Top 10 Types of Ear Piercings

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Piercings on various parts of the body is a trend that has its roots in traditions. People have been known to pierce and decorate their bodies from ancient times. In fact people of different tribes had piercings and tattoos done is a manner to differentiate themselves from other tribes. But in today’s times it has become a means to express yourself and your personality. Hence whenever you ask a person why does he or she have piercings or tattoos, they are most likely to say that it who they are.

The Art of piercing is now so advanced that people can even get their private parts embellished with jewels and trust me, there are some who do it. But for those who do not have so much to express there are other parts of the body which you can get pierced and even flaunt to the world. This article deals exclusive with the unique ways of getting your ear pierced. So go ahead and choose the one that suits or rather expresses you the best OR just read about them and get entertained.

Also please proceed only if you have a strong stomach as some of the images are quite ghastly and can make you uncomfortable.

10) Snug


The snug is located inner to the periphery of the ear. It is situated in the outer rim where the cartilage is not very hard and hence it is easier and less painful to get a piercing there. It is just above the cave of the ear and has a bulge. The healing time is anywhere between 8-16 weeks. But in some cases it can also take up to 12 months to heal. Also this pains like hell. It is also known as the Antihelix piercing.

9) Conch


A conch is the large concave area in the outer region of the ear. This is fairly easier to get pierced as the area is large and the cartilage is not very hard. But it is important to choose the right ring for this piercing. Make sure that the ring is large enough to go round the ear. Also this is a piercing which is the most prone to infection so it definitely needs to be done by a professional. There are chances of it ruining the tissues in the cartilage as well. The healing time is anywhere between 8-16 weeks.

8) Cartilage


This one is the second most common type of piercing after the most common earlobe one. The cartilage is the topmost outer part of the ear and it is fairly easy to get it pierced since it is easily accessible. It is also not as painful as the rest of the piercing. The easiest way to get your ear pierced is by a gun shot. The healing time can be anywhere between 8-16 weeks. But it is also probable that it might never ever heal completely as there is limited blood supply to this region.

7) Tragus


Tragus is the extension of the cartilage. It is just at the end of cheeks and the beginning of the ear canal. It is very thick and the thickness varies depending upon the individual. Some people hear some noise while getting the tragus pierced with a needle but this just happens as the tragus is very close to your ear drum. Also do not use any head phones or be cautious while using head until your tragus is completely healed as otherwise it might be painful. The healing time is between 8-16 weeks and complete healing takes one year.

6) Rook


The rook is the region that is just below the cartilage. It is the fold that is at the base of the upper part of the ear, but situated on the inside. This is one of the most painful places to get an ear piercing as this area as explained above, has a fold and the skin here is quite thick. More so this region is quite small and not easily accessible. But it is still very popular. The complete healing time can be anywhere between 2-12 months.

5) Anti-tragus


As the name suggests this area is opposite to the Tragus. It is the raised hard skin of the cartilage close to the face. For most people this area is very small and hence it is a rare place to get an ear piercing. Be extra careful with this one as it is said to be very painful and uncomfortable and has higher chances of infection. This too takes about 8-16 weeks to heal and completely heal in 12 months.

4) Industrial


Also known as ‘scaffold lobe piercing’, this can be best described as two holes with one rod. Seriously this piercing is made by creating a hole on the cartilage and one is the area in front of the cartilage which is closer to the head and these two holes are bind by the same piece of jewellery. This also known as ‘construction piercing’. Choose a comfortable rod for this one as it should be long enough to fit both the holes without hurting and only change the jewellery once the holes are healed. Healing time is between 6-12 months.

3) Daith


The daith is the bridge of the earlobe that is situated just above the canal of the ear. This is particularly a difficult place to access as well as the cartilage of the region is a bit hard. But needless to say it looks amazing. Just like most of the risky piercings, this one too takes 8-16 weeks to heal but complete healing can take up to a year. It is pronounced as ‘doth’.

2) Gauging


Most people have their earlobes pierced when they are quite young. Gauging of earlobes is just an extension of that lobe. Instead of a needle sized hole, a huge vacuum is created in the earlobe and this is done by gradually stretching hole by using bigger and bigger rings one after the other. The result as you can see is that you are left with a humongous round hole on your ear. Everything about this spells Gothic.

1) Helix


You really have to be courageous to think of doing this one. A helix is a ring of continuous piercing along the entire periphery of the ear. So all together you might have 25-30 holes on each ear. Naturally this takes a bit longer to heal completely. In some cases it takes even a year to your ear to be comfortable with a helix. But mind you, please think hard before deciding on doing this as it might be something that you might regret later on…So this is not one thing think that you should do when you’re drunk.

P.S.- Please remember to get your piercings done by a processional always as not dong it properly might lead to you developing an infection and can also have dire consequences. Also this article is not to promote or sabotage the art of piercing but is only a feature on the topic. The author or the website do not take any responsibility of the piercings going wrong or even any complaints regarding the matter.

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