The industrial piercing is a piercing that consists of two piercings in the upper area of the outer cartilage (the helix) of the ear. A hole is punched in both sides, one in front towards the face, and one towards the back of the head.
The jewelry used for an industrial ear piercing is a straight barbell which gives it its characteristic look, and is consistant with other names for this piercing which are the “scaffolding piercing” or “construction piercing,” because it resembles the scaffolding at a construction site.
The gauge for industrial piercings usually starts at 14g, but sometimes a 16g is used.
Like most cartilage piercings, the industrial bar piercing can take from 6 months to a year to heal, and they tend to be rather sensitive and painful throughout the healing process.