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Answering “Any Tips, Advice, Tools Needed For Doing A Piercing Ourselves” Properly

There is a certain organization that answers questions on its  blog from anyone that has one regarding piercing. Normally, you can find some awesome info and answers on this blog. But recently, they had a question that went something like “Me and a friend want to pierce each other. Is there anything specific we need and do you have any advice?” The reply started out alright and if worded properly would have been a respectable answer.

But, the answer soon became something that wasn’t as much informative as it was just the person answering the question to be a dick. This might have been a suitable way to answer the question on an individual basis, still sketchy, but answering like that on behalf of an organization is ridiculous and stupid. What made it worse was that even that answer was half assed. Apparently the only way to get something sterilized is to buy an autoclave. Weird, since everything we currently sell is sterilized and the customer doesn’t even need to buy one. And while we don’t care piercing tools, you can buy them from other retailers sterilized if you look hard enough.

Here is how a more properly written reply might go.

Hello anonymous,

I am glad you asked this question rather than just going ahead and doing it. There are a lot of factors to take into account when doing a piercing. If not done properly, there can and most likely will be serious health risks to the area getting pierced.

This is why I must advise you to go to a professional piercer. Any professional will have a portfolio to showcase your work so that you can verify their work is quality. You can also find an awesome list of qualified professional piercers in the APP Certified Member List. You can also talk with people locally that have piercings to get a good idea of who might be worth checking out.

Don’t let the upfront cost fool you. Getting a piercing done by a professional will help ensure a healthy piercing as they will guide you specifically on the healing process for the type of piercing you are getting, the steps for cleaning, and will always be there to help you resolve any future issues. And at the end of this post, you will see that really that professionally done piercing isn’t that expensive and will probably be the cheaper option.

Now if you still decide to do the piercings on your own you need to make sure everything is done in a clean environment and anything near the piercing or going into the new piercing is sterilized. You will need  any needles, clamps, or other tools that might come in contact with the skin to be autoclave sterilized. You could do this yourself but a typical steam autoclave will put you back about $3000. However, if you can locate a retailer that sterilizes items, they might sell everything you need already sterilized. There might be a premium price but it would be cheaper than buying an autoclave. Typically, you can expect to spend around $4-5 more per sterilized piece.

You will also need to make sure that the body jewelry piece you will be inserting is sterile as well. The piece should really be either titanium or niobium. You could get away with surgical steel but even that isn’t recommended. Nothing else should be used for a brand new piercing, PERIOD. And if you use a piece of jewelry that has threads, internal threads are highly suggested over external threads. External threads can cut and tear at the new piercing making the healing process longer and the chance of infection much higher. You can expect to pay somewhere around $20 for a piece matching this description. Most places charge $5 just to sterilize a piece of body jewelry. And you will want a high quality piece. You might be able to find something cheaper than $20(we do have some pieces that are below that would be suitable for new piercings but we also don’t charge for the sterilization process) but it won’t be easy.

You will need to sterilize the area getting pierced with iodine. You want to limit the risk of any germs or bacteria that might be nearby from finding their way in.

You will also need some medical gloves. Your skin should not be touching someone else’s skin near a piercing as there is always a risk of transferring germs or bacteria.

Figure everything needed without the autoclave and you can expect to spend a minimum of $30 to upwards of $100 per piercing. Chances are you can get that same piercing done by a professional for less or at least at a similar price without all the hassle and with A LOT more knowledge and experience behind it.

There you have it, nearly every scenario is just better if you go to a professional. If you still decide to do them on your own, be sure to do extensive research. Otherwise you might not only end up with a piercing that rejects the jewelry, but one that will have serious health problems. If that happens, that piercing can not only cause a lot more pain and suffering, but an expensive medical bill as well.

And there you have it, a much better response to a question. Not only is it more informative it also doesn’t make you sound like a pompous dick. Granted, this reply may be a little long winded but knowledge is power.

Sorry for the rant but a person from a professional organization should give a legitimate answer intelligently rather than giving a poorly done answer while being a dick.

Picking Your Piercer

So you need to find a piercer. This could be your first piercing or maybe your old piercer retired. Maybe you moved to a new area that doesn’t realistically allow you to go back to your old piercer. If you have had piercings done before, you should probably already to know what to look for but just in case you don’t, this guide is for you.

Well, the best place to start when looking for a piercer is ask people you know. They will most likely have some suggestions based on their experiences. This isn’t a “Oh ok, you say they are good so I will get a piercing there.” Recommendations are just a good place to start. You will want to look into that piercer more.

Check the Association of Professional Piercers. There are great piercers outside the APP but if you have no clue where to start and don’t have any recommendations this is a great place to start. They have a directory of Piercers and Piercing studios that are members of the APP. And since they must follow strict guidelines in order to be a member of the APP, you know that you are getting a piercing in the proper environment. But again, you need to do further research before you decide on the piercer.

Check out local tattoo shops. They often do piercings and if you have no idea otherwise where to find a piercer check here. If they don’t do piercings, they know people who do.

Talk with a possible piercer. This is mainly to make the overall experience better. If you feel comfortable around the piercer and get along with them good then the overall process is just going to be better for you.

Examine the studio. It should appear clean and neat. If not, that should give you an indication on what the rest of the process is going to be like.

Ask to see a portfolio. A piercer, like a tattoo artist, will most likely have a portfolio of some of the work they have done in the past. This will give you an idea on if their work is quality by the placement, healing factors, etc. Just be careful, less reputable artists may have fake portfolio pics.

Ask how they sterilize their jewelry. Nearly all piercers should say they autoclave their jewelry. In that case, ask to see the autoclave. Also ask to see a spore test. A spore test is done on autoclaves to make sure they are in fact sterilizing. Some piercers may outsource their sterilizing. In this scenario, I would ask who they have sterilize their items or ask if they can get a spore test result from their sterilizer. Sterilization is such an important aspect of the piercing process that even if you slightly suspect foul play you should avoid the piercer.

Most piercers will prep in front of you. This will ensure that you know they are taking proper steps before doing the piercing. They should wash their hands and then put gloves on. All instruments should be in their individual sterilized pouches before use. If you don’t see them taking out the items from the pouches in front of you, assume they are not sterilized.

Make sure they have aftercare guidelines. Most shops will offer this in written format. It is absolutely crucial to know these as they will tell you healing times and what you should be doing and not doing during the healing process. If they don’t have them for you, they don’t care about what happens to you after. Not someone you want a piercing from.

Find out what their ethics are. How do they handle piercings in regards to ages? Do they make sure to have legal guardian consent for those under age? Will they do a nipple or genital piercing on someone under age? Do they have a no drunk policy?

Nose Piercings – Jewelry Used

The nose is one body part that can receive a variety of different piercings. As a result, there are a variety of different pieces of body jewelry that can typically be used. If you have a nose piercing or are researching your next nose piercing, this can be a good guide for you.

Now, now all types of piercing jewelry listed will go with all nose piercings. This guide will solely focus on the types of body jewelry typically used. Our next Nose Piercing Guide will go into where these types of piercing jewelry go.

Jewelry Types used in Nose Piercings

Now, there has been a trend in gauging different piercings of the nose. In this case, some plugs would be used.

But that about covers it. These are all the types of body piercing jewelry that are commonly used in Nose piercings.

Why We Sterilize Piercing Jewelry

Some people question why we insist on sterilizing everything. After all, isn’t sterilization only needed for new piercings? Does sterilization degrade the jewelry? Are we trying to hide something? Well, lets answer some of these questions and more.

There is a really simple reason why we sterilize all of our body jewelry. That is what Pierced Edge was founded on. Going deeper, it is the fact that you just don’t know where the jewelry you are buying has been. Just think about you. The manufacturer has people touching the piercing jewelry whether removing from the creation process or to package it. The distributor has people touching the jewelry. The retailer has to touch it to put it in its display case and also to package it. Customers who want to look at the jewelry touch it to get a closer look. That is a lot of touching. What results from touching? Bacteria and germs are transferred to it. You are essentially buying dirty body jewelry. This may not bother some but we found out there were quite a few people that just didn’t like the idea of that.

So, sterilization may not be needed on for all body jewelry and old piercings, but cleanliness is next to godliness. And that is why we do not charge for sterilization. We feel it is just something that should be done. You shouldn’t have to pay for that. Going back to is it necessary, there are even some materials like acrylic that can not be sterilized with our method of sterilization because they cannot handle it. Yet people still wear acrylic body jewelry without a widespread amount of problems.

Sterilization will not degrade body piercing jewelry. Well, certain types of materials will degrade such as acrylic. Any high quality material will not however. That is why we only sell body jewelry made from high quality materials. If it would degrade, you would be getting a defective product. We WANT you to have the highest quality product you can get.

But, sterilization could mean we are trying to hide something right? No. We have nothing to hide. Ask and we will answer. Need proof, we have it. All of our jewelry is bought new. We don’t sell used jewelry even though doing so would be completely safe since we do sterilize everything. If you ever have any doubts, contact us. We will be happy to get rid of those doubts.

Now you may be asking, if this is so great why aren’t others doing it? In fact, others have started doing it. However, they tend to charge a $5-$10 fee per piece of body jewelry. Sterilizing is an extended process that does cut into their profits. So, they want to profit from it. We would be lying if we said we didn’t want to profit. However, we feel a slight loss in profit is warranted in this scenario. One, you get a sterile high quality product and two, we are leading the way in how we think this business can be improved. And since we do the sterilization on all of our jewelry right from the get go, our process is streamlined into operation.

I hope this post will shed some light and answer any questions you may have had lingering. If you still have more questions, Contact Us! We are always happy to answer questions.

APP 18th Annual Conference and Exposition

Some of the previous posts have hinted at it already, but I am a stickler for safe piercings. The company was founded on it. So, I am a big supporter for the Association of Professional Piercers. In fact, someday in the near future I would like Pierced Edge to be a corporate sponsor. One way they cater to the piercing community is they have a Conference/Exposition solely for the piercing industry.

If you are in any way associated with the piercing industry and if time and circumstances allow, you should attend it. This year it will be held June 9-14 in Las Vegas. There is going to be a huge amount of information being shared here. Even if you thought about becoming a piercer, it is highly recommended you attend as they have classes that are set up for beginners.

If you are looking for more information, go here: http://www.cvent.com/events/association-of-professional-piercers-18th-annual-conference-and-exposition/event-summary-19644c2b5817418bbc908d609924dc4a.aspx

Choosing A Piercer and Piercing Shop

Piercing is a serious business with serious consequences. Therefore, it is important to choose a piercer and piercing shop that is not only qualified but also has the safety standards in place. Below is a list of guidelines to look for in your piercer and piercing shop.


You want to get a piercing done by an experienced professional. Piercing may seem easy but an amateur can cause serious harm. If you are getting a piercing done by an amateur, be sure they are being mentored or are in an apprenticeship.

All piercers should have a portfolio that you can look at. This kind of ties in the Experienced point. A portfolio will showcase the skills the piercer has and give you an idea if they can produce the results that you want.

Piercing Guns
If the studio or piercer uses a piercing gun it is advisable to avoid them. Piercing guns can not be sterilized properly and they can cause other damage. Some states have even illegalized piercing guns.

The studio should be tidy and clean. This shows that they care about cleanliness which will tell you that they will take the necessary steps to insure that the piercing process is performed in a “clean” manor.

Set Up
Their setup should be of a clean and sterile nature. They should wash their hands in front of you as well as bring out the sterile packaged instruments. If they don’t remove the instruments that they are going to use from their sterile packaging in front of you you should assume that those instruments are not sterile. The instruments should be in their own individual packaging. They should also change their gloves if they touch anything but you and the sterile tools.

Ideally, every piercing and tattoo studio should have their own autoclave. Typically, this should be a steam autoclave. If they say they have one, they should be willing to show you it along with spore testing results. Spore tests are done on a regular basis to insure that the autoclave is doing its job of sterilizing. However, sterilizers can be expensive and some studios may opt for using a sterilization service. In this case, they should be able to provide you with spore test results for these autoclaves as well.

They should inform you of aftercare instructions. If they don’t, they should and therefore should be avoided. After all, if proper after care is not used the piercing can reject, become infected, or even lead to worse problems.

The rest is up to you on if you should be going with the piercer and piercing shop your looking at using. Hopefully, your piercing will be a pleasurable experience with wonderful results.

APP: Your Source For Piercing Information

While we at Pierced Edge will continue to provide information about piercings and the different types of body jewelry, there is one source that is pretty much the go to source if you need to know anything. That source is the APP, Association of Professional Piercers.

They have a wealth of information. You can get information on the piercing process, health risks associated with piercings, proper care, and anything really that you might need to know.

However, in my opinion, their most valuable information is their list of Professional Piercers. Their list consists of Profession Piercers that are members. To become a member, there are a variety of requirements that a piercer must meet. One of the most important, is the knowledge and use of health and safety standards. If you are looking for a piercer, you should really check their website at safepiercing.org to find a local APP piercer.