Additional Tips for Industrial Piercing

Industrial PiercingHere are some additional things to know about Industrial Piercings. This is among the most popular piercing types, and while most people know how to recognize it, there are still some things one can learn about Industrial Piercing.

If you want to get an Industrial Piercing it’s very important to know how to take a good care of it. Aftercare is of utmost importance for any type of ear cartilage piercing. Since Industrial Piercing is basically two piercings in one, it means you basically need to take a double care of it.

However, none of this means that Industrial Piercing is dangerous or particularly problematic. You just need to stay informed and to know what to expect of your Industrial Piercing.

Some of the most important things to know about Industrial Piercings include:


An Industrial Piercing has to be placed properly in order to work. Since this piercing consists of two holes connected by a single barbell, it means the holes have to be positioned properly and carefully. Inadequate placement will not only look bad but will also make it difficult or impossible to put a single barbell through both holes.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself for just one type of Industrial Piercing placement. While diagonal is the most common choice (in which the barbell goes diagonally from one side of the ear to the other), you may choose a different placement. For example, many people choose horizontal of vertical Industrial placement.

Two Holes and Two Piercings

As you probably know, Industrial Piercing consists of two piercings connected by the same barbell. It means that the procedure involves piercing two holes. Typically, each of these piercings has its own name and its own placement.

The most common Industrial Piercing type (diagonal) actually consists of a helix and anti-helix piercing connected by the same barbell.

Vertical Industrial Piercing consists of a rook and a daith piercing, two conch piercings, anti-helix and a rook piercing or a daith and a lower conch piercing. Other combinations are also possible. You may even run two Industrial Piercings parallel to each other.

Ideal Gauge

Typically, Industrial Piercings are done at 14 gauge. Some piercers choose to use 16 gauge instead, but this is rare. In case you think you are pierced with too small gauge, you can stretch your piercing to 14 gauge. However, keep in mind that extensive stretching is not possible nor recommended. Most Industrial Piercings are good at 14 gauge.

Special Barbells

Industrial Piercings typically use straight barbells. However, these barbells are not standard barbells used for other piercing types. Since the holes connected into an Industrial Piercing are often separated by an inch or more, a barbell that goes through them has to be long enough to accommodate it.

This is why Industrial Piercings use special, long barbells. These barbells can be simple in design or they may include certain decorations, typically in the middle of the barbell.

While the choice of decoration is up to you, keep in mind that you have to order a special Industrial Barbell for your piercing. A simple straight barbell just won’t do.

Aftercare Tips

Aftercare is very important for any piercing, but it becomes even more vital in the case of Industrial Piercings because there are basically two new piercings to take care of. Some quick tips on how to care for your new Industrial Piercing:

  • Clean both of your piercings regularly. It’s best to use a simple saline solution or special cleaners designed for new piercings. Don’t use harsh chemicals.
  • Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools during the initial stage of healing.
  • Don’t touch your new piercing and don’t twist the jewelry.
  • Keep your hair away from the piercing and avoid wearing earphones for a while.
  • Check your piercing regularly to see if it’s healing properly.
  • If you notice any problems or if your piercing becomes tender, it’s a sign that there’s a problem. Make sure to clean it properly, but if the problem resist, consult your doctor. Ear cartilage piercings can get infected quickly and they can lead to numerous problems if not treated immediately.

Helix Shields

5 Gem Shield

5 Gem Shield

Helix shields are among the most beautiful jewelry types. They come in many different designs and varieties, so it’s possible to find just the one that suits your needs. Helix shields are unique and truly draw attention to your piercing. They look very attractive so it’s not surprising so many people choose them as their favorite jewelry types.

Choosing the Best Jewelry

While helix piercing is not rare in any way, it’s not the most popular type of piercing either. It means that sometimes, you don’t use jewelry created specially for this kind of piercing. It’s important to remember that the piercing itself is often made with a small gauge needle, so it usually requires small jewelry. For example, small gauge Captive Bead Rings tend to be a common helix jewelry.

However, keep in mind that a helix piercing is done on the helix of the upper ear, which gives certain options when it comes to jewelry. You can go with a simple jewelry type if you like, or you may use something more attractive. This is where helix cuffs and shields come into play.

Using Helix Shields

Helix shields are great because they are specially designed for helix piercings. They will sure make your piercing more attractive and noticeable. These are also made to rest comfortably against the ear to provide the best experience.

Helix jewelry comes in many different types. There are fancy rings you can use, elaborate cuffs or richly detailed shields. Most of these jewelry pieces have additional decoration, such as gems or charms. These fancy jewelry pieces make a great addition to your ear jewelry collection so you can use them in almost any situation.

Popular Ear Piercing Types

Ear PiercingEar is the most popular body part for piercing. Almost all parts of the ear can be pierced, so there are many different types of piercings performed on the ear. Some are more common than the others, some are more sensitive than the others and take longer time to heal. Regardless of the type, ear piercings are relatively simple to perform and they can be very effective.

Here is the list of the most popular ear piercing types:

Earlobe Piercing

Earlobe piercing is the most popular type of ear piercing. In fact, it’s the most common of all body piercings. Earlobe piercing is so widespread and socially acceptable that many people don’t even consider it body piercing in true sense of the word. Earlobe piercing is easy to perform and it heals quickly. There are many types of earrings suitable for this type of piercing.

A special type of earlobe piercing is stretched piercing. It’s sometimes called “gauging”, though it’s a wrong term: gauge is the size of the jewelry. Many types of piercings can be stretched to a larger size, but the most common are stretched earlobes. There are special types of jewelry made for stretched piercings: ear plugs, flesh tunnels, earlets, tusks, spirals, and more.

Industrial Piercing

An industrial piercing (also known as the scaffold piercing) consists of two holes connected by a single jewelry piece. It’s typically done on the upper ear cartilage. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one close to the head and the other further down the cartilage on the opposite side of the ear.

The most common jewelry type for industrial piercings is long, straight barbell. It’s inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear and it goes diagonally across the front of the ear cartilage to the second piercing. It’s not uncommon to wear a pair of captive bead rings instead of a straight barbell. Those who wish to use straight barbells for their industrial piercings can choose between numerous unique barbells with special decorations or spirals to make their piercing stand out.

Helix Piercing

The helix piercing is performed on the outer curly rim of the ear cartilage. It’s important that this piercing is done with a needle and not piercing gun (in fact, it’s best to never use a piercing gun; it’s only suitable for earlobe piercings and it’s not even the best method to perform that type of piercing). Most people get more than one helix piercing to wear several jewelry pieces on that side of the ear. A special type of helix piercing is the orbital piercing. Here, two piercings are made and the jewelry goes from back to the back of the ear, so it looks like it’s orbiting through the cartilage.


The anti-helix piercing is done on the ear part just the opposite of the helix. It’s also known as the snug piercing. This type of piercing requires micro-jewelry. Many people choose to get both helix and anti-helix piercings and pair them with the same jewelry types. The most commonly used jewelry for this type of piercing are curved barbells or circular rings.

Tragus Piercing

The tragus piercing is performed on the small piece of the thick cartilage projecting in front of the ear canal. It’s typically done at a small gauge (16g). The most common jewelry for this piercing is captive bead ring.

Anti-Tragus Piercing

The anti-tragus piercing is performed on the part of the ear cartilage directly above the earlobe.

Transverse Lobe Piercing

This is a piercing that goes horizontally through the ear lobe. It takes more time to heal than the regular earlobe piercing. Typical jewelry worn in this piercing are straight or curved barbells.

Rook Piercing

The rook piercing is done at the folded inner rim of the ear. This inner ridge of the ear runs down the center and it’s parallel to the helix or outer rim. It’s important to understand that the look of this piercing depends a lot on the anatomy of your ear.

Conch Piercing

There are two types of the conch piercing: the inner and the outer. The inner conch piercing is made on the center cartilage adjacent to the ear canal. These piercings are usually done at larger gauges (10g or 8g) and they can be stretched to accommodate ear plugs. The most common jewelry type for this piercing is barbell.

The outer conch piercing is made on the flat part of the top outer ear. It’s done at a smaller gauge (16g). Typical jewelry for this piercing is curved barbell or a captive bead ring.

Daith Piercing

The daith piercing is performed on the outer rim of the ear cartilage, closest to the head. It’s often performed with a curved needle to prevent damage to other parts of the ear. There is another variation of this piercing: the inner daith. This one is performed on the horizontal part of the cartilage, directly above the ear canal. The most commonly used jewelry for daith piercing is a captive bead ring.

Different Ear Piercings


Ears, July 2011


Most people that are into body modifications started with getting their ears pierced. Ear piercings are the oldest, most common, less extreme and more accepted of all body modifications. Piercing the ears can be found in all different kinds of cultures all over the world throughout history. Both men and women have been known to pierce their ears. Depending on the size and shape of one’s ear, there are many different parts of the ear that can be pierced.

 When your Ear is your Piercing Ground:

The ear lobe is the easiest, most common part of the ear that is pierced. This part of the ear can be stretched and gauged because of the type of tissue located in this area. A piercing gun is used to pierce the ear lobe. The ear piercing gun is designed in such a way, so that the ear can be pierced with the jewelry and the earring back be put on the end of the post of the earring, all in one shot. The cartilage of the ear, at the top part of the helix, is another popular area to have pierced. This piercing can be pierced with a piercing gun, however, it is not recommended because the force of the gun can cause cartilage to shatter and take the area longer to heal. The other areas of the ear are usually pierced with a hollow body piercing needle.

The helix is the upper rim part of the ear that goes down the outside about half way and meets the lobe. Many people have their helix pierced multiple times and put captive bead rings in them.  The conch is the portion of the ear that looks like a “shell” adjacent to the ear canal.  A barbell or captive bead ring is mostly worn in this area. The anti-helix is a ridge located under the helix and it contains the snug and rook. These piercings are very painful and harder to heal then most of the other ear piercings. The snug, located on the lower part of the anti-helix, is pierced with curved or straight barbells. The rook, the upper part of the anti-helix close to the head, can be pierced with a curved barbell or a captive bead ring. The folds of cartilage located closest to the ear canal is call a daith piercing. This can have a different variety of small gauge body jewelry put into the piercing.  The tragus piercing is the “little nub” over top of the ear canal.  The body jewelry used for this piercing are usually a captive bead ring, curved barbell or even labret studs.  The ridge located above the ear lobe has been labeled the anti-tragus. This is another painful piercing in the ear. And this piercing usually needs a curved barbell.

Another piercing that is often done is called the industrial. The industrial is when two separate piercings are connected with one barbell. Usually piercings within the helix are used to create an industrial piercing but some use other piercings in the ear and connect them. An orbital piercing is much like an industrial piercing in the sense that it connects two or more piercings, but instead of a barbell a ring is used.