Mum shares why she chose to have her daughter’s ears pierced at a tattoo parlour.

Bonnie Rochman first wrote about her experience in a 2012 TIME article. She says the feedback she received from sharing her story was actually very positive.

“People thought it was a really good idea,” she tells PEOPLE. “A lot of my daughter’s friends had gone on to have their ears pierced at a tattoo parlour as well.”

The Seattle-based journalist said she initially decided to have her then 7-year-old daughter’s ears pierced at a tattoo parlour after researching what would be the safest, cleanest option.

“Tattoo parlours are regulated,” she explains. “They have to go through training courses and use gloves, the needles are new. It seemed like a more sanitary, hygienic process. And tattoo parlours have a lot of [clients] with lots of piercings, and I know they’re not going to Claire’s so I thought, ‘Why not going to the experts?’”

The mum was so pleased with the experience that she went back to the tattoo parlour to have her younger daughter’s ears pierced a couple of years later.

“It didn’t scare her, but she doesn’t go to a tattoo parlours a lot so it was a little weird!” she admits.

She adds bringing her daughters to a tattoo parlour was also a learning experience for them.

“I love exposing my kids to different people,” she says. “I was excited to go and have them see people look very different from the people we usually hang out with.”

Do you have a similar story? Where did your children get theirs ear pierced?

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  • Hope your daughters are enjoying having their ears pierced.


  • All places that pierce ears must be appropriately trained and follow hygiene practices, including having the area where piercing will be performed assessed rigorously prior to being able to commence piercing. Places that are healthcare destinations are of course going to know what hygiene practices to employ, as afterall healthcare is their profession.


  • Provided you know for certain that they follow health regulations including stringent hygiene they are probably as some other places are. I wouldn’t have thought that a lot of pharmacies would specialise in that.


  • I would hope that any place that is going to pierce ears is going to take the necessary safety and health precautions.


  • interesting idea – I think my children would be totally distracted by everyone getting tattoos and all the pictures that are on the walls at tattoo palours to even notice they had got their ears piereced.

    I took both of mine to a pharmacy, the had them done both ears at the same time, in a sterile white room and it was so impersonal – my youngest screamed the entire time while we were trying to pay as it hurt her so much – she seems to have a low painthreshold!

    Wish now I had of tried the tattoo parlour!


  • I wonder if getting earpierced at the tattoo parlour is cheaper. It’s getting more and more expensive at pharmacies!


  • that never occurred to me to go to a tattoo parlour


  • I always wondered about the girls at the earring shops – their qualifications. I think that a tattoo parlour is probably the best option!


  • My daughter never wanted her ears pierced.
    But good point to take tattoo parlors into consideration!


  • Good for her to go to a tattoo parlour,always had my ears done at a pharmacy!


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