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Gothic Piercings

Updated on June 26, 2014

Like many things that are Gothic, piercings aren't that different from those getting piercings who aren't Goths. What's different is the overall look which accompanies the piercing.

That's the same with Gothic rings, umbrellas, shoes and dresses, among numerous other clothing and accessory choices.

Now there are exception to that general reality, for example, with an ear piercing which would include what would be considered by the recipient as a Gothic accessory.

There are also some piercings which are way out there, which include a Gothic look, but that could be expressed in other types of subcultures as well.

In other words, if you're a Goth, what you do or wear is considered Gothic, even if others may do something similar that aren't Goths. Piercings are included in that reality.

So it's the lifestyle, reason behind it and overall look that makes a piercing Goth, not simply the piercing itself.

Lip Piercing

This first photo of a Gothic piercing is a good example of what was mentioned above. It's a simple stud in the lip, but the fact it's a Goth woman makes it a Goth piercing, even though the piercing itself isn't different than anyone else would have.

Gothic Lip Piercing

Numerous Gothic Piercings

There's no mistaking these numerous piercings by this Gothic woman. There's almost as much metal as you would get with metal braces from the dentist.

This is a little too over the top for my taste.

Gothic Woman with Mouth Full of Metal

Gothic Nose Piercing

What an outrageous and bold nose piercing here by this Gothic young man. I bet that didn't feel too good going in the first time. Ouch! Those ear piercings are pretty over the top as well. Did you notice the stud below his nose and coming out of his mouth? It's easy to miss because of the larger piece.

Wild Gothic Nose Piercing

Dragon Earring

This dragon ear piece captured my attention when I saw it, as to me it looks great and is a fantastic work of art. Nice the way it wraps around and through the ear lobe. The point at the top is also very cool.

I think this is an awesome look.

Gothic Dragon Ear Piece

Eye Piercings

This is an amazing array of piercings around the eyes of this woman. Interesting to have the studs in the eyebrows, and also interesting that the eyebrows are bushier than most; something that is coming back among some women. Another observation is the bright light is needed to really be able to see and appreciate the piercings, implying they wouldn't be seen easily in normal light.

Gothic Eye and Nose Piercings

Various Gothic Facial Piercings

What I like about the piercings below are the way it is designed. All of them are placed in a way that helps them play off one another. They appear symmetrical and flow down her face, designed to complement, rather than interfere with one another. That's contrary to the woman near the top which has them all over the place.

Gothic Facial Piercings

It's good, in my opinion, to show several types of piercings to give someone an idea of what you can do, and the options out there. In the case of the woman below, the piercings are far more subtle and benign, but still work together nicely. Not everything has to be loud to be effective.

Gothic Facial Piercings

The Gothic piercings below are somewhat between the really wild placements and those carefully constructed. Of course the person being pierced is the one deciding what they want, so if they're happy, that's mostly what matters, depending on the reason for being pierced in the first place. This is a cute and different Gothic look, but the piercings seem to get in the way of it some, especially those directly in the lip.

Gothic Lip and Mouth Piercings

Corset Piercing

This is one of the more radical Gothic piercings one of a corset of studs on the arm. It looks painful, but obviously was just completed, and so didn't have time to heal as of when the photo was taken. I wonder if it'll look as distinct when most of the red is gone?

Gothic Corset Piercing on Arm

Wide Variety of Gothic Piercings

As you can see, with Gothic piercings it's not too much different than other piercings. You have some that include only a mere stud, to those loud and obtrusive to the viewer. Some are ornamental and add to the person's look, while others are meant to shock and disturb.


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    • Michaela Osiecki profile image


      3 years ago from USA

      I wouldn't call any of the people photographed here Goth.

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      7 years ago

      Shake it up: I guess the tern Gothic covers a lot. From really 'wild', to a general interest in Medieval / Renaissance aethetic/reenactment, etc, right?

      ewelz51: Kind of, 'pick your battles', right?

      Ebower: Re. 'too far', I guess you mean that if you did/have done it, you would only do it just a little?

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      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! Some people take piercing a little too far. I understand piercing as much as the next person, but I personally don't believe it should take over your whole face, but each to his own. This hub piqued my interest to say the least; I voted it up and interesting!

    • ewelz51 profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the South...

      This was very interesting for me as I have teens who are into the piercing age and itis a struggle to know what's enough and what's over the top.


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