Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PIERCING ?

I have been certified to pierce since 2016.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

My studio is nestled inside the Extreme Ends salon at 331 4th St. (in between The Butcher’s Block and Vireo Dance studio). Look for the BIG WOODEN DOORS ! 🙂

WHAT AGES OF KIDS DO YOU PIERCE ?

I pierce kids 5 years of age and up. It is important for me to feel like the child has some understanding of the process and has some experience in managing discomfort. In my experience, kids under 5 years of age are generally not quite prepared for the concept of voluntary pain.

DO I NEED A VACCINATION PASSPORT TO COME IN ?

No, you don’t. I do kindly ask however, that you only come in if you and ALL members of your household are feeling well. If not – please just contact me to cancel / reschedule.

DO YOU USE NEEDLES OR A PIERCING GUN?

I only EVER use sterilized single use needles. Guns have proven to be unreliable, inaccurate and generally problematic. Professional piercers only use needles.

WHAT KIND OF JEWELLERY DO YOU USE ?

I primarily use implant grade titanium. I also have some gold options.

CAN YOU PIERCE ME WITH MY OWN JEWELLERY?

No. I am familiar with the jewellery I use and must sterilize it for 45 minutes at a high heat. It would be very confusing to accommodate ALL the people and ALL the jewellery styles.

CAN I BRING MY FRIEND WITH ME?

No, sorry. My studio is tiny and doesn’t lend to anything other than one on one. I make concessions for kids age 5-11 – they can come with ONE parent only.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE I COME IN FOR MY PIERCING APPOINTMENT ?

You should definitely have a snack or fruit juice (yes, even if nervous) as it boosts your blood sugar and helps avoid feelings of dizziness / fainting. You should AVOID caffeine, alcohol and over the counter pain meds for 2 hours prior to coming in as they often lead to extra bleeding.

You should wear extra CLEAN clothing if you are getting a piercing that touches clothes.

CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A JEWELLERY CHANGE OR TO CHECK OUT JEWELRY?

Yes. Depending on the nature of the jewellery and what you are having done – the price will range from $20 and beyond.

WHY DO YOU TAKE A DEPOSIT BEFORE BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT?

Sadly – some people don’t show up for their appointments and give me no prior notice. Other folks cancel last minute – which gives me no time to recover my day.
This makes it very challenging to run any kind of business. There is a $25 deposit that is keptfor no shows or last minute appt. cancellations (24 hours notice is necessary).

HOW OLD YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET A PIERCING WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT ?

My insurance dictates that you must be 18 years of age and older. You must have a parent come in and sign the waiver form (this takes literally 2 minutes).
If you have a legal guardian that isn’t a parent – they must come in and sign and provide photo ID. Afterward – please expect to come in for your piercing on your own.

DO PIERCINGS HURT ?

Yes. All piercings come with a varying degree of discomfort. Many people report that it hurt less than their imagination or friends would have them believe.
People have different experiences of pain so it is tough to have a standardized answer. Often the piercing feels a little numb right after. Giving good aftercare
and cautious prevention of incidents / accidents – they hurt far less.

DO YOU ACCEPT WALK-INS ?

Not at this time. I am for the foreseeable future an appointment only business. This goes for jewellery sales as well.