How to select your piercing studio
by Ritika Changrani
Selection of a proficient body piercing studio involves genuine efforts at your end. The studio’s reputation, hygiene standards and previous clients’ opinion are important considerations. The right studio will ensure that the entire process is completed without any unnecessary hitches, giving you peace of mind and body.
Your decision is made. You are convinced about what part of your body you
want pierced. Nevertheless, an important choice is still pending - The all
important question - Where to get it done?
Choosing the right studio or salon may seem a tedious job but it is
imperative that you conduct a complete survey before final selection. Do not
be rash or impulsive regarding this. There are quite a few aspects that need
to be analyzed to avoid a headlong pitfall into the vicious circle of
infections and allergies.
For starters, always check out the reputation of the studio you plan to
visit. It is vital that the studio consist of skillfully trained piercer. If
you are a first-timer, patronize an experienced piercer possessing the
know-how to do it right. There is no legal formal training programme so be
extra careful. If the attitude of the piercer or the atmosphere of the place
makes you uncomfortable, feel free to walk out.
Never hesitate to ask questions from the studio about their piercer. Its
your right to know. It is advisable to get your piercing done professionally
despite the fact that your friends claim to be perfectly capable of doing
Ask your piercer to show you their portfolio first. They take pride in their
work and hence a good piercer will maintain a log of his previous work. It
may be difficult for a layman to spot tiny irregularities but all the same,
do have a look. See the pictures and note whether the piercing accentuate
the body or look grotesque.
Hygiene is an essential factor in determining the quality of a salon. When
you enter a place, it should give you an impression of being well-kept. The
following is a checklist to help you out :
- Is there a separate room for piercing ?
- Is the room a non-smoking area?
- Does the piercer look tidy with clean clothing and long hair pulled back?
- Are latex disposable gloves used for each customer and thrown away
immediately after use?
- Does the piercer wash his hands before wearing the gloves?
- Are new sealed needles opened for each piercing?
- Has sterilization been properly done for all the equipment being used?
- Does the studio possess an autoclave or a sterilizer of its own? (An
autoclave is a sterilization device used for jewelry, tools and other
equipment needed for piercing.) This is a critical piece of equipment that
must necessarily be available with the studio.
- Are guns being used for piercing? Most guns cannot be sterilized and hence
are best avoided.
Only on receiving a positive response to all of the above, should you
venture to put the studio on your may-be list.
Ask around for someone who has had a piercing done. His / her experience at
the studio should give you an idea about their standards. If you hear even
one doubtful voice, listen to it and not label it as a freak case.
The Association Of Professional Piercer (APP) emphasizes the importance of
"referrals on a piercing shop/piercer from knowledgeable friends and/or the
local health department". Ask your friends if they would like to go there
again in case of another piercing. Did they have any problem post the
piercing? Any allergic reactions? Were they subject to immense pain? Was the
staff helpful in case of complications? A reputed studio will patiently
answer all your queries about the technique used and after-care procedures.
STUDIO'S JEWELRY SELECTION
The studio should have a variety of jewelry and metals for piercing. If they
have just one type of metal and advocate it as the safest and best, it would
be prudent not to believe them. Different metals are available to suit a
wide range of budgets. An experienced piercer knows the optimal metal and
jewel piece for different kinds of piercing.
There are mainly two types of jewelry worn - rings and bars. A ring is
measured in width and a bar in its length. The gauge refers to the thickness
of metal. A smaller gauge number indicates a thicker piece of jewelry.
Metals of 14 gauge and above only should be used below the neck area.
There is nothing more reliable than your own gut feeling. Trust it. Never go
to a place unless you are unquestionably satisfied. Listen to the tiny voice
of your heart and not those of others. If a studio tells you anything
contrary to the normal healing period or charges an abnormally low price
with a no-infection guarantee, immediately leave. Do not be swayed by such
client-winning tactics consisting of mere empty words.
Though the decision of getting your body pierced is of primary importance,
do not lax your standards while selecting a studio to give shape to your
desire. Care at initial stages goes a long way in ensuring your safety and
As opposed to tattoos, piercing are not permanent and hence people tend to
take fewer precautions. Always remember that your aim is to make your body
look more attractive and not disfigure it.
Having made up your mind, enjoy showing it off to all and sundry. Stand out
with this bold statement!