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“Find [insert need here] near me.”

Whenever we’re looking for a restaurant, movie theater, or any sort of activity, this is what we search. In the 21st century, convenience is key, and we don’t like enduring long commutes to enjoy the things that we love. 

With the ease of technology, we can simply speak into our phones, and they will put together a list of nearby locations for you to decide between. 

If you’re looking for some delicious fried chicken, then this tool is a life-saver. However, like all tools, it should be used in the right ways.

You might be tempted to begin your piercing studio search with the phrase, “Search body piercers near me,” but that could be a huge mistake. Here’s why.

How to properly search for a piercer

There’s a whole list of things that you need to consider when choosing a piercer. The fact that they have a studio and a certification does not guarantee that they’re good at what they do or will have experience in the piercing that you want to get.

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If you can’t find the information you need online, don’t be afraid to get on the phone and talk to the studio about their offerings.

Before you take a look at their proximity, you need to check their certifications (bonus points if they’re a member of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP)), portfolio, social media pages, reviews, and check to make sure that their facilities are clean and that they have an autoclave sterilizer. (If the studio isn’t close by, you can reach out to them and talk about their practices.)

Once you’ve narrowed down a few studios based on these criteria, then you can choose which studio to patronize based on their location.

You need to find a piercer with specific expertise in the piercing that you want

Every piercing is a little different. The piercer needs to know at which angle you should be pierced, how deep the piercing needs to go, and how to avoid any important parts, like nerve endings.

It’s especially important to find experienced piercers when it comes to piercings in the tongue and genital areas because of complicated placement, but it’s just as important to find piercers experienced in specific cartilage piercings you want as well.

A misplaced cartilage piercing might not experience issues as extreme as nerve damage, but it can see problems like piercing bumps. It’s best to fully do your research and find a piercer who can offer a portfolio filled with the piercing you desire, even if you think that the piercing you want is an easy one.

Be willing to invest in some travel, especially if you want a complicated piercing

If you want a cartilage or nose piercing, you probably won’t struggle too much to find a piercer in your area who can do it well. However, if you want something more complicated, such as nipple or cheek piercings, you might have to be willing to take a trip to get pierced.

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If you have to travel far for your piercing, gather some friends, and make a fun road trip out of it.

Think of your piercing as an elective procedure rather than a fashion statement. If you were to get your nose done, for example, would you head to the closest plastic surgeon with a discount, or would you spend money on the best plastic surgeon you could afford, no matter their location? We’re guessing the latter.

Do the same for your piercing. If you invest in a proper piercer now, you’ll save yourself so much trouble from possible complications down the line. Getting pierced isn’t something you should do on a budget. Save up for the finest experience, even if you have to travel a bit to get there.

A note on small towns versus cities

If you live in a larger city, the above points might not be as much of an issue for you. Choosing a piercer that’s farther away is probably a matter of having to change buses rather than needing to get in the car for a couple of hours.

When you live in a more rural area, you might be tempted to support the local studios, not just for convenience, but to bring business to those in your community as well. Depending on your location, you can likely find a reputable piercer with all of the certifications who will be more than able to conduct a common piercing well. 

The problem arises when you want a piercing that’s a little less common.

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If you live in a small town, you might want to support local businesses. Support your local piercer by going to them for a consultation.

It’s not that the rural piercer won’t know how to do the piercing. There are likely fewer people in a rural area who ask for that piercing, making it a rarity. You need to make sure that the piercing that’s going into your body is done expertly, and your local piercer simply might not have the experience.

If you’d like to support your local piercer, you can always talk to them about it. If they are a reputable piercer, they know their strengths and their weaknesses, and they won’t perform a piercing that they aren’t comfortable with. Instead, they might send you to another piercer who they know will conduct the piercing correctly. 

While proximity to the piercing studio is a convenient consideration, it should be your last one. There are so many other much more important factors when it comes to choosing a piercer. For your next piercing, find the finest piercers first then narrow down your choices based on their location.

Body jewelry inspiration

A good piercer isn’t the only thing that you should be investing in. Quality materials are essential for your piercing, even if it’s already healed. Here are some body jewelry items to help inspire your new pierced look.

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