Do You Know What All of These Piercings Are Called?

By: Kennita Leon
Image: By ButterflySha, via Wikimedia Commons

About This Quiz

Piercings have been around for a very long time. In fact, remnants of body jewelry have been found in corpses of ancient times. But the deterioration of those bodies has made it very difficult to figure out where these piercings where and why they were done to begin with. With all that in play, humans have still found ways of finding actual evidence that people of ancient time really did pierce their bodies. Take for example Otzi the Iceman. When he was found in a glacier in Italy, the mummy was wearing an ear piercing that was between seven and 11 millimeters. 

Today, piercings are seen as a form of art and self-expression and can be done just about anywhere. Oh, you know that some people pierce their privates (for reasons unbeknownst to us). But we won't show you those. We're going to show you pictures of some of the most classic and not-so-well-known spots on the body that people pierce. It'll be up to you to figure out what kind of piercing it is and to correctly name said piercing. Do you think you've got what it takes to ace this quiz? Will you be able to open your very own piercing shop by the end, or will you need to take some extra courses in biology? Let's find out! 

A rook piercing, which was popularized by Erik Dakota, is a hole which is made in the antihelix of the ear.

A forward helix piercing is referred to as the anti-helix or inner helix piercing and is placed on the nook of the ear which meets the head.

This facial piercing, which is placed above the cheekbone or below the eyebrow, is also known as a butterfly kiss, cheek piercings, tears and teardrops.

The labret, also known as the soul patch piercing or a tongue pillar, usually refers to a piercing situated at the bottom of the lip, directly above the chin.

Also known as anti-bites, this piercing is a combination of the angel bites and the snake bites piercing, which are placed above and below the lips respectively.

Industrial piercings, also called the bar, construction or scaffold piercing, generally refers to a double perforation of the upper ear cartilage.

This type of piercing, which has a high chance of rejection and migration, refers to any piercing which is placed sideways across the lower lip.

As the name suggests, this facial piercing is placed on either side of the face, which mimics the appearance of dimples.

Daith piercings, which are usually done with captive bead rings, are usually situated on the innermost cartilage fold of the ear.

The Monroe piercing is one which is placed on the upper left side of the lip in order to imitate Marilyn's Monroe's beauty mark.

This facial piercing is located horizontally across the skin of the nose bridge, typically directly between the eyes.

A helix piercing is a perforation which is usually made with a small-gauge needle on the upper ear cartilage (helix).

Dolphin bites piercings, which are similar to snake bites piercings, are two perforations which are placed closely together on the lower lip.

As the name indicates, this piercing is located on the tragus; a small pointed part of the external ear.

This type of body piercing usually utilizes two piercing on the upper lip, and one placed through the middle of the lower lip.

This facial piercing is a vertical surface piercing which uses a cannula needle to a guide a piece of jewelry (usually a curved barbell) through the skin.

The inner conch piercing is a perforation which is situated on the cup-shaped area near the ear canal.

The Medusa piercing, officially known as a philtrum piercing, is one which is located in the philtrum, directly below the septum of the nose.

Cyber bites, which are made of two or four piercings, are placed directly above the upper lip and below the lower lip.

Also known as a vertical labret, this piercing typically uses a curved barbell which is through the top and bottom of the lower lip.

This perforation is inserted on the antitragus of the ear; a piece of cartilage on the outer part of the ear.

The lowbret piercing is a horizontal labret which is placed low below the lip without touching the chin cartilage.

This type of facial piercing comprises two evenly spaced perforations situated below the lower lip.

A snug piercing, also known as an antihelix piercing, is one which is inserted through the anti-helix of the ear from the medial to the lateral surface.

This type of facial piercing, as the name indicates, is done by placing a non-allergenic ring from the inside of the eyelid.

Unlike a standard ear piercing, the transverse lobe is done along the edge of the earlobe rather than front to back.

Also known as a tongue frenulum piercing, this one utilizes a bar which is placed horizontally through the frenulum linguae of the tongue.

The vertical labret is another name for the vertical lip piercing which is placed through the top and underneath the lower lip.

Dermal piercing, also known as a single-point or microdermal piercing, is one which is done on any flat surface of the body and held by an anchor underneath the skin.

As the name indicates, a standard lobe piercing is the typical perforation (which may be one or up to three) of the earlobe.

Nape piercing is a type of surface piercing which is inserted through the skin of the neck (nape).

This piercing, which is placed through the bit between the nostrils (septum), is commonly adorned with a horseshoe, ring or a bar.

The chest piercing is a type of microdermal piercing that is inserted in various parts of the chest such as the sternum.

Upper lobe piercings, which uses stud, loops or bars, are done anywhere along the upper cartilage of the ear.

This piercing is one which involves inserting multiple piercings so that it could be laced up much like a corset.

A nostril piercing, which may include just one or many, is any piercing done on the skin or cartilage of the nose.

This type of piercing, which is also known as a belly button or umbilical dip piercing, is one which is inserted in or around the navel.

The outer conch piercing is performed similar to the inner conch piercing but is placed on the flat part of the ear between the helix and antihelix.

As the name suggests, this type of body piercing is placed through the center of the tongue.

An orbital piercing, which is usually done on the helix portion of the ear, is a combination of two ear piercings which is connected by one jewelry.

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