Piercings are a fantastic way to express your individuality and add a bit of bling to your day-to-day. And beyond standard earlobe piercings, cartilage and body piercings are becoming more and more popular.
If you are thinking of getting a new piercing, it’s critical to do a bit of research before you jump into the first piercing studio you see. As you can imagine, piercing is no easy task. If not performed correctly with clean, sterilised tools, your piercing can fast become an extremely painful, infected mess.
To help you have the best possible piercing experience, we’ve put together a checklist of things to look out for in a great piercing specialist, as well as a handy guide to some of the best body piercing specialists in Canberra!
What makes a great body piercing studio?
Whether you’re a piercing newbie or a body mod expert, finding a trusted piercing studio is imperative. Here are some of the top traits we suggest keeping an eye out for:
- Experienced. Piercing is a specialist skill that requires ample training and experience to perfect.
- Committed to hygiene. Unless you want to end up with an infected piercing, only trust a piercer that is dedicated to maintaining a professional grade of hygiene. All single-use tools should be sanitised before use.
- Great range of jewellery. As we mentioned above, piercings are a fun way to express your unique sense of style. The best piercing studios offer a diverse range of high-quality jewellery.
- Variety of piercing options. Whether you want to get your belly button, nose, ears, or eyebrow pieced, the best technicians do it all. They can assist with placement, so your piercing flatters your face or body now, and for years to come.
The best body piercing studios in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
It’s time to introduce the top piercing specialists in the Canberra region, according to the locals.
Canberra Body Piercing is a locally owned and operated piercing clinic and is the longest established clinic in Canberra. Owner Leonardo has been in the business for decades, and he and his team p ride themselves in using high quality jewellery, maintaining exemplary hygiene and providing all clients with the best care possible.
As Google reviewer Christine Ownsworth writes, “Awesome service extremely professional couldn't rate them higher.”
Freestyle Tattoo and Body Piercing was a firm favourite among Canberra’s locals. Their talented team of tattooists welcomes customers from all walks of life. They deliver high-quality, vibrant, creative tattoos in all styles – as well as expertly executed piercings. Alongside standard piercings, their team specialise in dermal piercings and skin divers.
Google reviewer Lara Cambell writes about their experience getting pierced at Freestyle, "I always have a good experience at Freestyle. I’ve had multiple piercings and tattoos and couldn’t recommend the staff highly enough. They always make me feel comfortable."
Tattoo Xtreme & Body Piercing is a studio in Fyshwick that, along with their talented team of versatile and friendly tattoo artists, can also do all kinds of body piercings. With an array of traditional piercing jewellery as well as some trendier pieces for any part of the body, plus all the hygiene standards one can expect from an established tattoo studio, Tattoo Xtreme & Body Piercing is here to provide a positive and comfortable experience for all clients.
See what Facebook user Lily Veleba had to say about their experience at Tattoo Xtreme, “Got my nose pierced here, lady who pierced me was lovely, knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Heaps of options for jewellery and piercing process was quick and easy! Thanks for such a great experience!!”
Asgard's is the Canberra region’s first and only studio dedicated solely to piercings. Piercing is their specialisation, and their talented team of technicians is ready and willing to ensure you have the best possible experience. Importantly, the team behind Asgard's are committed to maintaining the highest level of hygiene. Using a thorough, multi-step, hospital-grade sterilisation process, all non-disposable tools are kept clean and bacteria-free. That way, you can rest easy knowing that, with the proper aftercare, your new piercing will heal quickly and easily.
Jamie Gonzalez recently went in for a piercing at Asgard's and wrote the following review on Google of their experience, "Amazing team at Asgard, super quick with my earlobe piercing as I was terrified but I was in safe hands, incredible service! Thank you Asgard!!"
Off Ya Tree is a popular spot for piercings because it’s convenient and well-priced. All standard piercings are just $15. Jewellery and aftercare are sold separately. The team behind Off Ya Tree offers a full spectrum of piercings, including both lobe and cartilage ear piercings, body piercings, and even 18+ piercings. While you’re there, you can shop the store’s range of alternative clothing, accessories, jewellery, and more.
Happy customer Victoria Blatch wrote this Google review of Off Ya Tree, "Wonderful, caring and professional service lobe and helix piercing today. We will be going back."
Your experience with body piercing studios in Canberra
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Have you got any piercings? Which piercing studio did you choose? Share your experience – whether it was good or bad – in the comments area below for our readers to check out.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I have to be to get a piercing in the ACT?
There is no law in the ACT about age restrictions for piercings, although if you are under 18 then most piercers will ask you to supply written permission from your parent/guardian before going ahead with the piercing.
How long before I can change my piercing?
You need to wait until your piercing has completely healed before you change it in order to avoid infection. Different body parts will take different amounts of time to heal - a standard earlobe piercing will take between four and eight weeks to heal completely, while a cartilege ear piercing can take eight to twelve months. Talk to your piercer about the healing time, and make sure not to take out your piercing before then!
What are skin-divers?
A skin-diver is a piercing where the back of the jewellery sits under the skin, rather than on the other side like an earlobe or eyebrow piercing. The skin-diver can only be removed by a professional piercer, and the piercing itself will last until your skin grows and pushes it out.
How do I look after a new piercing?
The most important thing to remember is keeping your piercing clean and dry to prevent infection. While it's healing, you also shouldn't fiddle with the piercing too much, and make sure you leave the jewellery in for as long as your piercer advised you to.
Do piercings hurt?
Yes, although everyone experiences pain differently and some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. A cartilege piercing, for example, will be more painful than a standard earlobe tattoo. If you're worried about the pain, talk to your piercer about numbing creams to make the process more comfortable.