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.
We think Courtney said it best:
“Got to do buddy piercings the other day on these gals! They picked a yellow gold, milgrain flower for a faux rook, and rose gold sun ray for a tragus.
Remember: buds that get pierced together, stay together! 👯👌”
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!
How to Make Healing a Cartilage Piercing Easier
“Is there anything I can do to stop irritating my helix cartilage piercing? I have many other piercings (lip, monroe, nipples, navel) and none of them have been as much of a pain in the arse as this helix. I sleep on it by accident, or I accidentally snag it on a towel or while getting a haircut and it gets irritated. It’s winter here and it’s such a pain I’m considering removing it because I’ve had it for over a year yet it’s still so fuzzy.”
Cartilage piercings can definitely be challenging to heal. They tend to get bumped, caught, snagged and slept on a lot. Some people are able to incorporate helix piercings into their life pretty easily, but it can be a real challenge for other.
There are a couple of things you can try to make the healing easier:
1) Try rolling up a towel and form it into a circle. Use it as a headrest when you are sleeping. It will give your head some support while leaving an open space for your ear. This should reduce the irritation from sleeping on it.
2) Slow down. It can be hard to make adjustments to our daily routines like drying off after a shower, how we put our shirts on etc. However, making those adjustments is something that is necessary when healing a cartilage piercing. Your piercing is a wound that is trying to heal. That means it is a bit fragile. If you don’t take the time to be careful with it, it’s going to get beaten-up and it will be hard to heal.
3) Let your hair stylist know that you have a piercing that is healing and ask them to be cautious around it. Most stylists are happy to take extra care with healing ear piercings.
4) You should ensure that your aftercare/cleaning routine isn’t contributing to the irritation. We suggest using a sterile saline wound wash solution for cleaning your piercing. if your piercing studio doesn’t carry it you can find it at most pharmacies. You should avoid soaps, alcohol, peroxide, pierced-ear solutions and other harsh chemicals, as well as antibiotic ointments and creams. These chemicals are not designed to be inside your body and they will damage the delicate tissue your body is trying to form to heal your piercing.
It’s also VERY important that you touch your piercing as little as possible while it is healing. Touching the piercing and moving the jewelry are two of the most-common reasons people have problems with their piercings.
Having said all of that, not every piercing is going to work for every person (or their lifestyle). If you feel that you are simply tired of dealing with it, or you don’t want to/can’t make the adjustments needed to accommodate the piercing, there is nothing wrong with deciding to remove it.
Hopefully this helps. Good luck!
When we posted our first picture of triple forward helix piercingsback in December of 2011, we had no idea we would be on the leading edge of the wave of popularity that would follow. Shortly afterwards, triple forward helix piercings were everywhere; it almost seemed like their popularity rivaled that of the navel piercing in the mid-to-late 90’s.
In addition to triple forward helix piercings, “triples” done on all different parts of the ears quickly took off. Again, we found ourselves on the forefront of that movement as our piercers created new, interesting, and never-before-seen combinations using amazing jewelry from Body Visions Los Angeles, Anatometall and NeoMetal
As a studio, we are incredibly lucky to have clients that have wonderful taste in jewelry and who trust our piercers and jewelry specialists to help them choose unique and fun jewelry combinations.
Even after nearly 3 years, and many hundreds of triple forward helix piercings (and other triples), our clients and piercers continue to draw from our large-and-ever-changing selection of jewelry to create never-before-seen-combinations.
For these triple forward helix piercings, Dan’s client chose a black rhodium Indian Wheel from BVLA Jewelry as the centerpiece of her project and accented it with two amethyst gems from NeoMetal Titanium Body Jewelry.
Combining great jewelry from both Diablo Organics and Maya Jewelry, our client a really wonderful new hybrid look. While both pieces definitely have similarities, they clearly come from two different origins, design-wise. Either piece is eye-catching on their own, but when you stack them together, something different and very fashion-forward is created.