Most Common & Uncommon Piercings

Piercings have been one of the most popular forms of body modification for centuries. Which piercings are common? Which ones are uncommon? What do they look like? Read on, and we’ll answer these piercing questions and more!

Most Common Popular Piercings

Common piercings are those piercings you see most frequently day-to-day. Common piercings tend to be affordable because they’re usually fairly easy to perform. For instance, earlobe piercings are the most common piercings across age groups because they’re the most socially acceptable type of piercing, they’re the simplest to perform, they tend to be the least expensive of all piercings, and aftercare is fairly easy. There are plenty of other types of ear piercings that are popular, too, as listed below. Click any piercing in the list to see some of the cool jewelry you could wear in that type of ear piercing:

Types of Ear Piercings

Other common piercings follow. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the most popular piercing types: 

Placements for Different Lip Piercings, Like Snake Bite Piercings

Placement of Monroe Piercings, Medusa Piercings & Labret Piercings

Traditional Placement of a Navel PiercingTraditional Placement of Tongue Piercings, Eyebrow Piercings, & Anti-Eyebrow PiercingsTraditional Placement of Nose Piercings, Including Septum Piercings, Bridge Piercings & Nostril Piercings

*Captive bead rings and captive hearts also look great in cartilage piercings/helix piercings.

**In addition to labret studs, you can use short straight barbells, curved barbells, or even small plugs or tunnels, if you slowly stretch your conch piercing or have your conch punched instead of pierced to start at a larger size. Read The Ins & Outs of Stretching Cartilage before opting to have your conch punched!


Uncommon Piercings

Examples of Popular Dermal Anchor PlacementsIf you are considering something different and unique, uncommon piercings are the way to go. Uncommon piercings may be more costly due to the fragile nature of the procedures. A few more uncommon piercings are eyeball piercings, dermal piercings (pictured to the left), corset piercings, some genital piercings, uvula piercings, bridge piercings, and anti-eyebrow piercings (the latter two are pictured above). 

Example of an Eye Piercing

A microdermal piercing is done by inserting a dermal anchor base under the skin so that the decorative top that's screwed into it sits flush with the skin. Microdermals make great accents when incorporated into tattoos. They're also a nice addition to many parts of the body on their own.

A corset piercing is a series of surface piercings that are connected with a ribbon or thread. Corset piercings are commonly done on the back, side (as seen in the picture) or chest.Corset Piercing

Uncommon body piercings can be more painful than common piercings; however, this depends on the individual person, the area of the body, and the person’s respective pain tolerance. The aftercare and healing time for any piercing differs depending on the placement of the piercing and the individual’s body. In the end, when choosing a piercing, it’s important to talk to your piercer about whether the piercing makes sense for you. If you are thinking about a common or uncommon piercing, be sure to research the piercer and the shop and make sure they have the experience they claim to have. Look at their online portfolios, read reviews and check out some of our tips for choosing a piercer.

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