The general rule of thumb for tattoos and piercings is to go to a reputable place. Upon receiving high recommendations from a coworker last summer, I paid a visit to Tatu Tattoo to get my tongue pierced. Three months later, I got my second tattoo. Two months after that, I had my cartilage (upper ear) pierced. My tongue heald with no complications - in fact, the only time anyone could tell that my speech was somewhat off was the day immediately following the piercing, when my tongue was still a bit swollen. I'm very happy with my tattoo - the artist took his time to create the design to my liking. I've since gotten numerous compliments on his artwork. I had some mild complications with the cartilage piercing (due to an allergy to surgical steel); however, the piercing staff was helpful and knowledgeable in giving me advice that ultimately let me keep the piercing. I highly recommend Tatu Tattoo if you're looking into body art - it's clean, reputable, and safe.