What to Look for in a Safe Body Piercing Shop

Rohan Mathew

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It is known that body piercing as an art goes back not just hundreds of years, but thousands. Evidence that the Ancient Egyptians indulged in piercing as a sign of status is plentiful, although back then you would have to been someone of standing to have even the least noticeable piercings. Earrings have been a popular form of body piercing in modern times and continue to be so, but wat about other types of piercing, perhaps those once frowned upon in general society?

There’s no doubt that anything more than the most discreet body piercing was once perceived an ‘aggressive’ look, but these days nobody bats an eyelid at nose and cheek piercings, let alone those in more intimate and hidden parts of the body. Indeed, it is widely accepted that body piercing is now mainstream to the extent that the younger generation now take it, along with the tattoo, as to be expected. So, what do you look for in a body piercing shop? We have some tips you might want to follow!

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Safety and Cleanliness

In the past few month’s hygiene has become more of a factor in our lives than ever before. The recent virus pandemic has been an eye-opener for many of us. However, a good body piercing shop will always be among the most hygienic and cleanest places around – even before the crisis – as the importance of keeping the customer safe has always been a priority in this business as in tattooing. 

The first thing to do, then, is to visit a few reputable piercing outlets and have a look around. They won’t mind you doing so – in fact, they’ll be happy to show you their cleanliness and hygiene routines – and will be open to any questions you might have. The men and women who have been in the business of piercing for a long time understand what a customer wants and will do all they can to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

That’s an important part of the transaction, as you need to feel you can trust the person performing your piercing. They will do all they can as a lot of their business will come not just from repeat visitors but also from referrals: if you have a great experience and are happy with the results, you’re going to tell your friends! Chat to the shop staff and see if you like them before you decide.

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Equipment and Experience

Ask to see the equipment they use, too, and they will be happy to tell you about their experience and training in the field. Have they done a piercing like yours before, or are you asking for something totally original? Also, check out the metal studs and decorations they can offer, as you may find something more interesting than the norm when you start to shop around. Put simply, a good, reputable piercing shop will be open and honest with you and will demonstrate what is involved, so never be afraid to ask.

It may be a boring subject, but we can’t stress how important it is that you ask about their first-aid experience, and if there is a designated person in the shop at all times. Once more, a good shop will have a qualified individual in place as even with the most experienced practitioners’ things can and do go wrong.

Find the right shop by asking around, pay each on a visit, and remember that those with a great reputation have one for a reason, so make sure they are the ones at the top of your shortlist.