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Rook Piercing

Updated on January 17, 2012

What is a Rook Piercing?

A rook piercing is yet another form of ear piercing. This one goes through the cartilage of the upper inner ear (see image for better idea). Like the snug piercing, this one has to penetrate quite a thick piece of cartilage and can therefore cause some discomfort while the procedure is being carried out to fit your rook piercing.

How Much Does a Rook Piercing Cost?

As with all piercings, whatever part of the body, a rook piercing can vary in price depending on a number of factors. One of the main factors is location. If you use piercer at a high end major high street store, you may expect to pay a premium. A back street piercer, on the other hand, may be very cheap, although you are more likely to have an unpleasant experience and increase the risk of infection if you take this option. It is suggested that you have your rook piercing done at a place recommended by someone who you know that has had one. Do use your own instincts though, and if your heart tells you it isn’t the right place for you, then it probably isn’t. Given all that however, you should probably expect to pay a little under $50.

Is Rook Piercing pain really bad?

As mentioned earlier, a rook piercing does go through quite a thick piece of cartilage in the ear, and therefore a certain amount of pressure has to be put on, in order for the needle to penetrate the cartilage. Because of the pressure used, you are likely to hear a ‘pop’ sound as the cartilage is pierced. Much of the discomfort comes from the pressure applied rather than to pain caused by the ear itself.

Whilst a rook piercing is one of the more painful ear piercings, it is not significantly so, and if you have had other ear piercings, you should be able to bear this one.

Aftercare and Infections

As with all piercings, it is important to make sure that your hands are clean before you touch your rook piercing, in order to prevent infections. In fact, it is best to keep all touching down to a bare minimum and certainly do not continually fiddle with it. This will certainly increase the risk of infection. Gentle bathing in a mild sea salt solution is a good way to clean this piercing, although do ask for professional advice when you have the piercing done. Try to sleep on the opposite side too, although you are likely to find that you do this automatically.

If you are experiencing pain or severe redness sometime after the procedure, you should have this checked at your doctors as you may be one of the unfortunate ones who do get an infection.

A Rook Piercing
A Rook Piercing

Rook Piercing Jewelry

There are several types of piercings that can be used with a rook piercing. However, because of the thickness of the cartilage, a barbell or ring is most common. These can come in many different colours and designs to make you stand out from the crowd.

As always, think of your rook piercing as an investment in yourself and make sure that you have it done professionally and safely, otherwise you may have cause to regret it, if it becomes infected.


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      7 years ago from Georgia

      good info


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