It’s common for people getting pierced to bring a friend along for moral support. Some groups of friends even make trips to the piercing studio to get pierced together. However, one of the latest piercing trends is to throw a piercing party, which adds another social element to the fun of getting pierced. In fact, piercing parties have become so trendy that Ashley Graham had one at her baby shower and high-end retail stores, like Neiman Marcus, and fashion designers have hosted them as part of their holiday events.
But how do you throw a fun and safe piercing party?
What Is a Piercing Party?
Before we start discussing tips and tricks for throwing one, it’s important to know what a piercing party is. Simply, a piercing party is when a group of people get pierced or watch others get pierced at any type of gathering. Sometimes the piercing party is the main focus of the gathering, while other times the piercing party is just a part of a larger gathering.
Some of the benefits of a piercing party include:
- You and your friends can feel more safe and comfortable in your own place or party location than if you were at a piercing studio or tattoo shop
- You may be able to score high quality jewelry at a discounted price for partygoers
- You can see how unique piercings are done
- You can get a ton of moral support while you’re getting pierced
- You can research and discuss a potential piercing with the piercer before you decide to get it
Tip #1: Hire a Licensed & Qualified Piercer
It’s important to make sure that you hire a legally certified piercer when you are hosting a piercing party. Just because someone says they have pierced multiple people does not mean that they are qualified to do so, which is why it is important to do your research before you hire someone. In addition to checking a piercer’s certifications, you might want to take a look at their portfolio to look at the quality of the piercings and ensure that they are clean.
Another thing to think about is making sure that you’ll feel safe getting pierced by this person. If you don’t feel safe getting pierced, chances are your friends won’t feel safe either.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions, get rates, and ask about a piercer’s style while you’re searching for the perfect host. It’s also a great idea to ask what equipment the piercer brings with them and what you need to supply yourself. You might want to ask the piercer about location preferences and if they pierce outside of the shop if you’re looking to host the party at your home or another location.
Tip #2: Choose a Clean Location to Host the Party
One of the fun things about piercing parties is that it doesn’t have to be at a piercing studio. However, there is a caveat. The location you select to host the party has to meet state and county regulations because each has different qualifications for where piercers can perform services. Regardless of where you choose to throw your piercing party, it must be cleansed and sterilized properly so that it is safe.
If you’re having trouble locating a good event location, you might want to look into calling a studio that specializes in piercing parties. Sometimes studios offer the ability to host a private studio piercing party, which is a great option if you want to ensure the place is clean and meets all state and county regulations.
Tip #3: Select Sterilized Jewelry Only
While some piercers will supply their own body jewelry for you to choose from, others will require that you purchase the jewelry yourself. If you do purchase the jewelry elsewhere, it is important that you ensure it is autoclaved, or sterilized, before use. This might mean buying the jewelry from online body jewelry shops, such as ours, and supplying it to your piercer prior to the party.
Tip #4: Invite People Old Enough to Get Pierced or Ensure Minors Are Accompanied by Their Legal Guardians
Imagine this: you host a piercing party for your child’s birthday, and invite all of their friends to get pierced as well. That night, you get a ton of angry calls from parents who didn’t want their children to get a piercing. While this isn’t exactly a scenario that can come wholly true, it does bring up an important tip: don’t invite minors unless their legal guardians are with them. This is because in most states and counties, minors must have consent forms signed by a legal guardian, and they cannot be signed in advance. One way to avoid this is to just invite those who are legally allowed to get pierced without a parent or guardian’s consent.