It used to be that — much like tattoos or ripped jeans — piercings were reserved for people with Steven Tyler haircuts, cigarettes, and Sex Pistols jackets. Now, thanks to modern-day celebrities redefining what it means to "look cool," they have become far more mainstream — and anyone with the capacity to play air guitar has been pulling them off with aplomb.
The last few years especially have seen a meteoric rise in ear piercing trends — from where you get it to the sheer number of jewelry you use — and it only got more exciting in 2019. "What makes the piercings [right now] fresh and interesting is this idea of being able to work with what you already have, as opposed to needing to create an entire new look," said Cassi Lopez, piercer at New York Adorned.
Ahead, we've asked NYC's top piercers to share the styles that everyone has been getting this year. Walk this way.