Rook Piercing

Rook Piercings: Everything That You Always Wanted to Know


You’re intrigued by the idea of rook piercing, but don’t personally know anyone who has one. That’s no reason why you shouldn’t look into this type of ear piercing and decide if it’s right for you. Getting answers to any questions that are on your mind will make it easier to settle on the right choice.

Here are some basics to help you get started. From what is a rook piercing to how to care for the piercing once it’s done, this information will be invaluable.

Where’s the Rook?

Where is the rook on the ear? It’s the ridge of cartilage that’s found between the outer ear and the inner conch. You’ll find it just above the area that’s known as the tragus and somewhat to the side of the daith.

Many people consider this area of cartilage to be perfect for a piercing. It’s easy to show it off when you have your hair brushed back. It’s also somewhat easy to hide if your hair happens to hang down over the upper part of the ear. In terms of adapting to whatever setting you happen to be in, this is one of your better ear piercing options.

Who Gets Rook Piercings?

This sort of rook and cartilage piercing is more popular than many people realize. In terms of who might be interested in this type of piercing, the answer is that anyone may want to entertain the idea. People of varying ages, genders, and orientations already have rook piercings.

One issue to address has to do with the shape of the ear. In particular, it has to do with the shape of the rook itself. Since the size and shape can vary significantly, there are some people who would find that even the most petite jewellery would be uncomfortable in that area. If you’re wondering about that, let one of our experts examine the ear. You’ll soon know if you’re a candidate, or if considering a different type of ear piercing would be better.

Does a Rook Piercing Hurt?

The rook is composed of somewhat thick cartilage. That means there will be more pressure and some discomfort during the actual piercing. Even so, it’s not considered the most painful piercing. If you’ve had a daith piercing, the rook piercing pain will likely be slightly less. It helps that the amount of time needed to complete a rook piercing is a couple of seconds less than a daith piercing.

The paint itself is usually sharp and quick. Immediate care afterwards helps to ease the discomfort with ease. Come to us for the piercing as well as the aftercare and we’ll ensure that the area is treated the second that the piercing is complete. Our goal is to make sure that your rook piercing is successful and free of complications.

One Ear or Both Ears?

Some people decide to go for a double piercing rook. In other words, they have matching rook piercings in both ears. They may choose to go with the same jewellery in those piercings.

Others prefer to pierce the right or the left ear. The choice is up to you. One of our experts can easily do both at one time, or you can choose to have a single piercing done now, live with it for a time and see what you think. If you’re happy with it and want to do the other ear, that will be an easy task.

Essentially, there’s no wrong way to go with a single or double rook ear piercing. Have both done or go for one and pair it with some other type of ear piercing. This is a chance for your personal taste to shine.

Jewellery Choices for Your Rook Piercing

Your rook cartilage piercing is versatile in terms of the jewellery that you select. One popular choice is a curved barbell design that has some type of jewel on each end. You may also find that a tiny rook hoop piercing is to your liking. There are also jewellery options that include hearts, diamond shapes, and even tiny reproductions of animals like pandas or bears. Gem balls and beads are two other options you can consider.

Let us show you our hypoallergenic range of cool rook piercings at

How About Aftercare?

Many people experience multiple rook piercing healing stages that occur over a period of time. In general, allow a minimum of three months. Some people may require up to a year before the healing is completed. Your personal health and the presence of any ongoing or chronic conditions will have some impact. Be sure to discuss those with our expert before you get the piercing.

We recommend an Antibacterial Skin Cleanser such as Trisan for these piercings. Thoroughly wash your hands before cleaning. Apply the cleanser to a cotton swab and gently clean both sides of the piercing. Rinse thoroughly. Apply gently on each side of the piercing a medical grade saline lotion like Dr. Piercing. For your convenience, you can consult one of our professional piercers in person or via email and you can purchase all recommended aftercare products at Black Line Studio or at

Be sure to avoid:

  • Soaking your piercing (baths, swimming etc)
  • Chlorinated water
  • Hydrogen Peroxide or Alcohol
  • Oil-based ointments
  • Frequent contact with unwashed hands
  • Covering your piercing (bandaids, ointments)

Have you decided that a rook piercing is for you? Call today or drop by and talk with one of our experts. Look through the rook piercing pictures that we keep on hand and get some ideas for the jewellery. We’ll also be happy to discuss the rook piercing cost with you. If there are any other questions, we’ll be glad to answer them and proceed with the piercing when you’re ready.