It’s not uncommon to see someone with an ear full of piercings these days. What was once a trend has become the norm, especially among fashion girls, but that doesn’t really mean that you should fill your ear with holes with no rhyme or reason. There’s undoubtedly an art to piercing, and few people understand it as well as Brian Keith Thompson, the owner and piercer of the wildly popular Body Electric. I visited the Melrose Avenue shop on a recent trip to Los Angeles for a third piercing in my ear, and based on the crowd gathered in the waiting area that afternoon, it’s very apparent that Thompson has quite the following.
Since Thompson has been in the piercing business for decades and sets so many piercing trends, who better to get the scoop on the piercing mistakes he sees most frequently? Piercing is clearly a permanent thing, and it’s best to be well informed going into it, so consider this required reading if you’re in the market for a new one.
Scroll on for the four biggest ear-piercing mistakes Brian Keith Thompson sees, and to see some of his very stylish piercings, and shop earrings that are perfect for multiple piercings.
These quotes have been lightly edited for length and clarity.