|Originally posted by StarMama
But I couldn't possibly think of a piercer anywhere near here that would pierce a child's ear, even if they were 12.. or 14... or whatnot... Do any professional piercers do ear piercings on minors with parental permission?
I've never met a body piercer who would meet my standards who would pierce a younger child.
But older children, yes, sometimes. A piercing can be a very appropriate rite of passage (and we need more rites of passage in this country, IMO) to mark life experiences or transitions (eg: a girl's first period, etc.).
Often, a piercer will agree to pierce a minor with parental consent if he/she already knows the parent in question, whether through an ongoing friendship, or as a frequent-flier client to the shop, or whatever..... even if their *official* policy states otherwise. It's a judgement call.
There was a thread where a mama was basically asking, "Well, if body piercers are so adamant that people only get pierced by knowledgeable, professional piercers, yadda, yadda..... why won't they pierce little kids?"
In my experience, most body mod pros worth their salt are against piercing young children, and are hoping that the parents will reconsider the issue altogether, rather than settle for having it done in unsafe circumstances.