Kids ear-piercing shop guide, 2013
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Ear piercing is a body adornment that never goes out of style. In some cultures, it's common for infants to have their ears pierced, but other families have a strict age as to when ear piercing is acceptable.
Ava Richards took her daughter to Claire's Boutique to get her ears pierced for her 10th birthday.
"I made sure the piercer was licensed and that they were comfortable working with children," says Richards.
Before you choose a location, decide if you want the procedure done via a piercing gun – which is used at chain boutiques like Claire's – or a surgical needle used at most tattoo / piercing shops. Not all tattoo / piercing shops will pierce kids, so be sure to call ahead. Parents will need to bring an ID.
Also, prepare for some tears regardless of the child's desire to get their ears pierced. Richards says her daughter cried a lot during the procedure, but she was very happy to have her ears pierced after it was done.
"I would say it was a traumatic experience with a happy ending," says Richards.
Here is a list of places in Milwaukee that pierce kids' ears.
A Hair Salon For Kids, LLC
14023 W. Greenfield Ave., (262) 938-5999
A Hair Salon For Kids has full-service, sanitized ear piercing for children. The cost is $25 for the piercing and the earrings cost $8-10. The licensed piercers use a piercing gun. Call ahead for an appointment.
7219 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 607-4068
Avant-Garde charges $15 for both ears (plus the cost of jewelry), $8 for one. The piercers use a needle, not gun. Kids of any age are welcome, as long as they are with a parent or guardian with an ID.
Bay Street Tattoo
322 E. Bay St., (414) 483-5000
Bay Street will pierce kids' ears with a surgical needle for $50, incudes jewelry. They use tiny hoop earrings.
1459 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-3777
Body Ritual will pierce a child's lobes with a surgical needle. The cost is one for $15 or both for $25 and includes small rings. Parent must be present and show an ID. Kids must be at least 16 to get facial piercings.
Southridge, Bayshore, Mayfair and Brookfield Square Malls
Kids must be at least 3 months old to get their ears pierced at Claire's. The cost ranges from $16.50 to $42, depending on the type of earrings used, and the procedure is done with a piercing gun. Parents must bring an ID.
4380 S. 76th, (414) 321-1336
Kids must be at least 6 to get their ears pierced at Starship. The cost is $35 for rings and $45 for small "barbells." The piercers at Starship use surgical needles, not guns, and parents must be present and present an ID and the child's birth certificate. Walk-ins are welcome.
Just got my 7 year old's ears pierced by Patrick at Body Ritual. Very nice people, very clean. Quick, easy, no tears, very kids friendly and surgical steel hoops included for $25. I will bring my 12 year old there when she is feeling brave. Highly recommended. The needle piercing is much less traumatic then the guns.
Claire's is an awful spot to take a kid (and just yet another awful mall-based business in general). It's not just the junk they sell. My daughter was pierced by two extremely inexperienced (I sadly found out later) workers. They had an idea to shoot their piercing guns at the same time into my daughter's ears and, of course, one was a little faster on the draw than the other so my daughter flinched (why didn't I see this coming?) and the second piercing went down at a terrible angle. That piercing has caused her trouble for years. We recently went to Body Ritual where the professional piercer put in a new hole near the messed up one. (However, the piercer at Body Ritual did say that Claire's ear cleaning solution is good; so there you go -- you can have that, mall shoppers.)
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