The decision to get pierced is one that more and more people are making. These people are from all walks of life. In fact body piercing has seen a rise in popularity because it can sometimes be easier to hide than some other body modifications. One of the reasons why piercings below the neck are so popular is that you can hide them in a more conservative job even.
It is important to go to the right place for the type of piercing you want. Alexa has compiled this list of tips and facts for finding the right piercer near you.
1. Consider A Piercing Only Studio
Many areas have places that only pierce and sell jewelry unlike the typical tattoo and piercing studio that is so much more common. There is something to be said for a business that specializes. The jewelry quality and selection is sometimes higher and even custom made.
2. Type Of Piercing
Some types of piercings are more complicated than others. A piercer that has just been doing it a few years may be just fine with typical piercings like nostril, septum, ears, navel, etc, but could have little experience with genital piercings.
Some piercings can only safely be done if you have the right anatomy for them and some are so rarely done that is is hard to find a piercer that has done more than a few even if they have been piercing for decades. The triangle piercing on ladies is a perfect example of this. I talked about this piercing in depth in my post “The Triangle Of Submission”.
Never be afraid to ask someone’s experience level if you are wanting a rarer piercing.
The Association of Professional Piercers is the premiere organization that promotes safe piercing practices and education. Piercers that are certified must always carry jewelry that meets the organizations standards and members are help accountable for any negligence that gets reported. Besides all that, being a member shows that the piercer probably keeps up with industry breakthroughs and does some continuing education.
4. Gender Of Piercer
First off I am not saying one gender is better than the other when it comes to the skills required to be a good piercer however you need to be as at ease or comfortable as possible when getting pierced and that means if you are more comfortable with a man or a woman then you should find a studio that has one or the other. There are plenty of really good piercers out there of either gender but it is all about your comfort when it comes to getting pierced.
If the price sounds too good to be true then beware or at least clarify with the studio or piercer what is included. Sometimes there is a fee based on the piercing and then whatever jewelry you pick out is added in whereas some studios include basic jewelry in the price they give you. In some cases you may want to pay a little extra for a jewelry upgrade. Titanium jewelry can be a nice upgrade from stainless steel. Sometimes studios do have specials or other discounts available. If you get two or more piercings at once then a lot of studios will offer some sort of discount.
6. Jewelry Selection
A lot of the time starter jewelry is not so fancy because once swelling and healing are done, you need to change to a different length or size. Nipple piercings are a prime example. When you get your nipples pierced they always use a bar or ring that accommodates swelling. Afterwards you may be a lot more comfortable with shorter bars or smaller rings.
On the other hand if you are getting an ear or nostril piercing, you may want to get something that is fancier right away. Not every shop has anything that resembles fine jewelry.
Make sure to check out a piercer’s portfolio online. This can often be found on the studio or piercer’s website. Facebook is okay for pictures of piercings unless you want to see nipple or genital piercings. For the private piercings you will have to go to the actual website or request some pictures from the piercer.
8. Online Reviews & References
Of course online reviews are going to give you some valuable information but people might not talk about the specific piercing they got if it is private in nature. Yelp and Facebook are good sources for reviews. You can always ask for a reference if you are really worried but it might be a bit overkill unless you are getting something really rare.
9. Going The Distance
Going further to get someone with more experience may be worth it in some cases. Plenty of people travel hundreds of miles to find a piercer with the experience they desire. Going back to the triangle piercing for example, since it is rare you are far more likely to get a good result with someone that has done quite a few of them even if you have to make a longer trip of it than you would like.
Most of the time any studio will be able to fit you pretty quickly due to how fast most piercings can be done. However some studios or those that do piercings and tattoos may have more limited hours. It is a good idea to call ahead or check out hours online. Really popular piercers sometimes may take appointments only. For piercings that are complicated it can be good to give them a heads up that you are coming in. This allows them to arrange to give you the time needed for a consultation and to make sure you are comfortable.
Weekends are usually the busiest time for piercers so if you want to avoid the rush, try to get to them on a weekday when things are slower.
11. Willing To Answer All Questions
A good piercer should be willing to answer all of your questions as best they can. Keep in mind that no piercer is going to be able to perfectly describe the experience you will have with a piercing before you get it because everyone is different. They can however tell you what to generally expect. If you are more sensitive to pain than average then this is going to change your experience. If a piercer is reluctant to take the time to answer all your questions then you need to find someone that thinks you are worth their time. On the other hand be respectful of their time as well, especially if they have other clients waiting.