Vertical Tragus Piercing

Piercing is the most common body modification people opt for. It has its own religious beliefs, however, people usually go for their preferred kind of piercing to make a fashion statement. There are different kinds of piercings depending on what suits a person, here we dive in the world of vertical tragus piercing.

The tragus ear piercing has a fascinating history going back to antient times with belief that they will help to protect from evil. Later on, in 1970s and 1980s, tragus and vertical tragus piercings became rebellious fashion statements amongst the punk culture. It was a turning point for tragus piercings establishing in the mainstream consciousness.

Nowadays, tragus piercings are very popular by those who seek to stand out in unique and edgy way, with a huge pool of jewelry to play around. We see it definitely as a fashionable trend to express one’s personality.

What is Vertical Tragus Piercing (Surface tragus piercing)?

Also termed as vertical tragus surface piercing, it a popular variation of tragus piercing done vertically on the edges of the tragus of the ear. However, in his case, piercing takes place in the small fold of cartilage and comes out from the same side, rather than the other side. Vertical tragus piercing would suit those who have a well-developed tragus. It is a type of Surface piercing hence also called as Surface tragus piercing.


It does hurt more than tragus piercing as two piercings done on the edges of the tragus. As different people have different levels of pain endurance, the pain does vary according to it.

Piercing Jewelry 

A Curved barbell is commonly used by those who go for this type of tragus piercing. Some piercers recommend Surface 45’’ and surface 90”. Due to the curve, not all kinds of jewelry are suitable and there is a chance of injury and infection if it is not selected properly.

Different Vertical Tragus Piercing Pictures
Vertical Tragus Piercing | Surface tragus piercing Pictures

Healing Time 

Generally, with proper aftercare, it takes around 2 to 3 months for the piercing to completely heal.


Vertical tragus piercing is prone to infections if one does not take proper precaution and care. There are certain basic things to keep in mind to avoid any mishap.

  • Clean the pierced area and the surroundings very cautiously and gently with saline water. You could also use warm water with some salt added to it.
  • Do clean your hands thoroughly before and after cleaning the pierced area.
  • Avoid going to the swimming pool at all.
  • Till it heals completely, do not sleep on the side of the pierced ear
  • Do not take calls from the pierced ear side.


It could cost you around $30-$50 if done by a professional piercer.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a vertical tragus and a surface tragus piercing?

A surface tragus piercing is done on just the skin in the area and does not pierce the cartilage. While vertical tragus is done lengthways and needs a curved earring that has two ends.

Are there benefits to tragus piercing?

In our experience, tragus piercing may help vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and, in turn, manage pain. It is due to tragus being part of the outer ear that sticks out above the lobe and partially covers the ear canal. So we know that some people pierce this area as an alternative migraine treatment.

What does the tragus piercing symbolize?

Some societies believe that tragus piercings held deep symbolic importance and meaning, with belief that they could enhance hearing or provide protection against evil spirits. These piercings were functional and represented a form of self-expression and cultural identity.

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