Auricle Piercing

auricle piercingAuricle Piercing is a piercing done at the middle part of the outer rim of the ear cartilage. It is located under the ear’s helix. This is a highly sensitive spot rich in nerve endings, which makes auricle piercing one of the more painful ear piercings. However, it can look very effective so it is not surprising there are so many people who choose to have this type of piercing on their ears.

Placement and Procedure

Auricle piercing is positioned on the middle of the outer rim of the ear. As noted above, it is a very sensitive spot rich in nerves, so the procedure can be uncomfortable and painful. Because of this, and because auricle piercing is not among the most popular piercing types, it is important to find an experienced piercer who is familiar with this piercing type. You need a reliable individual who has experience with this particular piercing type – someone who knows how to perform only earlobe piercings will simply not do!

The piercing is done using a piercing needle, typically at 14 gauge. However, your piercer will decide if smaller or larger gauge is best for you. The procedure itself does not last long, but it may cause sharp pain and burning sensation even when it’s completed.

After the procedure you may experience some soreness, bruising and swelling. Minor bleeding is also possible. However, they should go after a week or so. If problems persist, make sure to consult your doctor.

After getting your auricle piercing done, it is important to perform proper aftercare in order to prevent infections, migration, rejection and other problems. To clean your new piercing, use a simple saline solution twice per day. Make sure not to overclean your piercing because it may irritate the skin and cause problems.

Jewelry

Auricle piercing typically requires relatively small but attractive jewelry. There are many different jewelry types to choose from. Some people prefer simple labret studs for their auricle piercing but with richly ornamented beads. This is one common choice for auricle piercing.

However, other options are also possible. For example, some people opt for circular barbells or Captive Bead Rings for their auricle piercing. Like in the case of labret studs, it’s best to choose ones with shiny and ornamented balls to make your piercing look extra attractive and noticeable.

Additional Tips and Info

  • Auricle piercing takes about 3 to 9 months to heal.
  • To prevent problems during healing, make sure to use only a mild soap when washing your ears and face. This will prevent irritation.
  • Try not to sleep on your piercing during the initial healing time.
  • During the initial stages of healing, avoid heavy shampoos, lotions and other chemicals that may irritate the piercing.
  • Don’t twist or turn your jewelry. It will only cause problems during healing.
  • It is important to keep your hair away from your ear during the initial healing time.
  • Another word of warning: never, under any circumstance, should you allow to be pierced with a piercing gun. Auricle piercing is a cartilage piercing and it simply cannot be done this way properly. That being said, piercing guns are generally bad so no piercing should be done using them.
  • Auricle piercings are often done in pairs and groups. Therefore, you can have a double auricle piercing, a triple auricle piercing or a multiple auricle piercing. These are all separate piercings done close together. If you choose to go this way make sure to use identical or matching jewelry for the each piercing so it’s clear they form a group.

Earlobe Piercing Types — Even the Rare Ones!

 

Unique Earlobe Piercings You may think that earlobe piercings are dull and ordinary, but think twice. While the standard earlobe piercing may be simple, it is far from the only way to have a pierced earlobe. In fact, some earlobe piercing types are very effective and unusual, while some are verging on the extreme.

If you wish to have a piercing on your earlobe, don’t forget you have options. Here are the earlobe placements to choose from:

Standard

This is the most popular earlobe piercing type, and the most popular piercing in general. A simple piercing done on the earlobe is so common and socially acceptable that many people do not even count it as a “real” piercing type. For most people, this is the first piercing they’ve got and often the only piercing they’ll ever have.

It is easy to understand why this piercing is so popular. Earlobe is very soft and accessible, so it’s easy to perform a piercing on this part of the ear. However, it doesn’t mean that earlobe piercing is not a real piercing in the true sense of the word: it has to be done professionally and with knowledge. While it might be tempting to get pierced at a mall, you should never do that. Go to a professional studio. Some stores offer earlobe piercing with a piercing gun, which is dangerous. You should never agree to be pierced with a gun.

Even though it’s simple, standard earlobe piercing can be very attractive since there are so many jewelry options. Many types of earrings as well as common piercing jewelry types can be used for this piercing, so you have numerous options.

Upper

The upper lobe piercing resembles the standard earlobe piercing, except for the placement. Upper lobe is done a big higher on the earlobe, where the tissue is thinner. This is an easy way to add a nice twist to a popular piercing. You’ll be surprised to see how much of a difference can placement change make for an earlobe piercing. Suddenly, it is not just a standard ear piercing but something more attractive and unusual.

There is additional advantage to the upper lobe piercing: it is one of the least painful piercings you can get. Since the tissue is very thin on this spot it is almost painless to get pierced. Many people even claim that the upper lobe piercing is even less painful than the standard lobe piercing. Considering that the standard lobe piercing is among the least painful piercings in the world, that speaks volumes.

The upper lobe piercing offers numerous jewelry choices. While many people choose for simple studs, labrets and other small jewelry pieces you can wear something more ornamented if this is what you like.

Vertical

Vertical EarlobeVertical earlobe piercing adds a new twist to lobe piercings. It is all in the unique placement. With vertical lobe, the jewelry goes vertically through the earlobe, from the bottom of the earlobe to the top. This is a very unique and striking placement. Together with transverse lobe piercing, this is probably the most unique of earlobe piercing placements.

Vertical earlobe piercing goes through more tissue than standard lobe piercings so it is a bit more painful and prone to migration and rejection (the same goes for transverse lobe). However, it should not be dangerous or cause you problems as long as you choose a good and knowledgeable piercer and if you follow aftercare instructions.

Vertical earlobe piercings typically use straight barbells as jewelry, though some other options (such as larger Captive Bead Rings) are possible. This is a very attractive placement so it’s striking even if you use plain jewelry.

Transverse

Transversal EarlobeTransverse lobe piercing is a unique placement and one of the most attractive lobe piercings out there. It is done horizontally through the earlobe. It is a very striking placement and it sure makes a great choice for those who wish something more than a simple and usual lobe piercing.

Since the piercing goes horizontally through the lobe it passes through more tissue than other types of earlobe piercings, including vertical lobe piercing. This makes transverse lobe a bit more complicated piercing and a bit more painful. However, none of this is extreme and it’s easy to get a good transverse lobe piercing, as long as you choose a good, reliable piercer.

Transverse lobe uses straight barbells as jewelry. However, some people choose to wear curved barbells for their transverse lobes. Since the piercing goes through a lot of tissue it is important to use a long enough barbell. Also, keep in mind that this piercing is always done at a slight angle, which also contributes to the look and the length of the jewelry needed.

Transverse lobe piercing is usually done with a barbell. The earlobe is pierced horizontally at an angle and a piece of jewelry is passed through both the perforations, which makes the piercing an immediate eye-catching one. You can choose whichever angle you want, but do keep in mind the size of your earlobe and piece of jewelry to be used. Despite the fact that lobe piercings tend to heal quickly, this one takes relatively more time for the same. It requires proper cleaning with a saline solution at least twice a day.

Graduated

Graduated EarlobeGraduated earlobe piercing is actually a group of several piercings done on the earlobes. The piercings use jewelry of different sizes, starting from the largest one. Typically, the first piercing in the row is a standard earlobe piercing while the others will be upper lobe piercings. For the best effect, the piercings need to be done at the equal distance from each other.

Most people use studs and labrets with colorful balls and decorations on top to highlight these lobe piercings. Typically, the jewelry balls are of different sizes and some people even use different piercing sizes (they get pierced at different gauges) to highlight the effect. Instead of simple labrets some people choose to wear Captive Bead Rings and other jewelry types in your piercings, but it’s best to use similar jewelry styles in all of the piercings in the group to emphasize that they all belong together.

Stretched

This is a special type of a stretched piercing and it’s probably the best way to make your lobe piercing truly unique. Many people choose to stretch their piercings and stretched lobes are the most popular form.

There are many ways and methods to stretch your piercing, but it’s important to go slowly. Depending on the preferences you may stretch your lobe to a very large gauge. Whatever you do, keep in mind that stretched lobe requires special jewelry types made for stretched piercings: ear plugs, flesh tunnels, spirals & claws, and more.

Helix Piercing Guide

Helix PiercingHelix piercing is an ear piercing type done on the helix of the ear. It is a form of ear cartilage piercing, and as such, it brings all the benefits and risks of cartilage piercings. Namely, it looks very effective but it needs to be done by a reliable, knowledgeable piercer in order to prevent any potential problems.

Helix piercing may not be the most popular ear piercing type – earlobe piercing is sure the most famous ear piercing! – but it’s relatively common. The reason is because it’s very attractive and effective, so it’s not surprising that so many people choose this piercing type.

These piercings are often worn with other ear piercings, and it’s not rare to have more than one helix piercing done in pairs or multiple piercings done next to each other. Another great thing about helix piercings is that there are special jewelry types, helix shields, made specifically for this piercing type.

Placement and Procedure

Helix piercing is done on the helix of the ear. The helix is defined as the outer rim of the ear cartilage. Typically, helix piercing is done on the tip of the ear, but other placements are also possible.

Keep in mind, however, that some of these alternative placements actually make it into a different type of a piercing. For example, outer conch piercing may sometimes be mistaken with a helix piercing. This is why one should never focus too much on the names of piercings themselves. It’s always better to simply explain to your piercer where you wish to have your piercing done. You don’t need to trouble yourself with the exact terminology.

That being said, helix piercing is relatively easy to understand, since it is located on the outer rim (helix) of the ear. Any piercing done on this area counts as a helix piercing. Since the outer rim of the ear is cartilage, this is also cartilage piercing, which dictates the procedure and aftercare.

The procedure itself is not complex, but it requires a knowledgeable piercer. For this reason, make sure to choose a good piercing studio and an experienced piercer to perform the procedure. Helix piercing is usually done with a hollow piercing needle. The gauge is typically 16 gauge or 14 gauge, so this is considered a small-gauge piercing.

A good news is that helix piercings are typically not painful if your piercer knows what they’re doing. Another reason to get a knowledgeable individual! This part of the ear is not rich in nerve endings, so it should not be too painful on itself. However, many people report some pain during procedure, probably due to the pressure the piercer has to apply in order to pierce the cartilage. This is why your comfort with this type of piercing largely depends on your piercer’s technique. However, the pain should not be significant during the procedure.

On the other hand, cartilage piercings are known to be painful afterwards, so this is something to keep in mind. Expect some pain in the hours after the procedure. However, it should slowly go by the next day or at least to be less intense. If the pain persists in the same or greater intensity, it might be a sign that something is wrong. Since ear cartilage piercings can lead to complications pretty quickly it’s advisable to seek medical help if the pain and discomfort persist.

Helix piercings take a long time to heal, around 8 to 12 months. You should be able to notice improvement and more comfort before this time, but keep in mind that the piercing is fully healed only after this period. If you wish to change your initial jewelry, you need to wait at least 2-3 months before doing it.

After the procedure, you may expect some tenderness and localized swelling. You may also notice some clear or very pale discharge (lymphatic fluid). These things are normal. However, pain, tenderness and swelling should not persist. If that happens it may be a sign of infection.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for helix piercings are Captive Bead Rings, but some people choose to use studs and labret jewelry types. Some people even prefer to wear short straight barbells in their helix piercings.

Many people choose to have two helix piercings connected by a single jewelry piece, creating an Industrial Piercing. Industrial Piercings use special, long straight barbells as jewelry. During the healing time, however, you may need to wear two separate jewelry pieces (such as two Captive Bead Rings) until the helix piercings are healed. Some piercers, however, choose to connect an Industrial Piercing with a single straight barbell right from the start.

A special type of helix jewelry is helix shield. This is a special, richly-ornamented jewelry piece made to sit on the surface of the ear. Helix shields are very beautiful and attractive, but they can be used only on fully-healed piercings.

Additional Info and Tips

  • A common variation to helix piercing is the inner helix piercing, which is located on the inside of the helix. It is positioned on the inside of the rim of the ear.
  • Antihelix piercing, on the other hand, is a special piercing type. This one is done on the antihelix of the ear. The antixelix is located under the helix and closer to the ear canal.
  • Industrial Piercing” is usually understood as two helix piercings connected by a single jewelry piece, but the term actually refers to any body part – whenever you have piercings connected by a single jewelry piece it is an Industrial Piercing. Helix Industrial is just the most popular form.
  • Never agree to be pierced with a gun! Piercing guns are sometimes used for cartilage piercings by amateurs, and they put you at a significant risk. Find a reliable studio and a knowledgeable piercer – a good piercer will never use a gun!
  • Since cartilage piercings are difficult (or nearly impossible to stretch) if you wish to have a larger gauge helix you will need to use dermal punches.
  • As a cartilage piercing, helix piercing comes with similar risks as other cartilage piercings. Namely, if not done properly, it can lead to infections and even ear collapse in more serious cases. If can happen very quickly (a few days or even hours after getting your piercing done) so it’s important to seek medical help immediately if you experience prolonged pain and other problems. To prevent this from happening make sure to choose a reliable piercer to perform your helix piercing.
  • Helix piercing aftercare is similar to other piercing aftercare instructions. Make sure to clean your piercing a few times per day using a saline solutions. Do not twist or turn the jewelry and make sure to touch your new piercing as little as possible (in fact, it should be left alone except when you clean it). During the healing time, it’s advisable to avoid harsh chemicals (perfumes, shampoos, body lotions, etc.) from getting into your piercing.
  • The lymphatic fluid may build up around the hole and jewelry and form a crusty substance. However, you should not twist or turn the jewelry to remove it! Don’t worry, your piercing is not “growing into” the flesh. Simply remove the crust during cleaning and leave your ear alone. Do not pick on the crust and never attempt to remove it with your fingernails. This crust is not harmful and can wait for your next cleaning (you should clean at least twice per day so it’s easy to remove the crust).
  • Helix piercing, as any cartilage piercing, is prone to migration and rejection. Many helix piercings are long-lasting but you need to take appropriate care of it and observe it regularly to prevent and notice any changes. If you catch it on time, you may be able to prevent infections and other problems and thus make your helix piercing long-lasting.

Inner vs Outer Conch

conch-piercingA Conch Piercing is one of the more unusual ear piercing types, even though it’s popular with some people. It is one of the cartilage piercings, which makes it a bit trickier to perform than earlobe piercings. Cartilage piercings also tend to be more painful. However, this is not a reason to give up if you really desire to have a Conch Piercing.

There is a certain confusion about Conch Piercings. Namely, there are two distinctive types of Conch Piercings: Inner and Outer Conch. People sometimes confuse the two and are unsure about their similarities and differences. If you wish to get one of those (or both!) you need to know which is which and what their main differences are.

Inner Conch Piercing

Inner Conch is by far the more popular variant. If no closer distinction is mentioned, chances are that “Conch” will refer to Inner Conch piercing. Inner Conch is done on the specific part of the cartilage in the center of the ear, adjacent to the ear canal. There is a small cup-shaped area that is pierced.

This specific placement is characteristic of Inner Conch. All Inner Conch piercings are done on this cup-shaped cartilage area, or else the piercing in question cannot even be considered “Inner Conch”.

If the area is large enough, it is possible to have a large gauge Inner Conch piercing. However, the only way to achieve this is with a dermal punch. Cartilage piercings are almost impossible to stretch properly, so if you want to have a larger Inner Conch piercing it’s best to go with a dermal punch.

Outer Conch Piercing

Outer Conch piercing is a more unusual placement. It is performed on the flat part of the ear cartilage, ideally between the helix and the antihelix of the ear. The placement itself is tricky, because it has to be done on this specific spot to “count” as an Outer Conch piercing, or else it would be a simple Helix or Antihelix piercing.

In fact, these spots on the cartilage are located near each other so there is often some confusion whether the piercing in question is Outer Conch or not. Ideally, an Outer Conch piercing should be done on the cartilage but away from the rim/edge, unless you are going for a Helix piercing.

However, those who do not care about the names and simply want a piercing on this particular spot have nothing to worry about – you can simply tell your chosen piercer the exact spot where you wish to be pierced. You don’t need to know the name of the piercing or stress about getting it right.

Another way to perform an Outer Conch piercing is through dermal punching. This way, it is relatively easy to have a large gauge piercing in the cartilage, which would otherwise be very difficult (or impossible) to achieve.

Inner vs Outer Conch: The Verdict

As you can see, Inner and Outer Conch Piercings are very similar (hence the name), so it’s easy to confuse one for the other. Both are cartilage piercings done on the inner side of the ear, though Inner Conch is more so (as the name implies).

The main difference is the placement: Inner Conch has a very specific placement on the cup-shaped area near the ear canal. Outer Conch doesn’t have a special placement so there is more freedom when performing this piercing type.

Another potential difference is jewelry. Typically, Outer Conch allows for more space and freedom when choosing jewelry (for example, Captive Bead Rings), while the Inner Conch typically uses simple studs. However, this is not set in stone and there is always room for some experimentation.

The Top 5 Easy to Hide Piercings

Easy to Hide PiercingsAre you looking for some easy to hide piercings and piercing options? There may be many different reasons to hide your piercings, such as job, education and other factors.

Of course, the easiest way to go is to choose a piercing that is normally covered by clothes, such as a navel or a nipple piercing. Also, genital piercings are very easy to hide in everyday situations.

What about piercings located on the face and head, however? They are more difficult to hide. If you really wish to have some discreet facial and oral piercings, here is the list of the top 5 piercings that are easy to hide:

  1. Tongue Web

Tongue web piercings are performed on the thin piece of skin under the tongue. This tissue is also known as tongue frenulum. This is not the most popular piercing out there, mainly because it is hardly visible, unless the person truly wants to show off the piercing. However, the fact this is a difficult to see piercing also helps it with hiding. In other words, this is probably the easiest piercing to hide, if you do not count piercings that are normally covered by clothes.

  1. Smiley

Smiley is another unique oral piercing that is also easy to hide. It is performed on the thin web of skin that connects the upper lip with gums. This tissue is very thin and easy to piece, so it’s considered one of the easiest piercing types out there. The main downside to this piercing is the fact that it’s not really visible – in fact, the only way to see it is if the person smiles widely (hence the name). However, this downside can work to your advantage if you with to have a piercing that is easy to hide. Smiley can be worn without a problem and chances are that nobody will notice it.

  1. Septum

Septum piercing is probably the easiest facial piercing to hide. You may think it’s a very obvious piercing, since it’s placed in the middle of your face, but the placement itself allows for easy hiding. All you really need is an appropriate jewelry. See, the easiest way to hide a septum piercing is to simply turn the jewelry up your nose. Just turn it up so the ends of the jewelry sit inside your nostrils. When done this way, septum jewelry is almost invisible, so this is definitely a good piercing to choose if you need something that is easy to hide. However, make sure to wear a jewelry piece with open ends, such as a circular barbell. Fully closed jewelry pieces, such as Captive Bead Rings, are not good for this purpose.

  1. Tragus

Tragus is probably the easiest ear piercing to hide. It is done on the part of cartilage just in front of the ear opening. There is a little flap that can accommodate small jewelry. It makes tragus piercing very discreet, especially if you wear jewelry that is not too flashy or ornamented. Also, tragus piercing is easy to hide with hair. All you need to do is to cover it with a bit of hair, and the best thing is that it’s so small it can be covered even if your hair is in a ponytail. It makes it a very convenient ear piercing to hide.

  1. Tongue

You may think of a tongue piercing as a very prominent one, but it’s actually pretty well-hidden. It does not really show much when you talk, so it’s easy to miss, especially if you don’t wear large or colorful jewelry. In fact, the main reason this type of piercing is spotted is because people have a slight lisp during the healing time (especially in the first few days). So it’s actually the lisp and not the piercing itself that might give it away. The tongue piercing itself, however, is relatively easy to hide, so this is definitely one of the more popular piercings you might want to get if you need a piercing you can hide easily.

How Old Should You Be to Get Pierced?

Older Man PiercingsMany people are interested about the best age to get your first piercing. It’s important to note that there is no one, universal good answer to this question.

Everybody has their own, individual life path and maturity, so what’s good for one person might not be good for the other.

There are, however, some legal and ethical issues to take into account. As a rule, there is no such a thing as being too old for your first piercing – but there is such a thing as being too young.

Legal Aspects

Before you decide to get your first piercing, you need to make sure it’s legal. There are numerous rules and regulations when it comes to clients’ minimum age to get pierced. These rules vary from state to state (and country to country), so they are not universal and not the same everywhere. If in doubt, make sure to check local rules and regulations in your area.

Generally speaking, minors cannot get pierced without parental consent. Usually, the youngest age to get pierced is 16, but you need to have your parents’ consent. Typically, it’s possible to get pierced without parental consent once you’re 18 (though in some places it can be 21 – this is why you need to check).

These general regulations, however, differ when it comes to certain types of piercings, such as genital piercings or nipple piercings (in some areas). Generally speaking, you need to be 18 years old in order to request this type of piercing.

There are some controversies about parents allowing their minor children to get pierced. Basic earlobe piercings are very popular even with young demographic, so it’s usually the first piercing a person will get. Some parents want their children, even babies, get earlobe piercings.

Different piercing studios have different ideas about this. There are some ethnical issues about performing piercings at such young children, even with parental consent. What can a baby or an infant know about piercings and aftercare? Will they like to be pierced or is this just their parents’ wish? These are just some of the questions about piercing and minors.

All in all, it’s important to know that there is such a thing as being too young for your first piercing. Sometimes, this age is regulated through laws and rules, while sometimes it’s a grey area and it’s more related to ethnical issues and individual piercer’s decision.

If you are a teenager who wish to get pierced it’s important to know that you’ll probably need your parents’ consent. If they are unwilling to provide one, it’s important to wait until you get their consent or you’re old enough to get a piercing without parental consent.

Under no circumstances should you agree to get pierced by a friend or do it alone: piercings are a serious matter and they should be done by professionals. Never endanger your health for this! It’s much better to be patient and stay healthy than risk a traumatic and dangerous experience.

Am I Too Old?

On the other hand, you may feel you’re too old to get your first piercing. There are, after all, many people in their 40s, 50s or 60s without any piercings. You may think you’re past the age when piercings are cool.

If you are intrigued about piercings, fear not. There is actually no such a thing as being “too old” to get you first piercing, provided that your health allows it. Piercings are always cool if you like them, so there is no reason to get your first one in your 40s, 50s, 60s or even later!

5 Surprisingly Painless Piercings

1729pThere are some piercings that are known to be relatively painless.

Earlobe, for example, is known as probably the least painful piercings of them all.

However, there are some other piercings that are relatively painless or definitely much less painful than they look.

But let’s start with the easiest one:

Earlobe Piercing

Everyone knows this one is relatively easy to go through. Earlobe tissue is soft and not particularly thick, so it’s easy for a needle to go through. However, it’s always important to use a proper piercing needle for this procedure.

Never agree to be pierced with a gun! Guns are dangerous, unsanitary and can make the whole procedure much painful than what it’s supposed to be. Plus, no knowledgeable professional will want to use a piercing gun so if your piercer uses it, there is a good chance they are not a reliable professional. Find a studio and a good piercer who will perform this piercing properly.

Septum Piercing

When done right, nose septum piercing does not hurt much. It’s because the piercing itself doesn’t go through nose cartilage at all. Instead, the piercing is done on the thin skin just in front of the cartilage. If you pinch your nose on this spot you will feel how thin the tissue actually is.

For a septum piercing to be positioned correctly, your piercer has to go through that tissue alone. If done correctly, it doesn’t bring much pain. It is actually one of the least painful piercings out there.

However, many people say that they experienced significant pain during the procedure. The reasons is that some piercers are not experienced or knowledgeable enough to hit the right spot. If the needle goes through the cartilage or if the piercing is positioned too low, it might end up being painful. To avoid this problem, always seek an experienced piercer who knows how to perform septum piercings correctly. Chances are that it will be one of the least painful piercings you’ll get!

Tongue Piercing

It may surprise many people, but classic tongue piercings are not particularly painful. They may seem painful because tongue is thick and there is a lot of tissue for needle to go through, but fear not: it is actually one of the least painful places you can get pierced.

However, please note that this is only true for a typical central tongue piercing. Other tongue piercing types may prove to be more painful. Also, it’s important to find a knowledgeable piercer who is experienced with tongue piercings to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Bridge Piercing

Surprisingly enough, but piercing the bridge of your nose is not particularly painful. Bridge piercing, also known as Erl piercing, is not as popular as some other piercing types, but there are many people who choose to get it.

It may seem like a sensitive spot, but bridge piercings are relatively quick to perform and they don’t hurt much. They definitely look more painful than they actually are, so if you are thinking about getting this piercing, there is no need to fear pain.

Prince Albert

Now, this one is a bit different. PA is a genital piercing and as such, it is more painful than some other piercing types. At the same time, Prince Albert is surprisingly painless compared to most other piercings. It is one of the least painful genital piercings for sure, but it’s also less painful than many “regular” piercings.

The thing is that only a little bit of a very thin tissue is pierced during this procedure. Most of the piercing uses the natural hole – urethra, so all the piercer needs to perform is a slight cut on the underside of the penis. The skin on that spot is thin and the procedure is done quickly. Most men describe the pain as a pinch and claim that PA piercing was much less painful than some “ordinary” piercings, such as ear cartilage piercings or nose piercings.

In other words, if you want to have a genital piercing but you’re scared of the pain, Prince Albert may be the perfect solution for you!

Two Piercings Connected by a Single Jewelry

i7un5cnwThere are certain piercing types that require more than one hole to be made. Or, to put it more precisely, those piercing types are created by joining two different piercing holes with a single jewelry piece.

While, in theory, one can connect any random pair of piercings with a single jewelry piece if it’s physically possible to achieve, there are certain piercing types specially made of different holes connected by the single jewelry piece.

Two Piercings, One Jewelry Piece

The most popular among those is Industrial piercing. However, there are many other examples of piercings connected with a single jewelry piece. Industrial piercing consists of two holes done on the ear cartilage. The holes (piercings) can have different placements, but they are always located on the opposing sides of the ear. The placement should be carefully done so the holes can be connected with a single jewelry piece, typically a long straight barbell. This sort of placement can be done on other body parts as well, so any time you connect two piercings with a barbell you will get some form of an Industrial piercing (though this name is typically reserved for the ear piercing).

Orbital piercings are two piercings connected by a single ring. These piercings are often done on the ear but can work anywhere on the body (including genital piercings). As long as you connect two holes with a single ring you will have an orbital piercing.

There are also some popular piercings done in pairs but rarely, if ever, connected with a single jewelry piece. A good examples are lip “bites” piercings (such as Angel bites, Dolphin bites, Vampire bites, Snake bites and others). These are lip piercings done in pairs or fours, but they are typically not connected by a single jewelry piece.

Also, it’s important to note that some people like to connect close piercings with a single jewelry piece, even temporarily. It’s often done on ears, usually for ear cartilage piercings. These piercings connected by a single jewelry do not typically have a special name.

Initial Jewelry

It’s very important to choose the right initial jewelry for these piercings. Since they are done in pairs, there are two fresh piercings to take care of, which makes aftercare more complex. Jewelry can make this process easier or more complicated, depending on the circumstances.

The first thing that needs to be ensured is proper placement of both piercings. It’s important that they work as a pair if you wish to use a single jewelry piece through both of them. It means your piercer has to angle both piercings accordingly. This is why it’s always best to do both at the same time to ensure proper placement.

When it comes to initial jewelry, there are two choices: to use a single jewelry piece straight away, or to use two separate jewelry pieces during the healing time. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. When two pieces are used, those are typically Captive Bead Rings, though some piercers choose to use other jewelry types.

The advantage of using two jewelry pieces is that it makes aftercare easier. You can clean your piercings separately and give each a proper attention. Also, piercings will use different jewelry so they will not pull each other or irritate each other during healing. Another advantage is that it’s easier to measure the proper length for final jewelry (orbital ring or Industrial barbell) once piercings are healed. However, a downside to this method is that sometimes, piercings will move slightly during the piercing time so they might not be perfectly aligned once they are healed.

Advantages and disadvantages of using a single jewelry piece are the opposite than what’s listed above. A good thing about using a single jewelry piece straight away is that jewelry will keep piercings connected and perfectly aligned. The downside is that it makes aftercare trickier and there is a possibility of irritating both piercings through the pressure from the jewelry.

At the end of the day, the choice will be made by your piercer. There are good reasoning for both of these methods, so it will all depend on your piercer’s opinion and your individual case. This is yet another reason why it’s always important to choose a knowledgeable, experienced piercer and a reliable piercing studio.

Are Ear Piercings Painful?

Ear Piercings PainfulEar piercings are generally considered to be the least painful of them all. Everybody knows about earlobe piercing. This is such a popular type of a piercing and fully socially accepted that it’s often not even considered a “real” piercing. It is also considered to be relatively pain-free. Even people who otherwise dislike piercings often have pierced earlobes.

The fact that earlobe piercing is done relatively easily and pain-free makes people believe that ear piercings are not painful in general. The truth is, there is a huge difference between a simple earlobe piercing and other ear piercing types. Some of ear piercings are actually more complex and painful. Cartilage piercings are known to be very sensitive. This is why it’s important to get informed about a particular piercing type you wish to get, to learn about the pain levels and other facts about this piercing.

Cartilage Piercings

As stated above, cartilage piercings tend to be more painful than the others. While each person is an individual and while there are no hard and fast rules on this, cartilage piercings do tend to be more painful than one might expect. They are certainly more painful than earlobe piercings, so one should not assume these piercing types are similar at all. They are both done on the ear, true, but they are very different types of piercings.

Also, cartilage piercings are sometimes known to be painful than other body piercings. For example, tongue piercing may look very painful but in reality, the pain level is lover than with many other piercings. Similarly, ear cartilage piercings tend to be more painful than people think.

That not to say that ear cartilage piercings are excruciating. The procedure is done relatively quickly and the pain is short. It is definitely possible to go through this procedure without trauma, and it’s definitely true that ear cartilage piercings are not the most painful of them all. That being said, it’s also vital to know that they tend to be a bit more painful than they look. As such, they might not be recommended to people who are very scared of pain or who wish to get their first piercing. It’s better to get more experience and then try ear cartilage piercings.

Also, it’s vital to get informed. Read as much as you can about this type of piercing to learn about the procedure and other aspects of these piercings. Also, consult your chosen piercer. A good piercer will be able to walk you through all the steps of the piercing process and explain everything you need to know. With this information at hand, getting an ear cartilage piercing is easy.

Stretched Ear Piercings

Another type of ear piercing you may wonder about are stretched piercings. Most commonly, this involves stretched earlobes, but some other piercing types can be stretched as well. With cartilage piercings, however, it gets tricky – these are very difficult to stretch.

What about stretched earlobes, then? Are they painful? The good news is that they start out as any other earlobe piercing. The hole is then gradually stretched to a larger gauge. This process has to be gradual in order to allow the ear time to heal and become stronger before the next stretching stage. It means that you need to go slowly and gradually. This process should not be painful. It may cause minor discomfort but it should never tear or damage the tissue, and it should not cause pain.

Rare Ear Piercings: Ragnar

ragnarThe Ragnar piercing is a special version of the snug piercing. It’s also known as “deep snug” and it’s considered a special placement and a modification of the more popular snug piercing type. As such, it’s not as popular as its more common counterpart.

However, this is a very interesting piercing variation so it’s definitely something to try if you’re looking for a reliable but unique ear piercing.

What Makes Ragnar Piercing Different?

Ragnar is a special, rare piercing performed on the ear cartilage. For a piercing to be called “Ragnar”, it has to be performed on a specific place, on the point where the earlobe blends into the helix. However, unlike the regular snug piercing this one is made to extend and go all the way through the outer rim of the ear. This way, the cartilage is deeply pierced and the jewelry exits on the other side of the ear.

This is a very effective piercing type, and while it’s considered a variation of a snug piercing, it’s vital to keep in mind that it should be treated as a unique piercing, especially when it comes to procedure and aftercare. Ragnar passes through so much tissue, which make it more complex than many other ear piercings. While this is not a fully complex piercing, it’s undoubtedly more sensitive and complicated to perform than a regular snug. Therefore, it’s absolutely vital to choose a piercer who is experienced with Ragnar piercings and who knows how to perform them right. You do not wish to end up with a scar tissue, infection or another problem. While this piercing type is not problematic on its own, the fact it’s rare makes it necessary to be careful.

Ragnar is a type of a horizontal piercing, which is always unique to see on an ear. Horizontal ear piercings are very effective and they add a special visual effect, so they are made to attract attention. What makes Ragnar special is that it creates a very unique look, since it’s made to look like the jewelry has one ball inside the ear rim while the other one is on the outside edge of the ear.

Pay Special Attention

If you wish to have a Ragnar piercing, there are some things you need to think about. Like it’s said above, it’s absolutely crucial to find a piercer who is experienced with this piercing type. In addition to this, pay close attention to:

  • Ragnar passes through a large amount of tissue, which makes aftercare more complex. Cartilage is sensitive so it has to be touched with care. Since this piercing goes through major points in the ear cartilage it makes the piercing not only sensitive but fragile. The piercing takes months to heal (often close to a year to fully heal), so it’s important to be careful with the aftercare. In addition to regular aftercare measures (cleaning your piercing with saline solution), you need to make sure not to hurt your ear in any way. Avoid any harsh chemicals near your ear, including shampoos and skin products. Do not sleep on your ear for at least several weeks (perhaps even more). Keep your hair away from your ear. Be very careful when dressing up or taking your clothes off. It’s absolutely vital not to touch or hurt your piercing. It goes without saying: you should not twist or turn jewelry in any way. It’s important to let your new Ragnar piercing heal.
  • The most common jewelry type for a Ragnar piercing is a simple straight barbell. While this piercing is a relatively long for an ear cartilage piercing, it’s still shorter than Industrial piercings, so no special barbells are needed. In other words, a regular barbell will do – you don’t need one that’s super-long. Keep in mind: Industrial piercings are actually two piercings at one and while the jewelry is long the actual pierced area is smaller than that of Ragnar. Ragnar pierces more tissue. For this reason, some people opt for barbells made of flexible material rather than metal barbells. Flexible barbells but less strain on the tissue, which minimizes risk of migration, rejection and other problems. Also, flexible jewelry is more likely to adjust to the ear’s natural curves. On the other hand, metal jewelry is generally more reliable, so you may consider it for your Ragnar piercing once it’s fully healed. Some people use metal barbells as initial jewelry and they don’t have any problems, so it depends on the case.
  • Knowledgeable piercer? Finding a good piercer for a Ragnar piercing might not be easy. Even some highly experienced piercers are unfamiliar with this piercing type. Of course, the more experienced a piercer is, the more chances they will know how to handle a Ragnar. That being said, always try to go for someone who’s actually performed this piercing in the past. Ask for photos and credentials before you decide on a piercer.
  • Since Ragnar passes through a lot of cartilage tissue, it is bound to be painful. As you probably know, all ear cartilage piercings are painful to some degree. Since this one is particularly long, you can expect some degree of pain. However, there are certainly piercings that are more painful than Ragnar. People with Ragnar tend to agree that it’s worth a pain, so this should not prevent you from getting a Ragnar piercing if you want. That being said, this is definitely not a piercing for beginners or those who hate pain.