Entertainment Fashion & Style Everything You Need to Know About Industrial Piercings Share PINTEREST Email Print Kylie Jenner Fashion & Style Tattoos and Body Piercings Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Karen L. Hudson Contributing Writer Karen L. Hudson is a tattoo artist and contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Karen L. Hudson Updated April 19, 2019 Industrial piercings are basically any piercing that spans the distance from one side of the rim (helix) of the ear to another, connecting two piercing fistulas with one extra long bar. It can be placed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally and still be considered an Industrial (or a Scaffold, which is the term used in some European countries). An industrial can't be created by connecting two pre-existing piercing holes because the angles of the holes will not line up correctly to create the proper balance. Balance is extremely important because stress on the cartilage can lead to infection and even permanent deformation of the ear. It takes a skilled artist to place a perfectly balanced industrial. When pierced properly, an Industrial is a fun and attractive piercing. The jewelry pictured is a standard Industrial bar, which is just an extra long straight barbell. There are also many other barbell varieties which include spirals and twists for a little extra pizazz. The gauge size of each individual industrial will depend greatly on the depth of the rim it will be penetrating on each size. Providing you've found an experienced piercer, their recommendation will be best, but the standard is typically 16 or 14 gauge. Proper length is also essential, which your artist will decide based on the chosen placement of the piercing. With proper alignment, balance, and aftercare, and Industrial will heal in about 4-6 weeks, at which time you can opt to change your jewelry style. If you encounter any problems during healing, you'll probably need to wait an additional 2-4 weeks.