Your Rights

You Always Come First

Most people don’t tell you this, but you are a Piercee, I am the Piercer, and you come first. All attention and time should be put on you and you should be made to feel as comfortable as possible during the piercing process. You also have rights. It’s important to know your rights as a Piercee. At Cape Town Body Piercing, if you feel your rights have not been met, I will not ask you to pay. Your rights are as follows:

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

2) To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized, single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical waste sharps container after use on your piercing.

3) To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate instruments, 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 dangerous when used on anything – including earlobes.

5) To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your 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 your individual anatomy and lifestyle.

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

8) To have the option to receive a second opinion from another piercer or 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 jewelry 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 any decision.

11) To be fully informed about PROPER aftercare – 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 gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.

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