Like with tattoos, many people find that once they start it becomes difficult to stop. After the first piercing, the time between piercings gets shorter and shorter until there’s little space left for new adornments.
Given people’s tendency to fill up their ears with jewellery and piercings of all kinds, it makes sense to make informed decisions about which piercings you want and where.
Expressing Yourself with Piercings & Jewellery
Multiple ear piercings is not a throwaway trend. Its an opportunity to explore a whole new set of options for self expression. Although you shouldn’t get piercings just because it’s trendy, the trend of multiple ear piercings helps remove the stigma from having heavily adorned ears.
Piercings are a rewarding form of body art because they represent a continually evolving form of self-expression. You’ll never get bored with the virtually unlimited options afforded by switching jewellery, styles, and taking piercings out or adding new features as your style and taste changes.
Just as you can add more piercings as you grow as a person, you can add more jewellery to your collection and deploy it in different ways. Multiple ear piercings are a great means of making your expression evolve along with your identity.
Picking Piercings That Are Flattering To Your Proportions
The best advice when it comes to picking piercings is to express yourself and choose what you think looks good. You can use a piercing to accentuate a feature you like or draw attention away from features you would prefer people didn’t notice.
For example, if your ears protrude farther from your head than you would like you can make them look flatter by getting a piercing at the base of your earlobe. Conversely, if you think your ears are tucked-in and would like them to be more prominent, a helix piercing is a great way to give them more depth and add a colourful dimension to your face.
Playing with symmetry between the ears is another way to express your identity and aesthetic taste. You aren’t restricted to having the same piercings on both ears. Although humans tend to see symmetry as a sign of beauty, an unexpected asymmetry can look just as fetching.
Choosing Jewellery That Complements Your Piercings
In addition to the location of your piercing, choosing from different types of jewellery gives even more depth to your decision. Since piercing jewellery can be removed or replaced to suit your style and mood, it gives you a wider range of personal expression.
Try experimenting with piercings made of different materials while minding they are safe and won’t damage your skin or your piercing. Each material comes with advantages and disadvantages in terms of strength, durability, and appearance. Some of the most popular materials for piercing jewellery include titanium, gold, and implant-grade steel, but people have been known to use all sorts of unconventional materials as jewellery.
As with the location of your piercing, it comes down to what you think best expresses the artistic vision you have for your body. Your only limit is your imagination.
Common Types of Ear Piercings
Some of the most common piercings are listed below to help inform your decision. Keep in mind that healing time differs depending on which piercing you choose, so click on the type of piercing you are interested to learn more.
Conch – A piercing located just above the earlobe and under the opening of the inner ear canal.
Snug – Piercing of the cartilage on the inside of the outer ear.
Daith – A piercing of the cymba, the piece of skin immediately above the opening of the ear canal.
Orbital – Piercings which hold rounded jewelry anywhere on the outer rim of the ear.
Rook – The piercing through the fold just above the opening of the inner ear known as the crural of antehelix.
Tragus – Piercing through the cartilage jutting out of the centre of the ear, near the opening of the inner ear.
Helix – A piercing anywhere on the outer rim of the ear above the lobe.
Cartilage – Piercing in the see-through cartilage at the tip of the ear.
Lobes – A hole in the lobe at the base of the ear.