How to Choose a Body Piercer

Performing a PiercingThere are many bad piercers out these so you need to be extremely cautious when choosing a person to get you pierced. The choice of a studio and a person who is going to perform the procedure is vital in ensuring your safety and complete satisfaction. You should never get pierced unless you are sure that the person knows what they’re doing.

For these reasons, it’s important to take your time and research available piercers before you make your decision. There are some warning signs you should never ignore when choosing a piercer.

Here are some things to pay attention to when choosing a body piercer:

  • Is the studio reliable? Good piercers usually come with reliable studios, so you should always look for a good place to get pierced. While a piercing studio and a piercer as a person are not the same thing, keep in mind that no reliable piercer would want to work in a trashy, unsanitary studio. This is why it’s important to inspect the studio itself before you make your decision. Is the place clean? Does it adhere to all safety and hygiene standards? Does it have an autoclave? These are just some of the things you should consider before making your decision.
  • License. It goes without saying that you should only get pierced by a licensed professional. Always ask to see a business license in a studio and current health board certification.
  • Is the person qualified? It is vital that your piercer is qualified and can perform the procedure properly. One potential problem here is that there are no clear regulations on which qualifications a body piercer should have. Someone might only have one short course or a couple of weeks of training. These piercers are not reliable and you should not choose them. Keep in mind that successful training lasts for years.
  • Is the person knowledgeable? Another thing you should pay attention to is how much your piercer knows about various aspects of the procedure, health and aftercare. You need someone who has enough knowledge in all the aspects of the piercing process, starting from health and safety standards. A good piercer has to know a lot about cross-contamination, infection control and proper sterilization in order to ensure safety during procedure. They should also have some knowledge of anatomy and how to avoid important nerves and other body structures. A piercer should know how to choose proper jewelry based on materials, shape, size, and more. Also, a good piercer should know all about proper aftercare and to explain all steps to the clients to ensure they follow these aftercare instructions.
  • Is the person experienced? You should only get pierced by a person who has rich experience in performing piercings. Theoretical knowledge is not enough. Also, being experienced with certain piercing types is not enough: your piercer has to be experienced in the type of procedure you wish to get. While most professional piercers know how to perform popular piercings (earlobe, nose, eyebrow or navel piercing), if you wish to get something less popular or more complex, it is vital to make sure that your piercer is experienced with the given piercing type. This is particularly important for genital piercings and other highly sensitive piercing types.
  • The portfolio. Before you decide on a piercing artist, ask to see their portfolio. While portfolios are more common for tattoo artists, reliable piercers will have them, too. Piercers take photos of the piercings they perform so you can judge their work. Typically, photos are taken at various stages of the healing process. While many of the photos in the portfolio show newly made piercings, a good piercer will also have examples of healed piercings. This way, you should be able to see how this person’s piercing job looks when it’s healed.
  • Do they use a piercing gun? If a piercer uses a gun, it’s a clear sign they don’t know what they’re doing. While most professional places will not employ anyone who uses a piercing gun as a tool, it’s important to check. In case they use a gun, or even if they mention gun as a possibility to choose from, it’s a clear sign that the person is not a professional. You don’t want to be pierced by someone who uses gun.
  • Can you be comfortable around this person? Perhaps you don’t like a particular piercer without being able to tell why. This is ok. In case you’re getting bad vibes from someone, or if you just don’t feel comfortable around them, it is ok to request someone else. Someone can be a good professional but if you can’t be comfortable around them, you should not be pierced by them. This is particularly important for some more intimate piercings, such as nipple or genital piercings. You need to be relaxed around the person doing the piercing, so this is an important factor to consider.

10 Smart Questions to Ask Your Body Piercer

Piercer in StudioWhile there are many stupid, unnecessary questions people ask their piercers, there are also some good questions you should be asking. These questions will help you make a decision about a piercing and allow you to inspect a piercing studio for safety and professionalism.

What to Ask?

Many people understand that researching a studio or a piercer is an important step you need to take before you get your piercing. However, not everybody knows what exactly to ask, or when.

Some people are very shy when it comes to asking questions, or they don’t remember what they want to ask. If this is a problem with you, keep in mind that piercers are there for you and it’s their job to answer all of your questions. In case someone seems too busy to answer your questions properly or to help you make a decision, simply go somewhere else. You deserve to be informed about every aspect of the piercing process.

In case you are one of those people who can think of great questions but forget them all when they enter a piercing studio, the best way to go is to simply write your questions down. There’s nothing wrong about it. Simply think of all the things you wish to ask your piercer and take this list with you to the piercing studio. This way, you will never forget to ask the essential questions.

Another problem may be that you don’t really know what to ask, or you ask questions that may not be the most important, but forget the vital ones. In this case, it’s important to keep in mind that the safety should always come first. Meaning, you need to be informed about all the aspects of the piercing process that will ensure your health and safety. It’s also vital to ask these questions before you get pierced and to also be informed about proper aftercare. This is the only way to ensure safety and not to endanger your health.

Essential Questions to Ask

Here is the list of top 10 questions to ask your body piercer:

1. How long have you been piercing? This is a vital question to ask. You need someone who knows what they’re doing.

2. Are you experienced with the type of piercing I am interested in? (Very important for all sorts of rare piercings or complicated piercings, such as male and female genital piercings).

3. What are the measures you take to ensure client safety and reduce health risks? This is one of the most important questions to ask. Your piercer should show you the studio and go through all the safety measures they take to minimize any health risk for customers.

4. Does the studio have an autoclave? All piercing studios have to have autoclave. They should also show you the latest test results proving that the autoclave is working properly.

5. How much do you charge for piercing? Ask them to give you the exact quote for the type of piercing you request. Ask if initial jewelry is included in the price or not. Also, don’t forget to ask if jewelry change is done free of charge. Sometimes, you will need to change your jewelry when the first swelling is gone, and it’s best to be done by a professional.

6. Can you describe the procedure for me? Ask for details. Your piercer should guide you through every step of the piercing process.

7. What kind of body jewelry do you use? This question should answer several concerns. Ask them about the exact materials they use. If they offer gold jewelry, ask them if their jewelry contains nickel.

8. What is the aftercare routine for this type of piercing? Ask your piercer to guide you through the aftercare process and to describe the routine you need to follow.

9. What kind of cleaning products you recommend? Ask your piercer to tell you the type of cleaner you need to use. This should not be a brand recommendation; your piercer should tell you the type of solution best suited for your piercing. Usually, it’s a saline solution, but you need to make sure. Also, ask what kind of cleaning solutions are definitely not recommended.

10. How long is the healing time? Keep in mind that healing time is individual and will depend on your lifestyle. However, your piercer should be willing to give you an estimate.

10 Dumb Questions to ask your Body Piercer

You might have heard the saying, ‘There are no dumb questions’, Well, it is time to revisit that statement and come to terms with the fact that there actually are questions which can be defined in no better way than dumb. If piercing is painful for the person getting a piercing, then what is it that pains the Professional Piercer? No points for guessing, it is obviously Dumb Questions that people ask before, during and after the procedure of body piercing. Asking questions is a very good habit and should be encouraged in order to get proper information, especially about the aftercare. However, asking dumb questions is kind of well dumb!, and more than you actually learning something useful, it can really just piss off the piercer in whose hands lies your ‘flesh’ to be pierced. Continue reading