Are your rights as a piercee being violated?

December 11, 2008

I haz rights?

Yes, thanks to the Association of Professional Piercers, who crafted and promulgated them, there’s a Piercee’s Bill of Rights.  Knowing what they are will go a long way toward making you an informed Pierced Consumer.

Have your rights been violated?  Are you exercising your rights when you’re looking for a piercer or getting pierced?   You don’t have to take it!  I want you to complain if you are not given the opportunity to have a safe, clean, skillfully done piercing. It’s up to you to take responsibility for getting safe, healthy piercings, and demand, from yourself and from your piercer, that these rules be followed. March! Protest!  Organize! Chain yourself to redwoods . . .


Okay, maybe I’m getting a little carried away. (Calm, I am calm . . . ) Anyway, without further ado, here they are:

A Piercee’s Bill of Rights

1.  To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.

2.  To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps containing after use on one piercing.

3.  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.

4.  To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate, and are often dangerous when used on anything–including earlobes.

5. To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.

6.  To have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for his/her individual anatomy and lifestyle.

7. To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.

8.  To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11.  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.

12. To be treated with respect, sensitivity, and knowledge regardless of tender, sexual orientation, race, religioins, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.

13. To change his/her mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.

These are so important, that there will be more about each of these rights in later posts. But just for fun, did you know there was a:

Patient’s Bill of Rights

Library Bill of Rights

Digital Consumers Bill of Rights

Taxicab Riders Bill of Rights

Math Anxiety Bill of Rights

the sadly failed Passengers Bill of Rights;

And, just in case you slept through your Civics Class, THE Bill of Rights

Thanks to the APP, The Commons at Flickr, The Library of Congress,   The New York Taxi & Limousine Commission, and MSNBC

I want to hear from you if your rights as a piercee have been violated–drop me a comment!