The decision to have your child's earlobes pierced can be a difficult one for parents. Peer pressures from others can influence the "timing" of when "YES" is the answer to "can I?....can I?....can I?....PLEASE"
Once the decision is made, the next choice is "how"?
Making an educated decision is the important part. Our opinion at Piercing HQ is reliant on the following facts:
earlobe piercings are often the piercings a person will have for the longest time in their life - it makes sense to have them done properly.
Say NO to guns!!!
A "one use only needle" is the cleanest, and least traumatic to the tissue, method available. Whilst it may sound scary - the risk of an infection from a stud gun is HIGH. There is no way to effectively sterilise a reusable stud gun. Whilst the studs may be classed as sterile - the gun isn't and bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted from client to client.
"Using Ear Guns – A number of states have made it illegal to use a gun on body piercings. Most ear guns can’t be sterilized in an autoclave and therefore can potentially transmit Hepatitis C. Even if the antiseptic wipes used were able to kill all pathogens on contact, simply wiping the external surfaces of the gun with an antiseptic does not kill pathogens within the working parts of the gun. Blood from one client can aerosolize, becoming airborne in microscopic particles, and contaminate the inside of the gun. The next client’s tissue and jewelry may come into contact with these contaminated surfaces. Many medical reports acknowledge the possibility of transmitting Hepatitis C with ear guns. Read further "
the environment of a professional piercing studio is Health Department approved for skin penetration. Your local chemist or hairdressing salon usually isn't. If in doubt ask to see their approval certificate and look for the words "skin penetration".
piercing the earlobes of children can be much easier for everyone when both lobes are pierced simultaneously. Piercing HQ can offer this service by 2 qualified Piercers.
as professional Piercers, we will never pierce anyone without their consent - this includes children. The standard minimum age for earlobe piercings at HQ is 5 years, however the child's maturity level is also taken into consideration. Earlobe piercing is a choice, and every child has the ability to say whether they want their ears pierced - or not. We will always support the will of the child. Once we have their consent we will do everything within our power to make the experience as easy for them as we can. Please Note: as babies cannot give their consent, this service is not available at Piercing HQ.
One of our piercing rooms has been reserved for the piercing of minors. e.g there are no inappropriate pictures on the walls.
Appointments are available from Wednesday - Saturday. If you have any further questions please feel free to give us a call on 9419 7707.
So we've been seeing and hearing a lot recently about folks not being aware that there are significant differences in the quality of body jewellery currently available in Australia. The quality of the jewellery sold in places that do piercings is not regulated here so information about what you are choosing to put inside your body needs to be your responsibility in order for you to make an informed choice.
Much of the cheaper body jewellery being sold is produced in Asia now - and is also largely unregulated. Many Piercers don't know "where" the jewellery comes from that they use - aside from "out of the container" it is stored in.
Body piercing jewellery is no different to everything else - you should get what you pay for. A $5 piece of jewellery is of significantly lower quality than a $50 piece. It then follows that the materials used to make the cheaper option are CHEAPER right?
A piece of good quality jewellery will look the same 10 years after you purchase it. We've seen jewellery turn black, green, the worst ones are actually RUSTY!!!
So the long and the short of it is get yourself educated, or ensure that your Piercer is.
We only use jewellery from suppliers who have been approved by the Association of Professional Piercers and we are proud to do so. We won't put anything into you we wouldn't be prepared to put in ourselves - and that standard is HIGH.
What a spectacular day we had on Good Friday swinging people from the trees in the sunshine!!! The Piercing HQ team did an AWESOME job. Our sincerest thanks to you all :)
I always find it tough to write after a HookedUp event - and this one is no different. I will try, although the words are never enough to accurately describe the feelings.
Pictures are now starting to filter through and they do a much better job than my words ever could. Thank you Andrew :) http://www.andrewbottphoto.com/hookedup10
Thank you to our incredible crew! You are the people who allow us all to enjoy these spectacular events. Without you all they couldn't happen. Master Jack, alex, BloodyWolf, Lauren, Elle, & Hugh. Thank YOU all for the giving of your amazing selves to Hooked Up.
WoofyD - our time in your home from Thursday night through to Saturday afternoon will forever be in our hearts as a very special memory. The effort you and your wonderful man put toward making sure we could have the best day possible was spectacular!!! To see it culminated in you flying from your trees made our hearts sing. We hope you now enjoy many more days surrounded by kindred spirits sprawled out all over your property :) Thank you for taking such good care of us. Xxx
To our beautiful sister - thank you. You are always standing beside us helping us to do the best we can. From making sure we eat, to getting me out of my pj's as folks started to arrive, and EVERYTHING else before, during, and after. We love you beautiful xxx
Now the really tough part - the suspendees. Each and every one of you - BEAUTIFUL!!! The trust you place in us to facilitate your flight always leaves me speechless. You all brought your unique personalities to the experience and therefore made every suspension magnificent in your own way. Our thanks to you all for sharing such an intimate view of yourselves with us. You are an inspiration.
Our bodies - mine included (winks at MissMoggy) - will keep the energy alive in the coming days. Enjoy the reminders in your muscles. We hope they bring a smile. You all earned every pain with an enviable style and bravery. We salute you!!!
Thank you to everyone who came along and helped to make this event AMAZING :) Seeing you all spread out on the ground in the sunshine enjoying our event made us smile. Thank you for the energy you gave to us all. We hope you'll join us again :)
Thanks too for taking your rubbish home with you :) We really appreciate your efforts.
Thanks to cyclone for saving me a piece of the most awesome mint slice I've ever tasted. Yum!
Until we meet again - be well, safe, and happy :) Bella and Paulus xxx
P.S To the woman who came to talk to me about her nipple piercings - I tried to find you again but couldn't. If you could pm me, or call at HQ I'll be happy to help you :)
P.P.S We will keep you posted on when The Age article is published. Thanks to everyone who spoke with Carolyn and Simon.
"I regret not thanking you earlier for the professionalism and skill in which you and your Gentleman BoyPaulus pierced my ear, and inserting the large gauge captive bead PA ring earlier this month. I have to say i have never felt comfortable naked in front of other men, BoyPaulus' calm chilled demeanor was much appreciated and the mark of a true professional. Many thanks from a huge fan, of both of you, and your wonderful studio.
To all the men and women who fought bravely for our country, we thank you.
Anzac day holds a special place in our hearts here at HQ. Paulus invested 15 years of his life as a Merchant Marine/Seaman. These men and women played an integral role in the war efforts, up to and including, the Vietnam War.
These souls who gave their lives in supporting the defence of our country, are often forgotten when we acknowledge the Anzacs. The transporting of personnel - whether fit or injured, ammunition, and supplies was entrusted to these men who regularly lost their lives as a result.
The enemy was aware of how important these vessels were. Hence they were routinely targeted, and sunk under enemy fire. The phrase "brave men and women" is never truer than when referring to these people.
Whilst the use of the Merchant Navy as a part of the Australian Defence Force has since changed, support of the ADF, and their families, via the RSL and the Anzac Day appeal, is still of utmost importance.
Piercing HQ will be trading from 1-6pm on Anzac Day. We are not offering any special deals - just our pledge to donate our time and skills to the appeal. Piercing fees range from $30-$100 dollars so that will be the amount of your donation should you choose to come and get a piercing in support of our efforts.
Jewellery is not included in the prices we are quoting. It starts at $30 for a ring, and $60 for an internally threaded barbell. Jewellery must be purchased for your piercing from HQ.
If you would like to participate in our project but you are unable to come on Anzac Day, please call and we'll work out an alternative for you.
If you don't want to be pierced but would like to donate feel free to let us know and we are happy to add your contribution to the donation.
Bookings are preferred and available between 1-6pm. (03) 9419 7707
So for the FIRST time ever we are going to be closed on Easter Saturday. After running Hooked Up #10 on Good Friday we are planning to have the day off :) These are our trading hours over Easter. Note the earlier close time on Thursday.
Erik was a recent client who came to visit us from Adelaide for some "R" rated piercings and a large scarification piece. He sent us a beautiful box of Haigh's chocolates that arrived today. Thank you Erik!!!
Fresh Bear Claw Scarification & Cautery
We had a wonderful time doing what it is that we do :-) Erik will join the ranks of our most memorable experiences. He is a very special person that we were privileged to meet.