The industrial ear
piercing, sometimes known as the scaffold
piercing is becoming a popular piercing due to its striking visual effect.
It is done by placing two piercings on the outer rim of the ear and joining the
piercings together using a long bar. There are several orientations for the
industrial piercing but the diagonal scaffold is the most common.
What is industrial ear
The industrial ear piercing, in its most common placement,
features an forward helix and helix piercing placed on the outer rim of the ear
and connected by scaffold piercing jewellery. Scaffold piercing is the
alternative name for an industrial piercing. The piercing can also be placed
vertically or horizontally.
How painful are
industrial ear piercings?
The thing to remember with an industrial
ear piercing is that you are getting two piercings done at once so you will
need to fully commit to completing this piercing procedure. However, we found
when most people are asked ‘Does a
scaffold piercing hurt?’ they describe it as being one of the less painful
ear cartilage piercings due to being placed on the rim. Industrial piercing pain is often described as about a 3 out of 10
on the pain scale.
How long does a
scaffold piercing take to heal?
healing will take time as the piercing is placed through cartilage. Allow 1
to 6 months for your new piercing to fully heal. You should find that if you
have opted for a classic scaffold, the industrial
piercing healing time is quicker than a vertical industrial bar as the
cartilage is not as thick. With the correct scaffold piercing aftercare, you should have no problem
successfully healing your ear piercing.
How much does a
scaffold piercing cost?
How much does it cost
for an industrial ear piercing will depend on the type of scaffold piercing
you would like. At Blue Banana, it ranges from £40 - £50. The Industrial piercing price will increase
if you are getting a custom industrial piercing which is not located between
the forward helix and helix on the ear rim. If the location for your piercing
is the standard then you can expect the lower price. The industrial piercing cost will also take into account the type of
piercing jewellery you would like and remember your piercer will be performing
two piercings in one sitting for the industrial bar.
Is my ear suitable for
an industrial ear piercing?
In answer to ‘can all
ears get an industrial ear piercing’, the quick reply is no but most can.
The industrial piercing won’t work for all ears as you need a defined ridge or
rim to your ear. This will give the industrial piercing bar enough space to
comfortably sit on the helix without the risk of breaking through the skin. It
is usually best to seek a piercer’s advice when asking ‘Do I have the ear shape for an industrial piercing’.
Can I get an industrial
piercing with small ears?
While generally, you will need plenty of space to
accommodate an industrial piercing, your piercer may be able to offer you a small industrial piercing to fit the
size of your ear. This means the barbell or industrial bar used in the piercing
will be short in order to suit your ear size. Ultimately, it is the piercer’s
decision as to whether they can safely carry out a scaffold piercing for you.
If you have a smaller ear you may want to consider other piercing options such
as a forward helix or daith which are lighter and easier to support.
What ear should I get
my industrial piercing on?
There is no right ear to get your industrial or scaffold
pierced on but your anatomy may play a part. Your piercer may advise that one
ear is more suited to supporting a scaffold piercing due to the size and shape
of the ridge of your ear. Other factors such as your existing ear piercings or
any new piercings you plan to get in the future should also be taken into
Some people ask should
I get my industrial piercings in one ear or both? Again, there is no right answer, however, our
recommendation is that you don’t get both at the same time. Healing piercings
on both ears can prove difficult especially if you like to sleep on your side.
We would say go for it and get both done but be patient and wait for your first
industrial piercing to heal before getting the second.
You may also want to consider what kind of scaffold piercing
you would like to get. The classic piercing features a diagonal bar placed
between the helix and forward helix but you can also get a vertical industrial piercing or horizontal industrial piercing. The
vertical scaffold piercing enters through the upper rim of the ear and goes
through the ‘shell’ of the ear, similar to the conch position. You can take
this a step further and pass the piercing through a third hole in the rook
position of the ear.
What piercings look
good with industrial?
The industrial piercing makes a bold statement and can limit
the options for other upper ear piercings. Popular combinations include a
scaffold piercing with a transverse lobe piercing which is placed up through
the lobe rather in the traditional lobe position. Other accompanying piercings
include tragus and auricle which can balance out the top of your ear to give a
While it can be said the industrial piercing is for the more experienced piercee, this is
not due to the pain level but simply due to the fact that this is a statement
piercing. If you are ready to take the plunge then there are plenty of cute and
badass industrial piercing jewellery options
to help you customise your ears. If you would like to find out more about any
of the other piercings offered by Blue Banana, then be sure to head to our
Looking to get an industrial or scaffold piercing? Use our
store locator to find your local Blue Banana Studio. There’s no need to book an
appointment; you can simply go to the store of your choice and be pierced on
Please ensure that you have checked the scaffold piercing
age restriction before coming to store. It can help to avoid any undue
disappointment. In a Blue Banana studio, the scaffold piercing age restriction
is 16 (ID may be required) or 13 with parental consent from a parent or
guardian who is present.
Once you’re all booked in, you will have some forms to fill
out. A member of Blue Banana staff will go through the steps and can help you
pick out jewellery. Then you can meet the piercer! They too will give you a
quick consultation and briefing before discussing the scaffold piercing
location. There are several locations to choose from but the most common is
between the forward helix and helix.
The industrial piercing
typically involves a sterilised gauge needle which your piercer will pass
through the cartilage, inserting the jewellery in the process. When the piercer
has passed the needle through the first hole for your scaffold piercing, a
plastic retainer will usually be inserted to preserve the hole until the second
piercing has been performed and the jewellery can be inserted. Some piercers
prefer to partly insert the jewellery in the first hole while performing the
second piercing. The piercing site is cleaned thoroughly and marked with a pen
first so you can check that you are happy with the location.
A scaffold piercing can take 3-12 months to fully heal due to
the piercing passing through the cartilage of the ear. It can be faster than
some other types of cartilage piercing because it is passed through the outer
rim of the ear if performed in the common position. Vertical scaffold piercings
will pass through thicker parts of cartilage so may take longer to heal. The
healing time varies from person to person and the process can be aided by
During the healing process, it is important to avoid
knocking the piercing or putting pressure on the area as this will slow down
healing and can even cause unnecessary problems. For example, make sure not to
sleep on the side with the new piercing and don’t touch the piercing unless
absolutely necessary. For this reason, we recommend getting one ear pierced at
a time. Other steps that can be taken to aid with healing include tying back
long hair, not wearing earphones or other ear coverings, and avoiding contact
with any kind of cosmetics including moisturiser and hair products.
Like any piercing, it is important to maintain top hygiene
when caring for your industrial piercing. Sticking to your aftercare routine
for your industrial piercing will help limit potential infections and ensure
your piercing gets the best chance at healing quickly. Gently clean your scaffold
piercing twice a day with salt water solution or Tea Tree Oil by gently bathing
it using cotton wool.
While it is important to ensure your general ear hygiene is
first rate, it is also advisable to avoid using soap on your new piercing so be
sure to take extra care while washing your ears and removing ear wax.
If you would like further information, make sure to read our full Piercing Aftercare Guides to learn about side effects to look out for.
There’s plenty of options when it comes to scaffold piercing
jewellery from Blue Banana. Some popular styles include:
We tend to recommend choosing a straight barbell for the
first year of having your industrial piercing as this will help retain the
correct angle for the piercing, therefore helping your piercing to heal. Once
your piercing is fully healed there are other styles of industrial piercing
bars that include designs with decorations in the middle or unusual shapes such
as spirals. It is vital for the healing process that you remain patient and
don’t change your jewellery until your piercer has advised you to do so.
Once your industrial piercing has healed you can also change
your barbell to a labret or BCR in order to create two separate piercings. This
can be handy in situations where you need to cover up or make your piercings
less visible. When choosing your piercing jewellery there are a few things you
If you regularly participate in sports, you may want to
discuss the best piercings for you with your piercer. Alternatively, it is
advised that during sport you wear a retainer or some form of flexible bar
jewellery to make sure your piercing won’t cause problems if knocked or caught.
When searching for a piece of jewellery make sure you know
your measurements. We display the piercing jewellery measurements as Gauge
first (displayed in millimetres) then Diameter/Length, e.g. 1.2mm x 8mm.
We generally recommend that for new piercings you choose
longer jewellery. This can allow for extra room in case of any swelling. Make
sure to check out the tips from our piercing guides for information about
changing and removing piercing jewellery.
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