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Surface Tragus Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer EP85

In Episode 85, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of Surface Tragus Piercings aka Sideburn Piercing or Vertical Tragus Piercing.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:


  1. Rare and unusual piercing

  2. Experimental

  3. Proves a tolerance to piercings

  4. Will be left with an interesting scar

  5. You didn’t want that money anyway


  1. High risk of rejection

  2. Can not sleep on that side

  3. Closes quickly

  4. Can affect employment

  5. Can not remove the jewelry

Things to Look for:

  • Pre-piercing consultation involving risks

  • Piercer with Experience with Surface to Surface piercings

  • Surface to Surface Barbell, not Curved Barbell

  • How much movement there is in the area

Piercing Experience:

  • May involve massaging the area to loosen tissue

  • can be slower than other piercings

  • Can be more painful


  • Reactions to trauma 3-5 days

    • Redness

    • slight bleeding

    • swelling

    • heat/fever

    • tenderness to the touch

  • Monitor for signs of rejections

    • redness and drying out of the area

    • movement of the piercing

    • the skin becomes translucent or seeing the jewelry through the skin

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry can never be changed.

  • Should avoid trauma to the area

  • at the first sign of rejection remove the jewelry

Abandoning the piercing:

  • Will close quickly

  • will leave an indention scar on each side

  • If it is rejecting the scarring will be more pronounced.

Body Piercing & Tattooing Channel Links

Following links are affiliate links and a small amount will go to DaVo and the Axiom:

Suggested Aftercare Products:

  • For Premixed Saline DaVo suggests. NeilMed Neil Cleanse Wound Wash First-Aid Sterile Saline Solution 6 fl oz Each -
  • For Oral Piercings -     
    Biotene Fresh Mint Moisturizing Oral Rinse Mouthwash, Alcohol-Free, for Dry Mouth -

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Audio-Technica AT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone - and Tascam DR-40x -

For more information on DaVo and the Axiom Body Piercing Studio go to

Now on TikTok - TikTok - @SKTattoo -

Axiom Instagram -

Skin Kitchen's Instagram -

Contact DaVo at or by phone at 515-966-4814
If you would like to set up a Piercing Appointment go to

Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm

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