Piercing FAQ

Why no Guns?

It is the position of the Association of Professional Piercers that only sterile disposable equipment is suitable for body piercing, and that only materials which are certified as safe for internal implant should be placed in inside a fresh or unhealed piercing. We consider unsafe any procedure that places vulnerable tissue in contact with either non-sterile equipment or jewelry that is not considered medically safe for long-term internal wear. Such procedures place the health of recipients at an unacceptable risk. 

While piercing guns may seem to be a quick, easy and convenient way of creating holes, they have major drawbacks in terms of sterility, tissue damage and inappropriate jewelry design.

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How old does my child have to be?

We will pierce children as young as 8 Weeks and up with proof of TDAP, and we also offer our services to teens and adults.

What type of Jewelry do you use?

We use Titanium jewelry for all of our initial piercings. 

There are several metals commonly used for body jewelry that are considered safe and body-friendly.

While gold is one of the most popular jewelry materials, it’s not really suitable for initial piercings and any gold jewelry used has to be made of nickel-free gold in order to be safe and Hypoallergenic. 14 kt Yellow Gold - is commonly made of the following materials: 58% pure gold, 25% pure silver, and 17% pure copper. Gold can be alloyed with other metals, too. Be aware that white gold commonly contains nickel (added for both color and strength). We do not recommend nor will not pierce with any gold it is too soft of a material. We do carry gold pieces for purchase after your piercing is healed. 

Why titanium?

 Titanium is used for initial piercings because it’s an elemental metal – it doesn’t contain nickel. Titanium is as strong as steel, but as light as aluminum. It does not corrode, does not tarnish, It does not react to sunlight, salt-water, or any body chemistry, It can also be anodized to produce many vibrant colors and in its pure state. But, most importantly is totally non-allergenic, It is a perfect solution for every initial piercing to assure the best healing process possible. We carry only the best jewelry for both your comfort and safety.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

For any piercing of a minor, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a consent form. Proof positive, state issued photo identification is required from the legal guardian, and a bona fide form of identification from the minor. In the event the parent has a different last name and/or address from the child, court documentation is needed to prove the relationship, i.e., divorce papers, or a remarriage certificate. For Children under 1yo we also request you bring proof of TDAP shot. 

What Types of Piercings do you Offer?

We do a variety of piercings as well as dermals. If you have questions on a specific type of piercing or age requirement please feel free to call us and we can assist you.

How early should I arrive?

You should plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out client paperwork. If you are planning on electing the use of a numbing agent please allow 30 mins for proper effectiveness.

How will I know how to care for my new piercing?

You will receive an aftercare bag before you leave that will include how to care for your piercing as well as high quality aftercare spray. We are also available to answer any questions at any time either in person, over the phone, or through email. 

How Much do i tip my piercer?

Piercers are like just like people in any other service industry. When working for a shop they only receive a small portion of what you pay for your piercing and that is why tipping is really important. A minimum of 20% is typically appropriate, and more if your piercer did an exceptional job. Your tip can be left in cash or added to your total if you are paying with a card. 

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