Picking the right person to pierce your ear is a difficult choice. Knowing who the most skilled, safe and hygienic artists are can be a tough task but, thankfully, Orange County is stocked with quality piercing establishments. From the bazaar to the bizarre, it’s not hard to find the right piercing professional for you with this easy list. Some offer far more services than just ear piercing, so if the piercing bug sticks with you, be sure get to know the staff for when you need their services later on.
Outer Limits Tattoo And Body Piercing
125 N. Tustin St., Suite G
Orange, CA 92867
Outer Limits is potentially the most popular piercing shop in Orange County, with renowned piercers and tattoo artists who do masterful work. The team is more than ready to handle the standard lobe pierce to avant-garde ear design. The shop’s website has a portfolio of their best work, including some that may border on the taboo, so think twice about bringing any impressionable children to the shop; teenagers can’t stray in without a valid I.D. For a clean and safe environment with tons of personality, Outer Limits will not disappoint. Outer Limits also has shops in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Long Beach.
All-American Tattoo & Body Piercing
2443 E Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831
All-American’s many repeat customers praise the shop’s helpful and attentive staff, who explain each step of the process and check in with waiting customers often. Although the shop is known as much for its tattoos as for its piercings (and the artists here are worth considering if you’re seeking ink), the atmosphere is still family friendly. All American’s hygiene practices are solid, so don’t be afraid to bring in everyone from teenagers to grandmas.
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Fine Tattoo Work
745 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
The fine folks at Fine Tattoo Work have a higher standard than most when it comes to piercings and tattoos. They also offer some valuable after-care provisions for their needlework and provide extremely professional installations, from the traditional to the industrial. This is another mature audience venue, so scope out the clientele and art on the wall before bringing your kid down for work to be done. Few places pierce with as much precision and accuracy as Fine Tattoo Work, so trust them with any and all work.
13121 Brookhurst St., Suite H
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Do not be afraid of the name: CM Hurt is nothing but a good time. In a small studio in Garden Grove, CM Hurt uses a select group of artists and piercers, most notably Cynthia, one of the most trusted piercers in Orange County. This is definitely a kid-friendly place, as Cynthia has been doing piercings, small and large, for years and provides an extremely sterile environment. She will help you take your mind off of the pain by teaching some breathing techniques, as well as the uber-important aftercare provisions required with every purchase.
1799 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Barbella Studios is another quaint and small parlor built for service. Piercer Steven is committed to style and perfection, which makes for a stunning combination when it comes to his ear piercings. The shop does a great job of being available for any scares involving your piercing once you leave their capable hands. Add in an extremely clean workspace and a panache unlike any other shop in Orange County, and you have the makings of the most unique piercing parlor in the area.
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