What Are All The Different Cartilage Piercing Names? Here's A Handy Guide

Like any good '90s kid, I got my first piercing at Claire's. In between frosty pink lipgloss and leopard print snap bracelets, I committed to having a traditional earlobe piercing. Now that I'm all grown up (and a little bored) I've started wondering what are all the different cartilage piercing names? Here's the low down. 

Cartilage piercings are arguably the easiest "next step" when it comes to body modification beyond ear lobes. There are tons of variations, so getting a cartilage piercing is a super personal decision that requires lots of research. Location, healing time, jewelry selection, and after care can vary by piercing and person, so there's a lot to consider when making the right decision for you. 

When shopping around for a studio, is your professional going to use a piercing gun? While most people (like me) have good experiences with a gun, it can be more traumatic on your body than a needle. In some states, using a gun is illegal. 

Your jewelry should be stainless steel or titanium, and approved by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). Using the right jewelry will cut down on your healing time and body trauma, so do your research! 

Here's all the different cartilage piercing names. 

1. Helix

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A helix piercing can be so simple and delicate, and you can have as many as you can fit. 

2. Anti-Helix Or Snug

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A snug goes from the front side of the mid-helix through to the front side of the conch. It can swell to a greater degree than other piercings, so a longer piece helps in the healing process. 

3. Flat

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Flats are an adorably delicate edition to your jewelry game. 

4. Conch

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A conch is placed between the anti-helix and daith, and can take up to four months to heal. 

5. Tragus

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This is one of the most popular cartilage piercing options. 

6. Anti-Tragus

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A piercing through the fleshy hump of cartilage opposite of the conch is an anti-tragus. It looks great with a barbell or flat piece. 

7. Daith

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You can wear a ring or barbell, whatever heals easiest!

8. Rook

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A rook heals quickest with a curved barbell, and because they tend to stick out, it's best to not wear a circular piece until its entirely healed

9. Industrial

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An Industrial piercing connects any two piercings with a single straight or curves barbell. Connecting a forward helix and mid-helix is the most traditional version of this option. 

10. Orbital 

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An "orbital piercing" is a bit of a catch-all name for any piercing that connects two or more points. 


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