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"You name it, he'll pierce it"

"In Chris Harris' four years of piercing, there is virtually no part of the body he hasn't lanced with a sterile needle.Wrists, navels, tongues, septum - no part of the body has escaped the craze that has swept the United States in recent years.I've done everything. For me the most fun is something with multiple piercings that works toward an ultimate goal. I once did 10 or 11 piercings that went down a guy's spine, Harris said. Harris' penchant for piercing inspired him to open Golden Rule Piercing in Old Town. He previously helped open Silver City Tattoos and Piercing Studio in Poulsbo with his friend Joe Boyle, but minor squabbles and disagreements over how to run the shop prompted him to strike out on his own.We are still best friends, though, Harris said.Now Harris is working to take the lessons he learned from opening the other business, and make it work in Silverdale.Harris said people often assume piercing is for the young. While the bulk of his clients are teens or twentysomethings, he said a substantial number of older people also get pierced. It's for anyone who likes the look of it, he said.Older people tend to get piercings that are more hidden, that are just their little secret, whereas young people get them to show off to their friends, Harris said.The most common piercings are navel and tongue, but in recent months, nipple piercings for men have taken off.Lately guys have been coming in here saying a girl told them they have to (get a nipple pierced), Harris said.The shop at 1930 Washington Ave. is off to a good start, according to Harris. He opened April 1 and has had a steady stream of customers since. In the summer, he anticipates business will get even better. In past years he has averaged 1,000-1,500 piercings.A stream bubbles through the backyard of the building in which his business is located, and Waterfront Park is just a stone's throw away. With the location of the store, people are walking by all the time. There's tanning beds, tons of salons, a spa and the park (in the area) - it's a feel-good area of town, Harris said.His future plans for the shop include installing tanning beds, an aqua massage bed and expanding to sell clothing.Pricing for piercings is divided into two parts, labor and jewelry. For labor, ear piercings cost $10 (cartilage piercings are $15); nose piercings are $20; navel, lip and eyebrow piercings are $25; tongue piercings are $30 and genital piercings are $35. Multiple piercings are 25 percent off and jewelry costs $20 and higher.Harris is training two employees to work in his shop, but he is currently the only full-time employee.One of Harris' main goals is to make the experience as comfortable as possible for customers.I want to make it quick and painless. Everybody is stressed out when they come in here, but usually by the time they leave they are like 'That was nothing,' He said.Appointments are available 24 hours a day, but walk-in hours are noon to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 Sundays.For more information, call 692-6900. "

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