Well, I guess there’s no doubt that the ear piercing is the most common form of body piercing these days. And of course, since the ancient times our ancestors have pierced their earlobes and worn adornments in them!
It can be actually argued whether the earlobe piercing falls under the body piercing category because it’s so common and widespread that many would think of it something unrelated to other body piercing types like nose piercing, tongue piercing and genital piercing.
However, don’t underestimate what the ear piercing can actually look like! Don’t forget that a human’s ear doesn’t end with an earlobe. There are so many places in the ears which can be pierced that you’ll be surprised.
Oh yes, even the simple earlobe piercing can be brought one step further and the lobe can be pierced from different angles.
So here you go – transverse lobe piercing. Still the very earlobe is being pierced, but not as usually. The piercing goes inside through the lobe parallely the ear instead of running through it from behind the lobe and emerging in the front. This is a modern kind of ear piercing as well as another variation of the lobe piercing –
Vertical lobe piercing pierces the earlobe vertically using a straight barbell. It goes in where an anti-tragus piercing would begin, but instead of coming out right above the earlobe goes all the way down. This one involves piercing the cartilage and therefore takes much longer to heal. Whereas a simple ear piercing would take a few weeks to heal, the vertical one may take up to a half-year to heal properly!
Do you know what’s the most painful of all the piercings? Genital piercing? Nope! It’s one of the ear piercing types – anti-tragus piercing. It is similar to the vertical lobe piercing with the upper part of the barbell entering through the cartilage above the earlobe. However, it doesn’t go through the lobe, it merely pierces the cartilage. Actually this ear piercing type is a very nice looking one, isn’t it? It might be worth the pain… 🙂
And here in the picture below you can see the most popular places for ear piercing.
Ear industrial piercing is also very popular. The most common version of it involves piercing the outer rim of the ear in two places and then connecting it using a straight barbell. The industrial piercings can go just about anywhere throughout the ear connecting two or more piercings. However, the standard ear industrial piercing is placed like where it says in the picture above and specific ear piercings – industrial barbells are being manufactured to adorn them.
Tragus piercing – has become quite a common type of ear piercing recently and there’s loads of nice tragus earrings available.