What are the different types of Ear Piercings?

What are the different kinds of Ear Piercings?

The ear is a blank canvas that can be filled with beautiful piercings to achieve your unique look. With so many cool ear-piercing ideas, it can quickly get overwhelming. So, how do you select an ear piercing placement style to match your personality? Here is a quick guide on the types of ear piercings available at LISA OM, a leading ear piercing studio, to help you get started.

Most Common Types of Ear Piercings

Standard Lobe Piercing

Lobe piercing is a great way to ease into ear piercing. A tiny hole is usually placed towards the bottom part of each earlobe. Since the lobe has ample blood supply, this type of piercing is considered less painful and tends to heal quickly.

Stacked Lobe

If you want cool ear piercing styles, stacked lobe piercing is a stylish upgrade from a standard lobe. Instead of just one piercing on the ear lobe, get a new piercing directly above the standard lobe.

High Lobe

A high lobe piercing is great for upping your ear piercing game. This placement style is done on the upper part of the ear lobe. Again, since the ear lobe has good blood flow, the pain level is still relatively low, and the piercing tends to heal quickly.

Helix Piercings 

As you get used to ear piercing, now might be a good time to explore cartilage piercing ideas. Most cartilage piercings have a 5/10 to 6/10 pain level, with healing time between three months and one year. Helix piercings are usually placed on the cartilage of your outer ears. Depending on the location, common variations include forward helix, mid helix, double, and triple helix.


Also known as auricle, the mid helix is one of the most common cartilage piercing ideas. Here, placement is done towards the middle of the ear but still on the rim of the cartilage.

Forward Helix

If your pain tolerance is a bit high, try this ear-piercing placement. The forward helix is placed on the outer ring of the ear just above the tragus so that someone standing directly in front of you can easily see it.

Double and Triple Helix

Still looking for cool ear-piercing ideas? The double or even triple helix can help you achieve a bolder look. For the double helix, you will have two piercings stacked vertically just below the natural curve of the outer ear. If you want to explore cluster piercing, you can try a triple helix piercing by adding another piercing just below the double helix but still on the rim of the cartilage.


The tragus is one of the more popular cartilage-piercing ideas. Sitting on the small flap of cartilage that partially covers the ear canal is a perfect addition to your collection of cool ear piercings.


The anti-tragus is a small cartilage directly above the ear lobe and opposite the tragus. If you want to add variety to your cartilage piercings or want something that complements your lobe piercings, an anti-tragus piercing is a great choice.

Conch Piercing

Conch piercings are found in the middle part of the ear cartilage. They are the perfect choice for hoop piercing. Depending on the location, you can choose an inner conch (lower cartilage) or an outer conch (upper cartilage.)

Snug Piercing

If you think you can tolerate higher pain levels, think of snug piercing. Sitting between the inner and outer portion of the ears just above the anti-tragus, a snug piercing easily stands out and is a great way to make a bold statement.

Rook Piercing

This type of piercing is placed on the same cartilage as a snug piercing but on the upper part. It hurts more than other cartilage piercings but is less painful than a snug piercing. A rook piercing may be perfect for you if you are looking for ideas for piercing different types of earrings to make your ear game stand out.

Interested in Getting Your Ears Pierced? Contact Us Today

Ear piercings allow you to express your unique style. If you want to get your ears pierced, LISA OM Academy can help you find a style that suits your personality. Contact us today to discuss which ear piercing placement idea best suits you.

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