Have you ever heard of a daith piercing? It’s a specific piercing style that is blowing up in LA these days, a ear piercing that passes through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold, the crus of the helix. Scarlett Johansson has a few in her left ear, as well as actress Bella Thorne, who’s ears have been pierced by Brian Keith Thompson, chief piercing officer of Melrose’s Body Electric Tattoo.
Brian is the God of Piercing in LA and the man behind the “constellation piercing” trend. His store, Body Electric Tattoo is the go to place for piercing and tattoos by LA’s A-listers such as Beyonce and Jessica Alba. “I’ve been doing piercings for about 10 years”, said Beyonce’s personal ear piercer to the Hollywood Reporter, “and piercings have been around for thousands of years. The Aztecs were piercing their septums, the Egyptians were stretching their ears. There are photos of Buddha with his ears stretched.” Some of Brian’s piercing clients include Beyonce (cartilage piercing), Jessica Alba, Bella Thorne (septum piercing), FKA Twigs (philtrum piercing), and Pia Mia (labret piercing).
Nipple piercings have been really popular right now. “It’s probably more popular than the septum” continued Brian, “you won’t see it really, but it’s kind of cool because you don’t see it, it’s just for you. Or your partner. It’s one of those private piercings. Or you know, you could wear something sheer and very fitted to the body and actually see the outline of it slightly. There’s something really cool about that, too.”
His shop, Body Electric, just celebrated its 25th birthday.