From cheek piercings to the classic ear and some other NSFW areas, we talk with piercing gurus Smith and Thompson about what you should know about any and every piercing.
Suffice it to say, when he talks best practices, we listen; when he recommends jewelry combinations, we update our shopping carts; and when he spits trends? This time around, he’s ushering in the raddest (and most practical) piercing trend we’ve seen on celebs, L. cool girls, and even on the lobes of our favorite Constellation piercings are exactly what they sound like: an artful grouping of piercings, normally three or more, that are as unique as the star clusters they're named after. These piercings also tend to be incredibly dainty and minimal, perfect for girls who prefer their jewelry to be more Catbird, less costume.
Get a good night's sleep before you come in, bring friends that are supportive, and, most importantly, don't stress.
Going back to the tattoo comparison, while piercings might be a little more intimidating, the upside is that they're also a lot less permanent.
There's no excuse anymore of 'I didn't know,'" he says.
Before you even step foot in an actual studio, it all comes down to getting yourself in a good mental head space, says Colby.