It is fairly common for people of all ages and genders to get a body piercing these days. Once a person decides to get their ears, or any body part pierced, the next question is where to go. You are going to pay someone to poke a hole in your body and hang jewelry from it. It is a good idea to go to someone who is experienced and knows what he or she is doing. You want to find places that have a good reputation, have a clean well-lit environment and have piercing experts that can help you select the jewelry appropriate for your piercing. You also need to know that they will pierce the right location and give you advice on how to care for you new piercing. If you are not an adult, the law in California since 1997 says you must be at least 18 years of age to get a body piercing. Piercings can only be given to youth between 16-18 if their parent or guardian is present, or with a notarized written note. The law does not apply to ear piercings however. It is best to call first since each situation is different. Here is a list of five of the best places in Sacramento to get your ears pierced.
Iicon Piercing Co.
5809 Marconi Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
According to the owner at Iicon Piercing Co., this shop is the only Sacramento piercing studio that does nothing but body piercings. Most other piercing locations are a combination of tattoo and piercing parlors. Like many of the shops in the Sacramento region, Iicon uses Facebook as its main webpage to post daily updates, photos and sale prices. Maybe the most important thing to know is it is hard to find an unhappy Iicon customer. Iicon Piercing employees do take walk-in customers but it is recommend you make an appointment. Also, this studio provides male and female piercers for those customers that have a preference.
Queen of Arts Tattoo & Piercing Studio
1537 Howe Ave., Suite 118
Sacramento, CA 95825
It is likely that any research into piercing studios will lead you to the Queen of Arts Tattoo & Piercing Studio. Amber Barajas opened the shop on January 8, 2011, and so far it already has a large fan base that raves about both tattoos and piercing. This is a very likable place and one that is fit for a queen. This is a bright clean facility that is sure to inspire confidence from its clients.
Established in 2002, Ancient Ink Tattoos and Piercings has a loyal following of tattoo and piercing enthusiasts. Its customers continually use the word “nice” when describing the people that work here. As a testament to its great employees, customers return time and time again to get more body art done. Ancient Ink is on Watt Avenue near Antelope Road.
Capital Ink Tattoo
1021 2nd St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Capital Ink is located in Old Town Sacramento. The owner and lead piercer, Irish Cash, has been piercing bodies for over 13 years and has an extremely loyal customer base Irish bought the shop in 1996 and makes sure the place is clean, well equipped and has skilled people working. The focus here seems to be on providing a comfortable atmosphere for clients. It makes sense that Irish would want customers to feel at home when getting a tattoo or piercing since they will have a much better experience overall.
The Exotic Body
807 30th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
The Exotic Body opened in March of 1990 and the only services offered were body piercings and modifications until it added tattooing in 1999. Owner Mike Hare sees his shop as a high-end premier shop offering the best in body art. In addition to body art and modifications, the Exotic Body has a huge selection of body jewelry including some with Swarovski Crystals. As a special treat, customers getting a tattoo or piercing on their birthday also receive a free t-shirt. You should be aware that there is a sign on the door restricting persons under 14 from entering the studio.
David Mace is a freelance writer covering all things Sacramento. His work can be found on Examiner.com.