Frequently Asked Questions

Body Piercing Information

body piercing information

We are operating with a very strict COVID-19 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 we’ve made. There will be no exceptions until our new operating protocols are altered. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • We do not piercing minors. We are now 18+ only.
  • We are working by appointment only. This includes all sales and services. If you wish to buy a piece of jewelry you must have an appointment. All appointments are scheduled online. No exceptions.
  • We are only allowing one customer in the studio at a time. No additional guests.
  • We are requiring masks to cover the mouth and nose at all times. No exceptions.
  • We are not offering any services for the nose and mouth. This means you can not purchase jewelry for the nose at this time.
  • We are complying completely with orders from the city and state. No exceptions.
  • We are requiring customers to agree to a COVID19 specific agreement to enter every time they visit.
  • We are requiring all consent forms and COVID-19 agreement forms to be completed online the day of your visit.
  • There will be no exceptions to our new operating protocols.
  • Learn more on our COVID19 page.
  • See even more on our blog.

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.

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 having an appointment scheduled online. We do not take appointments vis email, social media, or phone. There are no walk-ins.
Not having suitable anatomy for the piercing you want
Bringing an additional visitor with you who expects to come inside.
Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

What is required for a piercing?

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?

We are an 18+ studio only. There are no services or sales for minors.  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, Squeeze, Shwayze, 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
  • Squeeze – squeeze@newflowerstudio.com
  • John – john@newflowerstudio.com

Do you offer nipple and genital piercings?

We do offer these piercings on clients 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. You can schedule a consultation for an examination online.

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 primary concern for a new piercing is price, 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 scheduled certification 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. This is normal and an accepted part of our profession.

  • 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 successful healing.

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 nearly everyday. Our piercers however, have irregular schedules. If you wish to see someone specific please email them directly or see their schedule on the appointment page.

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 $50.00 to $85.00. 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?

We are by appointment only. There are no walk-ins at New Flower Studio. You can use the Book Now buttons to see availability and schedule online.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, we allow visitors into our studio by appointment only and they must be scheduled online.

How do I learn more about piercing?

We post content you 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.