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Piercing Policies

Piercing Policies

We think getting a piercing should be a fun and enjoyable experience. We also believe it is essential we take some necessary precautions to protect you, our clients. If some of our policies seem a little “strict” or don’t make sense, give us a call, or better yet, stop into the studio. We can give you more detailed information if you like. Ultimately, these policies are in place to keep everyone safe and happy.

In addition to our own studio policies, Third Eye Body Art LLC follows all guidelines, and meets or exceeds all standards, set by the Arizona Health Department. The studio, and each of our piercers, is licensed by the City of Mesa.

The following is our list of policies and standards related to body piercing.

To receive a piercing at Third Eye Body Art, you must be at least 18 years old. We do offer some piercing services to minors, when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Please see the Minors section for more detailed information.

In order to receive a piercing at Third Eye Body Art, you must present one of the following VALID (not expired) forms of identification:

State-issued driver’s license or state-issued identification card
Resident alien card
Military identification card
Passport
Based upon the regulations set forth by the City of Mesa, these are the only forms of identification we can accept. Sorry, no exceptions.

Please read ALL of this information that pertains to piercing minors. If you have questions, please contact us.

We offer a wide variety of piercing services to minors when they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and meet all of the ID and documentation requirements we have established.

We do not do any piercings on anyone under the age of 18 without parental/legal-guardian consent. Piercing a minor without parental/legal-guardian consent is both illegal and unethical. We absolute will not pierce anyone under 18 without parental or legal-guardian consent. No exceptions. Ever.

The policies we’ve established are designed to protect minors, their parents and our studio as well as to comply with all local and state laws and regulations. We strongly encourage minors and their parents to stop into the studio and speak with one of our piercers. This will allow us to go over all details of the procedure, how to care for the piercing and answer any questions you may have.

If you are under the age of 18, we will not do the following piercings on you, no exceptions:

Nipple (illegal to perform on minors in the state of Arizona)
Genital (illegal to perform on minors in the state of Arizona)
Surface
Microdermal/surface anchor
Large-gauge (over 10 gauge) initial size
If you are 15-17 years old, we will do select piercings on you:

You must have parent/legal-guardian-consent
Your parent/legal guardian must be present to sign the consent form and they must be present in the piercing room while you are being pierced. They do not have to watch the actual piercing.
You and your parent/legal-guardian must both provide all ID and documentation requirements (see below)
If you are 14 or younger, we will only do earlobe piercings on you, even with parent/legal-guardian consent.

Please see the Earlobe Piercing for Young Children for additional important information.
Identification and Documentation requirements for 15-17 year olds

Both the minor and the parent/legal guardian must present one of the following forms of VALID (not expired) forms of identification:

State-issued driver’s license or learner’s permit
State-issued identification card
Resident alien card
Military identification card
Passport
State regulations will not allow us to accept any form of ID other than those listed above. We cannot accept school ID’s and we can not make exceptions.

In addition to the ID’s, you must bring a copy of the minor’s birth certificate.

This is is not a state regulation, but it is our studio policy. We created this policy because of situations we have dealt with in the past where an older sister/brother, an aunt/uncle or someone else has presented themselves as the parent/legal-guardian of a minor. The birth certificate helps us discourage people from trying these sorts of shenanigans and thereby protects everyone involved in the process.

If you are the legal guardian of a minor, you must present court documentation that proves legal guardianship.

Please note that being the step-parent of a minor does not automatically make you the legal-guardian. You will need to provide documentation of adoption or other documentation declaring you the legal guardian of the minor.

What if I am the parent of a minor, but we have different last names?

If you are the parent of a minor, but you and the minor have different last names, we need documentation showing why your names are different (divorce, name change, re-married etc.) or some other legal documentation demonstrating guardianship.

We reserve the right to refuse piercing services to anyone at any time.

As a general policy, we will do earlobe piercings on minors as young as 8 years old. However, a consultation with one of our piercers beforehand is required.

While the piercer maybe willing to do the piercing the same day as the consultation, they may decide a 24 hour waiting period is appropriate. Please be honest with your children about the possibility that they may have to wait an extra day or two to have their ears pierced.

In some instances, the piercer may decide not to pierce the child at all and they will discuss their reasoning with you.

We strongly suggest setting up an appointment for the consultation/piercing, although we can usually accommodate walk-ins as well.

It is against local regulations, as well as unethical, to perform piercing services on anyone obviously under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You wouldn’t want our piercers to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so we expect the same from you.

Our piercers, or members of our management team, reserve the right to refuse service to anyone they believe, or suspect, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please understand, this is for the your safety as well as the safety of our piercers.

One of the most important aspects of receiving a piercing is the cleanliness of the procedure. When piercings are not performed in a clean, safe environment, the potential exists for spreading infectious diseases. Our piercers adhere to strict standards for sterilization of their equipment as well as stringent infection control practices. These standards help ensure the piercing you receive is both safe and attractive.

Anything used during a piercing that can be single-use and disposable, is. This means the item is brand new when used on you and then disposed of immediately, never to be reused on any other clients. This includes, most importantly, the piercing needle used to perform the piercing. All piercing needles are statim sterilized before being used so they are as clean as possible. You will see the piercer gather all materials that would be needed for your procedure and place them inside of a statim for a sterilization cycle, although they won’t make you look at the needle if you don’t want to. Once the piercing is completed, you will see the piercer dispose of the needle in a Sharps container, so that you know the needle used on you will never be used on anyone else, and vice versa.

There are a few pieces of equipment that may need to be reused. Any equipment that needs to be re-used is first disinfected using a high-level liquid disinfectant. The equipment is then processed in an ultrasonic-cleaner which removes any microscopic debris that may be on the equipment. Once this is complete, the equipment is placed in a sterilization pouch and processed in a statim sterilizer.

Autoclaves/Statims are the same type of devices used by hospitals and dentists to sterilize their equipment but more efficiently. Autoclave/Statim sterilization is the ONLY way to be sure that re-usable equipment is completely free of disease-causing organisms. We take several steps to monitor our sterilization practices so that we can be sure our autoclave/statim sterilizer is functioning appropriately.

One step we take is to perform a spore test on our autoclave/statim every week. A spore test is a biological monitoring test performed by an independent lab that shows that our autoclave/statim is destroying all microorganisms, including bacterial spores. In addition to the spore test, we use an integrator in every autoclave/statim load. An integrator is a chemical monitoring test that verifies that our autoclave is reaching the required temperature and pressure, for the appropriate amount of time. Time, temperature and pressure are the three components required for effective sterilization.

Disinfection of the piercing room and work surfaces is another step we utilized to make your piercing as safe as possible. The piercing room is thoroughly disinfected at the beginning of each day. Additionally, all surfaces in the piercing room that could potentially become contaminated are disinfected between each client. See the Piercing Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) section for additional information on our piercing standards.

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