Beyoncé"s go-to ear piercer Brian Keith Thompson on everything you need to know about cartilage piercings. It"s time to start curating your ear constellation ASAP.

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Cartilage piercings are so hot right now - fact. Ever since Blondie brought ear piercings and punk back on the scene in the 80s, we"ve been misguidedly jabbing at our ears with safety-pins and apple cores and obsessing over the perfect ear constellation.

But, now that we"re older, wiser and obviously way more sensible, we"ve got some questions about the right way to get a cartilage piercing that we"d like answered. So, we went directly to A-list ear piercer Brian Keith Thompson from Body Electric Tattoo to get expert advice, straight from the guy who pierced Beyoncé.


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What should a good ear piercing studio look like?

"First off, the studio should be visibly clean. If you walk in and the floor is dirty, assume everything probably is!

"Next, look at their portfolio or ask for their Instagram. Check their stuff out and see if you like it. If they don"t have pictures of their work, they"re probably not showing it for a reason.

"And do your research. People spend more time searching for the best place to get a taco than they do finding a decent studio to get a piercing. You"re spending money on this, so make it good. Chances are, if it"s really cheap, the place is no good and you"ll just have to spend money on getting it done again."

How should ear cartilage be pierced?

"Cartilage should always be pierced with a needle. A piercing gun isn"t designed for cartilage, only soft tissue and even then I wouldn"t recommend it. Piercing cartilage with a gun can create hardcore hypertrophic scarring and even blow it up.

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"People have this stigma about needles but they"re actually way less painful because they"re designed to pierce skin, whereas a gun just delivers blunt force to push an earring through."


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