The Raddest Piercing Trends From Around The World

Photo: Courtesy of Brian Keith Thompson/Body Electric.
A quick survey of your yoga class or brunch buddies can tell you what piercings reign supreme in your circle. But what if we lived in another part of the world? Would we still see countless constellations dancing across the earlobes of our nearest and dearest? It’s a question we took to an all-knowing oracle (Instagram, of course).
There, we spent hours tracking what people in some of the coolest cities, like Verona, Tokyo, Helsinki (and yes, New York and L.A.) are piercing. What we found revealed both inventive options (like edgy dermal piercings) and a few old-school styles that are having a major comeback (don't tell Britney, but belly button bling is back). Also in the mix: more types of ear piercings than we ever imagined were possible.
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Some styles are giving us major ideas. (If you ask us, dermal piercings on the nape of the neck are primed to be the new patterned undercut, come summer.) And others we encountered? Well, we’re tensing up just thinking about them. (PSA: people are getting barbells put in their butt cracks. But don't worry — they haven’t made the most requested list just yet.)
Ahead, see the biggest body mods to hit Bogotá, Nairobi, and more.
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#beautiful #industrialstrength #fauxpal in #healed #tragus #piercing

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Finland

Piercing: Tragus

The best way to offset a proper pair of pearl earrings? With a tragus piercing, which adorns the small bit of skin just outside the ear canal.
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Daith - Conch - Helix by #BrianKeithThompson #BodyElectricTattoo

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The U.S.

Piercing: Constellation

In L.A., the next wave of constellation piercings have arrived. That is, artful groupings that don't follow a set pattern or style. This latest uptick combines three styles that are popular around the globe right now: daith, conch, and helix piercings on the ear (represented here by an adorned hoop, simple hoop and gold stud, respectively).
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Piercing: Flat Of The Ear

Meanwhile, in New York, tattoo and piercing studio New York Adorned is famous for getting the city's fashion crowd into the piercing scene with its dainty body mods. One of its most popular styles is a so-called “flat” that floats in the cartilage of the ear. (The turquoise stud shown here.)
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Canada

Piercing: Septum

Like L.A., constellation ear piercings are big in Canada — but so is the septum, which gets a fancy upgrade, thanks to ornate hoops.
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Brazil

Piercing: Dermal Sternum

Think dermal piercings are too edgy for the mainstream? Then you haven’t been to Brazil, where the style is a major trend.
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相変わらずインダストリアルかっこいい。 #インダストリアル #ボディピアス

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Japan

Piercing: Industrial

Look at image after image of industrial piercings (in which two wide-reaching holes are pierced to accommodate a barbell that runs along the top of the ear) and one of Harajuku's biggest piercing studios, Extreme Body Piercing, will be invariably tagged.
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The UK

Piercing: Smiley

Want an unforgettable smile? Forget about teeth whitening. Do like many women in the UK and go for a “smiley” piercing, which strings a bent barbell through the small fold of tissue inside the mouth near the upper lip (known as the frenulum) and adds a pop of bling to your happy face.
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Thank you for having my back for 8 years ❤️🙊#napepiercing

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Singapore

Piercing: Nape

Nape piercing, which adorn the back of the neck, are huge in Japan and trickling into other locales, like Singapore.
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#philtrum upgrade with a 18k #whitegold Sabrina end. #blackzircon inside. @anatometalinc #anatometal #inkaddictiontattooshop #verona

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Italy

Piercing: Philtrum

If only The Two Gentlemen of Verona could see their city’s current piercing du jour: an adorned philtrum that illuminates the Cupid’s bow like no highlighter ever could.
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Into healing. #napesurface #surfacepiercing #inkaddictiontattooshop #verona

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Piercing: Nape

Sticky summers in Italy scream for updos. The best way to show yours off? With a dermal piercing placed at the nape of the neck, a trend that’s also big in Asia.
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Kenya

Piercing: Navel

Time to channel your inner aughts pop star: In countries like Zimbabwe, Kenya, and, yes, the U.S., navel piercings are making a major comeback.
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