Studio Etiquette

Inside a Piercing StudioPiercing studios are great places. This is where you can get that piercing you’ve been dreaming about or pick a fancy jewelry piece.

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.

Mistakes to Avoid Before Getting Your Piercing Done

ear_piercingThere are some well-known piercing and aftercare mistakes you need to avoid.

They are vital for ensuring your safety and well-being. The only way to avoid problems is not to do anything stupid, and some of the mistakes are so common that it’s worth reminding people over and over again what not to do when it comes to their piercings.

Here is a list of additional mistakes to avoid even before you get your piercing done:

Not Knowing what You Want

This is a common mistake that’s often overlooked. If you want to get pierced, you need to have at least a basic idea of what you want in terms of piercing type and placement. If all you want is to “be pierced” but without any idea of a piercing you actually want, perhaps it’s best to wait for a while until you figure out what is that you truly want or if piercing is really the best idea for you.

Also, just because your friends have a particular piercing doesn’t mean it will fir you and your lifestyle. Think about what works for you and what would make you happy. It may be different than what makes your friends happy.

Piercing Yourself

Perhaps the worst idea in the history of bad ideas. You should never pierce yourself. It doesn’t matter how many articles you’ve read about the procedure or how many videos you’ve watched. It doesn’t matter if you think you can do it properly. Don’t. It’s a bad idea any way you look.

You are not a professional piercer and you do not know what you’re doing. Not to mention that even professional piercers often have another knowledgeable piercer perform procedures on them. Piercing yourself is a very, very bad idea.

Being Pierced by a Friend

Another huge mistake. Unless your friend is a professional piercer working in a reliable piercing studio, it’s a very bad idea to let them pierce you. Your friend is not a professional and just because they’ve seen how it’s done doesn’t mean they know how to do it. Also, chances are that your friend’s place is not the most sanitary environment to get pierced. You should avoid this at all costs. Find another, safe activity for friendship bonding and get pierced by a professional.

Shady Piercing Places

Another thing to consider is the studio. Do not allow to be pierced in a place known for being shady. They may have lower prices but it’s for a reason! Just because someone claims to be a professional with a proper studio doesn’t mean they truly are!

In order to stay safe you need to research studios in your area. Find out which is the best one and get pierced there. Yes, even if it means paying a little more. It’s better to give more money for a professional service than to be pierced by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Also, a lot of that will depend on the studio itself. Reliable studios that adhere to safety and hygiene standards employ knowledgeable staff. This is one of the ways to know you’re in good hands.

Getting Pierced at the Mall

This one is only marginally better than having your friend pierce you at their garage. Do not do this! The staff at a mall kiosk is not professional. They are required to pass one short course and are allowed to pierced customers with little or even no experience. Even worse, getting pierced at a mall often means being pierced with a gun, which is something you should avoid at all costs.

Also, jewelry sold at a mall is typically of lower quality than those offered at professional jewelry shops or reputable piercing studios. You don’t want to wear this cheap, poorly made jewelry. This is why getting pierced at a mall is a bad idea altogether. It’s just not worth saving a few bucks.

Are Piercings about Pain?

Are Piercings About PainOne of the most prevalent (and annoying) assumption about people with piercings is that they like pain. While pain games and pain enjoyment exist, they are not necessarily related to piercings. In fact, it’s important to know that piercings themselves are rarely about the pain itself: while some people who enjoy pain do get piercings, this is not the rule. There are also many people who are piercing enthusiasts but dislike pain or are even scared of it. There is simply no rule to this.


The common assumption about pain-loving people with piercings typically come from people who do not have any piercings, which is not surprising. People who don’t have piercings are less likely to understand what piercings and other body modifications are about. That not to say that all people without piercings are ignorant, but it’s less likely to have a person with piercings who holds common stereotypes about pierced people. Simply put, once you are interested in piercings you understand more why people are drawn to this type of modifications.

So, the pain thing usually comes from the place of not understanding what piercings are about. Since many piercings are painful to perform, some people conclude that it’s necessary to like pain to subject yourself to this. This sort of thinking ignores one important fact: piercings are rarely about procedure itself. They are about the result.

While there are some people who enjoy pain and might like the procedure of getting a piercing, this sort of modification is not focused on the pain itself. It is alright to enjoy pain during a procedure but it’s also alright not to like it. In fact, there are so many people who like piercings but are scared of piercing pain and piercing needles. These people strongly dislike the procedure and associated discomfort but choose to go through it for the sake of a piercing.

There are many different scenarios because there are so many different people who enjoy piercings. There is no one, unifying explanation of people’s attitudes to piercing procedure and associated pain.

Why Focus on Pain?

While pain is just a small aspect of piercing experience, it may seem strange that so many people focus on it. After all, getting a piercing done is just the beginning. This is not what piercings are about. There is also healing time and enjoying your new piercing to the fullest. There is a lot about choosing the best and most beautiful jewelry for your piercings. Some people choose to stretch their piercings. Others add weights in order to enhance the experience. There are so many ways to enjoy your piercings.

So, why so much focus on the pain? It’s simple: pain is so closely linked to piercings that it’s sometimes impossible to separate the two. After all, it’s considered impossible to get a piercing without pain. In fact, some people consider the two linked so much that they treat it as a test: if you are not strong enough to go through the pain, you are not deserving of a piercing.

While this sort of thinking is logical, it’s also important to know that many piercings are not as painful as they may seem. For example, tongue piercing is known to be relatively simple and it doesn’t cause much pain. Also, there are so many people who dislike pain but choose to get pierced anyway, and they later comment that the pain was not as bad as they thought it would be. All of these things suggest that piercings are not reserved only to people who like pain. In fact, getting a piercing by a professional piercer at a reliable studio is not the best place for those who enjoy pain, since piercers do their best to minimize clients’ discomfort. There is no much logical reason to believe that pierced people get piercings just to enjoy pain. It is just one of the misconceptions about piercings.

Scared of Piercing Needles? Don’t Be!

Piercing NeedlePiercing needles are essential assets of any piercing studio. All reliable piercers will use them and they will refuse to perform piercings with any other instrument. The only exception are specific types of piercings not done with piercing needles, such as transscrotal procedures.

In all other situations, using piercing needless is mandatory. This is the only way to perform piercing properly and with least damage to surrounding tissue. Piercing needles are sterile, safe and they bring the least pain to the client.

What if You’re Scared of Piercing Needles?

Many people are scared of needles. In a way it’s understandable: not many people enjoy to be poked with a needle. One might think that piercing enthusiasts are different, and while there are some people who truly enjoy the piercing process itself, there are many people who get piercings because they like the aesthetics of it or piercings’ functionality (very important for certain types of genital piercings). They don’t necessarily like needles. But are needles scary?

Needles may look scary but they are actually specially designed to minimize pain and damage to the tissue. A piercing needle is the least traumatic way to get pierced, not to mention it’s a much safer method than any other.

Piercing needles are specially designed to pierce the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. It means that the piercing hole is clean, sharp and can heal easily. With a piercing needle, a piercer can judge the direction or even a shape of the hole, so piercing placement is very precise and you get exactly the piercing you asked for. Piercing needles give piercers freedom to perform just the type of a piercing you request. There is no guessing or relying on chance.

Furthermore, while piercing needles may seem scary and painful, they are actually very successful at minimizing the pain. It goes both for the pain of procedure and pain after procedure. Since they are very sharp, they pierce the tissue quickly and neatly. It means less pain and no damage to the surrounding tissue. Less damage means less pain. In other words, you should not be scared of piercing needles.

In fact, piercing needles are the only good way to get a piercing so you should get away from any studio that does not use them. Piercing needles should always be used because they are the only way to ensure a good piercing job.

Children and Piercing Needles

What about children? This is a somewhat controversial topic many people argue about. Some feel that piercing children is never ok. A child can’t give consent and doesn’t understand what piercing even means. Not to mention it is more difficult to perform adequate aftercare on a child. Other people see earlobe piercing harmless and suitable for children.

Without going into this debate, it’s important to understand that laws and regulations have to be followed. Many piercers agree to pierce minors, provided the parent is there to give consent. Which brings us to another problem: what if a child is scared of a needle? Should piercing needles be used on children?

The main argument in this debate is: if we don’t use piercing needles, then what will we use? The only available answer is, sadly, piercing gun. However, piercing guns are very harmful and can bring numerous problems, such as infections and piercing rejection. This problem is often emphasized by the child’s inability to perform adequate aftercare. In short, even if they seem like a quick and useful solution, piercing guns are not recommended to be used on children.

So, how to go about performing a piercing on a child who is scared of needles or is small enough to hold still during a procedure? There is no definite answer to this problem. Probably the best and easiest solution is to simply refuse to pierce minors who are not old enough to hold still during a procedure or who can’t be pierced with a needle for whatever reason. Not all piercers will follow this advice but it’s important to understand that piercing needles are the only correct way to perform a piercing. If they cannot be used, for whatever reason, then it’s usually better not to perform piercing at all.

More Advice on Choosing a Piercing Studio

Piercing StudioFor the very obvious reasons, you want to get pierced by professionals, and professionals only. A piercing studio has to be licensed and operating legally. If you are unsure, you should check online and make every effort to find out about this information. Do it even if your friends recommend a place for you. It’s always important to check.

Licensed studios have to adhere to certain rules and regulations, and they hire professionals who are knowledgeable about piercings. This is why you should always go to licensed places only. Don’t be lazy: just because there is a piercing studio one block away from your home doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a reputable place to go.

Important Things to Take Into Account

Take your time to research piercing studios in your area. If there are none, or if the only available studios are shady ones, look further. It’s better to spend a bit more on gas to travel to a reputable studio than to risk health complications by getting pierced in someone’s garage.

One good rule of thumb is: if a place looks dirty and you wouldn’t eat out there, you should not get pierced there.

Ask about their policy on piercing minors and the age requirements for piercings. This is a valuable information, even if you are not a minor. A good, legal studio wouldn’t risk its reputation by violating regulations and age requirements. Familiarize yourself with the exact age rules and regulations in your area and then ask around studios about their policies on piercing minors. Ignore any studio that does not follow age requirements or a studio which is known for bypassing the laws. You don’t want to get pierced in there.

Research for a studio online. What are independent testimonials and customer opinions? Is there any info on the studio you are interested in? What is studio’s online presence? Do they have a website? While a pretty website doesn’t necessarily mean that a studio is good, it will give you some ideas on what to expect. It’s more than just knowing that a studio has a money to invest into a web designer. Look at the info they offer and pay close attention to photos they publish.

A good piercing studio will present photographs of piercings they’ve performed, so take a look at them. Do these piercings look good? Are they placed correctly? How do they look when they are freshly pierced and how do they look when healed? Every good piercing studio should have a portfolio showcasing their work, so start from there.

Visit a studio before you decide to get pierced there. Look around and try to see if the place gives you a good or a bad vibe. Is the staff helpful and knowledgeable? Is the studio clean? What measures they perform to ensure safety for their clients?

One of the best ways to tell if a place is completely unreliable is to ask if they use piercing guns. A studio that uses piercing guns is a studio you don’t want to be pierced in. Piercing guns are bad in so many ways. In fact, they are so bad they are illegal in some states. Most of them can’t be properly sterilized and they pose a serious risk to your health. Stay away from any studio that uses a piercing gun.

Before you decide to get pierced at a particular place, think twice. Never rush into it. Give yourself some time to fully decide what is best for you. It’s better to wait a few days to make a good decision than to act on an impulse and make a mistake you’ll regret.

How to tell if a Piercing Studio is Safe

Piercing Studio SafetyOnce you have decided what kind of a piercing you want, it’s time to choose your piercer. It also means choosing a particular studio. You should never get pierced outside a studio, even by a professional. Studios are equipped with all the tools, furniture and devices needed to perform piercing successfully, and it just can’t be replicated in home conditions. Furthermore, piercing studios have to adhere to strict hygiene requirements. A reliable piercing studio is clean and all the equipment in it is properly sterilized. Again, this is not something you can achieve at home.

In order to pick the best studio to be pierced in, you need to know how to tell a reliable place from a shady one. A good studio doesn’t have to be big, but it has to follow all safety regulations to ensure client safety.

Inside a Studio

A typical piercing studio should have at least one bed reserved for performing piercings and consultations. Many studios have a bed located in the back, behind a piercing shop. This is not problematic, but it’s important that the area is private and separated from the rest of the shop. Larger studios have more than one bed, each in a separated, private area.

The area made for performing piercings and consultations should be perfectly clean, sterilized and well-organized. It should also offer privacy to customers. This is a place where you should be able to talk to your piercer, ask questions and relax before and after a procedure. In case a studio doesn’t offer a separated, private space for procedures it’s a sign that it’s not a good studio. It’s a sign that people there don’t care about your health and safety.

Apart from important furniture, such as the examination bed, a good piercing studio will also have all the needed equipment and tools for performing successful procedures.

A typical studio will also have an autoclave unit that is used for sterilization. Autoclave is a powerful sterilizator and the only thing that should be used to sterilize equipment and jewelry. Alcohol and other similar things are just not good enough. Never agree to be pierced in a studio that doesn’t have an autoclave.

Another important room inside a piercing studio is a sterilization room. It should be separated from the examination room. This is where all the tools, equipment and jewelry is sterilized in the autoclave.

Hygiene and Sterilization

It goes without saying that a piercing studio should always be clean and well-maintained. Piercing business is not a joke. There are numerous health concerns and it’s important that a piercing studio follows all the present standards of hygiene, sterilization and cleanness.

After sterilization in an autoclave, all equipment should be placed in special, sterile pouches. Piercers should not just keep the equipment around. Hygiene in a piercing studio goes beyond mere swapping the floor and removing dust. A piercing studio has to adhere to strict rules of sterilization and hygiene to ensure safety for all the customers.

These standards apply to piercers, too. All piercers have to wash their hands and sanitize them before work. In addition to this, piercers have to wear surgical gloves during procedures and consultation. In case of a more complex procedure surgical gloves have to be changed during work to ensure safety.

How to Check?

As a client, you have all right to know if a studio follows all standards and safety regulations. Don’t be afraid to ask a piercer to show you the examination room, autoclave and equipment. It is their job to present you with the evidence of highest hygiene standards and sterilization. Stay away from any studio that tries to hide its results or fails to produce a proof of hygiene standards.

Ask to see the examination room. Take a look around it. Is it clean? Are all tools in their sterile pouches? What about the needles? All needles should be packed and sealed until use. As a rule, a needle package should be opened in front of you before the procedure. A piercer should show you a packed needle and you should see it being opened. Never allow a piercer to use an already opened needle, even if they claim it’s “sterilized”. Once used, needles have to be disposed in special containers marked “biohazard”.

Also, don’t forget to ask about their autoclave. A proper autoclave has to be able to kill even the most persistent microorganisms, such as dangerous bacteria and viruses. Studios are required to perform regular checks and to go through inspections. If an autoclave is working properly, they are given a report that attests that such autoclave is safe to be used. When you go to inspect a piercing studio, don’t forget to ask them about the report. The staff should be willing to show you the most recent result proving that their autoclave is safe and working properly.

These are the basic measures you need to take before you decide on a piercing studio. Too many times, people are attracted by low prices so they don’t think much about consequences. Remember: you get what you pay for, so it’s advisable to spend a few bucks more to get pierced in a professional, safe and sanitized piercing studio.

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