Ear piercing is not only a serious business, but it is an art as well. The best piercers In Los Angeles are passionate about their practice, and they consider their clients’ needs a top priority. When deciding where to go for ear piercing, take into consideration the overall cleanliness of the shop, the personal hygiene of the piercer, pre-piercing consultation, precision and how carefully the piercer explains the healing instructions. These tried-and-true options are a great start at finding the right piercer for you.
J. Rothstein Jewelers of Beverly Hills
8950 W. Olympic Blvd., #209
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Janet Rothstein from J. Rothstein Jewelers recommends to her young clients (4 years and older) to pinch their ears really hard before coming in for ear piercing. “It’s good practice for them and they will know what it kind of feels like,” says Rothstein. For more than 20 years, Rothstein has been piercing ears of kids, teens and adults. Certified by Studex, the ear piercing studs manufacturer in the United States, Rothstein’s technique ($32 including earrings) is thorough. She cleans ears with alcohol, front and back and uses Neosporin pain relief cream. Using a non-toxic pen, she marks each ear, pierces the ears with high-quality 24K gold surgical studs, so the hole is straight and clean, and gives her clients an ice pack to relieve any discomfort. Earrings are bezel-set so there aren’t any prongs to catch on clothing or hair, and the training posts are thicker to maintain the hole. Clients go home with an after-care sheet and an appointment for follow up. Piercing is done by appointment only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
10800 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
When it comes to mall ear piercing, Jewelry Collection is not only convenient, but this jewelry store is all about great customer service. Ear piercing is available with gold earrings in a variety of sizes. The piercing is free with the purchase of any 14K gold earrings, which start at $39.99. From infants to adults, the staff at Jewelry Collection prioritizes precision and cleanliness, sending customers home with new piercing care instructions. Call before visiting the store just to make sure someone is available to do the piercing.
Freak Chic Tattoo
7365 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
From the modest to the extreme, Freak Chic Tattoo is a Hollywood hot spot for full service piercings and tattoos. A number of different materials are offered, including basic implant-grade surgical steel, which is 316 lvm (low carbon content, vacuum melted), implant grade titanium, and 14K to 24K gold in yellow, white, rose, platinum and palladium. The basic piercing fee is $35, and earrings will range from $70 to $500, depending on the type of metal and style. Anti-microbial soap ($9) or any over-the-counter drugstore wound saline solution does the trick for after care instruction. The general rule at Freak Chic Tattoo is if you are 15 years and younger, bring a parent with you. Walk-ins are welcome.
201 E. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Known for being extremely gentle, Piercing Pagoda specializes in piercing children’s ears. These piercing professionals work with children 2 months old and up who have received their first DPT vaccination, and who are accompanied with an identified parent or legal guardian. To avoid discomfort and any nervous butterflies, Piercing Pagoda suggests having both ears pierced at the same time by two different piercers, and if the child is unsettled prior to the experience, Piercing Pagoda often recommends the family to return at another time when the child is more ready. Piercing is free to customers who purchase a pair of earrings, which average an estimated $40 for 14K. Anyone younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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The World Famous Body Electric Tattoo
7274 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
From basic earlobe to advanced body piercing, Body Electric reassures its clients with a sterile and comfortable environment. Piercers are certified, with training in OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention & Infection Control, to put customers’ minds at ease. In addition, each autoclave is spore tested and monitored monthly. Basic earlobe piercing with titanium studs is $65 per ear. When clients get both ears pierced, the price also includes an after-care medical soap to use at home. Appointments are only necessary for infants and young children.
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