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Types of Ear Piercings

Despite the fact that the ear is a relatively small part of the body, there are many different types of ear piercings.  The names of ear piercings generally correspond with the anatomical name of the bit of cartilage which is pierced.  To the right, you’ll find a picture that combines the ear piercing places with a little ear anatomy so you can see how they correspond.

Here is a list of the different ear piercings.  For all of the ear piercing types, you can follow the link for more information about that specific ear piercing.

  • Lobe – The standard piercing associated with the ears.  This piercing is sometimes stretched for a more dramatic look.
  • Industrial – This is a bar that goes through a hole at the front of the ear, as well as a hole in the back in the outer cartilage known as the helix.
  • Helix – This piercing, as one might expect, goes through the helix.  The most common jewelry type used here is a captive bead ring.
  • Snug – This is one of two piercings that are located on the anti-helix cartilage of the ear.  The snug is usually pierced from front to back approximately across from the Tragus.
  • Rook – This is the other anti-helix piercing.  This one is pierced vertically approximately directly above the Tragus.
  • Tragus – This piercing can either go straight through the Tragus, usually with a captive bead ring, though sometimes it is pierced vertically and a bar is worn.
  • Anti-Tragus – As one might expect, the anti-tragus is the fold of cartilage just on the other side of your ear canal from the tragus.
  • Conch – This is a term used to describe just about any other piercing done to the cartilage of the ear that isn’t already describe above.  These are divided into inner and outer conch piercings depending on which plane of cartilage is being pierced.

Daith piercing is commonly misrepresented as being a particular ear piercing, but it’s a term that covers all piercing of the cartilage, not a specific piercing.

That should cover all the different types of ear piercings.  If I missed anything, let me know.

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  • laurel August 18, 2012, 11:32 pm

    hey, thanks for this info but i think the easiest way to understand is with pictures, because i, for one, have no idea where the helix or tragus is(:
    thanks for taking the time to make this site

    • Pierce August 20, 2012, 8:27 pm

      Yeah, pix would definitely be helpful. I want to create an image that has a bit of the ear’s anatomy along with the locations of all of the piercings for it, but I haven’t gotten around to it.

  • Becca June 9, 2013, 7:30 pm

    This is helpful, but you are missing some. Like a conque, an orbital, standard cartalidge, the “times” for thecatalidge. Like a 10 o’clock or a 9 o’clock cartalidge for example.

  • Maddy June 23, 2013, 3:24 am

    Hey you forgot the double helix

  • rory June 30, 2013, 5:24 pm

    You forgot the antihelix

  • Karlee December 17, 2013, 4:29 am

    Foreword helix

  • ezza August 23, 2014, 9:30 am

    You forgot anti helix I love mine

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