I get 20-50 messages/emails/pic comments/other enquiries every day, and the same questions are asked over and over. To mean less of a wait for replies I’ve compiled the questions I am asked most into one FAQ.

ARE YOU IN TODAY/TOMORROW/ETC?

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

WHEN ARE YOUR BUSIER OR QUIETER TIMES?

HOW MUCH FOR…?

DOES IT HURT?

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?

WHAT ID DO YOU ACCEPT?

DO YOU ACCEPT CARD PAYMENTS?

WHAT JEWELLERY IS AVAILABLE?

WILL THIS PIERCING SUIT ME?

DO YOU DO TRAINING?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARE YOU IN TODAY/TOMORROW/ETC?

Short Answer: Probably.

Long Answer: I work 6 days a week most weeks. I am off on Sundays and bank holidays and I do take regular days off – these are always posted on my facebook timeline. If you can’t see a recent post stating I’m not in, chances are I’m in the studio. I work 11am-6pm but will come in earlier and stay later on request – this MUST be arranged in advance. Busier times may mean I stop taking customers sooner than 6pm to ensure I have time to do my close-down jobs.


DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Short Answer: No.

Long Answer: No. Unless you need to come in for a pre-arranged time (outside of my normal hours) or for a body modification procedure, or for a piercing using non-standard jewellery (such as Industrial Strength pieces or basic jewellery upgrades) – these things must be arranged with me in advance. Basic piercing procedures require no appointment.


WHEN ARE YOUR BUSIER OR QUIETER TIMES?

Short Answer: There aren’t any times I can guarantee that there will or won’t be a wait.

Long Answer: Due to not requiring appointments, there is no way of knowing how busy certain days and times will be. Generally, Saturdays between 2pm and 4pm are my busiest times, and early afternoon (1pm-2pm) on weekdays are quieter – but this is not an exact estimate. School holidays and bank holidays and ‘payday weekends’ (the weekend following the last Thursday of the month) are also generally busier times. I have a measure in place that when there is a queue, people will be seen to in the order they come in, sometimes I can do jewellery fittings/sales while other clients are filling in consent forms, but this is not always possible. If it is busy in the studio, I will always do my best to give an estimate on waiting times.


HOW MUCH FOR…..?

Short Answer: See pricelist.

Long Answer: See pricelist.

 

Prices are subject to change, please ask when in the studio if you need to double check any pricing.


DOES IT HURT?

Short Answer: Yes.

Long Answer: Yes, but piercings are very quick. Many people will say “Oh, if it hurts I’m not getting it done, then”. But 99% of those people WILL get it done anyway! If your want for the piercing outweighs your worry of how much it will hurt – which in most cases it does! – you will end up getting the piercing done. Yes, there will be a pinch, nip or scratch and of course some piercing hurt more than others (as a general rule, softer tissue hurts less but swells more) but piercings are quick, and any discomfort is over with very quickly.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Short Answer: 10mins to half an hour in total.

Long Answer: Prep for a piercing (quick consultation, set up, cleaning, checking, marking, re-marking, re-checking and then the breakdown, clean up and aftercare chat) take 10-20mins – more if its paired piercings (pairs of nostrils, lips, cheeks, surface piercings and microdermals for example) as these require longer to mark – sometimes 45mins or more. The needle going from one side to the other takes under 2 seconds, sometimes slightly more in the case of surface piercings or microdermals. Sometimes people will feel lightheaded afterwards (this is why eating something before going to get a piercing is so important!) and this can mean I will need to spend longer in the piercing area with them. I will never rush a client who is feeling unwell, and I ask people who have been waiting to be mindful of this during busy periods – you wouldn’t want to be rushed, so please extend that courtesy to others!


HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?

Short Answer: 16+ for most things, 18+ for nipples, genitals, cheeks and body modification procedures.

Long Answer: While there is no law with piercings (except genital piercings which are 18+ by law), I am only insured for people 16 and over. No parental consent, 16+ with photo ID or no piercing. Nipple piercing and cheek piercing I will only perform on people 18+ – there is no law on this, I’m simply working with what I feel comfortable with. See more here


WHAT ID DO YOU ACCEPT?

Short Answer: Drivers Licence, Provisional Drivers Licence, Passport or CitizenCard.

Long Answer: Any government issue photo ID. Drivers licence, provisional drivers licence or passport are the obvious ones – even if expired, they can still be used as proof of age. No baby photos on passports, it must be a recent pic in which someone could tell it is you. CitizenCard (www.citizencard.com) and ValidateUK cards (www.validateuk.co.uk) are also permitted. I do not accept college cards, bank cards, bus/train passes, National Insurance cards, library cards, NUS/Student cards or birth certificates.

CitizenCard have given me my very own discount code to use on their site! You can get £3 off your CitizenCard (anyone of any age 13+ can apply for a proof of age card) meaning you get it for £12 instead of £15! Just use the code ‘skinseamstress’ when you apply! We also have application forms in the studio too. CitizenCard is the UKs most widely accepted proof of age card, and carries the required ‘PASS’ hologram.


DO YOU ACCEPT CARD PAYMENTS?

Short Answer: No, sorry!

Long Answer: We don’t currently have a card machine in the studio, therefore only accept cash. There is a cashpoint nearby (100m away) and I am happy to accept PayPal payments too! Just ask!


WHAT JEWELLERY IS AVAILABLE?

Short Answer: Lots! Initial piercings generally have simpler, plain titanium pieces (upgrades are available) and once healed I offer a HUGE range, as well as having access to the best suppliers around!

Long Answer: For initial piercing, the options for ‘basic’ jewellery are a plain silver-coloured titanium ball closure ring, labret stud, curved barbell, straight barbell or circular barbell (see below). Some piercings have location-specific jewellery options too (Navel ‘belly’ piercing, nostrils, septums and daiths for example). Some piercings can have any of the following (in appropriate sizes, obviously) and some have only one or two options – I can discuss this with you in the studio and show you the options.

   
Ball closure Ring Labret stud
     
Straight barbell Curved barbell Circular barbell

All the options shown other than the ball closure ring have an ‘upgrade’ option of a black, gold or clear gem titanium ball for an extra £3. Other options are available, but are by appointment only – coloured titanium (instead of plain silver), alternative gem colours as well as premium brands such as Industrial Strength. I will only ever use sterilized high quality titanium or niobium (nickel free jewellery) for initial piercings. I will not pierce with jewellery you bring to me, or purchased elsewhere.

For healed piercings, I stock a huge range. Pics are available for viewing here but I strongly recommend calling into the studio to see what’s available – stock changes monthly, new items are always being added, and due to the small size of body jewellery items, it is very hard to photograph and show detail. All jewellery is available for mail order. No refunds or exchanges are available on body jewellery unless faulty – I will provide you with sizes requested but cannot be responsible for any error on your part with sizing. Any items I do not stock can be ordered in at no additional cost.


WILL THIS PIERCING SUIT ME?

Short Answer: If you think it will, then yes!

Long Answer: ‘Suiting’ things is a matter of perspective, and I cannot tell people what they should and should not do to their bodies. Of course, I will offer advice on what piercings will or won’t work and if the procedure in question is likely to heal, but as far as making the decision on what to get pierced, this is down to you. More info here


DO YOU DO TRAINING?

Short Answer: No, sorry.

Long Answer: Read more here  – For experienced piercers looking for training in other procedures, contact Patrick on www.facebook.com/bodyalter

More information on my policies