Style Beauty
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • Pinterest
    Pinterest
  • +
  • Linkedin
    Linkedin
  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp
  • Email
    Email
SHARE THIS
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • Pinterest
    Pinterest
  • Linkedin
    Linkedin
  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp
  • Email
    Email

In L.A., beauty trends come and go as surely as the sun rises and sets. But there are a few that catch our attention, and the latest trend for “vertical” ear piercings might be just the thing you’ve needed to remedy the few piercing mistakes you made in the past (Claire’s, anyone?).

Brian Keith Thompson, a piercer and owner of Body Electric in LA, spoke to Refinery29 about shifting ear piercing trends, and how there may be a way to do something with that botched piercing you got in grade five. Enter: the vertical piercing. Unlike the constellation piercing, the vertical piercing starts with an existing piercing and another piercing is stacked directly above or below it, creating a “vertical” angle towards the centre of the ear. “I started doing stacked piercings because a lot of people were coming in with original lobe piercings that were placed too low,” says Thompson. “There’s no right or wrong way to do it,” he continues, noting how fun it is to play around with placing, the size of the jewellery and the metals. “It’s a great way to turn a negative into a positive.”He also mentions that that women are “more adventurous now.” And he would know a thing or two about adventurous women, boasting such names as Beyoncé, Scarlett Johansson and FKA Twigs as clients.

Whether you’re wanting to fashion this new trend around your existing piercings, or start from scratch, there are a myriad of stylish ways to go vertical, from keeping smaller studs in a low piercing, and accenting with a larger earring on a higher piercing. Of course, if you decide not to stick with the vertical configuration, you can always build around it. Just check out the variety on display on Body Electric’s Instagram:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Brian Keith Thompson (@bodyelectrictattoo) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Brian Keith Thompson (@bodyelectrictattoo) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Brian Keith Thompson (@bodyelectrictattoo) on

They definitely do look badass, but it’s worth remembering piercings of any description come with a degree of pain. We’re sure there are those among us who swear we’ve had stacked lobe piercings for a good while, and that’s probably true. Because let’s be honest, an ear is a small thing, and there are only so many ways to pierce it. So if you see this trending again in a few years’ time – at least you can say you were way ahead of the curve.