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We’ve got it: Five places to get pierced in Austin

Lisa Dreher

A night on 6th Street. A breaking away from parents and a fresh start at UT. A change in style. 

There are a lot of reasons people decide to get a piercing, and  Austin isn’t without plenty of parlor options to get one.

Here’s a list of places to get a piercing around Austin:

1. True Blue Tattoo

Its Red River Street location gets tons of downtown customers, and True Blue handles its piercings and tattoos with methodical  care.  It has a reputation of being one of the most trustworthy parlors. Maybe it’s the top-notch hygienic practices, extensive aftercare instructions or unwavering attention from the artists with you every step of the way, but True Blue is a dependable and popular parlor.

According to its website, all needles are new and single use, and the parlor has two sanitizing machines which are spore tested monthly to ensure they are properly sanitized. If you’re going to get your first body mod, this is one of the best places to go downtown. True Blue Tattoo has a second location on Airport Boulevard.

2. Diablo Rojo

Diablo Rojo’s artists are extremely patient and sterilize the jewelry for about 10 or so minutes. Artists practice constant communication with customers and advise proper aftercare methods, such as not using hydrogen peroxide to clean piercings but doing salt soaks instead. 

They also give advice on piercings you already have. If a piercing was placed incorrectly or tends to fall out, this is the place to get help. The parlor starts you off with American-made, Implant Grade Titanium for a fast and safe healing process.

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3. Shaman Modifications 

This well-respected Austin parlor is praised for its cleanliness and friendly staff. According to its website, the parlor starts you off with Grade Titanium instead of surgical steel like other parlors. This metal is better for the healing process because it’s lightweight and does not contain nickel, which some people have allergic reactions to. They also do not start nose piercings with rings, because these take longer to heal and could lead to complications.

Also, they’ve got an artist named Pineapple.

4. Affinity Tattoo and Piercings

The professional atmosphere and safe methods make this place a favorite. The staff will ease any fears of needles and according to their site, start you off with Titanium or gold. One Yelp reviewer said her piercer sterilized the jewelry for over ten minutes. Affinity also gives pre-piercing and aftercare information to guide you throughout the process, and is willing to answer any questions you may have.

5. Atomic Tattoo

Atomic is a trusted parlor. Not only do they provide quality piercings, they also donate to organizations such as the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wounded Warrior and Save 8, Texas Organ Sharing, according to their website. Get pierced on the outside and feel good on the inside by stopping by one of their four locations.

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