Types of piercings - Part One: The Ear

Here at Sunset, ot only are we one of Auckland’s most respected and professional tattoo studios, but we also offer piercings too!

Nic Fletcher is our piercer here at Sunset, and with 25 years experience, he is one of the best in the industry.

He is running a private, appointment only studio here at the studio and will take walk-ins every Saturday. Get in touch with Nic or email us for bookings and inquiries! You can email Nik on nicfletcherpiercing@gmail.com

In the meantime, here is part of of our series on piercings, so if you’ve ever wondered where some of the ear piercings below are placed, check out the image below.


Antitragus Piercings - This is a piercing of cartilage directly across from the Tragus.

Cartilage Piercings/Helix Piercings - Any piercing of the cartilage towards the top of your ear.

Conch Piercings - This is a piercing of the lower cartilage just inside the ear, where it scoops inward.

Daith Piercings - A Daith Piercing is done right above the Tragus, where the ear curves in from where it attaches to your head and towards the Conch area.

Earlobe Piercings - 1 or more piercings that go through the earlobe, typically starting towards the bottom-center of the lobe.

Industrial Piercings - An Industrial Piercing goes through 2 points of cartilage at the top of your ear, as shown in the diagram. Typically a straight barbell is inserted initially, but you may heal better with 2 captive bead rings. You can always insert a straight barbell in 7-12 months, once your piercing is well healed.

Orbital Piercings - An orbital piercing is actually 2 earlobe piercings, done along the edge of the lobe, that are connected with a single piece of jewelry.

Rook Piercings - This is a piercing of the cartilage that juts out between the upper half of the Conch and the top of the ear.

Snug Piercings/Anti-helix Piercings - A Snug (A.K.A. Anti-helix Piercing) goes through the cartilage along the inner edge of the central outer ear, just above where the lobe ends.

Tragus Piercings - This is a piercing of the lower flap of cartilage where your ear connects to your face.

Triple Helix Piercings - A Triple Helix is 3 Helix Piercings in a row, often connected with a single piece of spiral jewelry.