|Below is Piercing information that might help you make a better decision about your next piercing.|
|Under 18?||We have a special form that must be filled out (by a parent or guardian)
and notarized (by an official state notary) before a piercing can be
completed in our shop. Parent and child must present ID with picture and
this form to the notary and complete/sign the form. Minors with no photo
identification can get one by going to their local police department and
applying for a Florida ID for a small fee. Usually a birth certificate
must be presented to obtain this.
Download our Minor Consent form here. (PDF format document)
We cannot accept forms from other shops. The form must have our business identification on it. It must be presented before service can be performed. If this is the minor's first piercing, it is advisable that the parent or guardian be present during the piercing. If it is not the minor's first professional piercing, it is not necessary for the parent or guardian to be present. The same applies to tattooing.
|How young is too young?||State statutes state that it is unlawful for any professional piercer to
pierce someone under the age of 14. This applies to all piercings,
regardless of whether it is done with a gun or a sterile needle. At
Addicted 2 Tattoos we believe that 16 is the earliest a person should be
getting pierced due to the fact that minors are still growing and may not
be mature enough to make the decision to get a piercing. We are aware that
there are several places around town that will pierce anyone. We do not
recommend their services to anyone.
We also feel that getting a piercing done by a "piercing gun" is probably putting one's self at great risk because these machines are not sterile and are used again and again on whomever walks into the shop. Most people who use these "guns" do not wear gloves, do not work in a clean environment, and have no special training. A professional, trained, piercer knows what to look for on each type of piercing and will always advise a client about the pros and cons.
|How old is too old?||We don't think anyone is too old for a piercing. The only thing that must taken into account is the general health of the individual and what medications they may be taking.|
|Important Health Considerations||Sometimes it is inappropriate to perform even the most standard piercing.
A piercer should politely refuse to perform a piercing that could be
dangerous, ill suited, unsuccessful, or for which they are not trained.
The following are examples for which a second opinion, in some cases from
a piercing-friendly physician, may be needed before proceeding:
An individual with heart valve disease (such as mitral valve prolapse) should consult their physician for prophylactic antibiotics.
An individual has a heart murmur, diabetes, hemophilia, auto-immune disorder, or other medical condition(s) that may negatively influence the piercing procedure or the healing process.
There is an obvious skin or tissue abnormality that may include but is not limited to rashes, lumps, bumps, scars, lesions, moles, freckles, and/or abrasions.
The client wants to pierce irregular, or surgically-altered anatomy, or the client is unsuited due to occupational, recreational, or environmental factors.
Surface-to-surface, or other frequently unsuccessful (commonly rejected by the body) piercings.
The client has impending plans to become pregnant and wishes to get a nipple, navel, or other piercing.
It is advisable to refrain from piercing during pregnancy to allow the body to focus on the important, complex, and demanding task that it is handling already.
|Piercing and Heart Conditions||It is our suggestion that a piercer not pierce any client who has a
pre-existing heart condition without a doctor's consent and proof of a
preventative antibiotic. (We also believe this holds true for getting a
These pre-existing heart conditions include but are not limited to:
Any client with an artificial (prosthetic) heart valve.
Any client with damaged (scarred) heart valves caused by a medical condition, i.e. rheumatic fever.
Any client with congenital heart defects or heart valve defects such as MVP, heart murmur, Valvular Stenosis, Valvular Regurgitatin, or Atresion of one of the valves.
Risks: The major risk for those clients with heart conditions is Bacterial Endocarditis. This is a serious infectin of the heart's inner lining (endocardium) or the heart valves. This can damage or even destroy your heart valves. Although rapid diagnosis, effective treatment, and prompt recognition of complications can lower the risk of mortality, prevention is still the best option.
The American Heart Association (AHA) indicates that taking your prescription prophylactic antibiotics one hour before receiving a piercing or Etching will provide an effective prophylaxis against infection.
Prevention is the Key
|Which piercing is the best?||The easiest and most common piercing is the lower ear lobes. Even though
some cultures encourage piercing infants ear lobes, we feel that a person
should be old enough to make this choice for themselves. Babies and young
children delight in rough play and often will have piercings torn out
during these times. Also, children are prone to lose their piercing
jewelry and do not fully understand the importance of self hygiene. Please
wait until the child is at least 16 years old to get a piercing.
The next most common piercings are those on the face and head. Tongues, ear cartilage, noses, eye brows and labret (centered below the bottom lip). If a piercing is performed on an appendage, chances are that it will not be rejected by the body. Cartilage piercing on ears and noses are more painful and take longer to heal.
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long does it take to heal?
(Healing times are taken from Master Piercer Elayne Angel's book: The Piercing Bible.)
|What's the strangest question we've had?||We got a call in the shop one day, a woman caller, wanting information
about genital piercings. She asked about hood piercings, labia piercings,
and clitoral piercings. She also asked us "since you're down there
already, can you give me a pap smear, while you're at it?"
We thought she was kidding, but apparently not! She was quite serious.
|Disclaimer: These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and are true to the best of our expert knowledge.|
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