If you really want Manchester to mark you, why don’t you get yourself pierced? Here’s my suggestion of a nice, clean, trustworthy place where you could go. It’s central, only 5 minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens and you even get 10% discount as a student for all piercings.
What I’d like to hear about the future place I’m gonna get myself tattooed or pierced at is that the staff dream only about how future artwork would look on one’s skin, that the place is clean and that I get full support and advice after the procedure. I’d say you get them all at Holier-Than-Thou. I found the place three years ago by the recommendation of an Irish colleague, that had himself a full sleeve tattooed here. Months have passed by and besides myself, some other friends successfully tried the place, especially for piercings.
The shop has nice, spacious displays of a broad variety of piercings and accessories, different shapes, sizes, colours and materials. You even get to buy a drink or something to nibble on while you’re waiting for a friend. But probably what I really like about the place is that despite being clean, it’s not hospital sterile – you still get to feel “holier-than-thou” and that you’re deciding cool stuff about your body and not going through surgery.