Getting bored of the same old ear piercings that you’ve had forever? Want to get a body piercing that’s unique, stylish, and edgy? An industrial earring is right up your alley. Time to learn all about both types of industrial piercings, the locations, healing times, and everything else you need to know about this amazing ear piercing. Get ready for our favorite class: Industrial Piercings 101! Your guide to getting industrial earrings.

Before we get started on all the piercing FAQs, it’s important to remember that healing times can vary and that different types of piercings take longer to heal. Industrial piercings usually take about 2-3 months to heal on average, but this isn’t a guarantee. Keeping up with the piecing care is a MUST during the healing process. It’s also important to avoid changing jewelry during this healing period. Keep in mind that body piercings NEED to be done by professionals for obvious safety reasons.

Types of Industrial Piercings

Industrial Piercing

Industrial Piercing

Industrial Piecing Location: An industrial bar piercing is a helix piercing that connects to another part of the ear cartilage. (link ear piercing guide here). The most common industrial piercing connects the forward helix and the antihelix. The industrial jewelry lays across the top of the ear running horizontally.

Industrial Piercing Process: This body piercing is typically performed with a hollow 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: 8-12 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Industrial Barbells

Vertical Double Conch Industrial Piercing

Vertical Double Conch Industrial Piercing

Vertical Double Conch Industrial Piercing Location: A conch piercing that runs through the inside ear cartilage vertically, piercing both the inner and out parts of the conch. This piercing runs across the ear vertically.

Vertical Double Conch Industrial Piercing Process: This body piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: 8-12 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Industrial barbells

Now that you’ve learned about the different types of industrial ear piercings, here are a few helpful piercing FAQs:

Q: How long does an industrial piercing take to heal?

A: Industrial piercing healing times vary. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about the healing period, industrial piercing bumps or swelling, and cleaning routines before getting your piercing.

Q: How much do industrial piercings hurt?

A: Industrial piercing pain depends on your pain tolerance. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about pain management before getting your cartilage pierced.

Q: How much does an industrial piercing cost?

A: Industrial piercing cost depends on where you live and which piercing studio you’ll choose. There are different types of piercings that have varying prices. There are also different types of jewelry, such as the popular arrow industrial piercing, which may have a higher price than standard straight barbells. We recommend calling a professional piercer for an industrial piercing price or any other cartilage earring prices.

Q: Why shouldn’t I get an industrial piercing?

A: If you’re questioning whether or not you should get an industrial piercing, we recommend talking to a professional and considering everything before committing. Not every piercing is for everyone, and that’s okay! Take your time deciding if you want an industrial piercing, and speak with a professional to make sure you’re making the best decision you can for your body. If you decide that you want one, Spencer’s has tons of cute industrial piercings to choose from.

Q: How long should I wait to change my industrial piercing jewelry?

A: You need to wait until the body piercing is completely healed before changing jewelry. The industrial earrings healing process can take up to 12 weeks, so it’s important that you use the same piece of jewelry during that time and keep up with the piercing aftercare.

Q: How do you give yourself an industrial piercing?

A: You don’t! Industrial barbells or any kind of cartilage earring needs to be done professionally to prevent any possible infections or other complications during the healing process.

Q: How do I care for my industrial piercing?

A: We recommend speaking with your piercing professional for guidelines on industrial piercing care, but you can learn more about how to clean your piercing and jewelry, types of piercings, types of jewelry, and general piercing info on our blog.

Q: Can men wear industrial piercings too?

A: Industrial piercings are for men and women! Anybody can rock this awesome piece of jewelry.

Q: Can I get an allergic reaction?

A: Allergic reactions to industrial piercing jewelry is a possibility, and could result in a rash, redness, or bumps. Contact a piercing professional and make sure that getting an industrial ear piercing is the right move for you. Be sure to discuss jewelry material options before getting pierced. Check with a doctor beforehand to learn more about your allergies.

Now that we’ve gone over all of the most important piercing FAQs, let’s go shopping! Spencer’s is the headquarters for all of your industrial piercing needs.