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2021 Industrial Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer S02 Episode 10

In Season 2 Episode 09, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of Industrial Piercings.

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:

  • Is any two piercings connected by one standard barbell. Most commonly from the forward helix to the outer helix.


  • Was developed, and named by Erik Dakota in the early 1990s. Gained worldwide attention in Body Play magazine in 1992 in an article featuring Erik and the Daith and Rook piercings.


  1. Lots of different combos

  2. fits and enhances the anatomy

  3. Is an established piercing

  4. Can be done in Groups

  5. Not a common piercing


  1. Hard to Isolate and the area is flexible

  2. Can be difficult to heal

  3. Anatomy

  4. periods of grumpiness

  5. This is an advanced piercing


Things to look for:

  • Piercer needs to be experienced, professional, informative and make you feel comfortable, and offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc…

  • The piercer should evaluate your anatomy

  • Should suggest one long barbell for both piercings

  • Ask if they do it with one needle or two?

  • Do they provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instruction?

  • Consider trimming or shaving your Sideburns or “baby hair”

The Piercing Experience:

  • If you want additional piercings, discuss that while marking

  • Usually done freehand with a needle and NRT or cork

  • A taper pin or guide pin may be used to insert the jewelry

  • The jewelry may require a little time to insert and close

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding

  • Usually, you will have throbbing, aching, and warmth in the area for a few minutes afterward

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.


  • The average healing time is 12-16 weeks or longer

  • Saline twice daily

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact

    • Keep your bedding, clothing, towels, etc… clean

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

    • avoid contact with earbuds, headphones, etc….

    • Make sure that your hair is dried before it comes in contact

  • Avoid contact or trauma to the area.

  • keep hair away from the area. Consider trimming or shaving your sideburns or “baby hairs”. Make sure hair is dry before contact.

  • First 3-5 days you can experience slight bleeding off and on, redness/discolor, heat, and tenderness to the touch.

  • Do not sleep on the piercing no mater if it hurts or not

  • Try to elevate the piercing off the bedding.

  • Masks contact and pressure.


  • Can change after the piercing is healed

  • Jewelry should always be long enough to avoid bending the ear or putting stress on the piercing

  • Loose or jewelry that is too long should be changed as soon as the piercing is healed.

  • Avoid ends with sharp edges or points, especially if you have long hair.

  • Always buy internally threaded jewelry to avoid damaging the piercing when you change the jewelry.

  • If the jewelry was bent to match the shape of your anatomy, you will need to have the piercer bend new jewelry to match it.

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • Avoid pressure or trauma to the piercing including sleep

  • Test wearing glasses, hats, goggles, etc…

Abandoning the piercing:

  • Will close but may appear open for a long period of time.

  • There will be a small indented circular scar on each side. This may fade in time.

  • The holes may produce a cream cheese-like discharge, this is sebum.

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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 Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

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Contact DaVo at or by phone at 515-966-4814
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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