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Ear Constellation Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer S02 EP31

In Season 2 Episode 31, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of Ear Constellation Piercings. He covers the advantages, disadvantages, preparing for the piercing, getting pierced, healing the piercings, Living with the piercings, and abandoning the piercings.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and is 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. 

  • Usually, a grouping of upper ear flat piercings but can involve other parts of the ear.

  • Can be done in the pattern of a real constellation

  • Often combined with existing piercings


  • Has developed in the piercing industry over the last 10 years or so.


  1. Most people can get them

  2. grouping can include existing piercings

  3. Established PIercings

  4. a large variety of options

  5. Jewelry changes can change the look greatly


  1. Anatomy

  2. Sleeping

  3. grumpiness after healing

  4. many of the piercings are prone to bumps and other issues.

  5. costly

Things to look for:

  • Piercer is experienced in this piercing, professional, informative and make you feel comfortable, and offers a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc…

  • The piercer should evaluate your anatomy and mark out the pattern in advance.

  • The Piercer should ask for your input.

  • Should pierce with the correct jewelry for that piercing.

    • Labret or Straight Barbell for Upper Ear ear cartilage, Helix, Tragus, Flats, lobes, faux rooks, conch, and faux snugs

    • Curved Barbells for rook and snugs

    • Rings should only be used on Daith piercings and nowhere else.

    • Threadless Jewelry is best, with more options and less trauma.

  • Does the piercer provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instructions?

  • The piercer should give you a complete price before starting.

  • There is no such thing as custom jewelry

The Piercing Experience:

  • Consultation & Jewelry Selection

  • Waiver, Set Up, and Disinfection

  • The marking may mark the piercings during the consultation. They should ask for your input throughout.

  • Most piercings are done freehand using either a Needle Receiving tube or cork.

  • Pierced straight through

  • Depending on the piercing the needle may be pushed out with a guide pin and the guide pin is used to insert the jewelry.

  • The jewelry is inserted.

  • The jewelry is closed

  • With each piercing, the discomfort may increase

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding.

  • Maybe throbbing and aching immediately afterward.

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.


  • The average healing time is 3-6 months or longer,

  • Clean with saline twice daily

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

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact or sexual contact without a condom for the first 6 months

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

    • Keep bedding clean or anything that comes in contact clean

  • Avoid playing with the piercing or excessive movement.

  • Avoid contact with unclean objects

  • Make sure that hair is dry before it comes in contact.

  • Do not sleep on the piercing

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


  • should leave jewelry in at all times

  • Jewelry should be downsized if needed once healed.

  • Jewelry with sharp points, edges, and things hanging off it will be more prone to getting snagged.

  • Best Jewelry Options Depends on the piercing.

    • Most flat, tragus, helix, upper ear cartilage, lobe, etc… do best with post style.

    • If you would like to wear a ring, wait until the piercing is well seasoned.

    • Threadless jewelry is usually easier to change and has a better selection.

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • Sleeping on the piercing may cause issues

  • Check the tightness of jewelry

Abandoning the piercing:

  • If the piercing is still healing the piercing should close quickly. Practice cross-contamination

  • Make sure that there are no signs of infection or other problems before removing it. If there are, see your piercer or doctor.

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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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Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
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