Along with ear piercing, today adults are indulging in body, cartilage, nose and genital piercings. Some use piercings as a form of self-expression adorning their body with jewelry, dating back more than 5,000 years ago. One of the most important factors to consider when seeking out a shop to obtain any kind of piercings is infection control and sterilization. After careful consideration and education, here are five L.A.-based shops that meet the proper sterilization standards for piercings.
Body Electric Tattoo
7274 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
For piercings and body modifications, Body Electric Tattoo is a five-star experience. Not only safe and sterile, piercers are certified and current in OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention & Infection Control training. Body Electric technicians are equipped to do basic earlobes, large and small gauge piercings, advanced ear cartilage, genital piercings, single and multi-point surface, paired symmetry-based piercing as well as infant lobes. After sterilization, Body Electric utilizes Statim 2000, a fast-running autoclave, to do the piercing, and uses high-quality surgical implant grade stainless steel, titanium, platinum, 14k+ yellow, white, rose, green and black gold. Clients are given thorough instructions on how to take care of the piercings.
Prix Body Adornment
56 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Valuing a clean, safe and proper environment is why customers are loyal to Prix Body Adornment. Easing clients’ minds, Prix installed HEPA filters which are used to clean the air in the procedure and tool processing rooms, which are separate from the studio space. Piercers follow procedure, and utilize the Statim2000 sterilization machine in two full cycles to keep tools and jewelry sterile and clean at all times.
24201 W. Valencia Blvd.
Valencia, CA 91355
Piercing Pagoda is a self-described ear piercing specialist. Here, customers come in for ear and cartilage piercings and receive a free ear piercing with any purchase of piercing earrings. Pagoda offers a large assortment of 14k, 10k and 24k overlay as well as other metal styles as well when you get your ear pierced. Extra-long posts are also available for those with ear lobes thicker than 1/4-inch. Pagoda specialists walk each client through the entire process, working with the highest quality and sterilized non-needle piercing machine and earrings that are hypoallergenic or have nickel content less than half of 1 percent, which reduces the risk of allergic reaction.
1335 E. Carson St.
Carson, CA 90745
Known for intricate tattooing, Madball Tattoos also does piercings – body, nipples and genitals. Customers drive to Carson from all over the Los Angeles area to Madball for the shop’s integrity, cleanliness, creativity and overall superior customer service. Madball piercers makes safety and sterilization techniques a number one priority, followed up by piercing after care instructions for each client.
Los Angeles Body Piercing
11032 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Considered one of the best piercing shops in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Body Piercing features a piercing studio located within Studio City Tattoo. Using the highest quality body jewelry available (from 14k to exotics), these guys only work with new and sterile piercing needles, as well as the state-of-the-art Statim2000 autoclave. To ensure proper healing, insertion jewelry consists of the highest quality metals and materials such as implant grade titanium, stainless implant grade steel, 14k/18k gold, implant grade medical silicon among others. Once healed, customers like to shop the jewelry showcase featuring water buffalo horn, abalone, mother of pearl, semi-precious stones, gemstones, exotic woods and other metals. Los Angeles Body Piercing features artists including Tawapa, Maya Organics, Evolve, Kaos Softwear and Glassheart Jewelry.
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