by John Johnson
Today’s typical piercing client at a studio like New Flower is much different than the days of the first professionals. Credit is given to Gauntlet as being the first piercing studio who opened on Santa Monica Blvd in 1978. At that time piercing clients were mostly from the gay communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco and the “industry” was nothing like it is today. We can’t imagine a world without septum clickers, Body Vision, piercing supply companies or even piercing forums on Facebook! But what about health codes and safety regulations? Even back then there was an awareness and understanding of the concerns clients had, just like today. Gauntlet developed the “Piercee’s Bill of Rights” that remains relevant today. Read it below.
EVERY PERSON BEING PIERCED HAS THE RIGHT –
To be pierced in a scrupulously hygienic, open environment, by a clean, conscientious piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable latex or nitrile gloves.
To a sober, friendly, calm and knowledgeable piercer, who will guide them through their piercing experience with confidence and assurance.
To the peace of mind which comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.
To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized needle, which is immediately disposed of in a medical sharps container after use on the piercee alone.
To be touched only with freshly sterilized, appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized 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 be fitted only with jewelry which is appropriately sized, safe in material, design, and construction, and which best promotes healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled, and sterling silver jewelry are never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.
To be fully informed about proper aftercare, and to have continuing access to their piercer for consultation and assistance with all their piercing-related questions.