(credit: CBS 2)

(credit: CBS 2)

New York City is all about the freedom to express one’s self. It is perhaps one of the only places where one can spend every day making a personal statement through their fashion, whether dressed or undressed, painted up or pierced from head to toe, without anyone else giving an odd stare. When looking for a good piercing facility, it is vital to go to one that is clean and hygienically safe, with trained professionals who can tend specifically to the needs of the client. From medical practices to artsy parlors, there are many reliable choices to visit a well-appointed piercing location in New York City.

New York Adorned
47 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-0007

New York Adorned is ready to adorn the body with tattoos as well as piercings inside of its studio and jewelry store. This shop believes in the expression of individual creativity, but at the same time is diligent about safety. As stated on the website, “All equipment used during piercing procedures is autoclave sterilized and/or hospital grade disinfected.” New York Adorned is only for those 18 years or older and it requires government issued ID as well as a signed release before a piercing procedure.

Venus by Maria Tash
653 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 253-0921

Perhaps Venus by Maria Tash is the place to go if looking to run into a favorite celebrity, who is listed as a customer on the website. Maria Tash started in the business as a jewelry designer and retailer. With her discovery of the art of body piercing and tattoos, Tash branched out and now offers both services at her store. A variety of piercings are available for the ear, including lobe, cartilage, tragus, tash rook, ear head, conch, rook and daith. Children’s lobe piercing is offered for ages five and up with use of anesthetic available. Body-style piercings are also offered.

The End Is Near
465A 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 335-0846

An atmosphere geared more towards adults, The End Is Near is a unique tattoo and piercing business that also is open as a host showcasing works of art in its gallery. One-of-a-kind jewelry crafted by artisans from around the world can be discovered at the store. Precision piercings are done on a walk-in basis seven days a week from noon until 10 p.m. by Adam P. Block.

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Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, PLLC
35A E. 84th St.
New York, NY 10028
(212) 988-1800

For those looking to get their ears pierced in the comforting environment of a board-certified dermatologist’s office certainly get the care that they are looking for at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC. Ear piercing for adults, children and infants is performed using medical-grade, sterile equipment and hypoallergenic earrings. The piercing done in a sterile environment minimizes the risk of infection. Topical numbing cream is offered to further make certain that the patient is comfortable.

A to Z Pediatrics
70-31A 108th  St., Suite #10
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 575-2200

The little ones deserve a place of their own for ear piercing where they, as well as parents, can feel comfortable. A to Z Pediatrics uses the Encapsulated Cassette System, using modern technology and safe materials. The sterile system ensures the safest possible ear piercing and is designed for those most concerned with health risks that can occur with ear piercing. A to Z only uses medical plastic earrings to assure no exposure to nickel, thus preventing a chance of developing a nickel allergy when healing. Adults are welcome here to get their ears pierced as well.

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Carol Ruth Weber began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. As an interior designer she has twenty-eight years of experience in all phases of the business. You can read more of her work on Examiner.com and she can also be contacted at WeberLifeDesign.