There is no easier way to jazz up a basic outfit than by throwing on a pair of fun earrings, whether small and delicate or flashy and festive. Earrings are offered in all styles and price ranges from designer keepsake pieces to affordable and chic fashion pieces, so it’s no wonder that getting one’s ears pierced feels a bit like a rite of passage. Finding the right place to trust your ears to is the crucial first step. Check out this round up of the best places for ear piercings.
It is important to note that the laws in Minnesota regarding “body art” became more stringent in 2010, and you should be familiar with them before visiting the chosen stop. Minors can still get ear piercings in the lobe or outer perimeter of their ear, but only with correct identification (which may include a birth certificate for some shops), parental consent and accompaniment by a parent or legal guardian. For further details, reference this brochure from the Minnesota Department of Health.
2645 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
An Uptown institution, Saint Sabrina’s has an unparalleled reputation for both piercing and tattooing. With a friendly and knowledgeable staff, expect to talk about what you want, get a clear understanding of after care and receive a top-notch experience. The shop does a variety of body piercings, so be prepared for other images and jewelry to be on display. Saint Sabrina’s will do ear piercings up to a 10 gauge on minors with parental consent, and valid IDs for both the minor and parent are required. For younger children, staff will provide an obligatory consultation, and may enforce a 24-hour waiting period at their discretion. Piercing starts at $23 and does not include the price of jewelry.
Enchanted Retreat Day Spa
582 Prairie Center Drive, Suite 230B
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Located across the parking lot from the Eden Prairie Center, Enchanted Retreat Day Spa may be better known to the denizens of the Twin Cities for its massage therapy and spa services. However, the spa also offers professional ear piercing services for lobe and cartilage piercing. Starting at $15 a pair, pick out your favorite studs from the spa’s selection and enjoy getting your ears pierced in a soothing environment. Make it a full pampering day and add on other services like a massage, facial or manicure.
Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar mixes performance art (of a sort) and caffeine by allowing patrons a front row seat into many of its tattoo appointments. The shop also offers a variety of body piercing services, including ears, compliant with the Minnesota regulations mentioned above. Defiant strongly encourages patrons to review its experience online. Read up on the artists’ portfolios for reviews to pick an artist you’ll be most comfortable with when getting your ears pierced. Going for the first time? Feel free to bring some moral support and treat ‘em to a cup of coffee afterwards.
Leviticus Tattoo, Body Piercing and Laser Tattoo Removal
4109 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Leviticus is not exactly your typical tattoo and body piercing shop. This spot blends high-quality artists with regular art shows and a relaxing Japanese Koi pond. A visit to this shop may be more relaxing than you might expect. Honored in both 2009 and 2011 by the City Pages’ “Best of” awards, Leviticus is artist-owned and quickly earning a dedicated following in the Twin Cities. Excellent customer service and a commitment to craft drive that dedication. For minors, be sure to bring the ID and the birth certificate.
The Ink Lab
919 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Ink Lab may be more familiar for its regular inclusion in City Pages’ “Best of” awards for tattooing, but that same award-winning dedication to a quality and safe experience carries over to the shop’s piercing services. With three stellar artists, ear piercing starts at $30 before jewelry, and walk-ins are welcome. The Ink Lab does offer body piercing as well, so please note, while the shop does offer piercing to minors under the legal constraints previously described, this shop may not be considered “family friendly” for those looking to pierce young ears.
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