So I get asked all the time how I bind with KT tape– which I do pretty regularly.
I cut the strips in half and as you can see they hardly wrap around my ribs at all, and due to the type of tape it is it’s very safe (only real risk is to your skin/nipples due to the adhesive… And your bloodflow to your nipples can decrease over time).* KT tape is thin, flexible, and is meant to increase bloodflow and be worn by athletes for long stretches.
Taping lasts several days for me (even through swimming and showering)– and in the Texas heat this open chest binding is often preferable to other binders for me.
Keep in mind– this WILL NOT flatten you like a binder will unless you have a VERY SMALL chest. My chest is maybe a AA Cup, and is very muscular so this works well for me, and I’m only showing this because I get so many questions about it. Additionally– 1 roll of KT tape is $10-15 depending where you buy it (you can get it at drug stores, target, Amazon, etc), so 3 rolls will cost you the same as a binder would.
If you’re going to use tape, take it off once it starts to peel, and take it off in the shower or with water. Also you can put tissue over your nipples if you need.
((Please don’t follow my lead if this is not going to work for you, but this is my attempt to make sure people tape safely if they’re going to because I’ve done my research and talked to doctors and trainers for their opinions on taping your chest and I’ve seen people attempting to tape with KT tape and using it like an ace bandage wrapped all the way around their ribs which can be VERY DANGEROUS)).
*These risks can cause healing post top surgery to have complications.
Alright, I have something that I need to address that I want some opinions on, if I may. With Jonghyun’s Story Op.2 being teasers being released I’ve seen many posts saying “This album is for the gays, no heteros allowed!!”, “Unfollow me if you don’t believe this album is for the gays” (not joking)
And of course the type of posts that have always been around “Jonghyun is gay he is not straight” etc. and with those there are always the posts of “HE IS NOT. GAY.”
Fine, this is to be expected. Now I asked for opinions on this so I think it would be appropriate if I gave my own first. As a bisexual(member of the lgbt community yes..) I can’t help but feel VERY uncomfortable by the posts and rants in tags from various blogs that I FOLLOW about Jonghyun’s sexuality. I don’t know if it’s even focussed on him, I feel that a lot of the time it’s just simply the opportunity to take jabs at “the straights”, a phrase I’ve read about 10 times today on various posts about his new album. We don’t know, we aren’t OBLIGED to know. As a fans we have no need to know as it shouldn’t change the way we view him as an artist and performer. It makes us look immature and childish.
Of course every blog is entitled to say whatever they would like. However, just keep in mind that deeming anyone as queer OR straight is so damaging to the individual, with who we only know as an artist and performer. I am positive that as fans we wish only the best for Jonghyun in his album release and in general so I ask that we keep his wellbeing in mind and treat him and each other with respect.