No one told me that getting an iPod Nano for Christmas would teach me so much, but I quickly realized that I have very tender (and small) ear canals, which meant that bad music wasn't going to be the only thing hurting my ears. The size and shape of the proprietary iPod earbuds stretched them out too far, and it wouldn't take much more than 15 minutes before I would have to rip them out and take a break from listening.
Then I found Skullcandy, and I was introduced to a world where you can put clouds into your ears and they will play magical music that heals fatal disease and promotes world peace. Well, almost. In truth, Skullcandy's "INK'D" earphones are just very comfortable and fit into any size and shape of ear with at least four different pieces that you can swap out based on personal preference. They come in a variety of great colors, too, and music quality is fantastic. They aren't noise-canceling, but they fit so snug into your ear that I've never ran into a problem with not being able to hear my music while in a crowded room or near other sources of loud noise.
My very trusty set of Ink'd earbuds finally gave out after nearly three years of use. That's three years of plane and train rides, workouts, runs and not to mention being tugged and pulled in my purse and gym bag. I take really good care of most of the things that I own, but these earbuds... I can pretty confidently say that I did not. At $20, they're pretty inexpensive and when I'm hurriedly tugging on them to get out of my bag or to stuff back into my bag after … more
Ink adds permanence. It forces the visual representation of an idea, concept, ideal or experience, and tangibly commemorates it. Like a tattoo, graffiti, or stretch marks. Until you're really ready to commit, go with the INK'D ear buds. Big sound, little price, no visible scarring.