Piercing – know your rights!!!

According to the Association of Professional Piercers, anyone getting a piercing has the following rights:
A Piercee’s Bill of Rights
EVERY PERSON BEING PIERCED HAS THE RIGHT:
-To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.
-To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing.
-To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized (where appropriate) in an autoclave prior to use on anyone else.
-To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate, and are often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes.
-To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.
-To a have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle.
-To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.
-To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio.
-To have initial piercings fitted with jewelry of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.
-To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision.
-To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the piercer for assistance throughout the healing process.
-To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.
-To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.

According to the Association of Professional Piercers, anyone getting a piercing has the following rights:

A Piercee’s Bill of Rights

EVERY PERSON BEING PIERCED HAS THE RIGHT:

-To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.

-To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing.

-To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized (where appropriate) in an autoclave prior to use on anyone else.

-To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate, and are often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes.

-To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.

-To a have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle.

-To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.

-To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio.

-To have initial piercings fitted with jewelry of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.

-To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision.

-To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the piercer for assistance throughout the healing process.

-To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.

-To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.

Parents and Piercing


A recurring subject in the mails and comments received on Belly Button Rings Guide is the endless fight between parents and teenagers who want to get a piercing, even though the children in question are almost always under the legal age. Parents and piercing do not mix!

The teenagers always believe that their parents are too strict, and the parents are of the view that their children are being rebellious. Parents often believe that body piercings are a sign of ‘badness’ in their children.

It is a difficult situation. Piercings come with responsibility. They need to be cared for – sometimes for up to a year. Many teenagers do not possess the patience and maturity to care for their piercing for so long and will ignore aftercare advice, or only follow aftercare guidelines for a short period. Of course, this is not true in cases – but unfortunately is true in many.

Often times, the teenager may not be physically mature enough to get a piercing below the neck. As the body matures, the piercing may migrate and end up in a very undesirable position.

Legally, nipple or genital piercings are illegal for anyone under the age of eighteen. Parents or piercers who allow this practice are very lacking in judgement. A piercer who performs these procedures on a minor is committing a sexual offence. As a parent, allowing a child to get one of the aforementioned piercings, could result in a charge of reckless endangerment against the parent.

As a parent, you should never judge a child negatively just because they want a piercing. It could just be a phase, or it may be a good opportunity to figure out why they want the piercing – it will help you understand and communicate with your child. If they want it so badly, it can also be used as a bargaining chip for better grades or some other desirable behaviour.

Teenagers may also use the same advice. Teenagers often know what their parents answer will be! If you feel you will be shot down, be ready with as bargaining chip of your own. Offer something in return. This shows a level of maturity that may be respected by your parents. If your parents refuse no matter what, it is better to respect their wishes. Try not to rebel by trying to pierce yourself or get too angry. It’s not worth it in the long run.

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