The Curated Ear || The Art of Piercing

The Curated Ear

Some say that ear piercing, in fact body piercing in general is the new tattoo, just less permanent and thus more forgiving.  The rise and rise of the #curatedear sees men and women adorn their ears with a multitude of piercings.  What some don’t seem to understand is that the placement of these earrings is well thought out, planned almost, created what they call a ‘well-curated ear’.

Consider it interior design of the ear.  Just because you dump furniture in a room, it doesn’t mean that it is well designed.  This understanding has lead to the rise of celebrity ear piercers.  The most famous in our neck of the woods is Maria Tash of course.  The jeweler and piercing curator is highly sought after by celebrities and socialites alike.  The strength of the Maria Tash brand is in the sophisticated hue it gives body piercing.  A phenomenon originally associated with tattoo parlors and punk rockers.  There are a few noteworthy others as well, and although you may not be in LA for an appointment anytime soon, their IG accounts and websites do serve up so serious inspiration.

 

Maria Tash

Maria Tash

 

Maria Tash is a jewelry store with a number of boutiques world wide, including Dubai, Italy and Ireland.  Her original flagship store established in 2005 in the NOHO district of NY.  She is world-renowned for her ear curation, and arranges for pop-ups across the world, to spread the love.


 

Brian Keith Thompson

Brian Keith Thompson

 

Brian Keith Thompson of Body Electric  is a celebrity piercer, with names such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga on his list of clients.  Since 1992 Brian has been curating ears with flair and passion.  Located on Melrose Avenue in LA, Brian often makes visits to other cities to tend to clients.


 

Cassie Lopez

Cassie Lopez

 

Cassie Lopez is the owner of So Gold Studios in Brooklyn, New York.  Again, piercer to the stars, including Kendall Jenner.  Cassie doesn’t actually own a jewelry line, just the know-how.  If you aren’t in NY any time soon, stay tuned she has guest appearances in Europe and the West coast often.


 

Ben Tauber

Ben Tauber

 

In his own words.. Hello, my name is Ben Tauber . I have been piercing professionally for over twelve years in studios around the world. For nearly eight years, I have worked with Maria Tash focusing on high end piercing services with luxury jewelry.  I am one of the early creative forces behind the “Curated Ear,” a movement named by Maria to describe the intentional, careful, and extensive styling necessary to construct an aesthetically engaging ear piercing project.


 

Colby Smith

Colby Smith

 

Colby Smith  is the creator of the 108 brand. His concept is; piercing and jewelry minimalism combined with an individualized, intimate experience. “I’m interested in helping people unlock their self-love and connect on a meaningful level”.

He approaches his craft with confidence, knowledge and understanding. His expertise, honed through over 15 years of education, observation and application, is defined by his dedication to administer superior craftsmanship in a clean yet comfortable environment. Stylistically, he strikes a balance between subtle and complimentary, installing only the highest quality jewelry. “Each piercing should compliment the unique, natural beauty of the individual.”


 

Stephanie Anders 

Stephanie Anders 

 

Stephanie Anders certainly looks the part.  The LA-based tattooist has worked with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and January Jones.  She is the owner of her own studio and high-end jewelry line as well.


 

Perry M. Doig

 

Perry is the owner of Rose Gold in San Francisco . Well if you live in San Francisco pass by Perry. The Rose Gold Piercing Parlor is committed to offering their clients the highest standard of tattoo and body piercing needs.


 

Astrid & Miyu

Astrid & Miyu

 

Astrid & Miyu is a UK-based custom jewelry brand and piercing atelier.  Available at Selfridges the next time you are around.  If you are curious to know who they have pierced, they have an entire section on their website dedicated to this.


 

Afton Alexandra and YLang 23

Afton Alexandra and YLang 23

 

One of the greatest multi-brand jewelry boutiques in the USA, Ylang 23  is based in Dallas, Texas.  They have jumped on the piercing trend, which seems appropriate given their vast scope of jewelry brands.  They have also collaborated with Afton Alexandra a piercing parlor to deliver the great results they promise their customers.