Body Piercing Second Opinions

Our piercers in both Long Beach and Torrance (at Black Raven Tattoo), California have been seeing an increase in visitors who’be been turned down for the piercings they want by other local piercers. This is in no way a bad thing and we thought this would be a great topic to write about.

There’s multiple reasons why someone might be turned down for a piercing. You can learn more here. The most common two will be lack of suitable anatomy and lack of appropriate jewelry at the studio. A studio and piercer will always do their best to have an inventory that meets their needs. Nonetheless, especially with the ultra-slow shipping times we’ve seen in the last five years, nobody can have every option in every size, style, and color. Sometimes we just have to say we don’t have the item you need. At that point we’re either ordering it for you, trying to find it from our colleagues in other studios, or send you out with the necessary information to find it yourself.

But the anatomy issue is a little different. Different piercers will have different experience levels, different degrees of confidence in tackling the unusual, and of course different ideas of what constitutes necessary anatomy for any particular piercing. In recent days we’ve had clients looking for second opinions on nipple, septum, and industrial piercings. Each had different anatomical circumstances that made the viability of their piercings questionable. One piercer may look at someone’s ear and feel like the anatomy was not ideal for a particular piercing’s chances of healing so they turn the client down. They may refer the client to another piercer or studio for a second opinion. If not, the client may end up choosing to find a second opinion on their own anyway.

When another local studio sends us referrals we’re grateful for their confidence in our staff. Sometimes we see the same issues that prevent us from performing a piercing we can be confident in. Other times we don’t see the same concerns to the same degree. In the end, the client gets to make an informed decision if they proceed forward with the piercing. They may however, need to find a third or even fourth studio before they find someone to do it. We wish everyone luck with their piercing goals and we’ll always help the best we can. And sometimes the best we can do is no piercing, and sometimes that means suggesting a second opinion from another skilled professional.

John Johnson
John Johnson is a professional body piercer at New Flower Studio and a resident of Long Beach, CA. He's also a Red Cross instructor and authorized OSHA trainer. He manages the online curriculum for the Association of Professional Piercers and is a member of AFDO.