When you're getting pierced, your piercer wouldn't be the only one doing all the work. There are also a few actions on your behalf to consider. These etiquette tips can make your piercing experience less painful, a whole lot more fun, and even help to establish a good relationship with your piercer.
DON'T BRING TOO MANY FRIENDS
If you are nervous and want a friend to come in with you, that's okay. Just don't bring the entire squad; getting yourself pierced isn't some momentous event for a field trip. Too many people can be distracting for your piercer.
Don't grab your piercer’s hand or pull away or fidget or kick your legs or flail your arms, or anything else that could cause your piercer to lose control of the needle. If you are all shifty it makes it very difficult to make a well-placed hole. Also, your unnecessary movements might even injure not just yourself but also your piercer.
ASK FOR PERMISSION BEFORE TAKING PHOTOS
Yes, you are excited about getting yourself pierced and most piercers are even happy to be in your photos but it is just courtesy to ask when including someone you don’t know in your photos. And if you do take photos, don’t get in the way. Nothing is worse than trying to concentrate on doing the best job possible when you have a camera in your face.
TRUST YOUR PIERCER'S EXPERTISE
Of course, you are making a modification to your body and you want it to be a certain way. But trust that your piercer knows what he or she is doing; they have been professionally trained and they know better than you. You have to be willing to accept that some things cannot be done your way, and that is only for your own good.
PAY ATTENTION TO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
Your fresh piercing is getting you all psyched up, yes. But spare a couple of minutes to focus on your piercer's aftercare guidelines. They want your piercing to successfully heal, and they know exactly how to make that happen so pay attention and do as they say. You can't be running back to the shop after a couple of days, complaining about an infection, if you haven't been applying proper aftercare in the first place.
DON'T FORGET TO TIP
Tipping is not exactly an expectation, but it really just shows your piercer that you are happy with their service and that you appreciate their work.