What a Rook Piercing Says About You

In chess, the rook represents strength and force. So, what does the rook piercing represent? This blog will look at what a rook piercing says about you.

Let’s face it. There’s simply no way a piercing can suddenly dictate everything about who you are. However, there’s recently been a trend of videos on YouTube and TikTok where people make personality assumptions based on different piercings.

While this, of course, isn’t an exact science, certain things do remain universally true if you have a rook piercing. Keep reading on to learn what general personality traits you might possess.

You’re Brave

If you get a rook piercing, you’re pretty brave. While they aren’t the highest on the pain scale, they do hurt more than standard lobe piercings.

One of the reasons it will hurt more than a lobe piercing is because a rook piercing goes through the thick ridge of cartilage above the ridge where a daith piercing would be. Piercing through cartilage tends to hurt more than regular tissue because it is thicker and tougher.

Rook Piercing Close Up

Additionally, it takes more pressure to pierce through the thicker double layer of cartilage. The added pressure causes some additional discomfort.

While the piercing procedure is over in an instant, you’re still mighty brave for going through with it in the first place.

You’re Patient

Rook piercings can sometimes take a long time to heal. The healing time ranges from 6 to 9 months. This is because cartilage takes longer than an earlobe piercing to heal.

Additionally, you’ll have to baby your piercing a bit during the healing process. This means cleaning it regularly and avoiding sleeping on it.

You also need to avoid touching your piercing as it heals. We know it’s tempting, but touching it can introduce unnecessary bacteria that could lead to an infection. It could also cause unnecessary movement as the piercing heals, prolonging the healing process.

Lastly, and perhaps the worst part of the healing process, you have to be careful about wearing headphones. If you have headphones that will press up against your new piercing, you’ll have to avoid using those for a bit to prevent irritating your piercing.

Therefore, if you get a rook piercing, you’re patient enough to let it heal properly.

You’re Unique

Not everyone has the proper anatomy to get a rook piercing. In order for the piercing to heal properly, there needs to be enough of a ridge to pierce through. Without it, the piercing will most likely reject. Therefore, if you can get a rook piercing, it means you’re lucky enough to have enough cartilage to pierce through and enough tissue for the jewelry to stay anchored in place.

Some people have a prominent enough ridge of cartilage where they can get two nearly parallel rook piercings. You will stand out in a crowd if you’re one of these people.

You Have Your Own Sense of Style

One of the best parts of getting a rook piercing is how many jewelry options there are. While starting with a curved barbell for the initial jewelry is best, you can choose between a curved barbell or a ring once your piercing is fully healed.

Rook Piercing & Stretched Ears

Because half the fun of getting a piercing is self-expression, chances are you’ll pick jewelry that matches your unique style. Whether you want to tie your rook piercing jewelry to your favorite necklace, get a rook clicker that is covered in aqua CZ gems to match your aquamarine birthstone, or you want to keep it simple with a 24KT gold PVD titanium curved barbell, your decision is based on your specific aesthetic.

You’re Adventurous

In her video explaining what a rook piercing might say about you, Tik Tok creator and body piercer at Vaughn Body Arts, vaughnbano states that a rook piercing means one of three things: either you’ve run out of room on your ear, you came in wanting a different cartilage piercing you didn’t have the anatomy for and your piercer suggested a rook piercing instead, or you saw a picture of one and decided to just go for it and get one.

Regardless of which one of the three categories you fall under, getting a rook piercing means you’re adventurous and not afraid to try anything once.

If you’ve filled your ear up with other piercings, such as your lobes, a few helix piercings, maybe a conch piercing, and even a tragus, you’re adventurous because you’re seeking out multiple new piercings to keep adding to your collection.

If you came in wanting a different piercing you didn’t have suitable anatomy for and went with the suggestion to get your rook pierced, you’re willing to try anything at least once.

Rook, Philtrum, Labret Piercings

You’re especially adventurous if a rook piercing is one of your first piercings. Not many people will see a picture of a rook piercing and decide upon that to be their first or second piercing.

You’re Not Self-Absorbed

Depending on your anatomy, you might not be able to even see your rook piercing when you look in the mirror. If the piercing sits tucked into your ear, it will be visible to those standing next to you. However, you won’t be able to see it yourself.

Sure, you could ask your bestie to take a ton of pictures for you after the day you just get it. But if you have a rook piercing, it means you’re not so self-absorbed that you need to see every single one of your piercings in the mirror.

The Main Point

When Erik Dakota introduced the rook piercing along with the daith and industrial piercing in the 1990s, he probably didn’t associate it with certain personality traits. However, there’s no denying it takes a certain amount of adventurous spirit and bravery to get one.

What do you think your rook piercing says about you?

Written by Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel is a poet and Content Account Manager. She has been getting pierced for over 16 years, while taking the time to learn proper aftercare techniques from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) members. Always enamored by the jewelry options that exist for body modifications, she one day hopes to assist clientele with picking out jewelry and styling ears.