10 Best Piercing Places in California

Piercings are a wonderful form of self-expression. Whether you're going for a subtle ear piercing or a more boldly-stated lip ring, California's piercing places are here to do the job. From West Hollywood to San Diego, here are the 10 best places to get your next piece of hardware.   

Envy Body Piercing, Long Beach, CA

You’ll be the envy of all of your friends with a new piece of piercing jewelry purchased here. All are American-made medical implant grade materials made of either titanium, 14 or 18kt white, rose or yellow gold or niobium. This is a 100 percent nickel free studio, catering to those with sensitivities to certain alloys and materials. All piercers are fully-licensed. Services include piercing, stretching, curating and microblading. No appointments needed.

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Industrial Tattoo & Piercing, Berkeley, CA

This independently owned and operated shop is staffed by a team of established body modification specialists focused on clean, high-quality service. There’s a large selection of unique and eclectic body jewelry on sale, even for those on a budget, from plugs to studs. Staff is great about after piercing care, educating customers on the do’s and don’ts. Grab nine friends and book an after-hours piercing party.

Sykotic Inc Tattoo & Body Piercing, Bakersfield, CA

Pick a spot: ear, tongue, eyebrow, nostril, septum, lip navel (plus a few other body areas) and one of the experienced body piercers here can add a piece of jewelry to it. You’ll find a variety of piercing trinkets in all types, styles and sizes for sale. They’ll even let you swap out jewelry for free if you originally had a piercing done here. The shop gets busy, so an appointment is a good choice. Walk-ins welcome though.

Ancient Adornments Body Piercing, West Hollywood, CA

As one of the city’s premier piercing only studio, you’ll find only quality body jewelry, some organic, for both fresh and healed piercings. All internally threaded jewelry is made to medical grade standards. This promotes the health and longevity of piercings. State-of-the-art services include body and surface piercing, large gauge work, scarification, transdermal implants, dermal punching and piercings for minors. Aftercare products sold and instruction for use detailed by expert piercers.

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SD Tattoo & Body Piercing, San Diego, CA

This shop has been voted the best in town for multiple years running thanks to superior customer service and a commitment to safety and cleanliness. With a lot of piercing choices here, customers get to choose their form of body-beautification. Whether it’s an ear piercing or navel, septum, lip, tongue and other body areas, piercers create a positive and memorable experience by using techniques that cause the least amount of pain possible. All follow the Association for Profession Piercers guidelines.

The Hole Thing, Santa Rosa, CA

For more than 20 years, this female owned business has provided quality work at reasonable prices to those looking to accentuate themselves with body art. Piercers are trained, certified and members of the Association of Professional Piercers. Only quality jewelry is used or sold. The owner is fast, efficient and friendly so you won’t find any attitude here. Her motto, “When you look good, we look good.”

Laughing Buddha Body Piercing, Upland, CA

Before committing to a body piercing, stop by this store for a free, friendly consultation. While you’re at it, check out the amazing selection of jewelry, much of which is hand-crafted by artists from around the world. Body jewelry includes barbells, ear weights, rings, hoops, spirals and plugs. In addition to expert piercers, plus extraordinarily clean and sanitary practices you can also purchase aftercare products, apparel and finger rings.

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Union Tattoo & Piercing, Manteca, CA

In recognition of the town’s history as a railroad town, this shop was so inspired by the local history they incorporated into their name, and decor with a vintage train station theme, establishing it as a community-centric business. Multiple piercers are available seven-days-a-week. The cost of a piercing includes jewelry. Get your first nose, ear, eyebrow or navel piercing at this spotlessly clean shop.

Body Manipulations, San Francisco, CA

This store has been around since the 1980s, but it’s still hip, stylish and, most importantly, clean. It’s one of the oldest professional piercing studios in the city’s Mission District, trusted for the owner’s commitment to quality and courteous service. The store features Goldfinger Jewelry, made specifically for and sold only at the store. Piercings include traditional earlobe, general body, as well as jewelry insertion or stretch. Check-ups and adjustments are free.

Amory Body Arts, Santa Cruz, CA

This award-winning shop, Best Body Piercing Studio in the Best of Santa Cruz awards, is the only studio specializing in both body piercing and fine jewelry in the county. The expert piercers use only high-quality jewelry made with implant grade titanium or yellow, white and rose gold, and have a good selection to choose from. Customers, both children and adult, will feel at ease in the hands of these professionals. Appointments suggested but walk-ins welcome.

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