By MOLLY TEITELBAUM
Convincing your parents that you’ll survive if you get a piercing can be more painful than the puncture itself, with notions of unsanitary piercing parlors and ghastly infections whirling about their heads. So reassure them by going to Nezem, Montreal’s hippest and most hygienic piercing boutique.
Assaf, Nezem’s owner and piercer, is friendly and helpful, soothing the most anxious of clientele (and over-involved parents). The boutique’s body jewelry selection is diverse, with striking and unique pieces starting at just $15. Semi-precious stones of every hue and sparkling Swarovski crystals line the extensive shelves, while metals ranging from surgical titanium to gold are available for all skin sensitivities.
Piercing costs are reasonable, with the conch (that’s the centre of the ear) just $40: very affordable for the edgier Bandits. Though you may be distracted by your new bling, don’t forget to say “City Bandit” when you’re paying – it’ll get you 10% off!
3803 rue Saint-Denis
Photo Credit: Nezem