Birthday Helix Piercing! 

Talk about doing your 18th birthday right! This lovely lady had Dan do this piercing for her with a yellow gold Sun Ray from body vision Los Angeles. 
Happy birthday! 

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18th birthday helix piercing!

Daith Piercings

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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.

Going Solo

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!

Daith Piercing with Yellow Gold Ring

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Daith piercings are one of our favorites!
This one was done by Dan, using a yellow gold gem-ring. It’s a great example of how beautiful simplicity can be. 

 

Some Things Are Just Meant to Be

philtrum piercing with jewelry from BVLA

philtrum piercing with jewelry from BVLA

Sometimes a certain piece of jewelry comes together in a certain piecing on a certain person’s face and it’s hard to imagine that person without that piercing and jewelry. We very much think that applies to this client and the amazing chrysoprase gem, set in a Crown setting, she selected for the philtrum piercing Dan Steinbacher did on her.

We have long loved the Crown from Body Vision Los Angeles for the very fact that it is so versatile and so damn striking.

Happy Monday!

Yellow gold flower jewelry from BVLA

Yellow gold flower jewelry from BVLA

This yellow gold flower with Iolite petals and a Chrysoprase center is a really lovely combination of colors. The folks at Body Vision Los Angeles never let us down when it comes to making suggestions for color combinations, gemstone choices and information with anything related to fine jewelry.

We really enjoy working with them so closely and extensively.

Cartilage Piercing with Flower from BVLA

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Helix piercing with flower from Body Vision Los Angeles

Helix piercing with flower from Body Vision Los Angeles

Dan’s client made this traditional helix piercing pretty exceptional when she picked out this body vision los angeles flower with coral petals and a lapis center.

Facial Microdermal Piercing

Microdermal piercing on face

Microdermal piercing on face

This lovely lady picked out a solid-gold pave disk from BVLA to bring the sparkle to her face.

Piercing and photo Dan Steinbacher.

Metal Allergies in Body Piercing

UPDATED January 2015

Why So Sensitive?

We have lots of clients with concerns about metal allergies in body piercing. They tell us things like, “My ears always get infected when I wear jewelry” or “I can only wear gold because my ears are sensitive.” or “I’m allergic to all types of jewelry.”  We hear these things from people who are very young as well as our older clients.  While sensitivity to jewelry is not uncommon, it is usually easy to deal with. In most cases, the solution can be as simple as changing over to high-quality jewelry. I Continue reading