Forget chain mall stores where inexperienced salespeople also act as piercers. If you want your ears pierced in Boston, there are so many more places to choose from. While a simple ear piercing might not seem like a big deal, there’s always a chance of mistakes or infection if you don’t go to the best. Check out this guide to some of the best places in and around Boston to get your ears pierced.
The Jewelry Store
417 Washington St
Boston, MA 02108
Located in the heart of downtown, The Jewelry Store is easy to get to and offers some of the best deals on ear piercing in Boston. Piercing packages at The Jewelry Store start at just $6 and go up from there depending on your choice of earring. The shop has been piercing ears for more than 17 years in Boston, so you’ll know you’re getting your ears done by an experienced piercer. While you’re there getting your ear piercing, stock up on studs to wear once you heal. The Jewelry Shop offers the same great prices on its earrings as it does on its piercing packages.
36 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
www.chameleonbodyarts.comChameleon Tattoo’s reputation for top-of-the-line professional tattooing, body modifications and piercings extends to basic ear piercing as well. Simply pick out your piercing studs from Chameleon’s sister store, The Jewelry Gallery, and then head into the piercing parlor. Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing features three piercers on staff with more than 30 years experience between them. They treat a simple ear piercing as seriously and professionally as they would a more exotic piercing and are known for being friendly and informative. The shop is clean, sterile and friendly.
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422 Worcester St. Suite 105
Wellesley, MA 02481
www.universal-pediatrics.comMost people will choose to get their ear piercing done at a mall store or piercing parlor, but if your child or you are especially nervous about the piercing process or you suspect there might be other complications, you might want to have the ear piercing done by a medical doctor. Universal Pediatric Associates are skilled at piercing and are more than worth the trip just outside of Boston if you’re considering piercing your child’s ears. Staff here uses the Blomdahl Piercing system, which is available only to licensed medical professionals. The Blomdahl system offers high-quality earrings and even plastic piercing and earrings if you suspect your child may have an allergic reaction to the procedure or jewelry.
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485 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA 02472
www.almodabodypiercing.comAlmoda Jewelry’s focus may be on jewelry sales and not piercing, but it’s a great place to get your ears pierced as well. The shop features a separate piercing room at the back so you may get your piercing done in relative privacy. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and specially trained to pierce children’s ears. On top of ear piercing it offers a variety of other body piercings as well.
523 Main St.
Malden, MA 02148
www.learntoopierce.comThe staff at Primal Instinct Body Piercing is beyond experienced. These trained professionals actually travel the state to teach new piercers the craft. Primal Instinct is fully certified and licensed to do all kinds of piercings, not just ears. The shop itself is clean and sterile, which more than makes up for the smaller than normal selection of jewelry. Most of its clientele is older than 18, but minors may get their ears pierced as long as they have a parent or guardian with them. Be warned that the parent will need to show identification before they’ll pierce a child’s ears.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.