Last month, following a long period of girlish cajoling, my daughter finally got her ears pierced in celebration of her 7th birthday.
The setting was not the traditional mall kiosk goy by some bored and minimally trained year-old. Instead I took my daughter to a tattoo parlor.
Surprised they even allow 7-year-olds in those kinds of places? Think again. I researched where to take Shira and weighed the pros and cons.
I found that tattoo parlors — despite the blaring heavy metal music — were mom-approved by a local parenting email list. When even a nurse cast her vote in favor of the tattoo parlor, I deliberated no longer.
Contrary to what you might think, tattoo parlors — at least the one I went to — are actually bastions of cleanliness. Some states regulate them, and reputable ones use disposable needles and sterilize all their equipment in an autoclave. Armed with that knowledge, which would you choose?
While some parents might be freaked out by the idea of taking their kid to a tattoo parlor, I looked upon the outing as an adventure, joking with my daughter about getting a Hello Kitty tattoo for mom.
In that unnerving way little kids have of speaking their mind, Shira took an initial look at LaRoe and Cooperstown swinger 37 text call I immediately flashed her my scary mom eyes to signal her to clam up.
LaRoe, regardless of her unconventional piercings, was super-professional and extremely kind. For professional piercers like LaRoe, who stick needles through noses, eyebrows, tongues and nether regions, ears are the most mundane of piercing locations.
LaRoe spent nearly an hour with us, versus the quick in-and-out that I remember from getting my ears pierced at the mall as pierdings girl. The bag also contained non-iodized sea salt and instructions for mom on how to mix a saline solution to clean newly pierced ears. Now for the gory details: In contrast, at the mall, the piercer uses z gun that painfully jams a blunt-tipped earring stud into the ear lobe; the process does not remove skin, but effectively pushes it aside.
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During the procedure, LaRoe had her do some deep, yoga-like breathing, which Shira is familiar with from piercingz weekly yoga class. In and out, in — pierce! Of course, the lollipop helped too.
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