An industrial piercing is a body piercing that involves two holes in the ear, typically in the cartilage, with one piece of jewelry connecting the two holes. The jewelry used for an industrial piercing is usually a long, straight barbell that runs vertically through the ear.
The industrial piercing got its name because the barbell looks similar to the pipes and machinery found in an industrial setting. This type of piercing can add a unique and edgy touch to the ear and is considered a bold and distinctive form of body modification.
Iron Palm body artists regularly perform industrial piercings.