I can get it cheaper somewhere else.

I can get it cheaper somewhere else.

You probably can. Same with any service, there’s always gonna be deals for a fiver – but is that really the best option?

We’ve all seen hair & nail fails online where someone’s price shopped and got poor-quality service for a bargain price. But what happens next? You go through a right faff paying more money to get them fixed.

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That’s all well and good, nails can be removed and hair grows back. Tattoos and piercings however… That’s for life!

 

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*photos taken from various sources online. We do not own any of these photos, nor have we performed or fixed any of the piercings shown.

 

Improperly placed piercings and incorrect piercing procedures can cause permanent damage that may require medical treatment!

One thing we like to remind people is that you get what you pay for.

 


 

“Their shop was clean though..”    “S/He’s a professional in a studio though…”

Unfortunately, a license to pierce just ISN’T enough sometimes. If someone’s out to make a quick buck, they aren’t going to care if your piercing heals well or be there to help if something goes wrong. License, experience and reputation don’t always equate to QUALITY. This is why we always stress the importance of RESEARCH. Look at portfolios, have a gander on social media – are those photos piercings they’ve actually done, or are they stock photos? (or better yet, stolen from another piercer…)

Salons & high street stores often undercut professional studios to lure clients in with their fabulous deals and cheap prices, but then what happens? A few weeks down the line, they have some problems/need some advice… Has this piercer spent time researching and bettering themselves in the industry to be able to provide you with their knowledge and help you throughout your piercing journey? Many times the answer is NO.

If a piercer can offer piercings at dirt-cheap prices, how are they cutting costs on their part to be able to offer these prices to the client? Are they skipping important steps such as sterilisation, quality jewellery or proper hygiene? Supplies for any service costs money, that’s just a fact of life, so the cost of the service reflects that… Plus the piercer’s time!

Wouldn’t you want to know that the service you’re getting is the best that it can be?

Wouldn’t you hope that your piercer will be there to help you throughout your piercing journey?

Wouldn’t you hope that your piercer loves the job they do and spends personal time and effort bettering themselves and researching to give YOU the quality you deserve?

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Just some food for thought. We hate ranting and raving about this stuff, but far too often, we’re told “I can get it cheaper elsewhere” (fair dos) and then are asked to fix these screw-ups. We’re happy to help with any piercing problem, from any piercings, from any studios in any town/city/country – we just want to try and educate so that you can make the right piercing choices FIRST TIME.

Thanks for coming to the Taattoo Body Piercers TED talk.

SDSJAGBSETHIRHJ

Taattoo Body Piercers: F.A.Q

Taattoo Body Piercers: F.A.Q

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! 

Wanna know more? Got another question? Shoot us a message:

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Get in touch with your spiritual side

Get in touch with your spiritual side

Here in the studio, we have a selection of spiritual goods, ranging from healing crystals to Ouija & pendulum boards.

Included in this blog post will be short pieces of information about some of our stock, like what they’re used for and how to use!

As always, coming in to browse in person is highly recommended for these items! We are open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30AM – 6PM and our staff will be more than happy to help you choose the right pieces for YOU!


 

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Want more information on specific stones that we stock?

Visit our previous blog post:

TaattooBlog – Know your crystals!

 

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A lot of crystals are best used when kept close to your person, be it in a pocket or a bag –

but what better way to keep your crystal close by than to wear it!?

(plus they look great and you can swap and change your crystals as and when you need to!)

 

And last but not least! We have a small handful of crystal sets that can be purchased at the studio!

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Each pack contains 3-5 crystals, a small info sheet about each crystal & how to best use them!

(you’ll also get a little crystal ‘care sheet’, all about cleansing & charging them)

 

 


 

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Smudging has been a spiritual practice for centuries, for many different reasons.

These big, chunky bundles that we have in the studio are great for large spaces, such as; full house cleanses or workplaces. If used for moderate cleansing (crystals, personal, etc) they can be stubbed out and re-used again and again!

(if you are cleansing large areas or particularly negative energies, it is recommended to use a new smudge stick per cleanse)


 

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Tarot & Oracle cards are great once you get the jist of how to use them!

Our cards all come with handy guidebooks to help introduce newbies to the world of reading Tarot and Oracle cards. Helpful information can be found easily online, on various blogs & websites dedicated to spiritual items/work.

We are happy to give advice and help you choose your deck – however, as with many spiritual items, it is always better to use your own initiative and personally choose which item/s feel right to you.


 

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Pendulums are a great addition to any spiritual collection!

They work very similarly to healing crystals, as each crystal pendulum has its own properties – but they also have many other uses as listed above.


 

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We also have a NEW RANGE of incense!

Plus more Nag Champa original incense (always a big seller!)

We also sell various ash catchers/incense burners and cone-burners, too!

Incense can be used in meditation, during spiritual sessions, or just to make your room smell delightful!

 

 


 

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There are many helpful articles and blogs online about Dowsing Rods, their uses and how to use them.

Dowsing Rods are also commonly used to measure/find the energy paths within a certain space, such as; living spaces, gardens, workplaces, etc. This can help you elevate and work with the positive energy in said space/s.

 


 

We hope this blog post was helpful to you lovely lot!

As mentioned a bit back, if you need any advice or help when choosing your spiritual items, ask us! We use a lot of these items ourselves and can give both personal experience and general advice ❤