We Know You Want To: Here Are the Best Ear Piercings for Men in 2020

Stretched lobe piercing, grunge concept. Pierced
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Come on, guys, it’s time to spice things up. Whether you’re piercing-less, already rocking some studs on each lobe or you’ve recently stepped into the world of dangly earrings like the cool kids on TikTok, it’s time to think beyond the lobes in terms of ear piercings for men and explore the rest of those Dumbo ears.

While lobe piercings look dope on guys, there are a slew of ear piercings for men to get that stretch far beyond the basics. You might think a visible, non-lobe ear piercing could seem a bit unprofessional to sport in the office, but, it’s 2020. Nobody’s going to fire you because you got your cartilage pierced. Well, okay, maybe don’t hold us to that, but note that if you do get fired for an ear piercing, your boss has no taste. And that’s a fact.

Some ear piercings for men are a little wilder than others. We’re sure you’ve seen dudes walking around with ginormous holes in their lobes, or maybe you’ve seen somebody with an industrial bar sticking through the top of their ears. No matter the case, ear piercings are an awesome way to express your style in a non-conforming way, and there are so many ways to get them done. Just check out this photo below and see what we’re talking about:

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Whether you’re looking to go above and beyond in terms of your next ear piercing or you’d rather stick to the basics, here are the six of the dopest ear piercings for men to rock this year.


1. Lobe Piercings

It’s a classic you’ve wanted done since you were 14, so now it’s finally time. No, it’s not the craziest thing in the world for a dude to have his ears pierced in 2020. You probably have a couple of friends that have been rocking the look since they were teenagers. Lobe piercings are as traditional as it gets in terms of piercings for men, that’s for sure. Now there are even tons of new ways to wear them. As mentioned prior, a recent trend we’ve been seeing is an influx of men ditching the studs for dangly earrings. Choosing to wear a dangly earring allows for dudes to express themselves in new ways they haven’t been able to in the past with their looks, so right now is the best time to get your ears pierced in the most traditional way for men. Be sure to wait a few weeks before switching to the dangly though to let those fresh piercings heal.

Mister Kunai Earring Courtesy of Mister


2. Stretched Lobes

Alright, so you already have your ears pierced, but you’re ready to take it to the next level. You might think we’re crazy, but you should stretch your ears. It really isn’t as terrifying as you might think, either. Stretching your ears comes in steps, so you’re not going to have massive lobes by the end of the day. Get yourself a stretching kit and start with the smallest size in the batch, which is typically a 14-gauge. Every two weeks, size up to your desired spot using the tapers provided and sticking the smaller end in first. Note that your ears will go back to normal if you end up not liking them, but only if you go up to a 0G. Anything beyond that, you can kiss normal ear piercings goodbye forever. If you’re going to do it, we suggest getting this surgical steel kit from Amazon to prevent any infections that might occur in the process.

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3. Cartilage Piercing

Cartilage piercings aren’t the wildest piercings for men we can think of, so it’s safe to say you can get one and not worried about being unemployed tomorrow. Cartilage piercings are popular because they’re a safe buffer for people to get themselves deeper into the world of piercings. Note that it will hurt a little bit more than your average lobe piercing and it’s fully suggested you keep any pressure off of it until it completely heals. Meaning, no, you won’t be able to sleep on the side you get it pierced on for a few weeks. If you don’t love the piercing provided by the piercer, switch it out (once it’s healed) with one of these effortlessly cool stainless steel earrings from Amazon. The piercings come in a pack of eight, so feel free to use them on your lobes or pierce your cartilage twice as pictured below.


4. Industrial Piercing

It might seem a bit daunting, but the industrial piercing is cool as hell. The industrial piercing is a two-piercing combo that brings a bar from your helix to your forward helix, merging the two in holy metal matrimony forever. Well, not forever, you can always take it out. But, once you get it done, you won’t want to. Pain-wise, getting this done isn’t the best feeling in the world considering you have to get pierced twice, but it’s totally worth it. Once it’s healed, there are tons of jewelry options to play around with. We suggest snagging yourself this eight-piece set on Amazon and picking your poison.

Stretched lobe piercing, grunge concept. Pierced man ear with black plug tunnel. industrial and rook Image Licensed By Adobe


5. Tragus Piercing

Next up, we’re chatting tragus. If you don’t know what a tragus is, it’s the little piece on your ear that sticks directly out in front of your ear canal. Though it might look like a ton of pain, it’s generally not so bad because there really aren’t a number of nerve endings in the area. While the piercing itself looks dope, we do have to warn you that there’s a good shot you’re going to have to kiss those Airpods goodbye. Not only will they feel uncomfortable, but they can definitely screw up the healing process if worn, so we’re going to have to suggest you invest in an overhead set instead. Once your tragus piercing is healed, you can choose to decorate it in a number of ways including both studs and hoops. Just check this set out from Amazon to decide what fits your style best.

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6. Conch Piercing

If you’re looking to take your piercings to the next level, look no further than a conch piercing. This goes directly through the harder part of the external ear known as the conch to give a look that’s a bit more extreme than other ear piercings for men. The majority of folks who decide to get this pierced already have more than one ear piercing, so do expect to get a couple of weird looks in the piercing shop if you head in unpierced and ask for this. Jewelry worn for conch piercings range from studs to hoops, but we definitely prefer the stud look for this one.