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Frequently Asked Piercing Questions:

  • Can I get a piercing if I am pregnant of breastfeeding?
    We do not offer piercings to customers who are presently pregnant. If you are breastfeeding, we suggest talking with your doctor before getting pierced. Typically, 6 months is a good amount of time from delivery. Piercing can stress the immune system and stress can affect milk production.
  • What do I need to know before my visit?
    If it's your first time visiting us, we will need you to fill out our waiver before your visit. If you've already done this, scroll on to select your preferred location. Be sure to review our ID and age requirements. All minors must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.
  • Can I request an appointment with a specific piercer?
    Sure! You can select a specific piercer when you book your appointment online, HERE.
  • Is your business LGBTQ+ friendly?
    Yep! If you have special requests we can accommodate including preferred pronouns, please feel free to include them in the notes when you book your visit.
  • Do you do migraine piercings?
    We actually wrote an article on this subject that can be viewed HERE. Feel free to contact us with any further questions!
  • Can I bring my own jewelry to get pierced with?
    In short, no. We want to give you the best, safest piercing possible. Part of doing that is using a brand new, high quality piece of jewelry. Since we cannot guarantee the origin or material of jewelry purchased elsewhere, we cannot guarantee its safety like we can with the jewelry that we carry from trusted, American manufacturers. Previously worn jewelry purchased from MINT or verifiable name brand jewelry from top companies such as BVLA will be considered for use based on suitability and condition. A $20 reprocessing fee will be charged for decontamination, deep cleaning, and sterilization. Used posts such as flatbacks and barbells will need to be replaced for fresh piercings. Low cost items like this just aren't worth the risk.
  • Can I get pierced with a ring right away?
    It really depends. Sometimes, a piercing is likely to heal better with a stud style piece and switched to a ring once it is healed. This will depend on the placement, thickness of tissue, and comfort level of the piercer. Our goal is to make sure we're taking every possible measure to make sure your piercing heals beautifully. Feel free to give us a call or better yet, schedule a FREE consultation.
  • Do you pierce little kids' ears?
    Yes! Our piercers have different preferences. Children 4-17 can get their ears pierced at our West des Moines location and children 7 and up can get pierced in Ankeny. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • What do I need to know upon arrival?
    1. Please be on time or early to your appointment. Our schedule is tight and we may need to reschedule you if you are even a little late. If you do need to reschedule we ask that you do so at least a couple of hours before your appointment. ​ 2. Let us know when you arrive! The door will be locked. Hang out in your car and text your name to: 833-257-4496 (WDM) 833-257-6464 (Ankeny) ​ 3. We'll text you back when we're ready.
  • What about infants?
    We are not comfortable piercing anyone who cannot willingly consent to the experience. This includes infants and very young children.
  • Do you do intimate piercings?
    Our expert piercer, Janessa, offers Vulva and Nipple piercings at our Ankeny location. The piercings she offers include vertical clitoral hood (VCH) and inner/outer labia. We do not offer Penis Piercings. We do not offer Nipple Piercings or other Intimate piercing services including jewelry changes in West Des Moines. Please do not hesitate to email us if you have questions. We approach this with the utmost professionalism and take your confidentiality and safety very seriously.
  • I want to buy a gift for someone. How do I do this?
    "My wife/daughter/partner loves this place. They want a nose ring/ear piercing/BVLAwhatever. I know it will mean a lot to them (it will), but I have no idea what I'm doing." So here's the deal. Buying actual body jewelry for someone is typically not a good idea. It's not like buying a necklace or something more traditional. There are so many sizing peculiarities that make it really important to have the person there, even for earrings. We know it's lame but a gift certificate is really the way to go. "Ah I see. That actually makes perfect sense. So how much should I get it for?" Piercing fees range between $50-$85 + the cost of jewelry which can range between $45-$1000+. It's ALL over the place depending on the jewelry they want. To simplify things we offer gift certificates in flat amounts of $50, $100, $200, $500, and $1000. Choose whatever level of angel you would like to show up as and they'll have no problem making full use of it. General ideas $50 will get them a piercing fee or titanium jewelry $100 will get them a piercing WITH titanium jewelry (tax and tip will take it a little over $100) or a gold ring on it's own. $200 will get them into the range of diamond nose studs and other gold jewelry. $500 will get them most of the gold options we offer. $1000 will get them ALMOST anything we carry or a kickass jewelry makeover if they already have some piercings.
  • Can I bring my child in with me while I am getting a piercing?
    Much like a salon or spa, the presence of children can be very distracting. We want you to be able to lay back and relax during your visit and not be bothered by having to simultaneously supervise your understandably bored and active child. We also want to be able to focus on doing the best job possible with your piercing and that is extremely challenging when a parent has to get up repeatedly to remind their child to behave. For this reason, we do not allow clients to bring children with them to their appointments.


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