Anthony's Body Piercing & Tattoo
A place where quality and integrity are our top priorities!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How long will it take my piercing to heal?
A. As long as you take good care of your piercing here are the general guidelines for healing time:
|Eyebrows, ear lobes, lip, nipple||about 4 to 6 weeks|
|Tongue||7 to 14 days|
|Belly and cartilage piercings (nose and ear)||4 to 12 weeks|
Q. Can I go swimming or be in a hot tub with my new piercing?
A. Try to avoid any rivers, lakes or ponds that can have high bacteria levels. Be sure to clean your piercing thoroughly immediately after swimming.
Q. Can I smoke or drink with my new tongue piercing?
A. No, but if you have to, please remember to rinse your mouth thoroughly immediately after.
Q. Why can't I have my cartilage pierced with the gun? (nose and ear)
A. A needle should always be used when piercing cartilage. A piercing needle removes a very small piece of cartilage, therefore, making room for the jewellery. This also allows for the use of proper jewellery (e.g. stainless steel hoop, nose pin, or nose screw instead of a plain piercing stud).
The gun involves using a sharpened stud to do the piercing. The stud forces its way through the cartilage, forcing the cartilage to spread to accommodate the jewellery. This results in swelling, a lump, extended healing time and more permanent scarring. Health Unit guidelines state that the gun should only be used on the ear lobe.
Q. When can I change my jewellery?
A. You can change the jewellery when the piercing is fully-healed. The jewellery that you were pierced with is the best for healing. The fancy jewellery is only meant for fully-healed piercings as they contain a mixture of metals. Only change your piercing when it is fully-healed or recommended by your piercer. If you're not sure, come in and see us!! If you buy jewellery from us, we will change it for you for free!
Q. What's better--the barbell or the ring?
A. I have found through our many years of experience that using the barbell on the belly and eyebrow has shown to heal better and results in less complications. Barbells are more user-friendly while rings require special tools to remove it. If your piercer has told you different, it's because they haven't learned the proper barbell-piercing technique--Rings are much easier to use when piercing. We have mastered the barbell piercing technique and using barbells has become our standard.
Q. How old do I have to be to get a piercing and/or a tattoo?
A. For piercing, we will pierce clients between 14 and 16 years old only if accompanied by their legal guardian. We will pierce clients 16 years and over without parental consent.
For tattoos, we will tattoo any client that is 18 years or older without parental consent. We will tattoo a client that is 16 or 17 years of age, but the art must be tasteful, and the client must be accompanied by their legal guardian.
Clients will be required to fill out a waiver and release form and show proof of age. The acceptable forms of identification include:
Q. How do I change my ring?
A. This clip will show you how....
Q. Should I take out my jewellery when I clean my piercing?
A. No you should not. Over-rotating and removing the jewellery can cause unnecessary irritation. Only remove the jewellery when cleaning, when the piercing is fully-healed.