Do You Know What All of These Piercings Are Called?

Kennita Leon

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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! 

Which piercing is this?

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

What is this one called?

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.

Is this the anti-eyebrow piercing?

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.

What do people usually call this piercing?

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.

What is the name of this particular piercing?

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.

Which of these names matches the piercing in the picture?

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

Are you positive that this is the horizontal lip?

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.

Is this the cheek or snug piercing?

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

What name was given to this kind of piercing?

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

True or false: This is the Monroe.

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.

Was this piercing named 'the bridge?'

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

What is this piercing called?

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

Which piercing does the picture show?

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

Is this the tragus or not?

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

What kind of piercing do you see here?

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

Which piercing is this?

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.

What is this one called?

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

Is this the Medusa piercing?

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

What do people usually call this piercing?

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

What is the name of this particular piercing?

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

Which of these names matches the piercing in the picture?

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

Are you positive that this is the lowbret?

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

Are these the spider bites or the tragus?

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

What name was given to this kind of piercing?

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.

True or false: This is the eyelid.

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

Was this piercing named 'the helix?'

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

What is this piercing called?

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

Which piercing does the picture show?

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

Is this the dermal or not?

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.

What kind of piercing do you see here?

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

Which piercing is this?

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

What is this one called?

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

Is this an orbital piercing?

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

What do people usually call this piercing?

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

What is the name of this particular piercing?

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

Which of these names matches the piercing in the picture?

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

Are you positive that this is the nape piercing?

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.

Is this the web or outer conch piercing?

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.

What name was given to this kind of piercing?

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

True or false: This is the corset.

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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