(Credit: iStockphoto)

(Credit: iStockphoto)

While tattoos might steal the show these days, piercings of all kinds are definitely here to stay. While it seems like pretty much everyone you meet has something pierced, that doesn’t mean you should just go anywhere to get one done. Using a reputable piercing establishment is important. A clean sterile shop, where you feel welcome and comfortable, isn’t just about having a great experience; it can save you a lot of trouble and money down the road. Start your piercing off right by going to one of these tried-and-true piercing studios in Boston.
Ancient Arts
1018 Commonwealth Ave. #1
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 841-8111

One thing that appeals to clients at Ancient Arts is that piercing is the only thing done here. This is not a tattoo parlor or jewelry store that also just happens to do piercings on the side. So there’s clearly a level of expertise and experience you can count on when coming to this piercing studio. You’ll find it jam packed with Boston University students. But don’t think that’s just because of its proximity to the school. Many ladies who have felt uncomfortable from their experience at other less reputable piercing places in Boston flock to Ancient Arts because of the respectful and ultra-professional attitude of the staff.

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Stingray Body Art
386 Cambridge St.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-0666

When you talk any kind of body piercing in Boston, Stingray is the name that comes up again and again. And all it takes is one quick stop into the shop to see why it’s been a Boston favorite for years. The clean comfortable shop is staffed with very knowledgeable and friendly piercers. Open seven days a week, it will fit anyone’s busy schedule. And, best of all, the prices can’t be beat.

Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing
36 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-0412

Chameleon has made a name for itself as a great place to get a tattoo in Boston. But did you know that its reputation for piercings is just as solid? Everything that makes Chameleon a great tattoo parlor also makes it shine as a piercing destination. The friendly staff will patiently walk you through the process, step by step, and help guide you to the right piercing and the right products you’ll need. You will never be shoved out the door without complete instructions on how to care for your new body art.

The Jewelry Store
417 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 426-7067

Not everybody is looking for a body piercing. If you feel silly walking into a tattoo parlor or body piercing shop for a traditional ear piercing, The Jewelry Store is a great option in Boston. This spot has been piercing ears for almost 20 years. It offers piercing packages that fit just about any budget. Depending on the earrings you pick, you could get them done for as little as $6. And, once you’re healed and ready to start changing out your earrings, you’ll find the same great range of prices on all of the offerings at The Jewelry Store.

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Pino Bros Ink
1100 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 250-9903

Pino Bros has an in-house piercer so there’s no need to go somewhere new if you’ve already had a great experience getting a tattoo at this shop. The same great artistry and professionalism that can be found with this shop’s tattoos is also a hallmark of its piercing ability. The Pino Bros piercer has the impeccable training and experience you’d expect of any of the staff and, if you’ve heard horror stories about rare medical emergencies and after effects of piercings, rest assured. The piercer at Pino Bros is certified in first aid, CPR and blood born pathogens.

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.