Combining Tattoos with Piercings


Many of us who love tattoos also love piercings, but what if there were designs that married these two loves into the same beautiful works of art? With a little ingenuity, it is certainly possible to create some truly unique and beautiful combinations. In this blog, we will consider the possibilities for different common piercing zones.



The ear is a common choice for piercings; many people’s first piercing is a stud or two on their lobes, but it’s not uncommon for the ear to be the site of further piercing, especially since helix piercings have been considered quite fashionable in recent years. As the site of so much artistic potential, it’s also a place where tattoos and piercings can be mixed to create fabulous designs:






There are two main schools of ear tattoo-piercings; the first being a detailed pattern behind the ear and the second being a simple pattern on the edge of the ear [helix and antihelix zones]. The important thing to bear in mind when designing an ear tattoo is to choose one that has meaning to you and will be loved for life. This means choosing a design that will fit your style for years to come.

In the first example, the tattoo behind the ear is quite large and even mimics the earring function by depicting jewels draping from the elegant flowers. The simple monochromatic colour scheme means that the design will never clash with any of her wardrobe choices, and neither will it be immediately noticeable, especially when she wears her hair down. On the other hand, once she brings her hair up, the effect is quite stunning. This is a design which will augment simple stud piercing as well as long draping earrings.

The second example is far simpler, featuring a rainbow schematic on the antihelix. This design is fun and augments the playful earring choices that this person has chosen. Like the previous example, this tattoo will suit both studs and drop earrings and is a personal tattoo.



Like the ear, tattoo-piercings in this zone will only come to light under particular conditions: beach bods and crop tops. On the other hand, an inventive belly button tattoo-piercing can be stunning. The example given below is one beach-ready tattoo-piercing to love.






The combination of the blue belly ring with the dolphin is perfect in its simplicity. The bright blue jewel resting in the navel reminds the viewer of the sea which ties in perfectly with this body’s nautical tattoo.

Other ideas include mesmerizing henna patterns spiralling outwards from a jewelled navel for a tattoo-piercing that brings a little of the ’80s to your body. For the more Gothic-inclined artists among us, a well-planned belly button tattoo-piercing can be the beginning of a fantastic canvas. Consider a red naval jewel shining out from a monochromatic skull and roses.

Belly-button piercings may appear to be healed with four to six weeks but may indeed take between three to six months. This means that it is very important to take proper care of your piercing during the healing stage. You can do this by buying piercing supplies from a respectable piercing parlour.



If you have decided that tattoo-piercings are the next step for you and your body, then you should always begin with a thorough plan. In this blog, we helped you with the first step which is to gather some inspiration for your body’s designs before you commit to them. The next stage will require you to plan your piercing or tattoo, factoring in healing times and any upcoming plans you might have that could cause damage to newly pierced or tattooed skin.

For example, perhaps you have had a belly piercing for a long time but are looking to improve it with a tattoo before beach season – you will want to plan this in advance because many tattoo artists recommend avoiding submerging newly tattooed skin in water for at least two weeks. This means that you should try to plan to get inked at least one month before your holiday which will allow for the outermost layers of skin to heal. For a thoroughly healed tattoo for your holiday, however, you should plan to get inked around three months before beach season.

There are plenty of reasons and places to get a tattoo or piercing, all you need to do is be prepared to take thoughtful advice from talented tattoo artists regarding aftercare and plan out your designs appropriately. If you follow these rules, then you will be sure to have a design that you will love for life.