09 8 / 2014
We’ve had some requests for a breakdown on piercing studio etiquette for piercing clients, and a few people asking about common gripes piercers may have.
Below is our first installment for etiquette, and things we generally like to complain about as whiny body piercers (kidding…..sort of).
We hope you all find this handy.
And other piercers, please feel free to chime in with your additions.
This post does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the APP or its members. It is the opinion of the author.
(In no particular order)
1) Do not touch, handle or remove your body jewelry in the studio.
This is a big one for most of us. Even though you likely don’t think it’s a big deal, we don’t want your cooties all over the studio. When you take out your navel jewelry or bring in your old circular barbell from your retired PA and then proceed to touch the display cases, pens, (heaven forbid) jewelry we’re showing you….. We’re pretty much having a silent mental break down (pictured below). Now we need to disinfect everything you touched.
Some piercers may come across as a little gruff when they tell you to not handle your jewelry, but it’s only because we want a clean and safe studio for you and all of our other clients.
So if you are bringing jewelry in, please have it in a sealed bag. And if you need to show us your piercing or jewelry, just don’t touch it.
2) Please bring proper identification
Even in areas that may not have written body piercing regulations, you should always have government/state issued ID with you when you come in for a piercing. No reputable piercer will do your piercing without an ID.
This is especially applicable when it comes to piercing minors. Generally, most piercing studios will require official ID’s from the minor and guardian, both with matching last names and addresses. If there is a difference with you and your guardians last names or addresses, bring a copy of your birth certificate.
Depending on your state/county regulations, if a minor does not have an official form of ID, a current school ID, the guardian’s ID and a birth certificate can be used (check with your local studio before going in).
In and of them self, school ID’s, insurance cards, gym membership cards, etc. do not count as an official form of identification.
If your legal guardian is somebody other than your mother or father, be prepared to also have paperwork from the court/state proving said person is your legal guardian.
3) Don’t forget to eat something
Naturally, clients can get a little nervous before a piercing, whether it’s their first time or 50th. That’s totally fine.
Do yourself a favor and eat a full meal a few hours before getting pierced. This will help you out a bunch and can prevent you from feeling dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous after your piercing.
From time to time, clients faint. This is not due to some extremely painful experience. It is almost always because they haven’t eaten recently and you’re riding that awesome piercing high that consists of nervousness and excitement.
Eating a good full meal (a tube of Pringles doesn’t count…) and going easy on caffeine beforehand can make your piercing experience much easier and pleasant.
4) Smoking, chewing tobacco, food and drinks
Please use common courtesy while in a studio, especially in a piercing room.
It is never okay to smoke inside of a studio, and most of us do not like when you put a wad of chew in your mouth and spit in a little cup while walking around the lobby. Please do that outside.
Bottled water is fine, but please respect a studios policy on food or drinks (some studios do not allow anything besides water in the studio), and no food or drinks besides water should be brought into the piercing room itself.
5) Don’t price shop
We care about you, and we want you to have a beautiful, quality, safe piercing that will last you a life time.
It’s not your fault that you have good taste, so don’t bite our head off when you ask how much the gold septum clicker with genuine diamonds is. Yes, it’s more expensive than the titanium clicker. It’s gold. Those are diamonds. Please don’t act like we just asked for the soul of your first born.
There are a LOT of styles of jewelry you can choose from, and we can certainly find lots of pretty, quality pieces that fit your budget.
If you walk in expecting a $25 deal, that’s not going to happen with quality jewelry and appropriate sterilizing equipment (some quality studios will offer occasional sales or discounts, so that’s a little different).
Realistically, you should be prepared to spend at least $60-100 for most piercings with quality jewelry, give or take depending on the jewelry you select. That’s referring to a single piercing.
6) All sales are final
Most studios will not do an exchange or refund on your worn jewelry.
If the jewelry had some sort of defect, let’s say a gem fell out of it’s setting, then that is covered under warranty of nearly all reputable manufacturers and we will be more than happy to get that fixed.
But if you simply changed your mind on the color gem you picked out last week, or you’re coming in for a downsize on your initial jewelry, no, we cannot take your old ones throw them in the sterilizer and re-sell them. Doing so would be unethical and unsanitary.
7) You are likely not a piercing expert
We get it, you’ve been pierced twenty times, and we love you for it. You’ve read through The APP’s website (shameless plug!) and you’re pretty knowledgeable. That’s great, and that’s what we want.
But when you’re questioning why the piercer has your friend laying down for their piercing when you always had yours done sitting up, and why are we suggesting you don’t use things like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on a fresh piercing when that’s what you did and you healed up totally fine, and that’s what your piercer back home told you to do and he’s legit and a master piercer because he told you so and has lots of piercings…………………. Just….Relax.
There is more than one right way to perform a piercing. Some piercers will use a clamp on your navel, some may do it with no tools. That’s okay.
Now having said that, OF COURSE you should be picky and cautious if you see anything that doesn’t seem safe, sanitary or in general makes you feel uncomfortable.
As a client you do have rights. And it is not hard to look up the basic fundamentals on what things you should or should not be using on fresh piercings. (See?)
8) Piercings and their names
You’ve probably heard body piercers on their podiums preaching about piercings being renamed and how it is wrong. In this day and age of the internet, it’s not your fault if you didn’t know that “spider bites” isn’t a real name for two lip piercings. Piercings get all kinds of goofy new names all the time online.
That doesn’t give us the right to talk down to you like you’re an idiot. In fact, I can’t stand when piercers do that. But it can be frustrating when a client looks at us as if we’re a total noob because we don’t know what the hell a dolphin bite is.
So in a nutshell, if it has the word “bite” or “bites”, that’s not the correct name. And that’s okay. Just point on your face to show us what it is you’d like to have pierced.
Our friend Rob Hill was kind enough to make a handy chart we can all use.
So that wraps up this first installment.
We hope this information is helpful and gets spread around a little, and hopefully the lighthearted humor doesn’t put anybody off….. But seriously, dolphin bites? Really?
Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee
16 7 / 2014
Man I feel really bad for the Tumblr Staff because I bet they aimed for Tumblr to be a cool, suavé, photographic place for artists but in reality it’s made up of hormonal teenagers who obsess over gay fictional characters, and can’t even handle the reblog button turning green to teal
IT IS MINT GREEN
I’VE REBLOGGED THIS TWICE BEFORE REALISING THAT THE STAFF SAID THAT!
15 7 / 2014
13 7 / 2014
As a bisexual, it sickens me that some people WILL keep scrolling.
As the straight daughter of a gay man, it sickens me that some people will keep scrolling.
As a straight girl with a basic understanding of equality and love, it also sickens me that people will keep scrolling.
As a straight Christian woman, I pray that people will not scroll past this. Love, not judge.
I’m re-reblogging for that last one.
12 7 / 2014