What to do before your piercing appointment

The night before

Stay Hydrated: Drink lots of water and try to get plenty of sleep! Please don’t drink alcoholic beverages the night before getting pierced. Even if it’s not enough to make you drunk or hung-over, it could still thin your blood the next day.

Be Healthy: If you are sick or feel like you’re getting sick, please wait until you’re completely better to get pierced. Coming in sick exposes the piercer and other employees and clients to your sickness and it may hinder your piercing’s healing process.

Proper Identification: Check to ensure you have your ID, driver’s license, or passport. We need a photo ID with your name and birth date.

Age Verification: Minors age 16 or 17 may get pierced with parental consent.  The legal parent or guardian must be present to sign the release form.  Both the minor and parent must provide picture IDs with matching last names.  If the minor does not have an ID with their birth date or if the last names do not match, please bring a birth certificate as well your picture IDs.  We CANNOT pierce under 18 without these things. We do NOT pierce under 16 at our shop. And it is illegal to pierce a minors nipples or below the belt; even with parental consent.  

The day of

Hair: If you’re getting an ear piercing and have long hair, please bring a hair tie and some bobby pins to help keep your hair out of the way.

Makeup: The area around your new piercing will need to be cleaned before being pierced. If you’re wearing any makeup, (foundation in particular) you should be prepared to have the area thoroughly cleaned before the procedure. (Please don’t ever reapply makeup on or near a fresh piercing!)

Clothing: Wear appropriate clothing.  We need easy access to the area being pierced.  Also keep in mind your fresh piercing will be tender. It's usually best to wear comfortable clothes that aren’t going to rub or otherwise constrict the piercing. This is true during the healing process as well.  

Cleanliness: Consider hygiene.  It might seem to go without saying, but please make sure you shower or bathe beforehand, particularly if you’re doing any piercings below the belt. Also, if you’re getting an oral piercing don’t forget to brush your teeth.

Eat/Drink: Always eat a meal at least two hours before heading in to get pierced! Do not drink a bunch of caffeine or energy drinks before coming in! It will thin your blood and make it harder to sit still.

Medication: Pain relievers/ swelling reducers are best saved for after the piercing. If you are on any regular medications, you might consider asking your doctor ahead of time.

Consent: The consent form you’ll have to sign has a detailed list of conditions like a bleeding disorders, heart conditions, or if you have to take antibiotics before going to the dentist. Please be honest, saying you have one of these conditions doesn’t usually mean we can’t pierce you. We want you to be safe when getting pierced, so please understand that we do this for your well-being.

Sobriety: We will not pierce anyone under the influence. It is illegal.

Time: Make sure to set aside plenty of time for getting your new piercing. We get busy sometimes, but we still like to take our time giving each client the attention they deserve. If you’re on a limited time frame (like a lunch break) please be understanding of the wait or try planning on coming back later when you’ll have more time.

Friends/Family: Bringing a friend with is fine and can help put your mind at ease if you're feeling anxious.  Please don't bring large groups of people.  This can be distracting and the piercing room gets easily crowded.  

Try to relax.  Getting pierced is far more nerve-wracking than it is painful.