Teen Vogue: Piercing Questions Answered by Brian Keith Thompson

Brian Keith Thompson featured in Teen Vogue

The first time we saw Brian Keith Thompson’s piercing-packed feed, we instantly fell in love with his work. From dainty cartilage piercings to his cool takes on the constellation trend, he clearly has a knack for body art. And we aren’t the only ones who think so, either; he’s worked with Beyoncé and Bella Thorne — and more recently, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone. Brian has made a name for himself by keeping his celeb clients’ piercings secret — but he did drop a few hints about the new ear jewelry that Jennifer and Emma have yet to reveal.

“I did lobe and cartilage piercings,” he says. “They got a bit of both. It was my first time working with them, so I was very flattered. I had a great time — I probably had more fun piercing them than they did getting pierced!” As far as his favorite piercing moment goes, though, that honor still goes to Beyoncé. “When I saw the Lemonade album cover and knew that I did a few of those, it was really cool,” he says. “She’s one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve met.”

Since not everyone can make it out to L.A.’s Body Electric Tattoo to score a personal appointment with Brian, we asked him for the next best thing: his best piercing tips. From nipple piercing facts to the truth about dealing with pain, get his answers to all your most pressing piercing questions, below... READ MORE