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Where should you go to get piercings in the Bay Area? In addition to the fall 2014 article identifying five top choices, here are five more we’d suggest looking at. Just browsing? You couldn’t do much better for a wide selection, having conversations with long-established shops and experienced piercing artists while cruising up and down Haight Street in San Francisco.

Cold Steel America
1783 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 933-7233

Cold Steel has been performing piercings from noon to 8 p.m., seven days a week, since 1999. From navel to genital to complex ear and face piercing projects, bring your vision to the two full-time artists for discussion.  You’ll love the wide variety of high-quality jewelry, from implant-grade steel and titanium to 14k and 18k yellow, white and rose gold. If you’re keen to see glass, silicone, tribal pieces and a collection of organic jewelry made from water buffalo horn and bone, shell, woods and stones, you’re in the right place.

Haight-Ashbury Tattoo And Piercing
1525 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 431-2218

Pros since 1992, this shop has a cool vintage vibe and plenty of jewelry to suit any budget. Licensed (of course!) by the San Francisco Health Department, no appointments are necessary and you’ll typically be served by an experienced piercer in 15 minutes or less. Heed the tip from lots of happy past customers who say, “Ask for Wes.”

Mom’s Body Shop Tattoo & Piercing
1408 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 864-6667

If your decision to go for a piercing comes spontaneously later in the day, Mom’s is open until midnight and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights at the corner of Masonic Avenue in the heart of the Haight. They give you clear instructions on how to take care of piercings, of course. It’s another long-time fixture in the neighborhood, serving the Haight since ’98, as the slogan says.

Pierced Out
3014 Union Ave., Suite B
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 559-6039

Owner and founder, John, has been in the business since 1990, where there’s a focus on certification, training, tools, equipment and sterile conditions — plus lots of awards to go with a stellar reputation. After-care is also a big part of the practice, written up in detail on the website. Love your piercing? You can ask for a photo to go on the wall of fame page online, or just browse the others while you’re deciding. Print out a $5 discount coupon online and take it in to the studio.

Inkies Tattoo Studio
40985 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 490-8287

The hours are 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday at this friendly and professional place where Sin is your man for piercings. Master piercer Sin is a former student of Fakir Musafar, the “Godfather”and “pioneer” of modern day body piercings. Sin’s stellar reputation reaches far and wide. Come in and talk through the process, voice any concerns and be guided through relaxation and breathing techniques…and you’re all done in a painless flash.

Laurie Jo Miller Farr loves walkable cities. A tourism industry professional and transplanted New Yorker by way of half-a-lifetime in London, she’s writing about the best of the bay and beyond for Bay City Guide, AXS, Examiner and more.