33 St Mark's Place
38 W. 8th Street
Andromeda and Cassioppia both are reputable, safe, and sterile parlors for
all your piercing needs. In this day and age, where every little shop has
a sign that says, "we pierce ears, nose, and body", shops like Andromeda
and Cassioppia become more and more essential. Lord knows, a guy on the
street does not have the sterile conditioned and trained piercers that
these shops do.
Andromeda, the East Village store, is large, and staffed with piercers
that are both competent and compassionate. They take the time to find the
right jewelry and size, as well as to explain what will be done, and how to
care for the piercing afterwards. This is important. Anyone who does not
take the time to show someone how to clean a new piercing and what to use
for it (alcohol and peroxide do not cut it) is incompetent.
Andromeda's staff are people that you see around: they're at clubs, on the
street, and friendly. They're the sort of people that are trusted.
Cassioppia, the West Village store, is a tad smaller, but equal in every
way. The shop is sterile and safe, and the staff is competent and
friendly. The owners are often on hand at both shops, ensuring the smooth
running of these two stores that have earned their respect and trust in the
Both shops offer a wide variety of jewelry, including spikes, studs,
surgical steel, gold, niobium and UV light jewelry in all sizes and
styles. Without reservation, I recommend using either shop for any and
all piercing needs.
Commentary by Joan Rachel Dennis, Friday, January 2, 1998.