The Daith Bowl!


I love the Super Bowl.  I love Football.  Every year, my friends and I go to a restaurant and eat chicken and then go to a football field (weather permitting) and play flag football until the Super Bowl happens.

This year, while there was a lull in the conversation, I hash tagged a photo I was posting on the Rockstar Body Piercing Instagram page #DaithBowl .  Just as a joke.

This happened approximately 1:30 EST on February 2nd, 2014.
the original #daithbowl post


I thought about it for a second, and texted a couple friends and asked them to post daith pictures as well, with the same hash tag.  The first two to respond were Luis Garcia and Bryan Thomas, and it just so turns out that these were the right two people for the job.  Within an hour, we had 100 posts.  Within 2 hours, 230.  We eventually peaked at 285 posts on Instagram.

Here are a few of our favorites (chosen by Luis, Bryan and myself):
Beautiful angle and jewelry size and selection by Rob Hill

Flawless heart execution with a great cluster by Nate Janke.

A 2g daith piercing.  Probably one of the only 2g daith piercings in the world. By Luis Garcia.

Perfect jewelry size and depth by Bryan Thomas.

There were a lot of double daiths, but this combo with a double captive gem bead is really special.  By Kitten Flower Boutique.

The original "Daith Vader" by Billy Wood Jr.  (Say "daith" [pronounced "doth"] out loud with a Massachusetts accent.  Now say Darth Vader with a Massachusetts accent.  Now you get it.)

Joshua Campbell nailed the angle and has an innovative approach to jewelry selection.  Got to love it!

These were not the only great daith piercings, and for every one I posted there were two I could have. Definitely do yourself a favor and look through them all! Thanks to everyone who participated, it was a really fun thing to do and I'm hoping we can make another "viral portfolio post" happen again in the future.
I also wanted to take a moment to turn this into a learning experience, because this is a unique opportunity to do so.  It turns out that some piercers struggle with the angles of daith piercings and perhaps these contrasting diagrams will help.
Notice the angle of this piercing is NOT straight up and down, it is angled significantly in toward the ear canal on the bottom.  The ring compliments the conch.  That is crucial, the antihelix tissue should really compliment the ring.  Also, the ring is large (usually minimum 3/8 diameter, although usually larger in our studio).  The ring is deep!  Now, that can be taken too far, but if you don't have an eye for the depth yet, really look at the submissions to the Daith Bowl and you will start to grasp it.
Above is a daith pierced almost vertically with a small ring.  Not only does this not compliment the shape of the conch, it is in very thin tissue and is likely to flop forward when your client leans forward. This is also so close to where you might place a rook,  and this daith placement basically eliminates a rook piercing as an aesthetically pleasing possibility.

There were lots of really wonderful uses of the daith heart style posted.  Let's take a look at good placement:
You can see from this diagram that the hearts, too, are a little deep.  Potentially shallower depending on how deep the conch is, but still, many submissions were too shallow.
Sure, this might heal, but it will always "flop" and it has much more potential for migration.  Ear cartilage piercings can "settle" in to place but should never migrate.

One note on daith hearts: they work really well because they put a straight piece of jewelry (the flat part of the heart) into a straight piercing.  My own daith didn't heal well because of the curvature of the ring I was wearing.  Only when I switched to a heart was the piercing comfortable for me.  The curvy parts of hearts should NEVER be in the piercing channel, and especially not the point of the heart.
Thanks to everyone who made this a mini-viral experience.  I sincerely hope this blog post was insightful!  Thank you to Luis Garcia and Bryan Thomas for all their help!