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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Infinite: The Best Piercing Joint on South Street

Infinite: The Best Piercing Joint in Town

“I was very nervous about getting piercings. But the piercers answered every question, gave me advice, and did not pressure me at all into getting it done. They really care about your health and safety rather than just making money. Kyle told me to wait to get my piercing until after my summer vacation so that I could enjoy without worrying about the care of a new piercing. I really appreciated their honesty and concern. My piercer Kellan was also very approachable, understanding, experienced and smart. He made sure I understood everything about the procedure, pros and cons, and the care of the piercing before we decided whether or not to do it. HE really took his time explaining and doing the piercing. So in response to those who complain about the long wait, this might be the reason why there's a wait. So really it's a good thing. The staff is really chill and they joke around with you yet still manage to keep their professionalism. the follow-up and support care is great. they even told me I could contact out of state piercers that they knew if I needed anything if I was away. I'm now a loyal customer. it's great! if you want a piercing, go HERE!” –Yahoo Review

“It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate son,” John Fogerty’s voice comes blaring out of the speaker as I sit on the black leather table waiting to get pierced. It is relaxing; people would think of me as crazy knowing I find Fogerty’s voice soothing, but most would find me brave sitting upon this table waiting for the needle to go through my ear.

I found Infinite Body Piercing shop in May 2011 after searching for APP (Association for Professional Piercers) piercing parlors after the debacle of getting my nose pierced in a non-APP environment in 2010 (my friend used to be an APP Piercer and pierced me in 2009, hence why I usually go for artists that were trained). Infinite is located at 626 S. Fourth Street and is one of the best piercing parlors in Philadelphia. Infinite Body Piercing opened in February of 1995, and became Philadelphia's first (and only) shop devoted exclusively to body piercing. Experienced and following the golden rules of the APP, the employees are both fun and professional.

Infinite opens at noon every day and I arrive there five minutes after opening time. Opening the door, it’s still locked and a guy with tattooed sleeves, thick gauged ears, a beard and glasses opens the door for me. Greeted by others inked in tattoos, pierced with multiple piercings, some might be intimidated by their looks. For me, I love the look and always have.

“May I help you,” a blonde haired girl asks as she directs me toward the counter that houses the body jewelry.

“Yeah, I’d like a rook piercing,” I reply quietly that I have to repeat myself.

“I need to see your ID.” I dig my wallet out of my purse and hand her my ID. She begins to make a copy and I am handed a form I must sign before I get pierced.

As I finish signing the form, I nervously say and then ask, “I run a travel blog. I’m going to write about my trip and review Infinite. Can someone get my picture while I get pierced?”

She smiles, “Of course!” Then she tells me that Kyle, the one who opened the door for me, is going to be my piercer.

Kyle walks up to me and introduces himself. It is nice to meet the kindly gentleman that opened and greeted me. The kindly woman who obliged my request for photographs tells Kyle pictures will be taken. A smile lights up his face. “Awesome! I’m glad I got dressed up nice and brushed my hair today!”

I am lead, with camera in hand, to the second room on my left. I am told I will be cleaned up first and then they will get the pictures. As soon as we are in the room, I peel off my coat from the “we are supposed to have rain today, but it’s not rainy and it’s hot unlike the cold we said it was going to be” weather. Before I sit down on the table, Kyle has his iPod in hand and asks me what I want to listen to. I’m speechless, such a question to ask to the music enthusiast. I finally reply, “I am cool with anything—“ but before I can finish, he picks something.

“And when they play hail to the chief,” the lyric and the awesome riff catches my attention. “I love this song! I haven’t heard it in ages,” I exclaim to Kyle as my head is tilted and he draws on my ear where the rook piercing will go.

Positioning my head back to normal, I look at myself in the mirror. Where the blue dot was placed looks perfect. “This is perfect,” I say with a smile; I can’t contain my excitement. I sit back down and am told to breathe in and exhale through my nose. I am used to this mantra that it is second nature to me.

“You’re a warhorse. You were so easy to pierce. Others flinch and squirm,” Kyle tells me when the rook is placed in my snuggly in my ear. I smile and say, “it didn’t hurt at all” and it didn’t—I only felt the little pin prick (much like giving blood) and some pressure, then it was all done.

If you’re in Philadelphia and want to get pierced, go to Infinite! As the reviewer above stated, Infinite is very clean—Kyle showed me the bio waste receptacle where all the instruments used go into after the piercing is done—and the atmosphere is very relaxed. The counter staff are friendly and very knowledgeable and the piercers really care about their customers. They give great advice on what to get done, show you how to care for the piercing and other precautions or information you need to know. I have never had a bad experience at Infinite and all my piercings never became infected—they know what they are talking about!

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= bad = Excellent $= cheap $$$$$= expensive


  1. sounds good. I'm the same way. Only go to APP places. I've gone to a few places in WC, but I'm a loyal customer to my girls Julia and Sarah back home at Fyre. In fact, Julia travels and does conferences in different areas being known nation wide in the APP world. Somewhere on my blog there's a post about them.

  2. I'll have to check it out. :) Where are you from? I might have to check out Fyre as well.

  3. I would not ever get any piercings for myself, as it is not something I'm into, but this is definitely a good review. Nice work. :)

    1. Thanks Andrew. ^_^ I am so glad they liked it. Now hopefully people who stumble upon their Facebook will see it. I'm thinking of using the ending for the school newspaper and reviewing the place without the personal narrative (personal narratives aren't allowed).