Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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
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 room 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!
Short Answer: 16+ for most things, 18+ for nipples, genitals, cheeks and body modification procedures. If I cannot legally own a photo of it, I cannot pierce it.
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 (and genital piercing, obviously) I will only perform on people 18+ – there is no law involving ages for nipples/cheeks, I’m simply working with what I feel comfortable with.