Tragus Piercing

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Wednesday April 30th, 2008 @ 10:08 PM

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I have been piercing for a while now and today did what I thought to be a routine tragus piercing but for some reason the jewelry WOULD NOT go thru… I got the needle thru fine but everytime I would go to slip the ring in the jewelry would stop everytime at the same spot.. I gave it a try three times with the girls permisson and then finally told her that her cartilidge was too thik and for some reason the jewelry just would not push thru…

I am so baffled right now???? NEVER have I had this happen and I was just wondering if anyone else had has this problem??


I’ve honestly never experienced an issue like what you’re explaining, even in the rare occurrence that I use a ring (I pretty much exclusively use labret studs in tragus piercings)…That’s not to say problems like this don’t happen, it happened once to me with a nostril piercing. The gentlemen had a really old nostril the needle went through easily but jewelry would not slide through, after a couple times passing the taper through it was inserted.

What size (gauge and diameter) ring did you use? Did you measure the thickness of the tragus before selecting what jewelry to use? Are you a properly trained piercer, or someone who just pierces themselves and their friends? Not trying to offend with that last question, but its a honest question to ask….Also what type of needle were you using? Standard Blade Needle, Catheter Needle?

Without observing your technique in person for that specific person, its hard to tell what exactly went wrong.

The one thing I can say you did wrong is that you told your client something that was potentially a lie. You don’t know why the jewelry wouldn’t pass through the pathway, so you lied and said her tragus was too thick. If you don’t know what’s going on, own it and be honest about it. Tell her that you’ve tried everything but for some reason the jewelry just wouldn’t insert. Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to this type of thing.

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2 Responses to “Tragus Piercing”

  1. Hi

    Yes I’m a trained piercer and have been on my own in a shop now for about 6 months after a year long apprenticeship. I used a 18ga curved needle and a 5/16 ring. I couldn’t even get the taper to pass thru… I know I kinda told my client a lie but I didn’t know what else to say cause I was so baffled myself and I had no other explination so rather then have her trash talk me around that I dind’t know what I was doing I would rather have her of thought her ear was too thick…

    Thanks so much for your help:0)


    Meghan on April 30th, 2008 at 10:32 pm
  2. Thanks for responding Meghan.

    Since you’re on your own now might I strongly suggest you give labret studs(18ga or 16ga Internally Threaded or Threadless) a try for initial Tragus Piercings. The procedure is VERY quick (I find my procedure times faster with the labret studs then with rings) and since you’re creating a straight pathway anyways a labret stud will provide your clients with a much more efficient healing time.

    And in regards to your statement about what you said, this is an ethics discussion…Something that is almost NEVER brought up in this industry.

    By publicly admitting you lied to a client, that type of thing will quickly get around. You are a fledgling piercer in this profession and one of the best things my self or other reputable piercers will tell you is this…In order to be reputable is to be ethical and honest….

    A client is going to trash talk you be it a truthful response or a lie…But at least if you told her the truth you are keeping your rep clean. Your words and your actions are what define your reputation and how people view you.

    I constantly get people coming into the studio claiming some piercer said they couldn’t get their tongue pierced. That their tragus was too small to pierce, or some various other excuses. Yet when I inspect what they are looking to get pierced, its totally capable of housing a piercing.

    Meghan what I’m trying to say full out is…never lie when it comes to your profession…As lies only reflect poorly on yourself and how others view you and your business…Always be upfront and honest in regards to everything you do within your piercing career.

    Warren Hiller on May 2nd, 2008 at 11:56 pm

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