more than just 5 years. You can say it would be one of many trends that has survived centuries. As a matter of fact, one of the World's famous religious icons wore gauges. Come on! take a guess.....(5 seconds later) BUDDHA! According to the Buddha story, Buddha was a prince before he became one of the most famous religious icons on the Globe. At the time of his prince days, he wore huge gold earrings on his earlobes. However, Buddha is not the only one suspected to have wore gauges. Mummified bodies "found in an Italian glacier" were also found with stretched earlobes. In that case you can guess that gauges were worn even during the ice age (well according to Wikipedia anyway). That is just a theory in my perspective, but hey...It goes to show a trend like this that has currently increased popularity in many styles (i.e. goth,punk,urban,etc), has survived centuries. It seems almost Vampyric, dontcha think?