Frequently Asked Questions

As Oklahoma’s most experienced and trusted body piercing studio, you can expect elite-quality products and service at the pinnacle of safety. We adhere to industry-leading standards and never compromise on the results you have come to expect from us.

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. Each piece of jewelry is disassembled, individually packaged and sterilized in a digital autoclave for your safety. Initial piercing jewelry comes with a guarantee, so if a piece breaks due to a manufacturer defect, just bring it back with your receipt and we will replace it on your behalf. Guarantee does not apply to organic or large gauge jewelry.

As Oklahoma’s largest piercing studio, our jewelry selection includes ethically sourced stone, amber, horn, glass, silver, shell, bamboo, wood, silicone, tusk, bone and fossil. 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. Custom project in mind? We can help create that one-of-a-kind piece you won’t find anywhere else.

There may be slightly cheaper ways to serve our clients, but we will never sacrifice quality or safety just to save a couple of bucks.

Here are a few of the high-quality manufacturers we use for initial piercing

(Mil certificates available upon request):

  1. If you are over the age of 18, you need a state- or government-issued photo ID to be pierced. (Oklahoma State Law)
  2. If you are under the age of 18, you will still need a state- or government-issued ID to be pierced. Your accompanying parent will need to bring a state- or government-issued photo ID. You will also need an original copy of your birth certificate, guardianship or adoption papers that show both your name and your parent or guardian’s name on it. (Oklahoma State Law)
  1. A minor can use any of the following: state issued ID card, school ID, state school yearbook, military ID, or a passport.
  2. Please see our Piercing Minors page for more details.
  1. We do not pierce nipples or genitalia on minors under the age of 18.
  2. We will pierce the helix of people 12 and up with the same minor requirements as stated above.
  3. We will pierce ear lobes on clients 5 and up with the same requirements as stated above.
  4. We do not pierce anyone under the age of 5.
  1. All initial piercing jewelry is made of ASTM-Certified Materials or solid 14k and 18k gold. All jewelry for initial piercing is threadless or internally threaded and doesn’t have plastic parts, as plastic can’t survive our sterilization process.
  2. We only use digital autoclaves to ensure the highest safety standards for your piercing.
  3. 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.
  4. Children are not allowed in the procedure rooms. If you bring one with you, bring someone to watch outside.
  1. If we suspect you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we may decline to pierce you.
  2. If you have Mitral Valve Prolapse you need to be pre-medicated and have a note from your doctor to be pierced.
  3. If you are pregnant, we will not pierce you. Based on experience, we have found that due to the stress of healing from childbirth, new mothers should wait 5 months postpartum with c-section and 3 months postpartum with vaginal births to be pierced. You will end up with a better piercing if you let your body focus on healing first.
  4. Nursing mothers should wait at least 1 full year after milk production stops before considering nipple piercings.
  5. If you are diabetic, you may need to have a note from your doctor and to be aware of your sugar level. If you have control of your sugar level, you have a better chance of getting pierced.

When you are at 23rd Street Body Piercing, you should conduct yourself with the same sense of decorum as with any other business.

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:

  1. DO tip your piercing artist.
    Tipping a piercing artist is customary, as they depend heavily on tips to support themselves like many service industry professionals. As a general rule, tipping 25%-35% is normal and anything more is considered tipping heavily.
  2. DO NOT come to 23rd Street Body Piercing if you’ve been drinking or if you’re under the influence of something.
    Come back sober and everyone will have a better time. You’ll make a better decision on your piercing, too.
  3. 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. We already offer the best price we can with quality and affordability in mind.
  4. DO NOT brag to a piercing artist about how cheap you got your other piercings.
    This goes hand-in-hand with the above. We do our best to offer professional service at a competitive price. Trust us, we’ve heard it all before.
  5. DO maintain personal hygiene and physical decorum.
    Unfortunately, this has to be said. 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.
  6. DO tell your artist about:
    1. Feeling ‘green’ or ‘funny.’ Tell your artist right away (don’t try to tough it out) so that they can deal with it. Your artist is prepared for it and knows how to handle it.
    2. Any concerns you might have about getting pierced. Your artist is here to work with you and make the experience as easy as possible.
    3. Any medical issues you may have (e.g. pregnancy, diseases, medication, etc).
  7. DO be understanding of your piercing artist’s comfort zone.
    You want the best piercing you can get, so let your artist work in the way that he/she is comfortable. Don’t try to force your artist to make social conversation if they don’t seem receptive to it. Listen to their requests during your service. Your artist will appreciate the consideration and it’ll be reflected in the work.
  8. 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 they are trying to work.
  9. DO NOT bring children to the piercing studio.
    State laws prohibit it. 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.
  10. DO silence your phone.
    It can be distracting when a phone goes off in the middle of a piercing. You don’t want someone piercing you to be distracted, do you?

Simple common courtesy and etiquette can go a long way towards making your entire piercing experience much more rewarding and pleasant.