Piercings have become over the year something teens and young adults love. Women and men everywhere are getting more and more piercings and in all places of the body. Growing up so many teenagers can’t wait till their 18-years-old so they can get new piercings. When getting this done you have to make sure you go to the right piercing shops.
There are many sketchy ones and even ones that don’t follow guidelines as well but don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Below we outline nine things you don’t want to see in a piercing shop.
Minors in Piercing Shops
One of the first things you should look for in a piercing shop is if they’re following the rules. One rule is that you have to be 18-years-old in NYC to get a piercing. If you see minors or underage teens getting piercings at the shop, then you know that they’re probably not following other rules. Legit shops follow all guidelines and it’s better to go somewhere that follows them to make sure you are getting the best service.
Non- Certified Artists
When going to a piercing shop, you also have to make sure the artist is certified. Nobody wants to get a piercing by someone who isn’t certified or isn’t licensed. Make sure you know that the person giving you a piercing is legit and has their license. The piercing could also give you an infection if not done by the right person, so definitely keep this in mind.
Piercing Shops With Long Lines
Another thing to look out for with piercing shops is extremely long lines. Certain malls have places like Claire’s that do fast and easy piercings, or shops that allow walk-ins. It’s better to go to smaller shops where you can make an appointment because they can take their time to prepare and sanitize. When going to places with long wait lines or too many walk-ins, the person might be in a rush and won’t be as caring and delicate.
Unclean Needles and Equipments
The most important rule that piercing shops have to follow is cleanliness. Going to a piercing shop with unclean equipment can give you infections such as Hepatitis B/C and HIV. The employee at the shop has to make sure that they are keeping everything sterile and clean so they don’t pass on any infections. Go online and look at reviews from customers to prevent going somewhere that isn’t very hygienic.
Unprofessional Piercing Shop Employees
Another thing to look for is if the employees are professional. No matter where you go, service is the best part and lets you know if it’s a place you should be in. Check and see what people say about their experience, as well as call ahead and speak to someone.
You can tell a lot about the people who work there. by how they speak and answer your questions on the phone. If you don’t get a good vibe, then search for another place to go to.
Beware of Certain Neighborhoods
When it comes to piercing shops you should also lookout for the neighborhood. If you go to one that’s in a sketchy area or a certain type of neighborhood, you might not get the best service. Sketchy areas have businesses that sometimes aren’t legit, so make sure you keep this in mind and do your research. This obviously doesn’t mean avoid all piercing shops from there because sometimes the best places are in not the best of areas.
Lower Cost Piercing Shops
We always want the best service and to pay for things at a good price. Of course, when it comes to certain services it’s better to pay more if you’re going to get the best quality service. Make sure when checking out shops, be aware of pricing, if it’s really cheap the service will equal the price. This doesn’t mean the affordable places will give bad service, but definitely check that it’s affordable and also that you’re getting a safe piercing.
Avoiding Dirty Piercing Locations
Lastly, when it comes to piercing shops lookout for places that are super unclean. Anytime you go to a piercing or tattoo shop if the store is dirty then the equipment will probably be un-sanitized too. Nobody wants to go to a piercing place where it looks like they haven’t cleaned in months, or that there is a whole mess inside. The last thing you want to do is go get a piercing and everything is a mess in there.
Ways To Prevent Bad Piercing Experiences
Now that we talked about things to look out for in piercing shops, lets talk about how to avoid this. Before going to a shop you should probably do your research, go on Yelp and see what people say about their experiences. Also, do not rely on social media, many places will make their shops look better and different on social media than it is in person. Lastly, go on youtube and watch videos where people talk about their experiences, to see what you can avoid or look out for.