Check out this awesome video of Stephanie getting her rook piercing done by James at American Skin Art in Buffalo, New York. Look for the money shot (actual needle insertion) at about 17 seconds.
First the piercer cleans the ear thoroughly, and then proceeds to mark the area where the rook piercing will go. Stephanie approves the placement, and the needle and receiving tube are carefully put into place. Next, our piercer tells his client to take a deep breath, and expertly pushes the needle through her cartilage, corking the free end to avoid any mishaps. A ball captive ring is then pushed into place and carefully secured through the use of some expert tools. Just a quick final cleanup, and Stephanie is ready to enjoy her rockin’ new rook.
The rook is an ear cartilage piercing performed where the fossa (the flat upper plane) and crus, or inside edge of the helix, meet. That visible outcropping of cartilage just between the inner and outer conch areas? Yep. Right there. Although it’s been around since the 90s, (first popularized by famous piercer Erik Dakota) the rook piercing is still fairly rare and provides a beautiful and unique look, whether alone, or paired with other piercings.
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