Frequently Asked Questions
About Our Jewelry
As Oklahoma's most experienced and trusted body piercing studio, we feel you have come to expect the very best from us. We will never take your faithful support for granted, we will continue to bring you the safest, highest quality products and services in the industry. 23rd street body piercing only uses internally threaded ASTM F-138 implant certified steel, ASTM F-136 implant certified Titanium or solid 14k and 18k gold (nickel free) for initial piercings. All of our jewelry is hand polished and free of nicks and scratches. All of our stones, lab created or genuine, are never glued. We disassemble each piece of jewelry, individually package and sterilize in a digital autoclave for your safety. Our manufacturers guarantee their work so if a piece breaks due to manufacturer defect, just bring it back in with your receipt and we will send it back and get you a new piece.
We are Oklahoma’s largest piercing studio and our jewelry selection includes stone, amber, horn, glass, silver, shell, bamboo, wood, silicone, acrylic, tusk, bone and tooth. We carry a large selection of opal, gem stone, semi-precious and genuine diamond. If we don’t have it in stock, we are happy to make a special order for you. We have even been known to help create custom, one of a kind pieces for our clients.
We realize this is almost never the cheapest way to serve our clients, but we feel it is always the best.
High quality manufacturers we use for initial piercing jewelry. Mil certificates available upon request.
What You Need to Know
- You need a state or government issued photo ID to be pierced. (Oklahoma State Law)
- If you are under the age of 18 (16 or 17) you will still need a state or government issued ID to be pierced, your parent will need a state or government issued photo ID AND you will need an original copy of your birth certificate with you and your parent's names on it. (Oklahoma State Law)
- We do not pierce nipples or genitalia on minors.
- We will pierce ear rims on people 14 and up with the same minor requirements as stated above.
- We will pierce ear lobes on clients 10 and up with the same requirements as stated above. ( A current yearbook will suffice).
- We do not pierce anyone under the age of 10.
- Children are not allowed in the procedure rooms. If you bring one with you, bring someone to watch them in the lobby.
- All initial piercing jewelry is made of ASTM Certified Materials or solid 14k and 18k gold. All jewelry for initial piercing is internally threaded and doesn’t have plastic parts as plastic can’t survive our sterilization process.
- We only use digital autoclaves to ensure the cleanest safest piercing.
- We do not use piercing guns because they can’t be sterilized, they are traumatic to the tissue and the jewelry used with guns does not meet ASTM guidelines.
- If we suspect you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we may decline to pierce you.
- If you have Mitral Valve Prolapse you need to be pre-medicated and have a note from your doctor to be pierced.
- If you are pregnant we will not pierce you. Based on vast experience, we have found that due to stress of healing from childbirth new mothers should wait 5 months postpartum with c-section to be pierced and 3 months post-partum with vaginal births to be pierced. You will end up with a better piercing if you let your body focus on one thing at a time.
- Nursing mothers should wait at least 1 full year after milk production stops before considering nipple piercings.
- If you are diabetic you may need to have a note from your doctor or just be aware of your sugars. If you have control of your sugars you have a better chance of getting pierced.
Webster's dictionary defines etiquette as, "the forms or codes to be observed in social or official life; conventional decorum; the code of polite society." Strip away all the fancy words and you're left with 'common decency' and basic manners. For some reason there seems to be a belief that piercing studio etiquette differs from the commonly accepted set of guidelines by which most people conduct themselves, it doesn't.
Just so that we are clear: When you are in 23rd Street Body Piercing you should conduct yourself with the sense of decorum that you do when you're in any other business.
Going to 23rd Street Body Piercing is no different that patronizing a five star restaurant. You are the customer (although we prefer the term 'client') and we are going to try to make your experience the best one we possibly can. On the other hand, we have the right to expect you to conduct yourself in a civil, polite and respectful manner in return.
Your goal and our goal is the same: To get you the perfect piercing in the most pleasant way possible. With a little etiquette from everyone, it's not hard to do. To help make your piercing experience the best one it can be, here's a list of some 'Dos' and some 'Don'ts' for your next visit to 23rd Street Body Piercing:
- DO tip your piercing artist! This should be a no-brainer. Unfortunately it's not. If you didn't know that tipping a piercing artist is customary, YOU DO NOW! They depend, heavily, on tips to support themselves. You wouldn't NOT tip a waiter unless the service was really bad, would you? It's second nature for you to tip a waiter, he is in a service business just like your piercing artist.
- This impression means so much more than any fancy meal, so hasn't he/she earned at least the recognition that a waitperson gets? If you receive exceptional service, show your appreciation by tipping. As a general rule, tipping 15% is a MINIMUM, 15-20% is normal and anything more is considered tipping heavily. If you don't have the extra money to tip, at least explain that to your artist (they'll understand and appreciate it) if you can, bring them a tip the next time you have a few extra dollars. Clients who are known to tip always get a little extra 'love' from their artist.
- DO NOT come in to 23rd Street Body Piercing if you've been drinking or if you're under the influence of something. Show your piercing artist some respect and come sober. Nobody likes dealing with drunks. If your breath smells of alcohol you're not going to get a piercing. Not from anyone reputable, anyway. If you're wasted, you won't make a good decision on what to get and you'll bleed.
- DO NOT try to bargain with your artist! You wouldn't go to the grocery store or a restaurant and try to talk a clerk or a waiter into lowering the price.
- DO NOT brag, to a piercing artist, about how cheap you got your other piercings. You will not earn any 'brownie points' and it SURE won't get you a better deal on a piercing from the artist you're bragging to. If you are quoted a price, that IS the price- the owner has probably set it and if the artist has any leeway to adjust the price, bragging won't help. Most "cheap" piercings are cheaply done- bragging about paying $20 for a piercing is likely to elicit a critique of your piercing that is less than flattering. If you want a professional piercing, be prepared to pay a professional price.
- DO maintain personal hygiene and physical decorum. Unfortunately, this has to be said for some people's sake. There's nothing more unpleasant than having to work on someone who smells. You wouldn't go to the doctor without bathing, so do the same for your piercing artist. If you just finished running and suddenly decide you just have to get your genitals pierced, go home and wash them first! The same goes for bodily functions. Don’t make us send you home.
- DO tell your artist about:
- Feeling 'green' or 'funny.' Tell your artist right away (don't try to tough it out) so that he/she can deal with it. Your artist is prepared for it and knows how to handle it.
- Any concerns you might have about getting Pierced. Your artist is there to work with you and make the experience as easy as it can be.
- Any medical issues you have (i.e. pregnancy, diseases, medication).
- DO NOT try to force your artist to make social conversation if they don't seem receptive to it. Some artists like to talk and others don't. You want the best piercing you can get, so let your artist work in the way that he/she is comfortable. Your artist will appreciate the consideration and it'll be reflected in the work.
- DO NOT bring a "cheering section" to the studio. Many shops will not let ANYONE accompany you into the piercing area, and many state laws prohibit it. Very few artists’ want a bunch of your friends crowding the work area while he/she is trying to pierce.
- DO NOT bring children to the piercing studio, state laws prohibit it. Your piercing artist will really appreciate it if you can find a 'sitter' for the kids so that you can come to the studio alone. piercing studios are not a place for children. There are too many hazards for children to be exposed to, it's an adult environment and they can be very distracting to you, your artist and the other clients. Nuff said.
- Turn your cell to silent, if it goes off in the middle of the piercing, and distracts the artist, that mess up is on you.
This may all seem to be common sense but the reality is that piercing artists deal with breaches of this etiquette all day, every day. Unfortunately, as a result, many artists deal with it by becoming sarcastic, and sometimes surly. Do yourself, and your artist, a favor the next time you go into 23rd Street Body Piercing and use your common sense. A little common courtesy and etiquette can go a long way towards making your entire piercing experience much more rewarding and pleasant. It's a small price to pay for a big reward.
I have a bump on my piercing, is it permanent?
More than likely not. The "bump" is usually caused by some sort of outside irritant like cosmetics, animal dander or something off your hands. Try this: make sure you are doing your soaks correctly, start using distilled water only. Make sure you are only touching your piercing when you are cleaning it. Make sure you are cleaning your sheets often and don't let any animals in or on your bed. Keep ALL cosmetics, lotions, sprays and powders off of the piercing. As you have now found out, it can be easy to make a fresh piercing unhappy. With a little time and effort your piercing will be looking great and healing just fine.