Rook ear piercing is made on the protrusion (anti-helix) of the cartilage between the outer and inner parts of the ear. This is one of the most painful and difficult type of piercing which was first tried and named by a professional piercing master Erik Dakota.
It was first introduced in the “Body Play” magazine titled as “Industrial Ear Project”. Erik Dakota has named it after a shortened version of his name.
Rook ear piercing types
Rook piercing is devided into the following types:
by piercing type:
by number of piercings:
Rook ear piercing decorations
Most professional piercers recommend that you initially wear a curved barbell. The curved barbell has less curvature than a circular barbell, this results in a healthier piercing and shorter healing times, reduces strain on the healing fistula.
Since there’s not much space for big piercing decorations, people tend to use shorter barbells and smaller diameter rings. Also, due to the limited space you may pretty often need help from others in removing and inserting decorations.
It is generally harder to reach and to see together with the difficulties of screwing on smal parts without stripping the decoration or fixing secure the ball of a closure ring. The best jewellery for your rook piercing is:
- curved barbell
- ball closure ring
- circular barbell
Rook ear piercing procedure
The procedure is performed the same way as other types of cartilage ear piercings. Clamps can be used, but this is usually done by hand. After the area is secured, the piercer and the client agree on placement, although because of its location it can be difficult to see exactly where the entrance and exit holes would be. Generally, the master will give an advice to the client on the best place. The entrance and exit holes are marked, and a hollow needle is pushed through. Many professional piercers will use either 14g or 16g needle by default, although you can use even larger calibres. Jewelry inserted and the piercing procedure is complete.
- it’s best to use a curved hollow needle;
- straight hollow needles and catheters are not convinient to use for piercing;
- ear fixation is not necessary, anesthesia is on the client’s request;
Rook piercing pain is very subjective and difficult to determine how mucth the piercing will hurt to a specific person. Some people experience pain that can be compared to an average cartilage piercing in helix or tragus, and others have described it as one of the most painful piercings they’ve ever received.
Rook ear piercing healing time: 6-12 months.
Specific care and complications of Rook piercing
At the moment of piercing procedure it is possible to damage to other structures of the ear with the needle. Multiple rook piercings may cause cartilage deforamtion and possibly a very long period of healing.
You are not advied to have this piercing procedure done if you have a poorly defined ridge in the place. However, a professional skilled piercer can define wether your ear suits for a rook ear piercing. He will not perform the procedure if the ridge is not okay for sure.
A high CBR curvature unlike curved barbell may be a cause of a prolonged soreness and even promote migration. But that depeneds on the thickness and size of the ant-helix it that spot. Generally, only a wrong piercing placement, for example an oddly shaped or too shallow hole, may in extreme cases be a cause of rook ear piercing rejection. You are basically very unlikely to have any prolonged soreness or complications besides the regular healing process if you have good health and hygiene.
Do not attempt to stretch the piercing area, otherwise have an expert advice before you do anything like that. Due to the nature of the cartilage itself not capable of significant stretching. However, for some people it is possible to a small gauge stretchings.
Some great ideas of the Rook ear piercing
Rook ear piercing is very stylish and always give a unique touch. There’s a really huge selection of different jewellries and decorations to choose from. Celebrity love rook ear piercing too!