Answer 1 - Where do I go to get pierced?
It is best to go to a shop that specializes in piercing and does not use piercing guns. (back to top)
Answer 2 - My friends told me that it's safe to get my ears done with a gun. They all got theirs done with a gun, so why would I have to go to a shop that doesn't use guns?
Piercing gun "technology" is derived from veterinary procedures used to tag the ears of cattle. In a setting where livestock is processed, guns may be the fastest method to tag animals, but they are not the safest for humans. Here is why (also see this article):
Answer 3 - It's my first time getting pierced. How do I pick out a shop?
You should be looking for the following things. If your piercer does not meet the basic requirements for cleanliness, walk out. Do not be afraid to ask questions, and if the shop staff are rude or seem annoyed with you, walk out. It is not worth risking your health over a dirty shop.
Also see this article.(back to top)
Answer 4 - How much does it cost?
It depends on the shop, but most piercings start around $20 at the low end and $80 at the high end, depending on what's being done. Ask if the price includes jewelry, and if you are getting a set of something done, such as nipples or lobes, ask if the price stated includes one or both sides. And don't forget to tip your piercer. Depending on service and the difficulty of the piercing, $5-$10 is pretty fair. (back to top)
Answer 5 - Does it hurt?
Yes, it does. But only for a split second and probably not as bad as you think. Most people, even those with a lot of piercings will tell you that the worry of anticipation is greater than the pinch of the actual piercing. (back to top)
Answer 6 - Will I bleed?
For most piercings, not really. Less than a drop of blood, if even, unless you have a clotting disorder or are taking certain medications. Always be up front with whatever medications you are taking, even if they are over the counter. Aspirin can make your blood thinner and you will bleed more. Some piercings, most notably the more major male genital piercings will bleed, but that is normal and it will slow down and stop within a few days. (back to top)
Answer 7 - What's up with all of the forms that I have to sign when I get there? I feel like I 'm buying a car!
That's to insure your safety and the safety of the shop. Every shop should ID and make a photocopy of the ID. Remember, age requirements are there for your safety. Depending on the shop, you may have to initial or sign something stating any or all of the following: