We’re happy you’ve decided to give your child a great piercing experience. What we offer here is likely much different than what you experienced as a child and what you’ll find in “piercing gun” establishments.
One of the biggest differences is that we do not use piercing guns. Our process uses tools specifically designed for piercing, which provides a safer, gentler, and more accurate experience for your child. Here’s more information from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). Everything we use is sterilized for each procedure and properly disposed of afterward. Nothing is used from person to person for safety.
Jewelry has also been improved. “Starter studs/earrings” are a thing of the past. We offer a range of earrings/studs in implant-grade titanium or solid 14k/18k gold with disk backs for more comfort and easier cleaning. This initial jewelry is safe to wear for a lifetime, and many prefer this style for daily wear in healed piercings.
Suggested aftercare has changed as well. Gone are the days of harsh, burning chemicals like alcohol/peroxide/etc. and twisting/turning your jewelry, ‘cause that just hurts! And it’s not good for your piercing. Our recommended aftercare focuses on protecting your piercing and allowing your immune system to heal. You can read more here.
General Policies for Children/Teens
- For anyone under 18, we are required to have additional paperwork. We must have ALL of the following for each piercing:
- Valid photo ID of person getting pierced, such as a passport or Georgia State ID card (click here for information on how to apply for a state ID card). (We are not able to use school IDs or military IDs.) If your child does not have a picture ID, we CANNOT pierce them.
- Valid photo ID of parent who will be present during piercing.
- Proof of parental relationship, such as a birth certificate or this Notarized Form. We also need legal documentation of any name changes, if names on documentation do not match IDs.
- All IDs must be physically present and birth certificates must be originals or certified copies. We cannot accept photos or copies.
- All IDs/proof of relationship must be original documents or *certified* copies. We are not allowed to accept photos or copies.
- Only children under 18 getting pierced are allowed in the studio. No siblings or other guests are permitted.
- For those under 18, we will only perform one piercing service at a time.
We do not pierce babies and likely never will.
First, babies cannot consent to the procedure. While ear piercing may not seem like a big deal, it is a permanent change to your child’s appearance. We feel it’s important for the child to be old enough to ask for this permanent scar and to understand what that means to them. Bodily autonomy is a very important concept to us, and we feel that performing piercings on children without their consent violates that.
Children’s ears also change size and shape significantly the first few years of their lives. This makes placing piercings on babies in such a way that they will be centered, even, and attractive difficult if not impossible. We redo many, many piercings on older children and adults to fix bad placement from being pierced as a baby.
For these reasons, we feel that it is worth waiting until the child is a little older.
Children Ages 5-9: Earlobes
Read more here and book appointments.
Service: Service Fee: Duration: Description: Earlobe Consultation Ages 5-9 $20.00 15 minutes Book an in person or online consultation before booking the piercing appointment. Please see link above. Earlobe Piercing, Pair, Ages 5-9 $75.00 45 minutes A pair of earlobe piercings for ages 5-9. The consultation listed above is required before booking the actual piercing. Please see link above
Children Ages 10-17: Earlobes
For children ages 10-17, we offer standard earlobe piercings. We do not require a separate consultation, but do require appointments on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please see above for required paperwork.
Service: Service Fee: Duration: Description: Earlobe Piercing, Single, Ages 10-17 $50.00 30 minutes A single earlobe piercing for ages 10-17. Click to book. Earlobe Piercing, Pair, Ages 10-17 $65.00 30 minutes A pair of earlobe piercings for ages 10-17. Click to book. Earlobe Piercing, Tandem, Ages 10-17 $85.00 30 minutes A pair of earlobe piercings for ages 10-17. Two piercers will pierce simultaneously for a faster, easier experience. **Temporarily Unavailable**
Children Ages 16-17: Various Cartilage, Nostrils, Navels
For teens ages 16 & 17, in addition to earlobes, we can also offer various cartilage piercings like tragus and conch (and others!), and nostril piercings. These longer healing piercings (generally 6+ months) take a little more maturity to successfully heal. Following our recommended aftercare is crucial to avoid complications like excessive scarring.
Navel piercings are another possibility. This piercing is very anatomy dependent and can be difficult to heal. We estimate that only about 40% of the population has the ideal anatomy to properly heal a navel piercing, with maybe an additional 20-30% with anatomy that isn’t ideal but may be heal-able with alternative jewelry. This piercing does have a risk of migration or rejection, especially if the teen is still growing. Migration occurs if the piercing grows towards the surface, where rejection happens if the body fully pushes it out, like a splinter. The pictures below show what that may look like.
CONSULTATIONS: Because navel and industrial piercings are so dependent on anatomy and our availability is so limited right now, we strongly recommend a video consult with our piercers prior to booking an appointment for these piercings. We can do an anatomy consult during your appointment, however, if your child does not get a piercing service of any kind during your appointment, there will be a $25 fee. Please consider a backup piercing!
Service: Service Fee: Duration: Description: Earlobe Piercing, Single, Ages 10-17 $50.00 30 minutes A single earlobe piercing for ages 10-17. Click to book. Earlobe Piercing, Pair, Ages 10-17 $65.00 30 minutes A pair of earlobe piercings for ages 10-17. Click to book. Earlobe Piercing, Tandem, Ages 10-17 $85.00 30 minutes A pair of earlobe piercings for ages 10-17. Two piercers will pierce simultaneously for a faster, easier experience. **Temporarily Unavailable.** Helix Piercing, Single, Ages 16-17 $50.00 30 minutes A single simple cartilage/helix piercing for ages 16-17. Click to book. Helix Piercing, Double Ages 16-17 $65.00 30 minutes 2 simple cartilage/helix piercings on one ear for ages 16-17. Click to book. Tragus Piercing, Single, Ages 16-17 $55.00 30 minutes Tragus piercing for ages 16-17. Click to book. Conch Piercing, Single, Ages 16-17 $55.00 30 minutes Conch of ear for ages 16-17. Click to book. Front/Forward Helix Piercing, Single, Ages 16-17 $55.00 30 minutes A piercing through the front/foward part of the helix of the ear for ages 16-17. Click to book. Rook/Antihelix Piercing, Single, Ages 16-17 $55.00 30 minutes A piercing through the antihelilx (inner fold) of the ear, AKA a rook piercing for ages 16-17. Click to book. Daith Piercing, Single, Ages 16-17 $55.00 30 minutes Daith piercing service (inner ear fold where helix crosses over) for ages 16-17. Click to book. Industrial Piercing Consultation $15.00 15 minutes A video consultation with one of our piercers to check on the anatomical viability of an industrial piercing. We can see whether an industrial is viable at all or if a variation other than “standard” may work better. We will also be able to show available jewelry options. If the piercing is viable and you schedule within 14 days of the consultation, this fee will apply towards your piercing service Click to book. Industrial Piercing, Single, Ages 16-17 $75.00 30 minutes An industrial piercing is 2 cartilage piercings connected with a long bar (most commonly 2 helix piercings). This piercing does require an anatomical consultation with the piercer for viability. Variations available (including “standard”) will depend on the shape of your ear. If you are only interested in the “standard”, across the ear type, you may want to have a back-up piercing in mind. Click to book. Nostril Piercing, Single, Ages 16-17 $55.00 30 minutes A nostril/nose piercing for ages 16-17. Click to book. ***Proof of vaccination is required for both teen and parent attending piercing*** Navel Piercing Consultation $15.00 15 minutes Book this service to see if you/your child would be a good candidate for a navel piercing. We will also be able to show available jewelry options. Click to book. Navel Piercing, Ages 16-17 $55.00 30 minutes A navel/belly button piercing for ages 16-17. Click to book.
Piercings We Cannot/Do Not Perform under 18
While it may seem obvious, we must state that we cannot and will not pierce the nipples or genitals of those under 18. It is illegal and unethical. Anyone offering these services is no true professional.
We do not offer oral piercings like lip or tongue piercings on those under 18. First, these piercing present a risk for permanent damage to teeth and oral tissue (read more from the APP). We feel that risk is not warranted on someone who may not fully understand the permanence or possible cost to fix the damage. Second, touching the mouth of someone under 18 is enough of a legal grey area that we are not comfortable offering the service.
Other piercings are either not covered by our liability insurance, are more difficult to pierce, or have additional risk.