What's New at Release

Continuing to improve is extremely important to us, so we’ve been making some changes!

Staff

We currently have two piercers, Steeve and Stephanie. We’ve greatly enjoyed having other piercers over the years and have learned a lot from them, but for now it’ll just be the two of us!

Keep an eye out on our social media platforms for fresh new faces though as we’ll likely have some guest piercers coming through in the near future!

Decor

Anyone who has been in the studio lately knows that we’ve been working on some major renovations, and we aren’t done yet. Our lobby has had a facelift and the piercing room is up next!

Ear Piercing Minimum Age

After much deliberation we have decided to raise the minimum age requirement for children’s ear piercings from 4 to 5 years. Getting your ears pierced for the first time is an experience we want our clients to look back on fondly, and another year of waiting can make a big difference.

Going Greener

Our impact on the environment is always at the front of our minds. Recently we’ve been able to improve our recycling practices as well as coach our team members in sustainable resource usage.

Thank You

for being interested and for inspiring us to keep moving forward

Buying Body Jewelry Online

For a lot of people, getting quality body jewelry can be difficult. Most quality jewelry manufactures only sell to piercings studios, and if you aren't near a piercing studio, you're out of luck. We want the best in body jewelry to be accessible to anyone who wants it, so we have an online store!

With buying body jewelry online though, there are some things that need to be considered. 

  • Is it really good quality?
  • Is it the appropriate type of jewelry for the piercing?
  • Is it the right size?

Read below for details or see the images below for an overview!

 
 

Is it really good quality?

Determining if the jewelry you're looking at online is the quality that you're looking for can be tricky, but we'll let you know what you should look for. 

The first thing you should look at is what the jewelry is made of. The best jewelry will be one of the following materials.

  • Implant grade titanium (ASTM F136, ASTM F67, or ISO 5832-3)
  • Implant grade steel (ASTM F138 or ISO 5832-1)
  • Solid 14k (or higher) gold that is nickel and cadmium free
  • Niobium
  • Glass (fused quartz, lead-free borosilicate, or lead-free soda-lime)
  • Stone

You don't have to understand what a lot of this information means (it's complicated)! You also won't be able to tell if the jewelry you're looking at is one of these safe materials by looking at the pictures, but this information should be listed in a description of the jewelry.

The next thing you want to look at to see if the jewelry you want to buy is good quality is the threading style (if it's not a single piece). Internally threaded or threadless jewelry is what you want. This just means that the part of the jewelry that will be going directly into the piercing is the female side of the threading. If you're not sure what style of threading a piece is, checking the description should also answer this. 

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Is it the appropriate type of jewelry for the piercing?

Now, this is harder to answer (if you can believe it!). The easiest way to determine this is if you already have a piece of jewelry you know works for the piercing so you can just get the same type. If you're still not sure what style of jewelry will be best for your piercing, stay tuned for another post which will go over this in detail. 

 

Is it the right size?

Any given piece of jewelry can be measured a few ways. 

  • Thickness of the jewelry is important so it's not too thick or thin. Thickness is represented as gauge, in inches, or in millimeters.
  • Length is also important in a lot of cases to it's not too long or short. Length is represented in inches (or fractions of an inch) or millimeters.
  • Wearable is also sometimes used to describe the length of the jewelry only where it goes through the piercing, or the size the piercing needs to be to accomodate the jewelry. This is also represented as gauge, inches, or millimeters. 
 

Now that you know the basics

you can confidently search for body jewelry online! Check out our new online store below!

 

Children's Ear Piercings

Welcome to our new and improved website! We're very excited about this update. To kick off our new blog we're addressing an issue a lot of parents are currently facing - where to get kids ears pierced. 

There are a few things you want to look for when choosing where to get your kids ears pierced.

  • Is it something they offer?

  • Is it safe?

  • Is my child ready?

Is it something they offer?

A lot of piercing studios do child ear piercings, but some do not so it's always best to check to see if they do. Contact them and ask if they pierce kids lobes. While you're checking to see if it's something they offer I suggest also asking if they have an age restriction, if you need an appointment, and if you need to bring in anything like your I.D.

Is it safe?

  • What kind of earrings will they use/what are they made of? (You want the jewelry to be implant grade steel, implant grade titanium, niobium, or 14k or higher gold. The surface of the jewelry should also be very shiny so you know it's been well polished and is smooth). The most common jewelry manufacturers that only use the best are NeoMetal, Anatometal, Industrial Strength, and LeRoi Fine Jewelry (these aren't the only good companies, but they're the most commonly used here in the United States).

  • How will they do the piercing? All reputable piercing studios will do the piercing with a sterile single use needle not the guns! The guns that some places use can cause more damage to the surrounding tissue, cannot be sterilized on site, and they can malfunction (sometimes while being used on someone! This is why we hear stories about the guns getting stuck on people's ears).

  • How will they get ready for the piercing? You want the earrings and anything used for the piercing to be sterile. A lot of studios will sterilize everything right before the piercing. When this is how they get ready you'll usually be shown a sterilization integrator which will show that the autoclave did successfully sterilize everything inside. Other studios will sterilize their jewelry and tools beforehand and they will be stored in bags usually with a white paper back and a blue plastic front. These will usually have a sterilization integrator inside, or as part of the bag, so you know it's sterile.

Any studio that you want to go to will be more than happy to explain how they ensure the safety of their piercings.

Is my Child Ready?

  • Will they remember this later in life? If this is something they're going to remember, how do you want them to remember getting their ears pierced? Try to put yourself in your child's shoes and see how you feel - you know your kid best!

  • Is it something they want? Do you want them to remember a stranger forcibly hurting them (because they don't really understand or desire what was going on) or do you want them to remember being excited and happy about what happened (because they were looking forward to their new earrings)?

  • Are you worried about infection? When piercing very young children you should consider how developed their immune system is or isn't. If you're not sure about this I would suggest consulting a doctor.

This is what I consider to be the most important questions to be asking when finding a piercing studio to do your child's ear piercings. If you're in eastern Iowa you might even be considering coming to us! So, here's how we would answer all of these questions!

We do offer children's earlobe piercings with an age requirement of four years old. The reasons we have this restriction are the child's ability to fight off infection or disease, and their consent. We want the risk to be very low, and we want the child to be very happy! We do require appointments for this piercing so you'll want to contact us to set up a time. We also require I.D. for both you and your child (a valid government issued I.D. for you, and a birth certificate or school I.D. for your child). 

Is it safe? We use only implant grade titanium jewelry usually from NeoMetal or Anatometal for these piercings. We sterilize everything right before doing the piercing and will show you a sterilization integrator so you know it's all sterile. One of the sterile tools we use for these piercings is a single use needle, we don't use guns. 

 

if you have any questions feel free to contact us