Surface Barbells - Surface barbells are stapled-shaped jewelry designed for surface piercings like nape hip and nape piercings. There's typically a 90-degree post on either end of a surface barbell, but sometimes posts are angled differently so decorative tops like those shown here will sit flush with the surface of the skin. Although bent barbells and other styles of jewelry can work as surface piercing jewelry, surface barbells are the one style that has proven reliable over time. Piercers who use surface barbells claim they have a 95%+ success rate. For more surface piercing info, read our Surface Piercing FAQs.