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08.22.2008

A Piercee's Bill of Rights

EVERY PERSON BEING PIERCED HAS THE RIGHT:

  • To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.
  • To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing.
  • To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized (where appropriate) 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 the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.
  • To a have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle.
  • To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.
  • To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio.
  • To have initial piercings fitted with jewelry of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.
  • To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision.
  • To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the piercer for assistance throughout the healing process.
  • To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.
  • To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.


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