Q1: What is a piercing?

A: it is the practice of puncturing a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewellery may be worn.

Q2: What is an earlobe piercing?

A: It is a piercing in the earlobe

Q3: What is an ear rim piercing?

A: It is a piercing through the ear cartilage on the rim of the ear

Q4: What is a conch piercing?

A: A conch piercing is a perforation of the cartilage of the ear for the purpose of inserting and wearing jewellery. There are two types of conch piercings, inner and outer. The name is derived from the resemblance of this part of the ear to a conch (sea creature) shell.

Q5: What is a daith piercing?

A: A Daith piercing is an ear piercing that passes through the ear's innermost cartilage fold.

Q6: What is a rook piercing?

A: A rook piercing is a perforation of the antihelix of the ear for the purpose of wearing jewellery.

Q7: What is a helix piercing?

A: The helix piercing is a perforation of the helix or upper ear (cartilage) for the purpose of inserting and wearing a piece of jewellery. The piercing itself is usually made with a small gauge hollow piercing needle, and typical jewellery would be a small labret bar

Q8: What is a snug piercing?

A: The Snug piercing is located through the inner cartilage, halfway down the outer rim of the ear, above the anti-tragus.

Q9: What is a scaffold or industrial piercing?

A: Scaffold Piercing or construction piercing, is any two pierced holes connected with a single straight piece of jewellery (compare to orbital piercing); however, it typically refers to a double perforation of the upper ear cartilage specifically. Two piercings are made, one fairly close to the head (anti-helix piercing) the second further down the cartilage, on the opposite side of the ear (helix piercing). A straight barbell is inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear, travels diagonally across the front of the upper cartilage, then goes through the second piercing, and is secured with a screw-on bead behind the second hole.

Q10: What is a tragus piercing?

A: A tragus piercing is the perforation of the tragus, which projects immediately in front of the ear canal, for the purpose of inserting and wearing a piece of jewellery.

Q11: What is an anti tragus piercing?

A: A piercing through the cartilage of the ear opposite the tragus, the small flap of cartilage closest to your face)

Q12: What is a bridge piercing?

A: A bridge piercing is a facial piercing through the skin on the bridge of the nose, usually directly between the eyes of the wearer. The bridge piercing is also known as an "Erl" or "Earl" piercing, after its first recipient, Erl van Aken.

Q13: What is a labret piercing?

A: A labret piercing is a piercing through the middle of the bottom lip. Piercings in other locations of the lip are Monroe (top lip left side), Madonna (top lip right side), Medusa (middle of top lip) vertical labret (Similar to the labret, except that it is pierced vertically with one end coming out of the standard labret piercing area, and the other coming up through and out of centre of the actual lip. A bent barbell is worn in this piercing), snake bites (two piercings either side of the bottom lip), angel bites (two piercings either side of the top lip), dolphin bites (two piercings in the middle of the bottom lip), spider or viper bites (a pair of piercings that are close together at one side of the bottom lip), cyber bites (the middle of the top and bottom lips or a labret and a medusa), shark bites (spider or viper bites on both sides of the bottom lip, 4 piercings in total), canine bites (both sides of both the upper and lower lips. Basically, a combination of the Angel bite & Snake bite piercings)

Q14: What is a tongue piercing?

A: A tongue piercing is a body piercing usually done directly through the centre of the tongue. While tongue piercing remains a popular site to pierce in the Western world, it has declined in popularity since 2011, going from the second to the fourth most popular body piercing for both men and women.

Q15: What is a navel piercing?

A: A navel piercing (also referred to as a belly button piercing or an umbilical dip piercing) is a type of piercing located in, or around, the navel. It may heal quickly and with no problems, like an ear piercing, or may heal more like a surface piercing with the associated extended healing time.

Q16: What is a nipple piercing?

A: A nipple piercing is a body piercing, centred usually at the base of the nipple. It can be pierced at any angle but is usually done horizontally or, less often, vertically. It is also possible to place multiple piercings on top of one another. Some people have noted that they can take up to a year and a half to heal fully. It is recommended that if stretching a nipple piercing, the piercee waits at least the healing time of their piercings between stretches.

Q17: What is an eyebrow piercing?

A: An eyebrow piercing is a vertical surface piercing, wherein a needle is inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and exits through the top of the eyebrow to permit insertion of jewellery.

Q18: What is a nose piercing?

A: Nose piercing is the piercing of the skin or cartilage which forms any part of the nose, normally for the purpose of wearing jewellery; among the different varieties of nose piercings, the nostril piercing is the most common. Nose piercing is the second most common varieties of piercing after earlobe piercing.

Q19: What is a septum piercing?

A: The septum or nasal septum is the cartilaginous wall that divides the two nostrils. The cartilage is, however, usually not pierced. It is the thin strip of very soft and flexible skin, just between the cartilage and the bottom of the nose, where septum piercing is mostly done.

Q20: What is a microdermal?

A: Microdermal implants are a form of body modification which gives the aesthetic appearance of a transdermal implant, without the complications of the much more complicated surgery associated with transdermal implants. Microdermal implants can be placed practically anywhere on the surface of the skin on the body, but are different from conventional piercings in that they are composed of two components: an anchor, which is implanted underneath the skin, with a step protruding from (or flush with) the surface of the surrounding skin, and the interchangeable jewellery, which is screwed into the threaded hole in the step of the anchor.

Q21: What are genital piercings?

A: Genital piercing is a form of body piercing. It involves piercing a part of the genitalia, thus creating a suitable place for wearing different types of jewellery. Genital piercings can be done in men or women, with various forms of piercings available. The main motive for both genders is beautification and individualization, in addition some piercings enhance sexual pleasure by increasing stimulation.

Q22: Is there an age limit for piercings?

A: Yes, 16 years for ear, nose and eyebrow piercings and 18 for all other piercings.

Q23: Can I have my babies ear pierced?

A: No there is an age limit of 16 years.

Q24: Does piercing hurt?

A: It is often described as a sharp pinch, the intensity of which can vary on location and from person to person. Afterwards it can feel hot or even throb slightly, this is normal and does not last long although Some piercings can be tender to touch during the healing proses. Usually first time piercees find it hurts less than they thought.

Q25: How long will my piercing take to heal?

A: The healing process can vary depending on location. Cartilage piercings can take up to a year to heal, earlobe piercings will heal in two to three months, and lip or tongue piercings can heal in just a couple of weeks.

Q26: When can I change my jewellery?

A: not until the piercing is completely healed. This will vary depending on the type of piercing.

Q27: Can you pierce me using gold jewellery?

A: No, gold is an alloy which contains copper, the amount of copper will depend on the carat, it is not hypo-allergenic and can cause a reaction/infection. Only titanium jewellery should be used in a fresh piercing.

Q28: Do you use piercing guns?

A: No, piercing guns where originally designed for tagging farm animals. piercing guns cannot be sterilised and have a high risk of causing an infection such as hepatitis. The gun also causes a blunt trauma to the skin, making for a much longer healing proses. The jewellery used in the piercing gun is not usually hypo-allergenic and is too short for some peoples earlobes. If used on cartilage it can shatter it, making an infection much more likely.

Q29: Does a piercing leave a scar?

A: This will depend on the location of the piercing, the size of the jewellery and on the individual. Piercings done at 1.2 or 1.6 mm may leave a barely perceptible dot or indentation if the jewellery is removed for an extended period.

Q30: How should I look after my new piercing?

A: you should clean a fresh piercing twice a day using a mild saline solution and kitchen towels (not cotton wool or cotton buds) making sure to wash your hands first. When cleaning you should twist the jewellery making sure it moves freely in the piercing. Make sure any crusty residue is completely removed.

Q31: How do I make a saline solution?

A: Saline solution is quite simply salt water. You should mix half a teaspoon of sea salt or rock salt (not table salt, as it contains chemicals to colour it) with half a pint of boiling water. Allow this to cool sufficiently before use in order to avoid scalding yourself.

Q32: Is there a gay side for my piercing?

A: No, many years ago some members of the gay community would pierce their right ear as a sign of sexual preference, But as piercing has become more mainstream little meaning is now attached to location of a piercing. If you are concerned you can always pierce both sides.

Q33: can I bring a friend with me when I get pierced?

A: yes you can bring one friend in with you provided they are of a suitable age and behave appropriately in the piercing room.

Q34: Can my friend film me getting pierced?

A: Yes. remember the rule of only one friend in the piercing room still apples, so no large film crews, over baring directors or special effects departments.

Q35: what is a BCR?

A: a BCR is a ball closure ring, a ring with a small opening which is closed with a ball. Often used in ear and nose piercings

Q36: what is a horseshoe ring?

A: A horseshoe ring is a circular barbell with a screw on ball on each end.

Q37: What is a barbell?

A; A barbell is a straight bar with a ball screwed in each end

Q38: What is a labret bar?

A: a labret bar has a disc on one side and a shaft with internal or external threads to accept a threaded ball or threaded jewelled ball. The shaft must be sized to the client by the professional piercer to allow for swelling and proper healing. Labret is latin for lip, confused as french it is actually medical latin.

Q39: Do you numb the skin before piercing?

A: No, in the UK we are not allowed to use any form of anaesthetic by law. As the discomfort from a piercing is minimal and only brief it is not necessary in any case. In addition the use of anaesthetic can lengthen the healing proses.

Q40: will my piercing bleed?

A: When a piercing is done with a needle blade, often it will not bleed. Some piercings such as the nose are more prone to bleeding than others and piercing done with a cannula are also more prone to bleeding. If bleeding does occur it is nothing to be concerned about and will stop soon after piercing.

Q41: do you sell piercing kits?

A: No piercings should only be performed by a trained body piercer in a sterile environment.

Q42: what precautions do you use to prevent infection

A: Proper aseptic procedures are used. All equipment and jewellery is sterilised in an autoclave and needles are never reused.

Q43: what is aseptic procedure?

A: Aseptic technique is a procedure used by medical staff to prevent the spread of infection. The goal is to reach asepsis, which means an environment that is free of harmful micro-organisms. Each healthcare setting has its own set of practices for achieving asepsis

Q44: Can I drink alcohol before a piercing?

A: it is advisable to avoid alcohol 24 hours before a piercing, as alcohol can thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding. The piercer may refuse to pierce you if he/she feels you are unable to make an informed decision about getting pierced.

Q45: Can you pierce my goats eyebrow

A: No, pets are not allowed in the studio. And piercings should only be done on someone who asks for them.

Q46: How may piercings can I get?

A: As many as you like or as may as your lifestyle will permit. The record for most is held by Rolf Buchholz who has 453

Q47: How do I reward my piercer for a job well done

A: Gifts will be accepted in the form of a warm beverage and a cake or doughnut.

Q48: How should I prepare for a piercing?

A: If you are under 21 or are lucky enough to look under 21, you must bring photo ID, such as a drivers license, passport or citizen card. Eat something substantial an hour or two before getting pierced. This will help support your blood sugar level. Avoid alcohol, aspirin, excessive caffeine, and all recreational drugs for 24 hours beforehand.

Q49: Will I be able to breastfeed after I have had my nipples pierced?

A: Having your nipples pierced will not impede you from breastfeeding. However, you want to make sure your piercings are well healed beforehand. Also, be sure to remove your jewelry before breastfeeding, as it can be a choking hazard for infants.

Q50: Can I go swimming with a fresh piercing?

A: For the first month it is a good idea to avoid swimming unless you can cover your piercing with a water proof bandage that can be comfortably worn on some piercings, such as navels with curved barbells, and nipples. Of course, if it’s a facial piercing, just avoid submerging it.

Q51: Can I put a bandage on my piercing?

A: A bandage is not going to help heal your piercing faster, so if that’s why you would want to bandage it, don’t bother. If the bandage is to hide the piercing, be sure that the bandage is not holding the piercing down, and that the adhesive is not getting on the piercing or jewellery. Although if yo have to hide your piercing maybe a piercing in that location isn’t suited to your lifestyle.

Q52: Will I get an Infection?

A: Infections are generally the result of improper after-care. If you follow the after-care instructions given to you, infections are very rare. Avoid over cleaning or under cleaning, stick with what the after-care instructions say and you will avoid an infection.

Q53: How can I tell if a piercing is infected?

A: All body piercings will have some drainage during the first several days. This is because you have basically given your body a puncture wound, and your body will bleed for a while, and then have drainage of some fluids as it heals. These fluids are actually good for you, as they keep the area moist and clean and will wash away some of the dirt and germs that might otherwise stay in the area. 

Bleeding should stop within a few hours or the first day and be only small amounts. Often it will look watery. Drainage will be mostly a clear, watery discharge, although it can sometimes be somewhat white in colour. The drainage will form a crust around the jewellery that can be washed off with saline solution when you clean your piercing each day. 

A piercing is infected when the discharge is either green or yellow. Also, if the area becomes swollen or inflamed again after the initial swelling has subsided. Any time you see green or yellow pus or discharge; you should go back tom your piercer who may advise you to see a doctor in order to get antibiotics. do NOT remove jewellery from an infected piercing before you start antibiotics! If the area becomes red and inflamed with red streaks radiating out from the area, see a doctor right away.

Q54: Will my clothes affect my piercing?

A: Speak to your body piercer if you have any doubts. It's common sense to wear low-cut or casual trousers after a navel piercing for example, or a loose cotton T-shirt for nipple piercings.

Q55: My friend's piercing hasn’t done any of the stuff mine did. Why?

A: Biologically, everyone differs, so what happens to one person after a piercing may not necessarily happen to another.

Q56: what should I do with my naval piercing during pregnancy?

A: Navel jewellery may be left in place; some women leave jewellery in during their entire pregnancy and delivery. If, during your pregnancy the piercing becomes uncomfortable, you can replace the jewellery with PTFE, which is an inert plastics (something like thick fishing line). This will bend and flex with your changing body, be more comfortable, and safe to wear. Once your pregnancy is over, you can return to the jewellery.
Even long after the piercing is totally healed, it may or may not stay open without something in place. This varies from person to person. Wearing an inert plastic in the piercing will insure that it can be maintained.
In the event you elect to remove the jewellery entirely there is a chance it could be reinserted using an insertion taper even if the old jewellery won't go back in readily. If it cannot be reinserted it is quite likely that it can be re-pierced.
As a side note, some women who lack sufficient tissue quantity or pliability for navel piercing prior to pregnancy are often well suited afterwards.
There is no special care that is required during pregnancy for healed piercings.

Q57: Can I have a piercing done while pregnant?

A: It is advisable to refrain from undergoing any and all body art procedures during a pregnancy, even just an ear lobe stretch. It is best to let your body focus on the important, complex and demanding task that it is handling already.

Q58: How soon after pregnancy can I have a piercing done?

A: We suggest that a three month waiting period be observed following delivery in order for the body to normalize and regain physiological and hormonal equilibrium before piercing.
Further, we suggest that a longer period be observed prior to nipple piercing. It is advisable and prudent to wait three months following the cessation of breast milk production before piercing of the nipples.

Q59: Will my new piercing make me look cool?

A: yes it most certainly will, although maybe not quite as cool as your friendly body piercer.

Q60: piercing is just for young people isn't it?

A: No the only age restrictions on piercing are the minimum age requirements.

Q61: My piercing has just fallen out, what should I do?

A: If it is a healed piercing, clean your jewellery in boiling water, clean the skin around your piercing with anti bacterial soap and water then put it back in. if it is still healing, go to your piercer as soon as possible to have some sterilised jewellery put in. you will only be charged for the jewellery so don't panic. Remember fresh piercings can heal very quickly, in the case of lip or tongue piercings a matter of hours is enough for the hole to close.

Q62: What is the best after-care product for my piercing?

A: there are many after-care products on the marker. Most of which are over priced rubbish, some of them can actually hinder the healing proses. Don’t be fooled by marketing gimmicks. Either mix up your own saline solution (see question 31) or get contact lens solution or a sodium chloride solution of no more than 0.9%.

Q63: what sort of piercing should a crazy cat lady get?

A: well you probably live alone, except for your many cats so whatever you like. Just remember pet hairs harbour lots of nasty bacteria so keep them away from your piercings. No wearing Mr tiddles as some kind of furry scarf if you have just had your ears pierced!

Q64: I'm a cage fighter/luchador/professional boxer can I get an eyebrow piercing?

A: if you participate in a contact sport you may want to remove your piercings to avoid tairing them out. It is advisable though not to remove a piercing while it is healing, so it would be best to get any piercings done when you are on an extended break from your chosen sport.

Q65: How big would a piercing have to be for a circus of ants to be able to march through it? That's regular garden ants, to clarify.

A: An 8mm flesh tunnel should be perfectly adequate for garden ants to walk through, maybe even a couple at a time.

Q66: How long after you pierce a sticky out belly button, before you vomit?

A: unfortunately sticky out belly buttons are not suitable for piercing.

Q67: How many piercings could Guy Pearce, Pierce, if Guy Pearce could pierce guys?

A: ah a question only Guy Pearce can answer for sure, but I’d say quite a few.

Q68: If you have sex with someone with pierced genitals, will the baby come out pierced?

A: no pierced genitals should not interfere with sexual reproduction in any way

Q69: If you swallow your tongue stud will a tongue stud tree grow in your tummy?

A: don’t worry if you swallow your jewellery, it is perfectly harmless and should pass through you as nature takes its course. Just for heavens sake don’t put it back afterwards.

Q70: What piercing would you recommend for someone who owns and likes to carry around a small fruit bat?

A: for someone who likes to be a little different, why not an unusual piecing like a transverse earlobe.

Q71: Whilst piercing someone's tongue what's the weirdest thing someone's ever had stuck in their teeth?

A: before a tongue piercing we always get you to rinse your mouth with mouthwash so fortunately most peoples teeth are relatively free of large debris. Although the occasional piece of cabbage can be seen.