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Choosing a Piercing Shop

Choosing a Body Piercing Shop

Montana Body Art, Inc. recommends getting all body piercings done at a professional body piercing shop. Attempting to do your own body piercing or letting that willing friend do it to save a few dollars is not a good idea and can often result in disasterous results. Although there is no absolutely fool proof advice that we can give you, we will tell what things to look for (and look out for) when you are trying to decide where to get your body piercing done.

Unfortunately, body piercing shops are largely unregulated; a fact that makes the job of finding a quality piercing profesional a bit trickier than say finding a good doctor! In many areas, piercing shops are not required to do anything more than hang up a sign and advertise. In other areas they may be subject to anything from meeting various sanitary regulations through actual certification and licensing of the piercer. If you are not sure what the regulations (if any) in your area are, your local health department is a good place to check.

Even in areas with strict regulations on piercing shops, it is a good idea to know what things to look for when searching for a good body piercing professional. Because of the many dangers involved with getting a body piercing, the decision to get a new piercing is not one that should be taken lightly or done on the spur of the moment. A little bit of looking around and a few questions will go a long way toward insuring that the piercing shop you choose will be able to do a quality job with minimal risk of infection or other complications. We have compiled a few simple lists of the important things to look for and questions to ask to make your piercing experience as painless as possible


Things to look for:

  • Clean waiting area physically seperated from the piercing room(s)
  • Well lit work area for piercer
  • An Autoclave or other medical quality sterilizing unit
  • Individually packaged pre-sterilized needles
  • Approved "sharps" container for needle disposal
  • Sterile Gloves
  • A current displayed license where required

Things to avoid:

  • Poorly lit work area
  • General clutter or otherwise unsanitary conditions
  • Piercing tools or needles soaked in any liquid solution
  • Tobacco, drugs & alcohol (by clients or employees)
  • Piercing guns (They can not be properly sterilized and are dangerous)
  • Going against your gut instinct (if it quacks like a duck...)

Questions to ask:

No matter how much or how little you may know about the ins and outs of proper body piercing technique, a little bit of common sense goes a long way. Always use your instinct and best judgment and NEVER get a piercing on the spur of the moment if you have any indication at all that something simply isn't quite right. The following list of question will give you a good head start on making a sound choice in a body piercer.

  • Ask to see spore test results for their autoclave (any self respecting shop will have these)
  • What to expect during & after the piercing
  • Ask for specific aftercare instructions (if those instructions include alcohol or peroxide, leave now)
  • Ask to see a portfolio - a picture can be worth a thousand words

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