Industrial piercings are sometimes called scaffold piercings or construction piercings and they are unlike any other sort of piercings you can get. An industrial is any two pierced holes connected with a single, straight piece of jewelry. However, the term most commonly refers to a double perforation of the upper ear cartilage. Most people have the correct ear anatomy for this piercing but that’s not true for everyone. You will need a consultation from a professional to decide if industrial piercings are right for your ear.
We wanted to get a better idea of how industrial piercings are looking these days so we took to social media to discover the latest trends and new possibilities. We found stunning jewelry, interesting placements, and so much more to share with you. If you’re considering an industrial piercing scroll through the images below to get inspired and familiarize yourself with all the potential ways you can pull it off. Let’s take a look!
Check Out Some Stunning Industrial Piercings Below!
The traditional version of an industrial ear piercing consists of a helix (or outer, upper ear) piercing connected to a forward helix (or inner, upper ear) piercing by a barbell. In the above image, you will find just that. However, industrial piercings aren’t limited to just the ear!
Love Those Parallel Lines
If you’re feeling ambitious, you could opt for double industrial piercings in the ear. The piercer has done a remarkable job of making sure these two line up. What a thrill!
If you want to double up your industrial piercings but want even more visual interest, consider crossing your bars for a unique look. The possibilities are endless!
Two-Point Industrial Piercings
Two-point industrial piercings are different from the standard ones in that the piercings are linked with a “V” shaped bar instead of a straight one. It allows for dazzling jewelry with that extra connection point.
The Vertical Industrial
Another way to go about industrial ear piercings is to opt for vertical placement. The industrial goes through the back of the ear. Sometimes these sorts of industrial piercings are called “suicide industrials.”
Up & Down
Here’s another example of a verticle industrial that is all alone in this ear. We wanted to show you an alternative view to get a better understanding of how cool these industrial piercings look on their own.
As we mentioned at the top of this list, industrial piercings are not limited to the ear. They are just the most common type so they have become the most closely associated with the term. A snake eyes piercing contains a bar that connects the two piercings near the tip of the tongue.
The piercing at the bridge of the nose is also an industrial piercing with a bar beneath the skin that connects the two piercings right between the eyes. Again, any sort of piercings with a bar connecting them are technically industrial piercings.
The Surface Tragus
An industrial piercing that sits in front of the ear is called a surface tragus piercing. As you can see, a bar connects both piercing sites.
Another type of industrial piercing is an eyebrow piercing like the one shown above. Notice how a bar connects the two dots. You don’t see as many of these as you used to but we expect them to become a trend again soon in coming years.
We realize there are a few different piercings in this ear but turn your attention to the piercing that is most near the inner ear. It’s called a rook piercing and it looks fantastic!
A Closer Look
Here’s a cleaner look at another rook piercing. This person has chosen some dazzling jewelry for the spot.
Anything But Straight
An industrial ear piercing will take about five months to fully heal. In general, the standard straight bar is kept in the ear until it is healed and can be replaced with different jewelry. The straight bars we’ve been seeing in these industrial piercings are popular but it’s not the only option. Here’s one with a very cool wavy shape.
Yes, belly button rings are technically industrial piercings as well. Take a look at this beautiful piece of jewelry.
A four-point industrial piercing or quad industrial piercing consists of one piece of jewelry that’s connected to four separate piercings. We imagine the jewelry in the above image was created as a custom piece to fit the unique arrangement.
Here are three different industrial piercings stacked on top of one another. It’s an ambitious undertaking that we would venture to guess each piercing was done at different appointments to allow each to heal before continuing.
Never Break the Chain
There are some truly amazing jewelers out there who are exploring new ways to express industrial piercings. We find the one above connected by a shimmering chain instead of the standard bar.
Playing with Form
One of the coolest features of industrial piercings is that the jewelry can maximize its form. For instance, the above piece is shaped like an arrow that looks like it’s been shot through the ear.
The above piercing is called a snug or sometimes an anti-helix. Notice how the two piercings are connected with a bar? It’s an industrial!
An Austin Bar
An Austin bar piercing is similar to a bridge piercing except that it goes through the cartilage near the tip of the nose. There’s a bar connecting those two dots in the above example.
A nasallang piercing is similar to an Austin bar except that it connects the two nostrils, further up the nose. We imagine this piercing is very painful as that is a lot of nose to go through!
Labret piercings are also technically industrial piercings. The needle goes through the lip and out of the chin here.
If you do go through with your industrial ear piercing, you will find no shortage of creative ways to connect the two perforation sites. Here, we find some pretty rings connected with a chain.
This industrial piercing is a cross between a vertical and horizontal one. As you can see, the upper piercing is done as a standard helix, but what’s unique here, is the bottom piercing that’s gone through an area that’s called a conch.
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Have a Blast with Jewelry
We leave you with a really fine piece of jewelry to remind you of all of the gorgeous options you’ll have to choose from after you get your industrial piercing. If you love sparkle, you better shine!
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these industrial piercings that really do raise the bar. As you have seen, the jewelry pieces available to you for your industrial ear piercing are absolutely dynamic, beautiful, and unlike any other sort of piercing. If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to get an industrial, we hope this list has helped you see just how gorgeous these piercings are and helped you decide if one is right for you!
- 1 Check Out Some Stunning Industrial Piercings Below!
- 1.1 The Standard
- 1.2 Love Those Parallel Lines
- 1.3 Criss-Cross
- 1.4 Two-Point Industrial Piercings
- 1.5 The Vertical Industrial
- 1.6 Up & Down
- 1.7 Snake Eyes
- 1.8 Bridge Piercing
- 1.9 The Surface Tragus
- 1.10 The Eyebrow
- 1.11 Rook Piercings
- 1.12 A Closer Look
- 1.13 Anything But Straight
- 1.14 Belly Buttons
- 1.15 Four Points
- 1.16 Stacked Industrials
- 1.17 Never Break the Chain
- 1.18 Playing with Form
- 1.19 Snug
- 1.20 An Austin Bar
- 1.21 Nasallang
- 1.22 Labret Piercings
- 1.23 Connected Rings
- 1.24 Daring Placement
- 1.25 Have a Blast with Jewelry
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