For many of us, getting your ears pierced is a rite of passage. And until my second daughter was old enough to want to do it, I had thought only of the mall gun-piercing option. It wasn’t until I saw an article online listing some reasons why you might want to take your kids to a reputable tattoo shop to get this major life event done, that I considered it an option. So, when my youngest daughter asked to get her ears pierced, I knew I would explore a local tattoo parlor this time around.
Pick A Reputable Tattoo Shop
You must choose a reputable tattoo shop. Studio City Tattoo in Studio City, California immediately came to mind, as I have had many friends get tattoos there. I called to find out if they do kids’ ears piercing. They do! As a matter of fact, they have regular weekday times from 11am-3pm, set aside for kids’ ear piercings. I do think it’s recommended that you make an appointment, but we just walked in and only had to wait about a half an hour. Be aware, there are many shops out there that do not allow children in the facility.
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She did it! I told her whenever she was ready, I’d let her get them pierced. Today…was that day! . . Don’t let the photo fool you. She didn’t flinch. (She was actually making a face at her brother watching her). What an amazing experience we had today. Thank you Steve! . . . We went to @studiocitytattoo . They pierce kids ears weekdays from 11-3pm. And they are immaculate, professional, amazing with kids and I couldn’t recommend them more! . . #bodypiercing #earpiercing #kidsearpiercing #StudioCity
Why A Tattoo Shop For A Kids’ Piercing?
According to the Association of Professional Piercers, ” A number of states have made it illegal to use a piercing gun for any piercings besides the ear lobe – and with good reason. Most ear piercing guns can’t be sterilized, and anyone being pierced by them is at risk. A reputable professional won’t use a gun for any piercing – even for ear lobes.”
Here’s what our experience has been. Awesome! Steve, as seen above in the photo, was the best. He was kind and patient with my daughter and made it so easy and painless, as you can see in the video above. We are 4 weeks out and we haven’t hand one single goopy or crusty ear. Not a single one. I completely expected it, but it just didn’t happen.
How Best To Care For A New Ear Piercing
Here’s another amazing thing we learned from this experience. We learned that you should never clean a new piercing with hydrogen peroxide and the solution that you’re normally given from the mall places. What what?! We were told that you should use a warm non-iodized salt and warm water solution and/or a warm wash with antibacterial soap, in the shower. And after our easy peasy 4 weeks, I’m a believer! We used these with warm water and salt to clean. Being able to squeeze the water to clean, makes it easy and effective.
I couldn’t recommend it more! Don’t be afraid to take your child for their next ear piercing to the professionals! I mean it, why wouldn’t I take my kid to someone who is professionally trained and does it for a living!