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Whether old or young, all customers seeking ear piercings should feel comfortable and well cared for. Eating prior to any piercing procedure is highly encouraged, as it is possible to feel woozy. Walk in prepared and informed to help to make the process fast and efficient. Start at the best places to have your ears pierced in Washington, D.C. for the best results every time.

Jinx Proof
3285 1/2 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-5469

Jinx Proof is a tattoo parlor located just a block away from the buzzing Georgetown Park. Piercings are done by Jinx’s in-house expert, Cheyne Truitt, who has eight years of piercing experience. A standard lobe piercing is $30 to $85, depending on the type of jewelry selected. A cartilage piercing is only $30. Jinx Proof’s piercing hours are Thursday to Monday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., but hours are subject to change. Photo identification is required, and minors are not permitted. The parlor is praised to be clean and the staff is extra professional. Of all of the tattoo shops in Georgetown, and surrounding areas, Jinx Proof is exclusive.
Ink N’ This
2409 18th St. NW 3rd floor
Washington, DC 20009
(301) 525-7427

The Adams Morgan tattoo parlor, body piercing and dermal studio, Ink N’ This received Washington’s highest honor for small companies. The Washington Award Program annually selects standout local businesses in the district and recognized Ink N’ This as the 2012 Best of Washington in the piercing category. Clearly, a visit to Ink N’ This will leave you in good hands. Any piercing conducted above the waist has a minimal charge of $55; this includes a basic starter kit. Walk ins are always encouraged.

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LBN Tattoo
2331 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 868-3786

You’ll need to call ahead to schedule an LBN Tattoo piercing session, as the Nothern Virgnia shop is open to the public by appointment only. LBN is trusted by the community and has served the D.C. area for more than three decades. Piercings, including ears, start at $65, but include beginner jewelry. All LBN equipment is exceptionally sterile and topical pain anesthetic is available upon request. The jewelry selection is quite impressive, and LBN is happy to special order any items that are not in stock. 

Fatty’s Custom Tattooz
1333 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 452-0999

Fatty’s Custom Tattooz opened its doors in 1994 and has since become a Washington, D.C. establishment that has gained the utmost recognition from the city’s most credible sources. Only leading and top-quality jewelry is used, particularly earrings that are internally threaded. Piercing hours are 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, however a piercer, all of whom are expertly trained, may not always be in the shop. It’s important to check the Fatty’s Custom website for up-to-the minute announcements. Ear lobe piercings run $30 for a single earring and $50 for a pair. Cartilage piercings are also $30 to $50.

Dr. Richard J. Castiello
5530 Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1418
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 986-1880

Venture away from the neighborhood tattoo parlor and arrange a refreshing visit to Dr. Richard J. Castiello. The Washingtonian has profiled the Chevy Chase dermatologist in its “Top Doctors” lists since 1995. Castiello specializes in ear piercing and ear lobe repair, using only the safest, non-allergenic instruments. Ear piercings with Castiello, only standard lobe piercings, are costly, but you get what you pay for. For $150 patients are pierced with little pearl studs. The posts are surgical stainless steel, making tarnishing and skin irritation nearly impossible. After the procedure, patients get a briefing on proper care. The office is a short walk from the Friendship Heights metro. 

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