Whatever you do, keep in mind that there are some guidelines you should follow in order to make the experience better for everyone.
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- Before going to a piercing studio it’s best to have at least a vague idea of what you want. Your piercer needs to start from somewhere, so it’s best to visit a studio once you have at least some ideas in mind.
- Piercers and other staff are there to answer your question. Do your best to ask questions related to their job and something that’s actually relevant. In other words, do not waste piercer’s time.
- It’s best to do some research beforehand (see above). If you do that you will be able to ask more specific questions and get a better picture of what you need.
- Listen. As much as questions are important, so are the answers. Listen to what your piercer has to say, especially if it’s about aftercare and health.
- Do not touch your piercing or jewelry in the studio’s common room. Some people like to take their old jewelry out or to simply touch their piercing, which is not safe because it can pose a health danger. Keep in mind that a studio has to stay clean. Do not touch or handle your piercing in any way, even if it’s a healed one.
- This warning stands for all common areas of the studio, including the restroom.
- It is very, very dangerous to change your jewelry in the studio, so it should be avoided at all costs (see above).
- If you wish to change your jewelry, let the piercer do it in the piercing room.
- Old jewelry should always be handled in a sealed container, such as a bag or a box. Never take it out, even in the common rooms.
- Ask where to put your bag, coat and other personal belongings. It is important that the piercing room stays clean. Do not just assume that you can take your bag or another item into the piercing room. Ask to know what’s expected of you.
- Be cooperative. Piercing procedures tend to make people anxious and nervous, but that’s not the reason to misbehave. If you feel you could not go through the procedure, communicate this to your piercer.
- During the procedure, try to stay focused. Your piercer will want to talk to you and walk you through the entire process, so do your best to listen.
- Questions are more than welcome. In fact, they are expected. However, you need to let the piercer do their job.
- Ask if it’s ok to have a friend or a family member with you. This is usually allowed, since piercing artists know how important is to have moral support.
- If visitors are allowed, they need to behave. They are not allowed to compromise the procedure in any way.
- Ask before you use a camera or a phone in the piercing room, especially during the procedure. The same goes for your companions. You will probably need to skip flash. Flashes are very distracting for the piercers.
- Don’t drink or take drugs before getting a piercing. The piercer will refuse to provide the service if you are under influence.
- Mind your manners. Do not yell or disrespect your piercer, staff or other customers.
- Tipping is typically welcome and highly appreciated. It is not necessary to do so but it’s a nice thing to do if you are satisfied with the service.
- Do not bargain. Do not ask your piercer to match the price from the mall kiosk or another shabby place. The prices are there for a reason.
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