A beautifully-healed industrial piecing by Courtney. It’s about 6 months old and her client took perfect care of it! The implant-grade titanium jewelry is from Anatometal.
Daith piercings have been one of our favorite piercings for a very long time. We wanted to take this opportunity to give them the attention they deserve!
Daith is “officially” pronounced “doth”, but many people pronounce it “day-th”. We think you should pronounce it whichever way sounds best to you. It’s simply too great of a piercing to get hung up on how it’s pronounced.
Way Back When
The first daith was performed by an often under appreciated piercer named Erik Dakota, all the way back in 1992. While it may not seem remarkable by today’s piercing standards, at the time, the daith was truly a ground-breaking piercing. Many of the tools and techniques used by piercers today to perform daith piercings were conceived and refined by Erik Dakota.
Erik was a pioneer as a piercer and a jewelry maker, as well as an innovator when it came to piercing equipment. As with many pioneers, Erik Dakota doesn’t get the credit he deserve for the influence he has had on modern-day body piercing. While body piercing may still have ended up where it is today, it likely wouldn’t have happened as soon or as smoothly as it did without Erik Dakota.
The Wow Factor!
Most piercers love daith piercings. They love doing them, they love the way they look, they love the variety of jewelry that can be used, they love how easily they heal for most clients…love, love, love. Our friend Jef Saunders wrote a great blog celebrating daith piercings and bringing to life the Daith Bowl. His blog is geared a little more towards piercers, but it is still an interesting read if you’re intrigued by daith piercings.
One of our favorite things about about daith piercings is how versatile they are. Because daith piercings are “tucked away”, they can blend with, and compliment, piercings you already have without making your ear look crowded.
Having an ear full of cool piercings is great. Having an ear full of piercings that work well together is The Greatest!TM.
Below you can see some examples of daith piercings done by some piercer-friends of ours that highlight how well they work with other ear piercings.
Perhaps even better than how well daith piercings work with other piercings, is how absolutely stunning they are all by themselves.
Seeing a single daith piercing as the focal point of someone’s ear is really striking, With simple jewelry, it can be the perfect piercing for a minimalist look. With more intricate jewelry, it can command your attention and admiration. There are a whole range of options in-between as well.
Daith Piercings and Migraines
During the past few months, there has been some buzz online about daith piercings. We wish the buzz was the rest of the world appreciating daith piercing as much as we do. Sadly, that isn’t the case. Daith piercing are getting attention because of an article or two suggesting daith piercings might offer relief for people who suffer from migraines.
There does not appear to be any actual scientific evidence/study that shows daith piercings help with migraines. As the topic has gotten more attention, it has become easier to find tweets, blog comments and other testimonials declaring daith piercings to be a miracle migraine cure (or, at least helpful in reducing how common they are).
However, there is no way to verify any of these claims, and there certainly isn’t enough controlled evidence to draw a line from daith piercings to migraine relief. We think anyone (especially a piercer) who dangles a daith piercing as a fix for migraines is a real jerk.
We think daith piercings are beautiful and a total blast to perform. Even though they don’t cure migraines, we will continue to be thrilled to do them. We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at daith piercing. It’s certainly a great one to put on your list of next piercings!
Courtney made someone’s ear really fancy with this custom-anodized barbell for their industrial piercing. In addition, the client picked out a great yellow gold, tri-prong cluster from Body Vision Los Angeles.
We love how the “Wow!” factor of the industrial jewerly is tempered a bit by the bronze tone the client chose for the barbell.
Working with clients to come up with combinations like this is one of our favorite things to do!
I got my belly button pierced a few years ago and it rejected. the scar is healed and everything and my bestie and I want to get them done. I don’t think the people before did it right because they put in a bull ring and when I went to get a new ring from another place the look on there face was shocked when they saw the ring because my piercing was so red. I’m scared that it will either reject again or they won’t be able to do it again. How do I know if the scar tissue is bad or not?
Questions about navel piercing healing problems are far too common. There is no way for us to cover all aspects of this topic. However, we wanted to share our answer to this question with a wider audience. We hope that educating more people will prevent others from having similar experiences.
Circular barbells lead to a lot of navel piercing healing problems
The piercer chose the wrong style of jewelry for a fresh navel piercing. Circular barbells (a.k.a., bull rings or horseshoe barbells) are one of the worst choices for jewelry in a fresh navel piercing. They are pretty much a guarantee that you will experience navel piercing healing problems.
This style of jewelry sticks away from the body quite a bit. That means the jewelry will move around a lot more during the most basic daily activities, not to mention exercise or other rigorous activities. In addition, it will get rubbed/pressed on by clothing and is more likely to get snagged. All of those things will result in a lot of irritation to the piercing. The more irritation, the harder it is for your body to heal the piercing.
This style of jewelry is also open in the middle. This allows more things to slip between the beads and catch on the inside of the jewelry, causing additional irritation that will make the piercing ake longer to heal and be more likely to reject.
Curved barbells are the best style of jewelry to prevent navel piercing healing problems.
The best style of jewelry to be used in a navel piecing is a curved barbell. This type of jewelry sits much more flush with the body. It is less likely to get caught/snagged on things and it moves around a lot less.
We all know from experience that any wound you get (say, a scratch on your arm), heals easier, faster and with fewer complications if you leave it alone. In other words, the less irritation that happens, the faster it heals. The same thing is true for any healing piercing, The less irritation and movement that happens, the easier it is for your body to heal.
Can I get my navel pierced again?
It’s usually not a problem to re-pierce a navel piercing that has rejected or that was removed for some other reason. The amount of scar tissue is a consideration. You will have to rely on the experience of a piercer you trust to decide whether re-piecing is a good option for you.
As for it rejecting again, that is always a possibility. However, in this situation, the choice of jewelry probably played a very big role in why it rejected. A properly-placed, properly-fitted piece of high-quality jewelry will go a long way to reducing the likelihood of rejection.
If you are looking for a piercer in your area, a good place to start is the web site for the Association of Professional Piercers. The APP doesn’t endorse the piercing abilities of any piercer, but membership does indicate that the piercer is following at least a minimum set of health and safety standards.
One of Courtney’s regulars came in and Courtney got the chance to snap a photo of her collection of piercings and gems! She already had one nostril piercing and the septum piercing when she started working with Courtney and they have since added the rest.
All of the piercings are now healed and we think they all look great together!
Featuring jewelry from Anatometal, NeoMetal and Industrial Strength Body Jewelry.
This lovely lady picked out a solid-gold pave disk from BVLA to bring the sparkle to her face.
Piercing and photo Dan Steinbacher.
Custom-bent industrial piercing by Nate.
Clean. Simple. Perfect.