Piercings just Entered a Whole New Arena:
Luxury Ear Design
The Origins of Ear Design:
First, let’s take a look into the history. Although this trend feels new and modern, this piercing style has been practiced since ancient civilizations. In recent years, archeologists have discovered ear piercings in the bodies of mummies dating back over 5000 years.
Piercings have been celebrated by the ancient Romans to show devotion to their empire, along with the Mayans who believed they would grow closer to God. Eventually, due to the Renaissance period, a liking towards piercings began to spread worldwide. Eventually, ear piercings were worn by royals and Europe's wealthiest people.
TYPES OF PIERCINGS
Who’s that hot thang? ;)
Piercing the Tragus:
So, you’ve decided to uplevel your look, but you want to do it in a way that whispers “honey, I have arrived” with a cheeky French accent. Cue the tragus piercing, a chic way to embellish your style without going too overboard.
The tragus piercing is one of our favorite placements here at Nina Wynn. It is both unusual and necessary at the same time. Our favorite thing about the tragus is the way that it draws your attention. When someone looks at your ears, the tragus piercing sits at the forefront and is the first thing to catch their eye.
Piercing the tragus is a fairly simple process and one that, like the diath, may also help alleviate pain from headaches and migraines (woohoo!). We love an added bonus. The tragus piercing suits most ear anatomies and is often added as the first exploratory piece beyond the lobe. Unlike the daith and conch, it remains outside the ear on the inner side, closest to the face. We adore this piercing on anyone who feels called towards it!
Pain Level: 6
Healing Time: 3-6 months
Vibe: unafraid to shine
The Tragus Personality: What the Tragus says about you
The tragus is for the flirty ones who shine brightly simply by existing. It is for the changemakers, the dreamers and the passion-filled lovers. This person is confident, wholesome and ready playful when it comes to their approach to life. People with a tragus piercing are typically fashion-forward, chic and have a great sense of aesthetics.If you’re ready to uplevel and step into a new version of yourself, the tragus piercing is for you.
Give me Liberty or Give me Daith!
Piercing the Daith:
Feeling like you need some spice in your life? I think we’re all needing a little bit more romance right now. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Cue the daith earring, the hottest trend of the roaring 20’s. Let’s talk all things about this juicy daith earring placement.
Once you get past the pain of the initial poke, the daith piercing will transform your mood… and we’re not kidding.
Forums, Facebook groups and Eastern medicine practitioners around the world swear by the daith piercing and it’s miraculous effects in relieving migraines. In fact, many seek out this chic daith piercing for the exclusive reason to alleviate pain.
While pain elimination from the daith is an amazing bonus, we can’t shy away from how dang cute it is, especially when you pierce with the right daith earring. That’s where we come in.
Pain Level: 6
Healing Time: 9 months
Vibe: edgy with class
The Daith Personality: What the Daith says about you
The daith is for the statement makers, those unafraid to stand out in a crowd. This piercing walks to the beat of its own drummer, laughs and lives unapologetically. The daith is for those who don’t back down from a challenge, and instead rise up. The daith is for those ready to uplevel their style with a beautiful piece that lays flat against the ear. Daith’s are show-stopping, attention-grabbing and their vibe is customized by whatever piece is worn inside. This earned token of pain speaks volumes about the soul beneath.
Styling your Daith piercing
Conch you see, you really need me?
Piercing the Conch
My, oh, my.. does a conch piercing catch your eye. This is what dreams are made of, my love. The conch piercing is new to the mainstream fashion world, but man, does it shine. This beautiful piercing is placed inside the ear, following along the outermost curve. This place, although unusual, is dreamier than you could ever imagine.
Cue the roaring 20’s and the conch piercing is thriving from ear to ear. The best part about this ear piercing?- It can be worn with so many different styles (Yay for diversifying our look!). The vibe of the conch is entirely dictated by the earring inside of it.
Pain Level: 5
Healing Time: 6-9 months
Vibe: For the wild ones
The Conch Personality: What the Conch piercing says about you
The conch is for those who like their privacy, but connect deeply with those who are worth their time. Conch wearers are insightful, patient and kind. They are truth seekers, peacekeepers and teachers. They are admired for their leadership qualities and ability to retain a sense of calm. If you befriend a conch-wearer, you are in great luck.
She is beauty. She is grace.
Piercing the Helix:
Ready to flirt with a new look, but not ready to jump into anything too crazy yet? The helix, aka cartilage, piercing is for you. Worn by people around the world and adored for its effortless class, the helix piercing immediately brings your style to life.
This piercing rests on the outer and upper side of your ear and is in a prominent spot to be noticed by many. This piercing has a longer healing period than a lobe piercing, but it's the investment of a lifetime. The cartilage piercing is timeless, subtle and tasteful. At Nina Wynn, the helix piercing is adored for its versatility. One simple hole provides you with unlimited fashion opportunities.
Pain Level: 6
Healing Time: 3-6 months
Vibe: unafraid to shine
The Helix Personality: What the helix says about you
The Helix wearer is cautious with a little bite. They stay inside their box and don’t like to step on too many toes, but will always stand their ground when needed. They are always seeking to learn and grow into new, more inspired versions of themselves. The helix is for the methodical ones who think before they act and love with purpose and intention.
Made you Rook ;)
Piercing the Rook:
Once upon a time, there was the piercing who ruled it all.. the rook. Now, we’re not saying the other holes aren’t valuable, but the rook piercing truly brings an ear to life.
At Nina Wynn, we’re obsessed with the placement of the rook earring. It’s the “peek-a-boo” moment we didn’t know we needed, until now. The rook piercing is often one that slips under the rug, or goes unnoticed. While this might be a negative quality when it comes to everyday life, it’s one of our favorite things about the rook.
The rook piercing can be done one of two ways- vertically looping through the cartilage and coming out the other side, or piercing a single stud front to back. The second way is our favorite. It provides this sweet, subtle, “bet you didn’t notice me” moment that leaves us asking for more.
Pain Level: 6
Healing Time: 3-6 months
Vibe: Trespassing on sweetness
The Rook Personality: What the Rook piercing says about you
The rook piercing is for those who love a good romance. It’s the pretty little thing that hints at what might be underneath without giving too much away. People with the rook piercing are intelligent, playful and subtle- sometimes even a little bit sneaky. They are big flirts and love to indulge in the finer things in life. If you know someone with a rook piercing, watch out. They may just steal your heart.
Let’s Move Things Forward
Piercing the Forward Helix
The forward helix is the hottest girl on the block. She will catch eyes and drop jaws when executed correctly. Piercing the forward helix balances out the ear and provides a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to styling.
Our personal favorite forward helix look is the double forward helix look. This involves two piercings, vertically stacked upon one another. The double forward helix uplevels your ability to make a true statement and express your character. If you’re piercing one, you might as well double it so they can endure the healing together!
Pain Level: 6
Healing Time: 3-9 months
Vibe: Subtle lover
The Forward Helix Personality: What the Forward Helix piercing says about you
The forward helix wearer knows their worth. They are strong, independent and have amazing taste. They love their “me” time and always make time to recharge their stores. A forward helix wearer is a trend-setter, achiever and ambitious individual with an effortless shine.
Your septum is calling… It’s time.
Piercing the Septum
The septum is a statement we’re proud to stand behind. I mean, how could you not love this edgy, but classy spot? While it seems scary, the septum piercing may not be as daunting as you think. While the initial poke may hurt a bit, this piercing spot heals quickly because of the thinness of the skin here.
If you’re looking to completely transform your vibe and step into the power that's been dying to seep outside, the septum is for you. This piercing is alluring, magnetic and all things fun. The septum piercing is made to mature with you and set the tone of your vibe.
Pain Level: 7
Healing Time: 2-3 months
Vibe: unapologetically chic
The Septum Personality: What the Septum says about you
The septum is the epitome of confidence and fearlessness. Septum wearers are bold, daring and play with fire. They are full of life and protect those that they love the most. While they are bold, they are also charming and sincere. They never back down from a challenge and always come as they are. Those with Septum rings are some of the best people you will ever meet. Wear with love, confidence and grace. Wear proudly despite what anyone else thinks. Shine on!
Styling your Septum piercing
I lobe you more
Piercing the Lobe
You and I both know that the lobe piercing is always a go, and usually the first addition to the ear. So, if you’re new to the lobe piercing, welcome! We’re so excited that you’re beginning on your ear curation journey, and for the rest of you, let’s get into the juicy business.
So, assuming you already have one lobe piercing down, you may be ready for your second. The lobe is a no brainer. It’s pretty painless, timeless and forever chic. Need I say more?
The lobe is always the way to go and a fun way at that!
Pain Level: 4
Healing Time: 6-8 weeks
Vibe: Classy in all the right ways
The Lobe Personality: What the Lobe piercing says about you
Lobe wearers are classy, feminine and in control. They play things simple and love to plan ahead. They are organized, silly and wonderful at providing for the people they love. Lobe wearers are business savvy and sharp and often have a great sense of humor.
Deciding what to Pierce:
Now, if you’re new to this whole thing, let’s explore where to begin on your journey. First, let’s make it clear that there is no “wrong” way to do this. It’s all about having fun, edging up and piercing what calls out to you. It’s best to start simple, and work your way up one by one. Like tattoos, you can always come back for more.
When it comes to your decision, seek out inspiration on platforms like Pinterest and Instagram. If you search the specific earring placement, you will see thousands of photos to help you make your decision. The coolest part is that once your holes have healed, you can switch out your earrings all of the time to give you several completely different looks!
Currently, trending earrings include small, colorful studs, dainty chains, simple dangles, ear suspenders and ear cuffs.
EAR PIERCING CHART
In our modern era, as international communication and travels have expanded, so have the meshing of different cultural styles. As of 2022, we see many middle eastern and tribal influences at play with the ornate, embellishment of our ears. No longer are unique piercings only for the edgier, gothic western wearer. They are now embraced by even the most elegant of classes. Below, are three of the most famous fashion influencers, including Beyonce, all sporting ears fully decorated with modern designs.
Choosing your piercing Jewelry:
There are two different types of earring backs that piercing shops can use to embellish your ears. They are friction backs and threaded backs.
Friction backs are the more convenient option of the two. They include a post with a slight bend that slides into a hollow back. These earrings are easier to take on and off, but slightly less secure than a friction back.
Friction backs offer a greater degree of security because they screw on. It is nearly impossible for them to sip off of your ears. On the downside, they can be moderately difficult to get on and off. One thing to keep in mind is that friction backs are highly recommended for earrings made with precious gems.
The Piercing Process:
When it comes to game day, make sure to do your research. Finding an experienced piercer is crucial to successfully and safely designing your ears. Each person has completely different ear anatomy and a licensed professional will help you determine what will work best for your ears.
Lastly, know that this process can be painful and takes ample time to heal. If you’re going to pierce your cartilage area, know that it requires some bravery going into it and 6-9 months to heal. We recommend doing up to three of these piercings at once to cut down on needing to go through the healing process several times. And the biggest life hack of all: purchase a doughnut-shaped pillow to place your ear in the center of while you sleep to avoid irritation and pain. We wish we’d known about this sooner!
If you’re interested in checking out our modern, artisanal piercing line, including both friction and threaded studs, head to our website or follow us on Instagram @NinaWynn for some aesthetic inspiration. We can’t wait to see you rocking your new look!
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For local, Denver piercers, check out InkSmith Tattoo and Piercing Shop and Tribal Rites Tattoo and Piercing. From personal experience, both come highly recommended!