There are a lot of people out there calling themselves “Professional Body Piercers” and cashing in on the popularity of body piercing, and frankly making a mess of things. Do Not let your desire to be pierced prevent you from doing careful research and making a mistake.
To receive a piercing at Blue Star Tattoos Inc. you must be at least 18 years old. We do offer some piercing services to minors, when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Please see the Minors section for more detailed information.
You will need a valid ID before any piercing takes place.
This is the most asked question. And the hardest to answer. Everyone has a different pain threshold so what may hurt one person may not hurt the other. Most people describe this feeling as a "quick pinch" or more of a "hot sensation". Most piercings are done quickly and it's over before you even get a chance to think about it. We do everything we can to make the experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
A properly performed piercing by a knowledgeable, professional body piercer hurts far less than one might think. To use an anesthetics can cause damage to the skin. Anesthetics can be deadly in the hands of someone who does not know how to use them, so we leave that to the licensed medical professionals.
Many of us have been told when we got our ear pierced at the mall, to keep spinning the jewelry during the healing stage. The reason for doing this was to prevent the jewelry (cheap ear studs) from adhering to our bodies and to create scar tissue.
I have been asked many times by bikers to pierce their dogs the answer is the same.
Unfortunately not, our insurance only covers us down to the age of 14.
Our studio is strongly against using a piercing gun for ANY piercing.
They where originally made to tag cattle ears.
Piercing guns cannot properly be sterilized and therefore they shouldn't be used at all. Not being able to properly sterilize the piercing gun instrument leaves you open to possible infections and also the risks of passing blood borne pathogens such as Hepatitis and MRSA.
All employees of Blue Star Tattoos Inc. are trained in Universal Precautions as to protect both themselves, and their clientele, from the spread of disease.
Spore testing (biological sterilizer monitoring) works on the scientific theory that if the sterilization equipment kills the viable non-pathogenic microorganisms contained on each test strip. Then it is capable of killing the weaker, yet dangerous blood borne pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B (HBV), that may be present on the instrumentation being sterilized. The spores used, Geobacillus, stearothermophilus and Bacillus atrophaeus, are harmless to humans, however they are difficult to kill via sterilization.
These biological indicators serve as the industry standard determinant of sterilization equipment and procedural ability to achieve complete efficacy.
•Use disposable gloves for all piercings. These gloves are changed frequently throughout the procedure to avoid contamination of the client and surfaces in the piercing room.
This varies from person-to-person and from piercing-to-piercing.
This is a big fat NO!
While on vacation we usually tend to neglect and forget about our new piercing that needs our attention. You need stay out of pools, hot tubs, lakes, and the ocean in the beginning stages of healing your piercing. Just wait till you get back from vacation and you'll probably enjoy your vacation a lot more!
We recommend against bringing your toddler with you for your piercing. We cannot properly watch them while you are getting work done, so we reserve the right to refuse piercing services to anyone at any time. Please arrange for babysitting prior to your appointment.
We do allow friends and family in the room with you for moral support.
Many piercings may seem healed but sometimes this isn't the case.
It's possible but not very common.
It is important to keep in mind that there is no single metal that every person can wear in their piercing. Individual biochemistry plays a large role in what metals the human body can and cannot tolerate. If you are pierced with the highest-grade metals, you can reduce your chances of a metal reaction so drastically that it is hardly a consideration.
We carry only the very best in the industry. We only use internally threaded jewelry in ASTM F-138 certified implant grade Stainless steel, ASTM F-136 certified implant grade Titanium, Niobium, 18k gold, White gold, Rose gold, Platinum from the best vendors in the body jewelry. Such as:
The best advice would be to visit your piercer immediately to help find a solution. In most cases piercings become irritated, not infected. An experienced piercer will be able to tell the difference between the two.
As piercing becomes more and more popular, there are a lot more studies being conducted into the proper healing of piercings. Back in the day we were always told to put alcohol or peroxide on everything. Now that's a thing of the past!
Using these products will usually cause longer healing times as they dry out the healing tissue surrounding the piercing. This can cause the fragile skin cells to crack and re-heal once again prolonging the healing process and causing scar tissue
All bodies of water contain microorganisms, and pools and hot tubs are treated with harsh chemicals that can irritate your piercing When your piercing is healed, you can stop using the patches, just make sure to clean your piercing thoroughly when you get out of the water.
Your mom might be right.
It is not likely, but it depends on the quality of jewelry. If you have a large number of piercings in one small area of your body or if your jewelry is a thick gauge, it is possible. If this is a concern for you, you may wish to wear non-metallic jewelry in your piercings while you travel.
After being pierced, you can have sex, depending on how the tenderness of the piercing affects your desire for sexual activity. Patience and creativity are important. If it hurts, don’t do it. And remember to always use protection!
Sorry, if you are a bargain hunter we are not your shop, there are many studios willing to drop their prices just to beat their competition because they do not carry the same quality of jewelry.
We stand firm on our prices offering you the very best quality service, sterilization, techniques, knowledge and overall safety money can buy. Can you really put a price on your health and well being?
Come in for a tour and we'll personally show you the multiple steps that we take in order to provide you the best service in the industry. Sometimes studios may skip multiple steps of sterilization and slack on cleanliness in order to bring you a cheaper price. This usually results in a negative piercing experience and would require immediate attention from a more qualified piercer.
We take every precaution to provide our clients with a safe, hygienic piercing environment. Unfortunately, as the popularity of piercing has increased, so have the number of unqualified individuals performing piercing. Many of these individuals are far more interested in making a quick buck than protecting your health. In order to increase their profit, these individuals typically cut corners in the health and safety areas.
We will not pierce you with externally or step down jewelry because of the complication of which are common with this type of poor quality jewelry.
For most people, this does not cause problems, although you may want to clean your new piercing after your work out.
There is no way to know for sure. If you have to take your piercing out for surgery or for your job interview you can visit us to find the best solution to the problem. We offer retainers that are less visible than jewelry and can keep the hole open during these times.
Most women say that their navel jewelry becomes uncomfortable after the first six months of pregnancy. In most cases during pregnancy your skin will stretch causing your original piercing to become crooked or shallower than it previously was. Also some doctors may require you to take it out while you're in the hospital and you may have a difficult time inserting it once again.
In our experience, a well-healed nipple piercing does not interfere with nursing a child. A piercing that is not healed, however, could be problematic. Jewelry should be removed when breast feeding to avoid injury to the piercing and for maximum comfort for both mother and child.
There is no guarantee.
To properly stretch your ears it takes a lot of time and patience. Stretching too fast may result in tearing leaving scar tissue.
Depending on the piercing and/or your anatomy we can pierce with either.
Our piercers will help you figure out what the best option is for your piercing.
Definitely. Many people prefer the look of gold and we can order in many different styles for you. If you visit us we can measure the exact size you would need and we'll special order it for you it take about 3-4 weeks to get a custom order in.
This should be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, it's not. If you didn't know that tipping a piercing artist is customary, you do now! Piercing artists DO NOT get paid an hourly wage. They only earn a percentage of the money you pay for your piercing and that's it. They depend, heavily, on tips to support themselves. You wouldn't NOT tip a waiter unless the service was really bad, would you? It's second nature for you to tip a waiter, he in a service business just like your piercing artist.
Yes we do and it seems to be on everyone's wish list. Our gift certificates can be purchased in any denomination and are available at any time.
No, they come out just a quickly as they went in. Most untrained piercers say this because they do not know the proper way of install or de-install an anchor.
We offer a reward program that is simple, as you buy you build points, and when you build enough points we give you a gift card the 1st is for $25.00 the 2nd is $75.00 and the 3rd is $125.00