There’s more to ear piercings than just your lobes. In fact, people are getting their ear piercings in more unique places these days. In fact, one of the hottest trends today, constellation ear piercings, involves many piercings in unique formations on the ears. So, you might be wondering about the possibilities and limitations of ear piercing locations.
We’ve got you covered, or at least your ears covered, with the coolest ear piercings that are stylish today. We’ll take a look at many different types of piercings so that you get a better sense of what is going to work best for you. We’ll get started with an ear piercings chart and then move on to individual piercings that exemplify the different looks you can achieve!
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Ear Piercings Map
As you can see, you can practically pierce every part of your ear! Now that you know what each type of piercing is called, let’s take a look at some specific ear piercings to get a better understanding.
A surface tragus is a vertical piercing on the skin next to the tragus. It almost looks as if these ear piercings are more like cheek piercings but they are considered in the industry to be part of the ear.
The small piece of cartilage on the inner side of the external ear that slightly covers the ear canal is called the tragus. Tragus ear piercings have become very popular these days.
Here’s another example of a tragus piercing. The size of stud or ring you choose will depend on the size of your tragus. And, believe it or not, they vary in size.
The antitragus is the arch-shaped thick cartilage structure situated opposite and behind the tragus. Piercings in this area are more popular than the tragus itself. As you can see, a little hoop looks fabulous in this spot.
Here’s another example of an antitragus ear piercing. It’s the black piece of jewelry in the image above. As you can see, you can request the piercing to be a little lower and sit closer to the upper lobe.
In this example, we see a pretty standard set of lobe and upper lobe piercings. These are the most popular ear piercings after lobes. This is a cute look, right?
Helix piercings are for the upper, outer rim of the year. Do you see that little ring around the upper rim of the ear there? That’s a helix piercing. They are wildly popular today.
You can also choose jewelry that tucks up into the rim. It’s a cute almost hidden treasure of a piercing. We’ll take a look at one more example for you to get an even better idea.
As we mentioned, every single person’s ear is different. Some have more pronounced helixes while others do not. Here’s another example of how the piercing can sort of snuggle into a helix.
The anthelix is a Y-shaped curved cartilage ridge arising from the antitragus. In the above photo, do you see the diamond-studded band that emerges from the inner ear and then wraps around the helix? That’s an antihelix piercing.
Do you see that four-leaf clover? That’s the antihelix piercing in this photo. What a fabulous and lucky little piece of jewelry!
An industrial bar piercing is a helix piercing that connects to another part of the ear cartilage. The bar that connects the two piercings is often referred to as an industrial bar.
Industrial ear piercings have been popular since the 1990s, today, they are absolutely adored. They can come in so many fashions and the bar look can be achieved in a number of ways. Here’s a double one for you!
Named for its location in the ear, flat ear piercings are positioned in the flat area of the cartilage in the upper ear. Take a look at this lovely piece of jewelry located on the flat.
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How adorable is this cute little frog? It’s another example of these flat ear piercings. Let’s take a look at an example of multiple flat piercings next!
Take a look at these three flat ear piercings. If you love the idea of decorating your ear to the max, multiple flat ear piercings like this would be a great look for you!
Your forward helix is the small outer rim of cartilage at the top front of your ear, closest to the cheek. Piercings in this tend to look youthful and a touch edgy. Here’s a double forward helix!
A rook piercing goes through the inner edge of the uppermost ridge in your ear. These ear piercings aren’t as obvious as some of the others on this list which makes them appealing for those looking for a subtle ear piercing.
Here’s another example that’s zoomed back a little further than the last photo. See? Piercings in this area look great but they are sort of hidden in the ear a bit which should be attractive to many folks.
The conch is situated just above the antihelix in the middle portion of your inner ear on the “concha.” The snake jewelry is an example. These are some of the most beloved ear piercings today, but a word of caution: they hurt. The specific part of the ear has a very thick layer cartelidge which means more pain for you.
No pain, no gain, right? Well, it’s easy to see why people bite the bullet and go through with it anyway. It’s a triple conch piercing which is a feat! This looks fantastic!
A daith ear piercing is a piercing through the smallest fold of cartilage in your ear, right at the point where the outer ridge that runs along the top of your ear connects to your inner ear, just above the ear canal.
See that ring at the innermost part of the ear? That’s the example of the daith piercing on this very pierced ear. It looks wonderful, right?
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See the moon-shaped ring in the inner ear? We think it’s a lovely piece of jewelry for this slightly obscured part of the ear. Rings in this location truly accentuate the natural shape of most ears.
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these ear piercings and will consider getting some new work done. As with any form of body decoration or body modification, ear piercings are a form of self-expression and you should feel free to do so with as much jewelry as you like! Happy piercing!
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