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Industrial Piercing

The industrial piercing is a piercing that consists of two piercings in the upper area of the outer cartilage (the helix) of the ear.  A hole is punched in both sides, one in front towards the face, and one towards the back of the head.


The jewelry used for an industrial ear piercing is a straight barbell which gives it its characteristic look, and is consistant with other names for this piercing which are the “scaffolding piercing” or “construction piercing,” because it resembles the scaffolding at a construction site.


The gauge for industrial piercings usually starts at 14g, but sometimes a 16g is used.


Like most cartilage piercings, the industrial bar piercing can take from 6 months to a year to heal, and they tend to be rather sensitive and painful throughout the healing process.

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  • Patrick December 1, 2012, 5:57 am

    I got my industrial like a month and a half ago. I love it. After about threeweeks it stopped hurting when touched and it closes up easy but reopens sometimes pain-free.

    • Pierce December 1, 2012, 7:29 pm

      That’s not bad. I’ve seen them take forever to heal and stop hurting.

  • Violet Smith March 6, 2013, 2:26 pm

    I had the pleasure of tailgating with a girl who had an Inner Industrial. Like me she had seen it on only one person ever, and like her I had to get one! Going a year strong and haven’t seen another!

  • Prins November 19, 2013, 7:43 pm

    I wanna do a piercing under my lower lip on my left side so i wanna know what is it called and i would like to get a picture of it

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