This latest blog post is an updated piercing F.A.Q – please message us if you have a question that isn’t answered here!
1.) Do I need an appointment?
NO! All our piercing services are available on a walk-in basis. Even on offer days, for jewellery fitting, consultations, etc.
2.) How old do I have to be for a piercing?
It very much depends on the piercing! We pierce earlobes from 4 years+ (with the parent in attendance, of course) and most other piercings are 16+ with I.D. Please message us for specific piercing age limits & parental consent enquiries.
3.) Will my piercing/s be done with a gun?
NOOO! We use sterile, single-use needles for ALL piercings – including children’s ear piercings. We can assure you it is FAR less painful and your piercings will heal so much easier and faster! Please, never get any piercing with a gun – it’s unhygienic, dangerous and out-dated… It’s 2019, times have changed and piercings are sooooo much safer!
4.) Does it hurt?
Well, there’s no easy way to answer this one… A needle piercing a part of your body will include SOME amount of discomfort – to what level depends on the part of the body and the person in question! What we can assure you is, for a life-long piercing, that split second pinch is more than worth it!!
5.) Can I use TCP/alcohol/Dettol/similar on my piercing?
NOOOOOOO. These products are far too harsh, will delay your healing and make it pretty darn sore! If you are generally clean, you aren’t man-handling your piercings and are following aftercare instructions, these products are not necessary.
6.) *insert high-street store, salon name or grandma* told me to twist my earrings, should I?
We never recommend twisting your jewellery. It’s an old-wives-tale that the metal will ‘stick to the inside of the piercing’… If you are pierced with high quality body jewellery, this is something you certainly don’t have to worry about. Twisting the jewellery can not only work bacteria/contaminants into your piercing, but hard ‘crusties’ can essentially tear up the inside of the piercing – ouch!
7.) School/Work don’t like piercings, can I have a retainer straight away?
Unfortunately not. Our flexi retainers are only suitable for fully healed piercings & short-time wear (like X-rays, MRI’s, etc). If you can’t get away with the piercing for the healing period, maybe it’d be best to wait until you’re out of school/college/are in a better position to have piercings on-show.
8.) Can you do it cheaper? X, Y, Z only charges a fiver!!
Many people seem to lack the understanding that this is our CAREER, not a hobby or quick money-making venture. We have a genuine passion for body piercing and are constantly striving to be the best we can be – not just for us, but for our clients! Take into consideration our time, our sterile tools/equipment, sterile one-use needles, pre-sterilised jewellery, cleaning supplies, gloves… That barely scratches the surface of what it takes/costs to perform a piercing! We aim to keep our prices competitive, whilst still providing our clients with hygienic, safe piercings. What you must think is; if they can do your piercing for a fiver – what important steps in the process are they skipping to save you money? I sure as heck wouldn’t want ANY steps being skipped simply to save me a few quid – you shouldn’t either!
9.) Can I have the Two for Tuesday offer on a Saturday?
Our Two for Tuesday (buy 1 get 1 free) offer is exclusively on Tuesdays ONLY! We do, however, have periodic offers throughout each month – including 1/3 off Thursdays EVERY month! If you care to give us a follow on social media, and/or join our mailing list, you’ll be the first to know about upcoming deals, offers and events!!!
10.) Is my piercing infected?
If you’re ever unsure, please come and see us as soon as possible. Infected piercings are actually incredibly rare! 9 times out of 10, the piercing is simply irritated and is easily nursed back to health with a few aftercare changes. We have a helpful blog post about irritation VS infection… HERE!
*if all tell-tale signs of infection are present and you are unable to see us in person, we would recommend a doctor’s appointment to be on the safe side.
10a.) My doctor says my piercing is/was infected so I took it out!
First of all, if you have a genuine infection DO NOT TAKE YOUR JEWELLERY OUT – it can trap the infection and cause heaps of trouble. If possible the jewellery should be left IN until treatment has cleared the infection. Piercings are often misdiagnosed as infected and antibiotics are prescribed when unnecessary. If you’re unsure, see a piercer first. *As previously mentioned, if all signs of infection are present, a visit to the doctor is needed.
11.) Another piercer told me to use *insert aftercare advice*, what should I use?
Aftercare is provided after EVERY piercing. You will also have specific aftercare verbally explained to you by your piercer shortly after the procedure. Please follow this! If we did your piercing, your aftercare leaflet contains tonnes of helpful information about the healing process of your piercing/s, as well as general healing times, what to expect, etc. As always, if you need any further advice at any stage of your piercing’s healing journey, our advice is always FREE, non-judgmental and from experienced piercers. You can message us on social media, call us or visit us ANY TIME! ❤
12.) Do you pierce babies/infants ears?
NOPE NOPE NOPE. We strictly pierce children’s earlobes from 4 YEARS +. If you would like more information, please message us.
13.) Why do I have a little bump on my piercing?
Piercing bumps are quite common. Usually, they are caused by irritation whilst healing – be it; sleeping on it, touching/picking/twisting/poking, rubbing from clothing/headphones/similar, using incorrect aftercare and/or not downsizing your jewellery once the swelling has gone. If you need advice about an un-slightly bump, come in and see us! It’s always easier to assess in person, so we can identify the cause and what treatments to use!
14.) Do you pierce snake-eyes or surface tongues?
NOPE. Read this.
15.) How do I get rid of a Microdermal that is rejecting/not wanted?
We offer Microdermal/Skin Diver removal on a walk-in basis, all week. Depending on the placement and age of the dermal, it usually takes around 5-20 minutes.
16.) Can I bring friends/family to watch me get pierced?
Yes! You are more than welcome to bring people along with you, however, please bear in mind, we allow 2 people max. in the piercing bay with you. We don’t do this to be mean – our piercing bays can get quite cramped with large groups and it can make it harder for the piercer to do their job with an audience. ❤
17.) Can I have a female piercer?!
Never fear! Both of our piercers are female and have pierced maaaaaaany body parts of all shapes and sizes – no need to be shy, treat us like doctors! Both piercing bays are also fully private for your comfort.
18.) Can I have a piercing whilst pregnant?
We won’t pierce anyone who is currently pregnant, sorry! But we’re more than happy to pierce you once you’ve delivered and are back to full health.
19.) Why has my ball fallen off my jewellery?
What screws on, can screw off! After the piercing is complete, we do tighten the balls/attachments securely… BUT, balls/attachments can come loose when cleaning or just from everyday movement (especially piercings such as navels and nipples). We recommend checking your ball/attachment at least daily – it’s best to do it whilst cleaning, so you have nice clean hands! Even when the piercing is fully healed, give it a check when you’re getting ready on a morning, but always with clean hands!
20.) Can I choose a stud or ring for my piercing?
MOST piercings can be pierced with either (such as; noses, lobes, helix, nipples and forward helix), however, some piercings (such as; lip, rook, conch & anti-tragus) do benefit more from healing with a stud or bar. We’ll let you know your options when you come in for the piercing and discuss the pros and cons of each. That’s not to say they can’t be changed to a ring once settled, though! If a ring is your aim, let us know! We’ll accommodate for it and let you know when you can nip back in for the jewellery changing! 🙂
21.) Can I buy a piercing from you? (jewellery)
Piercing: the act of piercing a hole into the body, into which a piece of jewellery is inserted.
Jewellery: the earring/bar/ring/stud that goes into the piercing hole.
You can HAVE a piercing done by us. You can also BUY some jewellery for your piercing from us. We stock a range of body jewellery from plain balls/beads to colourful pieces, opals and jewels.
22.) I’m not sure how to put my new jewellery in, can you help?
Of course! If we did your piercing or not, it’ll be a small charge to cover cost of gloves, tools, etc. You are welcome to bring jewellery you have purchased elsewhere/online, however, we will only fit these for you if they are suitable for your piercing/s and are reasonable quality. (Jewellery from Claire’s, Primark, Topshop, Ebay specials, etc should be avoided!!)
23.) When can I change my jewellery?
Your piercer will tell you when the best time is to change your jewellery to a smaller/different piece – depending on the piercing in question, this could be anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months (sometimes longer). We encourage clients to return to us at a certain date post-piercing for a check-up, anyway. At this point, we can see how the piercing is healing and make any jewellery changes that are needed.
24.) What should I do if I have problems/are concerned?
COME AND SEE US! We cannot stress this enough! We are more than happy to check on your piercing at ANY point during healing, whether it’s after a few days or a few weeks. It’s always better to ask those seemingly-silly questions than to sit at home worrying! If you can’t get in to see us straight away, or we are closed – send us a message or email. Include as many clear pictures from different angles as possible – this will really help us get a better idea of the problem or state of the piercing. (*This also applies to piercings we didn’t do. If you can’t see your original piercer or want a second opinion, come and see us)
Last but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST… Our FAVORITE question….
25.) Which side is the gay side?
*facepalm* It’s 2019, get whichever side you want! We aren’t magical wizards who instantly turn people gay with a piercing – that’s just daft. Besides, there are worse things to be than gay… Like being a homophobe! 👍
Hope this F.A.Q has been at least a little bit helpful!
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