Frequently Asked Questions

Body Piercing Information

body piercing information

We are currently closed due to the health department’s COVID19 restrictions. There are no appointments available for any sales or services.

We are currently working with a COVID19 Risk Management program. If you’ve been in our body piercing studio before be aware we’re operating very differently now. Here are a few important changes to be aware of. There will be no exceptions until our new operating protocols are altered.

  • We are not piercing minors at this time.
  • We are working by appointment only.
  • We are only allowing one customer in the studio at a time. No groups.
  • We are requiring masks to cover the mouth and nose at all times.
  • We are not offering any services for the nose and mouth.
  • We are complying completely with orders from the city and state.
  • We are requiring customers to agree to a COVID19 specific agreement to enter.
  • We are requiring all documents to be completed online.
  • There will be no exceptions to our new operating protocols.
  • Learn more on our COVID19 page.
  • See even more on our blog.

Below is the content standard on this FAQ page. Be aware that some information will not be accurate during our COVID19 Risk Management.

We are currently closed due to the health department’s COVID19 restrictions. There are no appointments available for any sales or services.

If you’ve never been in a piercing only studio like ours you may find it to be quite a bit different than tattoo studios you might have visited previously. To make things simple and to help our new clients know what to expect we’ve created this FAQ for anyone looking for body piercing information. Please pay close attention to the minor’s policy if you have a child interested in a piercing.

We’re very passionate about what we do. We have a great studio and expert staff that genuinely wants to you to have the most unique experience you can have in a business like ours. If you’ve been pierced before you may already know that different studios operate differently from one another. On this page we hope to provide you with some important body piercing information.


What will prevent me from being pierced at New Flower Studio?

Not having proper I.D. (See below)
Not being at least 16 years old with proper documents (See below)
Arriving after 7pm
Not having suitable anatomy for the piercing you want
Bringing a small child without someone to watch them (See below)
Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
We do not pierce minors in our Torrance location inside Black Raven Tattoo

What is required for a piercing?

Torrance :There is no body piercing for minors in Torrance at Black Raven Tattoo. Adults can see below.

Long Beach: Anyone at least 18 years old with a government ID can be pierced. New Flower Inc. accepts driver’s licenses, state ID’s, military ID’s, and passports from all states and countries. No other form of identification will be accepted. We do not accept school IDs, learner’s permits, or photocopies. There are no exceptions.

Do you pierce minors?

In Long Beach, minors wanting to be pierced must be at least 16 years old with a government ID as mentioned above, also have a birth certificate, and a parent present also with an ID.  There are no exceptions, please don’t ask.

What if I want a specific piercer?

Our staff piercers work different days and hours each week and we have guest piercers visit as well. When you visit the studio you’ll see Vanessa, Monica, Squeeze, John or the occasional guest piercer.  If you prefer a specific piercer you’ll need to contact them directly to schedule an appointment.

  • Vanessa Jo – vanessajo@newflowerstudio.com
  • Monica – monica@newflowerstudio.com
  • Squeeze – squeeze@newflowerstudio.com
  • John – john@newflowerstudio.com

Do you offer nipple and genital piercings?

We do offer these piercings on clients at least 18 years old with proper identification. Like every piercing, anatomy is important and needs to be examined. Not every person wanting a specific piercing will have suitable anatomy. As with all piercings, piercers determine what they do and do not offer. Speak to your potential piercer to ask what they can offer you. Nipple and genital piercings are never offered to minors, this is non-negotiable, please don’t ask. It’s always ok to visit our studio to get detailed information.

What questions should I ask a potential piercer?

Whether you call piercers on the phone or visit their studios, there are some great questions you should ask before asking price. If your biggest concern for your new piercing is cost, you may be compromising quality and safety.

  • Ask to see the autoclave where your jewelry and piercing implements are sterilized.

If there is no autoclave for you to see be very concerned. An autoclave is the only practical means a piercer has to sterilize properly. Accept no exceptions. Soaking jewelry and tools in a disinfectant is not sterilization and not suitable for a fresh piercing.

  • Ask if there are spore tests on record for you to see.

If the piercer says no, or doesn’t know what you’re asking for, be cautious. A spore test is the test done by a laboratory to verify the sterilizers are working properly. These test results should always be available for the public to see. Just ask.

  • Ask the piercer if they use internally threaded (or threadless) barbells.

body piercing informationIf the studio uses externally threaded barbells for initial piercings then it’s not likely any of their jewelry is of good quality. Not many studios will sell both internally and externally threaded jewelry. It’s almost always one or the other. Externally threaded jewelry is a bad sign and should never be perceived as high quality.

Ask the piercer if they’re members of the Association of Professional Piercers.

APP members have met personal minimum requirements and the studios they pierce in have also met environmental minimum standards. You can find a current list of member piercers here. APP members have all signed a contract with the organization to continue to meet these minimum requirements during their membership. If your potential piercer is not a member ask why, it’s easy and inexpensive.

  • Ask them if they attend the APP’s annual professional conference.

This annual event is the best educational opportunity in the world for piercers and it happens every summer in Las Vegas. It’s open to anyone in the industry and every piercer should strive to attend

  • Ask if the piercing service you’re interested in is available from the piercer or studio.

*Not every piercer provides every piercing service.

  • Ask your future piercer if their portfolio features healed images of the piercings you’re interested in.

Piercers like to have pictures of their work to showcase their experience, but pictures of fresh piercings aren’t an indicator of success.

What is your piercers’ schedule and availability?

Body piercing information and schedules will vary from studio to studio, and piercer to piercer, even in the same studio. With very few exceptions such as holidays, we offer piercing services everyday from 11am to 7pm. Our piercers have irregular schedules. If you wish to see someone specific please understand we book our own appointments. Call the studio at 562-363-5003 and let the person who answers know you want to leave a message for the piercer of your choice. They’ll call you when they’re ready to schedule something. Do not book online if you wish to see a specific piercer.

How much do piercings cost?

In most professional studios you will pay two basic charges, a service fee and jewelry costs. Service fees can range from $40.00 to $75.00. Sold separately, jewelry can be inexpensive or cost many hundreds of dollars for gold. In California, there is no tax on your service fee, but you will pay tax on jewelry.

Can I bring my own jewelry?

Many clients would like to save money by bringing jewelry with them. Most of the time it’s not suitable. It’s never appropriate to wear jewelry in a new body piercing that has been previously worn by another person. Also, California has regulations for piercers that require certain quality materials be used in fresh piercings. Unfortunately, jewelry sold in clothing stores, most tattoo studios, online, and even many piercing studios do not meet these standards and can not be used at New flower Studio. Most non-piercing sellers of body jewelry don’t actually have a lot of body piercing information and may not be able to help you make the best decisions. Jewelry comes in many materials, styles, and sizes and an expert piercer will help you determine the best fit for your particular anatomy. Let your piercer sell you your new jewelry. Lastly, jewelry needs to have a mirror finish free from scratches and all barbells need to be internally threaded or threadless. It’s New Flower Studio’s policy to not pierce with jewelry from another studio, store, or website.

You may bring your used jewelry in if it’s from our studio. We will study it closely to make sure it’s maintained the quality necessary for a fresh piercing. If the piercer agrees to use it, please be prepared to leave it with us for a few days to be properly cleaned and prepared for use. You will not be pierced the same day.

Does it hurt?

Most clients describe a new piercing as a pinch or some pressure. There’s definitely some discomfort with a piercing, but it’s usually minimal and very fast. We will walk you through your new piercing and give you the most comfortable experience possible.

Do you numb the area first?

No, this isn’t something we offer and shouldn’t be necessary. Clients who are relaxed and calm usually report that their piercing wasn’t nearly as intense as they expected. We’ll walk you through your piercing and give you the best experience we can.

Do you take credit and debit cards?

Yes, we take all major credit cards and cash. We do not accept checks.

What are your piercing hours?

The studio opens every day at 11:00am. The last piercing client is signed in no later than 7:00pm. It’s suggested that you make an appointment. You can use the Book Now buttons to schedule online. We are closed, or have limited hours, on holidays and other rare occasions.

Do I need an appointment?

No, in Long Beach walk-ins are available during normal piercing hours (11am-7pm). Expect us to be closed or have limited hours on major holidays. Without an appointment availability can vary. You can always walk in during business hours if you just want to get some body piercing information. We are currently working with a limited schedule in Torrance inside Black Raven Tattoo. You should visit this website for information before visiting the Torrance studio.

How do I learn more about piercing?

We post content your might find interesting on our blog. Our website gets visitors from all over the world, everyday, looking for body piercing pictures and information. Of all the pages on our website, many of our blog posts are the most visited. We also send a monthly email that you can subscribe to. This is a great way to stay informed about what’s happening in our studio, read articles we write, and learn more about what’s happening in the body piercing industry and our local community here in Long Beach, California.