Everything You Need to Know About Rook Piercings

Thinking about adding a new piece of jewelry to your collection, but running out of places to wear new accessories?

Maybe it's time to consider a rook piercing. Whether you're already familiar with everything there is to know about ear piercings or not, we're here to help you decide if this unique style is for you or not. So, let's dive into everything you need to know about rook piercings:

1. What Is a Rook Piercing?

If you're the creative type who wants a little something different than just the average lobe piercing, then a rook piercing might be just the ticket. These delicate piercings (most often found in the form of a small hoop) are a slightly less common type of cartilage piercing found on the inner ear. If you're already familiar with daith and tragus piercings, then you can consider the rook piercing a slightly more advanced version within the same family. It is a type of piercing that is both versatile and super on trend at the moment, making it the right choice for anyone looking to add a unique yet feminine touch to their piercing collection.

It can cost between $30 and $80 for the piercing itself, though the exact price of the piercing and earring will depend on where you go to receive it. The piercer will utilize a hollow needle to go through the cartilage of your rook (the area of your inner ear where the piercing is to be placed), making it a safe piercing to get so long as you only trust a professional for the job.

Close up of ear with industrial and rook piercings: shutterstock: Stretched lobe piercing, grunge concept. Pierced man ear with black plug tunnel. industrial and rook

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2. How Much Do Rook Piercings Hurt?

Like all piercings, the pain level will depend on your own personal pain tolerance level as well as some additional factors. Pain is relative, but this type of piercing is generally considered a bit more painful to get than other types, particularly lobe piercings and cartilage piercings that deal with thinner layers of cartilage. Because the rook is a thicker layer of cartilage, it may hurt more and take slightly longer to heal than other types.

It's also important to note that due to the type of skin involved, there is a higher risk of infection, so you'll need to take greater care during the healing and aftercare stage. Because of this and the risk of potential tissue damage or prolonged pain if the piercing is placed incorrectly, it's very important to go only to a trusted and certified professional to get your rook pierced.

Woman getting rook ear piercing: shutterstock: Professional making a piercing hole on ear with indwelling cannula method. Rook type. Holding the cannula

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3. So, What Exactly Does the Healing & Aftercare Look Like?

Like with all ear piercings, your piercer will likely recommend that you clean your fresh rook piercing with a salt solution and that you try to avoid sleeping on it while it is still healing and the skin is tender. Avoid using hydrogen peroxide or alcohol solutions to clean your piercing, but you may wish to wash the area with soap and water and utilizing antibiotic ointments (as prescribed) if signs of infection occur.

You'll have to wait until the rook piercing is completely healed before you try to change out the earring, but the good news is that you can probably go back to your piercer to have the jewelry changed properly when you decide to do so once it's healed. Because a bar (or barbell) earring will likely be used for the initial piercing, you may wish to have that jewelry eventually swapped for a hoop of some kind. Types of jewelry you can wear with a rook piercing include:

  • Barbells
  • Curved barbells
  • Hoops

Man with rook and industrial piercings: Shutterstock. Stretched lobe piercing, grunge concept. Pierced man ear with black plug tunnel. industrial and rook

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So, does a rook piercing sound like the right move for you? When in doubt, speak to a professional piercer and make an appointment to talk about the logistics before making your decision. Or, if you want to go with something that's just as edgy but a little less advanced, you might like to try a daith piercing. You can find everything you need to know about those by clicking HERE.