Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: Feb 16
How much do piercings cost?Most piercings start at $30, *some* exceptions are Industrials, which start at $50, Paired Nostrils, Forward Facing Nostrils, and High Nostrils which start at $70 for the pair, Dermals which start at $50, and Genitals which start at $60. Lobes start at $80 for the pair and are only pierced with high quality threadless titanium. All piercings have dozens or hundreds of jewelry options to choose from, so your final price will depend on jewelry choice. For a more specific idea of what your piercing will cost you need to choose jewelry and get a final price.
How do I make an appointment?The easiest way is to use the Book Now buttons on the website. If you are unable to do that you can message me here or text me at 980 428 9360. All messages will be returned within 48 hours. You can also call the shop I work in, The House of Ink, at 704 289 4465 on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and ask for Chasiti, but we are a very busy shop, and getting through might be difficult at times.
What forms of payment do you accept?I accept all major debit and credit cards, Apple pay and Gpay through Square, which allows for tap to pay, and cash. I no longer accept Venmo or Cashapp.
Do you accept walk ins?I will if I have time, but it is never guaranteed I will have time if I am booked for the day, and the wait time can be long as appointments will always be taken first. I do my very best to get to everyone but I am only human and can only do so much. Also I do not always work specific hours, if I don't have any appointments I am not guaranteed to be in the shop, so making an appointment will be the best way to ensure you get a spot and minimize your wait time.
Do you sell the aftercare products I’ll need?Yes, I carry NeilMed Piercing Aftercare Spray. After much research and many trials with my own piercings this is the brand I've come to trust the most.
Are there piercings you don't perform?I will not do any piercings that are unsafe or ill suited to your anatomy and will not successfully heal. I never do horizontal/surface tongue or horizontal/surface lip piercings, hand or foot piercings or dermals, surface piercings, lip or tongue webbing, gums, eyelids, or any other experimental or unsafe piercings. Many piercings are anatomy dependant and age dependant.
Do you pierce earlobes on babies?I'm sorry but I don't pierce earlobes for anyone under 5 and they have to be able to use their specific form of communication to express their desire to get the piercing. I will only pierce a child's lobes if they give enthusiastic consent and I will not pierce them if they express a wish to stop at any point. If I feel they are being pressured, coerced or in any way forced I will not continue. Parents must understand that this sometimes means a child will leave without a piercing or with only one lobe pierced because in my room the child is the only one that can decide what happens to their body. No exceptions. Parents are required to sign the consent form and be in the room with their minor child at all times.
Can my friends watch me get pierced?Of course! You can bring 1 person into the room with you for moral support provided they can watch quietly so as not to cause a distractions. Children under 12 are not allowed in the piercing room unless they are the ones receiving the piercing or jewelry service. Please bring someone with you to watch your young children while they are waiting in the lobby; If the person receiving the piercing is a minor their parent must remain in the room with them at all times.
Can I record?You are welcome to take photos before and after but phones must be put away during the piercing procedure as they are very distracting to both piercing artist and client. We appreciate your cooperation in helping maintain a safer environment for everyone.
Is your shop Accessible and Inclusive?Our studio and restroom is wheelchair accessible with no stairs or curbs anywhere. Parking is available directly in front of the door should you need it and can accommodate a van with a lift or ramp. My piercing table holds 600lbs. I offer sensory friendly appointments upon request as well as always having noise reduction headphones with disposable covers, fidgets, and other relaxation items for you to borrow. We can provide white noise during your appointment. I have rudimentary ASL skills and a whiteboard available for nonverbal communication. We have medical grade air purifiers throughout the studio and I wear an N95 mask at all times for your safety. I am trained in CPR/First Aid as well as Mental Health First Aid and Harm Reduction. We have forms translated into Spanish and use Google translate when necessary. We are LQBTQIA+ affirming and have an optional space for pronouns and chosen name on your forms. If you require accommodations please don't hesitate to contact me and I am happy to work with you to make my services accessible. I will always do everything possible to make sure everyone knows they are welcome in my space.
Can I purchase a gift certificate??Yes! We offer physical gift certificates you can purchase in the studio or eGift cards you can purchase at this link https://squareup.com/gift/MLYNS8MDD1XVQ/orderWill you pierce me with jewelry I bring in"?No, we do not use outside jewelry as we can not be sure of the quality.
What are your ID and age requirements?Most piercings can be done at 13 and up with a parent or legal guardian present to sign the consent form. 5 and up for earlobes. Minors CAN NOT get nipple or genital piercings even with a parent's consent. Dermals and Industrial are limited to 16 and up. ID requirements: ADULT: you need one of the following:Government Issued Photo ID, including but not limited to:Driver LicenseLearner Permit w/PhotoMilitary or Military Dependent IDGreen CardMexican Consular ID or SimilarTribal Photo ID cardsPassportMINOR: Parent or Legal Guardian must be present in the building to sign the consent form. They must remain with with the minor at ALL Times. UNDER 18 with a custodial PARENT to sign the consent form you need the following :PARENT must have one form of ID listed aboveANDYOU must have one form of ID listed above with the last name/address matching your parent'sORPARENT must have one form of ID listed aboveANDYOU must have your long form birth certificate with your parent's name as it appears on their ID.If their name has changed then documentation showing the change must be shown (marriage certificate, divorce decree etc).UNDER 18 with a LEGAL GUARDIAN to sign the consent form you must have the following:LEGAL GUARDIAN must have one form of ID listed aboveANDLegal documentation proving Legal Guardianship.ANDYOU must have one form of ID listed above or birth certificatesLegal guardian means someone legally appointed you guardians, not just someone you live with. If you do not have paperwork to prove guardianship we can not let them sign for you.
What are your qualifications and experience?I've been in the piercing industry since 2004. I follow the highest industry protocols for sterilization and use top quality material's such as titanium and gold to ensure you have the safest experience possible. All needles and jewelry are sterile single use. All of my cotton swabs, gauze pads, lubricants, and other products are individually packaged sterile items so no unsterile items are touching your piercing before or after. All reusable tools such as clamps go through a 4 step disinfection process including hand scrubbing, an ultrasonic cycle with enzymatic cleaner, a soak in a disinfectant liquid. and an autoclave sterilization cycle using pressure, heat and steam to sterilize. I use 2 state of the art autoclaves, an Enbio S purchased new in April 2022 and a Tuttnauer purchased new in November 2020 that are spore tested to sterilize all jewelry and clamps. I am Blood Borne Pathogen, CPR, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed certified, and have obtained additional training from the APP in Exposure Control Plans and Sterilization Cycles for Body Piercing Facilities and from the World Health Organization on Proper PPE Use, Cross Contamination Prevention, Infection Prevention and Control, Hand Hygiene, Proper Decontamination and Sterilization of Medical Devices and Tools, Proper Autoclave Use and Maintenance, COVID Prevention Protocols, Needlestick Prevention, Workplace Safety, Microbiology, Mask Usage During COVID, and Disinfectant Chemical Use and Storage, and training on disinfectant usage from Barbicide. While in college, before deciding to change majors to pursue my history and psychology degrees, I took many anatomy, physiology, biology, and microbiology courses so I have extensive knowledge of the human body, microbes, pathogens, and infectious disease.
How can I be sure it's safe to get a piercing from you?I follow the highest industry protocols for sterilization and use top quality materials such as titanium and gold to ensure you have the safest experience possible. All needles and jewelry are sterile single use. All gauze, cotton swabs, disinfectant wipes, and skin markers that will touch your body before, during or after your procedure are individually packaged sterile items, not pulled from a container of hundreds of unsterile items that can be contaminated. Many of my tools, such as clamps for children's ear piercings, are sterile single use disposable tools. Any surgical steel reusable tools such as clamps go through a 4 step disinfection process including hand scrubbing, an ultrasonic cycle with enzymatic cleaner, a soak in a disinfectant liquid. and an autoclave sterilization cycle using pressure, heat and steam to sterilize. I use 2 state of the art autoclaves, an Enbio S purchased new in April 2022 and a Tuttnauer purchased new in November 2020 that are spore tested to sterilize all jewelry and clamps. All jewelry is also sterilized in the autoclave before being used in your piercing.
How are you managing the COVID pandemic?I voluntarily suspended my services one week before there was a mandated shut down out of an abundance of caution, and remained shut down completely for the first 6 months of the pandemic because I felt it was prudent to do so. Once I returned to work I followed all state mandates and CDC recommendations regarding COVID in order to keep my clients and myself safe. I also reduced my hours of operation from 5 days a week to 2 and operated by appointment only to reduce foot traffic in the shop. I suspended all services that require removing the mask until I was fully vaccinated and the state's COVID metrics decreased sufficiently enough to make it safer for everyone to resume. Once I was fully vaccinated I returned to full operation but continued requiring masks and wearing one myself. I installed hospital grade HEPA air purifiers in both the piercing room and the main shop that are rated for spaces triple the size of the rooms they are in to help reduce both viral particles and other air pollutants in the air. Due to the nature of this business all surfaces have always been cleaned both before and after each client and all tools and jewelry have always been autoclaved to sterilize them before use. Masks were required for all my clients and their accompanying guests regardless of vaccination status until vaccinations were widely available. I will continue to wear a mask until the metrics are no longer suggesting it is prudent to do so in order to protect my clients. I also HIGHLY recommend my clients wear masks as well. I also continually get tested with both PCR and antigen tests for COVID on a regular basis to ensure I am not an asymptomatic carrier.
I got a piercing somewhere else and now I have a problem, can you help me?I absolutely can try. While all follow up questions and troubleshooting for piercings I have performed is offered as a free service, any troubleshooting consultations for piercings performed by others are $15. If a jewelry change is recommended the $15 fee will be applied towards the cost of any jewelry purchase you choose to make.
Should I avoid getting a piercing if I'm on certain medications?It is always best to consult your doctor about any medication or medical condition before getting pierced. However there are some medications come with known risks if you get pierced while you are taking them such as chemotherapy drugs, oral steroids and other immunosuppressants, accutane and blood thinners. These are not the only medications that can cause risks though and you should consult your doctor about any medication you are on before getting pierced and let your piercer know about your medications and health conditions before your procedure.
Have more questions? Message me today! All messages will be returned within 48 hours.