The unusual inner-ear piercing known as the rook is the piercing. Although the daith and the tragus are the most common choices, it is not a good idea to imitate others.
What is Rook Piercing?
The rook is a cartilage puncturing in the upper ear. It is located in the anti-helix above the tragus. The “rook”, or ridge, is located between the outer ear (and the inner conch). It is two steps above the Tragus and makes rook-piercing very unusual and eye-catching.
This is just one example of the creative ways piercing professionals have been over the years. Erik Dakota, a well-known piercer from California, introduced the perforation in the early 1990s. This is the origin of the rook trend. It was featured in the fourth issue Body Play and Modern Primitives Quarterly. He was the first to popularize daith piercing.
Rook Piercing is not for everyone:
Because of the length of the healing process, many people must wait for months to change their earrings. Rook piercing is more difficult than other ear piercings. They pierce through the thickest portion of the ear cartilage, which makes it take longer for the earring to heal. To ensure that the curved barbell penetrates through thick cartilage, it is used to pierce the ear. After the piercing is complete, the earring can then be changed to a different design.
Many people don’t like the look of the rook or are unable to get it done. To place the piercing through the ear cartilage, the ear must be in the correct shape. The popularity of faux rooks piercing has increased due to the pain, limited selection and healing process.
These 2 options may be a good option if you’re still unsure.
- Double piercing of the rook: Two punctures at the inner ridge. The result is stunning with shiny earrings.
- Faux rook perforation: A single horizontal perforation that runs behind the ear. It looks stunning when embellished with studs. It almost looks like a conch-piercing.
What To Know Before Rocking a Rook Piercing
This is not an easy procedure. The thick cartilage can cause pain when perforated if you choose to go for a Rook Piercing. You will feel intense pain but not agony. The person at the parlour would not normally give you painkillers. However, if you do feel the need, you can take one tablet of paracetamol or ibuprofen. The initial pain should disappear within 20 minutes. However, you may still feel some discomfort in the days ahead.
It is crucial that the piercing does not move during healing. When the piercing heals, it is important to leave it alone. You should not touch, move, or rotate it. You should try to sleep on the opposite side to the piercing. If you awaken from the piercing, be aware and turn over to the side.
A rook can’t always be done because of the anatomy of your ear. Because not everyone has a prominent, prominent ridge. This can cause some problems during the procedure. You can choose to have a single piercing rather than a double.
STEP 1: A skilled piercer must perform the procedure. He will instruct you properly and take care of you. To ensure the highest quality procedure, the piercing salon must be clean.
STEP 2: Rook piercing can be more difficult than other types of perforation and piercings because the needle must pass through a hard surface. To ensure that you are safe and skilled, it is best to consult a professional piercer. All ear canals must be cleaned with alcohol. To prevent the spread of communicable diseases, all tools must be sterilized and/or replaced.
STEP 3: Rook piercing can usually be done quickly. The piercer will first mark the puncture points with a surgical pen. The piercer will then perforate the ear with a 14- or 16 gauge needle. Perforation of the ear is almost identical to that done on the cartilage-covered parts. A clamp may be used by the piercer, but it is best to use your hands for more control. The antihelix will be fitted with a huge gauge (an instrument weighing between 14 and 16g depending on how large the cartilage is).
STEP 4: A hollow tube will be placed at the bottom of the tool to catch it so that it doesn’t poke the ears or face. After the antihelix is completely penetrated, the barbell earrings will be inserted. After the jewelry is placed correctly, the area will quickly be cleaned to remove any blood (mostly a small amount).
What is the cost of Rook Piercing?
- US: $35 – $50
- UK: PS18 – PS40
- Europe: EUR20 – EUR35
A professional studio in the United States would cost you between $35 and $50.
It would be around PS18-PS40 in the UK.
The price for a piercing with jewellery in Europe is EUR20-EUR35
Tips to Restore a Rook Piercing
Cartilage piercings can take a while to heal so make sure you are taking care of them for the best healing. While the primary healing phase takes 6 months, the secondary healing process takes 12 to 18 months. When the fistula has fully healed. It is important that the jewelry be kept as stable as possible during this period.
- During healing, the jewelry doesn’t need to be moved or rotated.
- Avoid public water bodies such as pools, lakes, oceans and jacuzzis. All of these bodies of water contain bacteria that could enter the piercings and cause infection. You should not go deeper than waist-deep into a jacuzzi, and you should not expose your ears to the water.
- You can keep the piercings clean and let your body do its work.
- Avoid using any bottle cleaners like Neosporin and Hydrogen Peroxide. These cleaners can be too harsh and cause more harm than good. These cleaners can damage both good and bad tissue, which is what they are trying to heal.
- Your piercer will recommend that you practice after-care until the piercing has fully healed. Your body will heal itself naturally using your basic sea salt solution. Use warm water and simple liquid soap to gently clean the pierced areas twice daily. To avoid any infection or bumps, the antibacterial soap should be used. It is also a good idea for the first few months to use warm water and sea salt. To avoid germs entering the hole, do not pull on the fresh piercing using your hands.
- Do not let the often contaminated phone touch the pierced skin.
- Avoid sleeping on any ear piercings until they are fully healed. This can cause complications and slow down the healing process.
- According to the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), jewelry shouldn’t be moved because it can stimulate new cells, which will help in healing the wound. To ensure that healing doesn’t slow down, make sure the jewelry is left in its original place for at least 5 to 7 days.
- Your rook should never touch any objects, particularly those that could harbor bacteria like your pillow or cell phone. These disinfectants should always be kept in your ears so that your piercing condition is not aggravated by them.
- If you are going to change your jewelry, ensure that you go to a trusted piercer to make sure it is safe.
- Rook piercings usually heal within 6 months depending on how well you take care of them. You will need to wait a while before you change the jewelry to enhance your look.