Piercer Referrals

Note that I still pierce regularly around the US, so if you'd like to get pierced by me personally, check my events calendar or contact me for information.

I'm asked daily to provide referrals for competent piercers so I'll post all the information I have here.

Other advice aside, one of the best things you can do to make good decisions about piercings is to read The Piercing Bible. You'll then be well qualified to evaluate and select a safe piercer who will do a great job. In fact, (unfortunately) you'll have a lot more knowledge than some "professional" piercers who are practicing in the field!


If you don't see a referral in your area, it means I don't have a particular piercer to suggest. You can check the website for a local member of the Association of Professional Piercers. The APP is a non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating vital health and safety information about piercing to piercers, piercees, medical professionals, legislators, and the general public. I'm the President of the organization, and a "Business-Member-at-Large," because I no longer have my own studio.

Members uphold a high level of hygiene and agree to use only quality jewelry in fresh piercings. The piercers are not "certified" by the organization, however, and the APP does not monitor their piercing skills per se. Learn more about the membership criteria here.

While some of the piercers on the list have taken my seminars at the annual APP conferences, I still wouldn't consider them to have been "trained by me," as those courses only last a few hours and aren't sufficient for providing a thorough education. Please meet the piercer to see if you develop a good rapport and if they inspire your confidence.

Please do your homework; I receive emails daily from people who have gotten botched piercings from piercers who are supposedly skilled and experienced! Note that the piercers named below are specifically the individuals I refer to; other piercers in these studios might not have the same level of training or experience.

I frequently refer clients to all of the piercers listed below and have always received positive feedback. If you visit any of these piercers, please feel free to contact me with your impressions, and/or post feedback on my Guest Book.

If you find this site or my piercer referrals helpful, consider making a donation;
also if you are listed here and appreciate the clients I send your way....


Working piercer I trained personally (he served an apprenticeship and worked extensively with me, and subsequently has been piercing for decades):

Paul King, Cold Steel America  - 415.933.7233
1783 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117


I haven't personally trained the piercers listed below, but I know them (mostly) through the Association of Professional Piercers, and I have confidence in their skills and ethics:

Kevin Jump, HTC Body Piercing Tempe - 480.784.4460
808 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
[email protected]

Didier Suarez,  Enigma Professional Piercing  -  619.516.4343
2079 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109
[email protected]

John C. Johnson & Christopher Glunt, New Flower Body Piercing  -  562.363.5003  
1180 Studebaker Rd. Long Beach, California 90815
[email protected]

Roger Rabb!t, Ancient Adornments Body Piercing  -  323.515.5996
8424 #G Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Roger's site: http://www.ancientadornments.net/ I'LL BE PIERCING HERE IN DECEMBER 2017
[email protected]

Becky Dill, Mic Rawls, (and Paul King, who is listed above) Cold Steel America  -  415.933.7233
1783 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
http://coldsteelpiercing.com  I'LL BE PIERCING HERE IN DECEMBER 2017

Alicia Cardenas, Sol Tribe  -  303.832.1311
56 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
http://soltribetattoo.com/home.html (note that Alicia pierces by appointment only, as she is also tattooing now)
[email protected]

Bink Williams, Body Piercing By Bink  -  850.681.0060
1733-B North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Bink is not only a skilled, experienced piercer, he is also an RN (and a friend)

Bethra Szumski, Virtue and Vice  -  404.315.6925
2261 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324
http://virtueandvice.com/ [I'LL BE PIERCING HERE IN 2017]
Pain and Wonder  -  706.208.9588
285 West Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601
Bethra worked with me for a time to polish her skills. She did not serve a complete apprenticeship, but she is a piercer I hold in the highest regard and recommend with great confidence.

Robert Jones, Insight Studios  -  773.342.4444
1062 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
[email protected]

Monique Escamilla, Purity Body Arts - 504.510.3145 
234 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 
[email protected]

Marc Williams, Piercing Emporium  -  508.754.0564
400 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA 01604
[email protected] (Marc is relatively new to doing triangle piercings. So if you are ideally built--I do recommend him. But not if you have difficult or "borderline" anatomy.)

Dorian McCarran, Doorway Beyond Piercing Studio - 508.807.4956 
4 Broad St., Bridgewater, MA 02324
[email protected] 

Tiffany Diamond, DV8 Body Art - 248.363.8882
1531 Union Lake Rd., Commerce, MI 48382
[email protected]
Though I didn't apprentice her, Tiffany worked at my former studio (Rings of Desire in New Orleans) for some while.

Rich Hartwick at XS - 248.656.5740 & at Iconic Tattoo and Piercing 313.818.0078 (Contact for schedule)
105 E Second St., Rochester, MI 48307 & 3401 Cass Ave., Chinatown/Detroit, MI 48201
[email protected] [I'LL BE PIERCING AT ICONIC MAY 1-5, 2018]

Derek Lowe and Courtney Jane Maxwell, Saint Sabrina's  -  612.874.7360
2645 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Studio: [email protected]
Courtney Jane Maxwell: [email protected] 

Clay Wanstrath, Supernatural Body Piercing - 816.561.1802 
1624B Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
Supernatural Body Piercing
[email protected]

William Spencer, Cheap Trx  -  314.664.4011
3207 South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63118
[email protected]

New Hampshire
Ryan Ouellette, Precision Body Arts  -  603.889.5788
3 Elm Street, Nashua, NH 03060 (new location 2015)
[email protected]

New Mexico
Crystal Sims and Noah Babcock, Evolution Body Piercing -  505.255.4567
4517 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

New York
Michael Kaspa is the newest piercer on my referrals list. We starting to working together in August 2016. One of my repeat clients saw him and highly recommended him. I've seen photos of his ear work, and genital and nipple piercings, which all looked excellent. If you visit him, I'd very much appreciate any feedback you'd care to share!

Utopia of Centereach (11am-9pm)2436 Middle Country Road,  Centereach,  NY 11720[email protected] and [email protected] cell phone: 631.560.7573

Jason King at 23rd Street Body Piercing  -  405.524.6824
411 N.W. 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103


James Weber and associates at Infinite Body Piercing, Inc.  -  215.923.7335
626 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
[email protected]

Tye at Modern Ethos Piercing and Fine Jewelry  -  717.525.9785
321 Bridge Street 2nd floor
New Cumberland, PA 17070

[email protected]

South Carolina
Sarah Wooten, Immaculate Piercing - 803.799.2877
2009 Greene St., Ste.116, Columbia, SC 29205

Dallas: Unfortunately, Obscurities (where I used to pierce and refer) has closed.

Byriah Dailey, Texas Tattoo Emporium (Downtown) -  713.807.7171
1540 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006
[email protected] (studio--not direct email)

Washington State

Charlotte "Chuck" Elliott, Pierced Hearts Tattoo Parlor  -  206.729.0200
5307 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
[email protected]



Joeltron Bament (two locations)

Sydney, Australia
Joeltron - Stone Heart Body Art
1/77 William Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
[email protected] 

Perth, Australia
Joeltron - Opal Heart Professional Body Piercing
1/800 Hay Street, Perth, WA, 6000
[email protected]


Jesse Villemaire, Thrive Studios  -  519.653.4333
1037 King Street East, Cambridge, Ontario, N3H 3P5
[email protected] 

Pat Pierce, Mauve Studios  -  514.903.2242
1316 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Monréal, Quebec, H2L 2H5
[email protected]

Danny Yerna at Wakantanka  -  52.55.5264.1110 y 52.55.1998.1989
Nuevo Leon 284, Mexico DF, Mexico 
[email protected]

New Zealand
Shane Johnston at Streetwise Piercing and Tattoo  -  09 520-6754
Shop 2 - 28 Remuera Road, (By the Newmarket Railway Station), Station Square, Auckland, NZ
[email protected]

Julie at Cold Steel Body Piercing  -  020 7267 7970
Camden Town, 238 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QS
[email protected]
Daily 11am - 7pm (except Monday and Tuesday)
Note that Julie does not perform male genital piercings.

You can also try the UK Association of Professional Piercers: http://www.ukapp.org.uk though I can make no claims about the skills of the members.


If you find this site or my piercer referrals helpful, consider making a donation;
also if you are listed here and appreciate the clients I send your way....