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In this era of bloodborne diseases you MUST be very careful whom you choose to perform your piercing!! For your own safety, you should make sure any piercing studio you visit meets certain criteria. Here are some things to consider and questions to ask.

Since there are no regulations in Washington for piercing studios, Painless Ric voluntarily upholds the health, safety and sanitation standards outlined by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), an international organization dedicated to the art of safe body piercing.

  • See their autoclave (sterilizer) and spore tests. This is the most important thing you need to do when choosing a studio. A spore test is the only way to know if an autoclave is properly sterilizing the instruments that will be used to pierce you. If they don’t run regular spore tests, don’t let them pierce you! Run away!


  • Ask questions of the staff and the piercer. How long have they been piercing? What kind of training have they received? A professional piercer will have completed an apprenticeship (usually 2 years) and be trained in things like preventing cross-contamination, bloodborne diseases, anatomy and physiology, first aid, etc. Check to see if there are any plaques or certificates on the walls. Don’t be mislead into believing piercing is easy! You have the best chance of having a successful piercing experience if you go to a properly trained professional.


  • Do they use NEW needles for every client? Never let anyone pierce you with a used needle. All needles should be in individual sterilized packages and be opened in your presence.


  • Does the studio seem clean? Look around! The studio should be immaculate, with clean walls and floor. Are the staff bathed and neat? Is the restroom clean and tidy? If you feel they are not, chances are that other stuff is not clean, too. Walk out!


  • Are they using ear piercing guns? Guns can’t be sterilized properly. If the studio you are looking at is using ear guns, run away!


  • Do they have an aftercare sheet? Professionals will always explain to you how to care for your piercing and give you an aftercare sheet. If they tell you to clean your piercing with ointment or hydrogen peroxide, they are clearly not keeping up with industry standards and you should be concerned about the quality of their services.


  • Ask your friends where they got pierced. Did they get a good piercing? Did they have any problems? Would they get pierced there again? Get some information, and follow your instincts.