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Insight Studios

As a piercing veteran, I’ve gotten over the adolescent impulse to rebel at the nearest body shop. I still have the urge to get pierced, but these days it’s in the most cautious, mature manner possible. At Insight, “Santi,” aka Juan Santiago, one of Insight Studios’ resident piercers, took hold of my lobes with the calm command of an artist approaching his canvas. The prices are higher than at a Claire’s mall outlet, but it’s worth the extra dough to avoid the unsteady hands of a novice or the impersonality of a piercing gun.