How much does it cost?
The total cost is broken down into two portions — the service fee and the jewelry. The first portion, our service fee, is essentially a sitting fee of $25, which covers multiple piercings of anything above the waist. The second portion, jewelry, starts at $25 and goes up from there depending on your taste, budget, and personal style. For a more detailed breakdown of our jewelry, see our jewelry page* (link).
Why is it so expensive?
As a studio, we have made a commitment to ourselves and our clients to only offer the safest jewelry we can supply. Our piercers are expertly trained and have spent a lot of time to learn correct procedures, aseptic technique, and safe piercing practices, to bring you a problem-free piercing experience. Cheap bargain jewelry and lack of expertise often leads to poor healing, hyper-pigmented scarring, allergic reactions, excessive scarring, migration, rejection, irritation, infection, etc. We want your piercing to heal as well as possible and with as little risk as possible, and because we know of these risks, this means that everything we carry and use is top-of-the-line, American-made, and implant grade. Cheap jewelry does not stand the test of time and is not guaranteed when components break, gems fall out, or threads fail. The jewelry we carry is guaranteed for life agains manufacturing defects. For more information about our jewelry options, see our jewelry page.
After years of experience, we have found that the cost of cheap jewelry and unskilled piercers is a short term savings with a long term loss.
Is it going to hurt?
The MOST common phrase we hear post-piercing is, “Wow, it’s already done? I thought it was going to be way worse!” We all have a different reaction and response to pain that is primarily determined by our attitude. The process is over incredibly quickly, and by the time you see how cool your new piercing looks, you’ll forget all about the pain!
On a related note: pain killers or numbing agents will not help, and are not necessary. We are not legally allowed to pierce anyone who is under the influence.
How old do I have to be to get pierced?
Persons 18 and over can make independent piercing decisions, as long as you provide a valid government-issued photo ID. If you are under 18, you will need a verifiable parent or legal guardian present to provide and sign documentation. All parties will need to provide proper state or federal photographic identification with date of birth. Simple jewelry changes can be provided without parental consent.
Additional criteria and restrictions as to what can and cannot be safely pierced are based loosely upon actual age and anatomy. Genital piercings cannot be performed on any person under the age of 18 regardless of parent accompaniment.
Why can't my sister/aunt/best friend's mom sign for me?
Under California law, we require the signature of a parent or legal guardian for any piercing on a person under the age of 18. Legal guardians must have the appropriate notarized paperwork proving guardianship. Allowing people to get pierced without consent opens us as studio up for liability if the parent isn't aware and blames us for allowing a minor to receive a piercing. If your sister or aunt has taken you into their care and have the legal documentation to prove that you are under their guardianship, then they can absolutely sign for you! But under any other circumstance, your parent or guardian must be in the shop in person to sign for you.
Can I get pierced while pregnant/nursing?
We do not pierce anyone who is pregnant or nursing. Your system is already under incredible amounts of stress from dramatic changes that leave both you and your baby susceptible to increased risks of infection, allergic reaction, and/or rejection, and the last thing we want to do is add to any potential pregnancy complications.
Will you pierce my infant?
We do not pierce any children under the age of 3, and additionally, we require consent from the child in question before continuing with the piercing process. Your child must be able to ask that the piercing be performed, and if at any time during the process, the child pulls away or displays distress, we will not continue with the procedure.
How long will my piercing take to heal?
Almost every piercing has a different healing time. The majority of piercings take, at minimum, 6 months to a year to heal. This range represents an average first stage of healing, and full, complete healing can take over a year. Even if your piercing isn’t swollen or sore it isn’t necessarily healed. Your piercer will cover your piercing’s average heal time with you during your procedure so you know what to expect.
Should I twist the jewelry while it’s healing?
Twisting came into popular lore from ear piercing guns that use blunt force trauma to put inadequately sized, improperly designed jewelry of dubious metal quality into jagged and brutally formed “holes”. Professional piercings provide little to no risk of adhering because the jewelry is implant-grade properly polished mirror smooth and custom sized to be of appropriate length to your specific anatomy. There is nothing to gain from twisting, in fact, rotating the jewelry increases your risk of infection, rejection and scarring dramatically and therefore increases healing time. Hands off for better healing!
Should I use Neosporin, alcohol, peroxide, Bactine, etc. to clean my piercing?
Nope! We recommend plain soap and water for the healing process. Adding in a new product to your healing process is already going to confuse your body even more, let alone if you start using something as harsh and drying as any of the products listed above. Let your body do the work, it’s designed for healing. For more detailed aftercare instructions, see our aftercare page.
Can I start with a ring?
This is slightly a trick question. Sometimes yes, but mostly no, and you’d have a much easier healing process if you didn’t. There are a certain few piercings we start with rings: daiths and septum (sometimes), and there are a great many more that we don’t ever start with rings: tragus’, forward helixes, nostrils, navels, and more. Things to consider if you do choose to start with a ring:
- Rings are more prone to bumping and snagging
- Physical injuries such as those above set back healing and can create unsightly scarring and irritation bumps.
- Initial piercings require jewelry that will accommodate your body’s swelling. Barbell posts are just slightly longer, while with rings, the entire diameter is large. This creates a look that is not snug and fitted, but rather, loose and with a lot of space.
Can I sleep on my piercing?
We would rather you didn’t! This is especially true for ear cartilage piercings. Sleeping on piercings can be painful and cause healing complications. Even without pain it is likely that sleeping on a piercing will result in unsightly scarring. Often the weight of the body on the jewelry will cause it to move the piercing into a crooked an unflattering position. This shifting out of alignment is especially problematic in cases of multiple or paired piercings, leaving them unflattering and imbalanced.
Can I go swimming?
You should stay out of open bodies of water (ie. pools, oceans, hot tubs, jacuzzis, baths, etc.) for a MINIMUM of 4 weeks. Chemicals in treated water can irritate piercings, and the many varied bacterial strains in untreated water sources make infections imminent and difficult to treat.
I think I have an infection, what should I do?
Often times what people think of as an infection is simply irritation. However, left unchecked, an irritation can lead to in infection. If your piercing is not 100% come into the studio and let us look at it. If there is intense redness, heat, dark or odorous discharge or pain, seek a professional medical doctor without delay.
Important: Bacteria causes infection, not piercings or jewelry. Removing jewelry closes piercings and seals infectious waste in the body. It is counterproductive to actually treating infection but that does not stop some healthcare workers from allowing personal prejudice to affect professional judgment.
Is it safe?
While we cannot guarantee absolute safety, you can rest at ease knowing that every aspect of your care has been considered and measures have been put in place for your well-being. The risks associated with body piercing include but are not limited to: Irritation, allergic reaction, infection, scaring, migration, and even rejection. All these risks can be minimized by choosing a professionally trained piercer in a clean studio with proper quality jewelry. That is why we have gone above and beyond all state, federal and industry standards for sterility, jewelry quality and continuing education.