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You should always visit a studio prior to having a service done, this gives you the opportunity to make sure it's a clean, professional environment and ask the piercer any questions or concerns you may have prior to having a service done.
We always recommend scheduling a FREE consultation to come visit our studio and meet our piercers, use the link below to schedule. Walking in without an appointment is not recommended, since our staff will be busy with scheduled clients and won't be able to assist you and answer questions.
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Use the information below to educate yourself on what to look for and questions you can ask during your visit at any studio.
Questions to ask & things to look for:
- What is their piercers years of experience?
- Did they complete an apprenticeship under the guidance of another professional? Should typically be 1-2yrs or longer
- Most states (including Utah) DO NOT require proof of proper training/apprenticeship, so it is up to the client to do research and ask for proof of these things. Just because they have a business license, doesn't mean they were trained by a professional nor have enough experience to be offering piercing services. There is an influx of tattoo artists, medical professionals, estheticians and others in the beauty industry trying to add piercings to their list of services with no actual training or experience. Unfortunately due to the widespread reach of social media, people with no proper training now try to offer courses for thousands of dollars where you supposedly learn to pierce or tattoo within a matter of days. We have seen a huge rise in infections and problematic piercings due to this, please do not go to someone that took one of these courses or cannot provide proof of an extended apprenticeship. It is a scam and no health department will give them a license by taking such courses, there is no way to learn how to properly pierce/tattoo, have proper cross contamination training to avoid the spreading of blood borne diseases and serious infections in such a short period of time. An actual apprenticeship and hands on training is the only way to become a professional in any field of work. Do not put yourself or anyone at risk of long term health problems.
- Do they use a piercing gun or single use hollow needles for piercings? Only single use needles will be used at professional establishments.
- Do they carry internally threaded and/or threadless jewelry? Both are acceptable options but avoid Externally threaded jewelry.
- Do they provide aftercare guidelines and what do they consist of? You should never be told to touch/turn jewelry or use harsh chemicals such as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bactine, bacitracin or even soaps in dry climates.
- Do they have photos of both fresh and fully healed piercings? How do they look?
- Is the staff friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer any and all questions you may have?
Reviews & Research
Always ask friends and family for referrals, make a post for referrals on social media platforms and take the time to read a studio's reviews.
You never want to choose a studio based on price or soonest availability
- If a studio is offering services at an extremely low price, then you should question the quality of supplies and jewelry being used.
- If a studio seems to always be free or posting asking to get clients in, running cheap deals all the time, this should be a red flag unless they recently finished an apprenticeship and are building their clientele .
Does the studio use a piercing gun for any piercing services?
- Always call ahead and ask the studio what they use to preform piercings.
- Never go anywhere that uses a piercing gun, even for earlobes.
- Click Here for more info on the dangers of piercing guns.
Single Use Hollow Needles
Needles shown in a new light, when it comes to body piercings there is no need to be fearful of needles.
- Professional piercers will only use sterile single use hollow needles.
- A needle should never be used for multiple piercings or on multiple people.
- One needle is used for each individual piercing.
- Needles should be presented to you either in a sterilization pouch that is sealed with a visible indicator showing you that it's been properly sterilized OR your piercer may work out of an autoclave cassette and it too will have an indicator to prove sterility.
- Needle's edge should be smooth and free from any burs.
What is an autoclave and why is it so important?
The studio you go to should be happy and willing to answer this question!
- Ask your piercer to show you their autoclave and ask to see how it’s run. In addition to seeing how they run the autoclave, you can see how well they maintain it.
- Most piercing studios keep an autoclave log and weekly or monthly spore test results. Logs and records ensure the autoclave is safe, sterile, and operating correctly. If you have any concerns, ask to see the records. If a studio doesn’t have the records, it’s a likely sign they are not maintaining their autoclave properly or may not even have one. Yikes!
Why are they primary used for piercings and not tattoos?
- Some tattoo shops still use autoclaves, but most are moving away from this. The reason for this is that most tattoo equipment is now made for single use only.
- Needles come in sterile individual packages and are disposed of after use.
- Piercing tools & equipment, however, are built for multiple uses so it needs proper sterilization.
Your piercer or artist should ALWAYS be wearing gloves!
- Most body art professionals, if trained properly in cross contamination, should change their gloves a minimum of 3-4 times during your entire service. Keep an eye out for this!
- 1st Pair) Tray set up 2nd Pair) Client & Skin prep 3rd Pair) During Piercing or Tattoo Service
- Artists should change their gloves anytime they touch something that is considered contaminated, they should never go from touching an unclean surface, cabinet, drawer, adjusting hair or clothing, etc. and then try to touch your skin or piercing jewelry.