Piercing & Jewelry FAQ

Shop closed through June 8th in compliance with DC’s order to close all non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Piercings: If you have any piercing issues or aftercare questions, please feel free to reach out to Mantis at piercingsbymantis@gmail.com or @mantisxwildflower.

Tattoos: We can do tattoo consultations by email – Please see FAQ/#Consultations if you’re unsure of what information to include in your email, and we’ll ask any necessary follow up questions.

If you have emailed and haven’t gotten a response yet, please be patient. Like you, we’re dealing with a lot of unforeseen circumstances during this time, and we’re unsure about when we can start scheduling appointments again. Know that we miss you all, and we’ll be back to work as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience, and be safe.

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How old do I have to be to get pierced?
How much are piercings?
How much is jewelry?
Are piercings available as walk ins or appointments?
What kind of jewelry do you have?
Do you carry piercing aftercare products?
How do I take care of my new piercing?
What’s wrong with my piercing?
How long does it take a piercing to fully heal? When can I downsize or change my jewelry? When can I leave my jewelry out?
Did my piercing close up?
Will the piercer help me change my jewelry?
Which piercings will you NOT do?
Will you pierce with hoops?
Do you sell retainers or replacement parts?
Can I bring in my own jewelry?
How do I keep my jewelry from falling out?
How do I take my jewelry out?
I bought the wrong jewelry – can I return it?

How old do I have to be to get pierced?

You must be at least 18 and have a valid, government-issued photo ID.

If you’re under 18 and looking to get pierced, don’t go somewhere that uses piercing guns! Please feel free to call us or message our piercer for recommendations on where you may be able go. There are some options outside of DC, depending on your age and desired piercings. All require parental/guardian consent.

How much are piercings?

Our piercing service fee is $40 for most piercings, $50 for genital piercings.

We offer a discount on multiple piercings on the same person ($40 for one, $70 for 2, $90 for 3), but depending what type of combo you’re getting, we may limit the number of piercings you can get at once for healing purposes.

Our jewelry change fee is $5.

The piercing service fee does NOT include jewelry.

How much is jewelry?

We have options ranging from simple to fancy, so there’s a pretty broad price range, but basic pieces start at $30.

Please keep in mind that you will need to purchase another piece of jewelry after your initial piercing. All piercings are done with larger jewelry initially to allow for swelling, but you will need a properly fitted piece later on to avoid excess movement, getting snagged on clothing and hair, and other potential irritants.

Are piercings available as walk ins or appointments?

Piercings are currently walk in only, so walk on in! The piercer is in every day that the shop is open.

What kind of jewelry do you have?

We carry implant-grade titanium, implant-grade steel, niobium, and 14K & 18K gold. We carry internally threaded and threadless pieces. All of our jewelry is nickel free.

Besides the basics, we have a lot of different options with CZ’s and opals – come check out the jewelry case! As we build up our stock, we’ll be adding the option to anodize, as well as glass and organic pieces.

If you’re looking for something specific, please give us a call before coming in and we can let you know what we have. Or if there’s anything you’d like to see in our case in the future, let us know! We welcome any feedback as we build up this new piercing side of the shop.

Do you carry piercing aftercare products?

We carry Steri-Wash Sterile Saline Piercing Spray for $10-15 depending on size.

From their website: “Steri-Wash© Sterile Saline Sprays are simple sterilized sodium chloride solutions used to clean wounds and piercings with the same safe percentage of saline already in the human body. Our products do not cause stinging or burning. There are no added drugs or preservatives, and they are vegan friendly. These products are used in hospitals, nursing care, and emergency care facilities to care for wounds and burns. Steri-Wash® Sterile Saline Piercing Spray is a sterilized sodium chloride solution used to clean debris from a piercing without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. It comes with a fine mist spray actuator to gently cleanse piercings.”

How do I take care of my new piercing?

Please see our aftercare instructions for body piercings and oral piercings, taken directly from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) website. The piercer will explain aftercare to you at the time of your piercing, and will give you a hard copy of the instructions with your jewelry size, earliest downsize date, and healing time written on it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your piercer!

What’s wrong with my piercing?

If you’re having any healing issues with your piercing, please contact your piercer right away. The sooner you figure out what’s wrong, the easier it is to fix it!

It’s best if you can come into the shop so they can look at it in person, since it can be difficult to determine the problem by description/photo. Your piercer will be able to help you narrow down what is potentially irritating it, or if a different sized piece of jewelry is needed.

DO NOT remove jewelry from an irritated piercing. You may trap the irritant if it heals over.

For more info, check out our Body Piercing Aftercare or Oral Piercing Aftercare, which includes information on what is normal for a healing piercing, and some hints & tips on care.

How long does it take a piercing to fully heal? When can I downsize or change my jewelry? When can I leave my jewelry out?

Different piercings take different amounts of time to heal. Your piercer will tell you how long your piercing will take to heal, and when it’s safe to downsize. Generally, cartilage piercings (nostril included) take anywhere between 6-12 months to fully heal, and other piercings range from 3-6 months.

Your piercer will tell you when it’s safe to downsize or change your jewelry. It depends on the piercing, but it’s generally safe to downsize at around 6-8 weeks, as long as you’ve taken proper care of it and had no healing issues.

We recommend coming back into the shop for your first jewelry change after getting pierced. Your piercing is not fully healed at 6 to 8 weeks, and if you have trouble getting the jewelry back in yourself, you risk losing the piercing – they close up FAST!

You should not leave your jewelry out until it’s fully healed. Even then, the hole can shrink and it may be difficult to get jewelry back in if you leave it out for a significant amount of time.

Did my piercing close up?

If you leave jewelry out of a piercing that’s not fully healed, it can close up pretty quickly. You may need to let it fully heal and then have it re-pierced.

If it’s an older piercing that you just haven’t worn jewelry in for a long time, it may still be open, but shrunk. The piercer may be able to insert jewelry with a small taper without having to re-pierce it.

If you’re unsure, come by and have the piercer take a look at it.

Will the piercer help me change my jewelry?

Absolutely! Our jewelry change fee is $5. We waive the fee for your first jewelry change after getting pierced at the shop. If you are bringing your own jewelry in to have it installed, the piercer will need to take a look at it to make sure it’s an appropriate size & style, and a safe material for your piercing.

Which piercings will you NOT do?

No cheek piercings.

No surface piercings (currently).

No oral piercings that damage teeth, such as smileys, webbing, snake eyes, tip of tongue.

Limited genital piercings until we build up our jewelry stock. Please give us a call before coming in to make sure we have the appropriate jewelry for the genital piercing you’re trying to get.

Will you pierce with hoops?

The only piercings we will do with a captive bead ring or circular barbell are septums and daiths, and some genital piercings. If you want to wear a hoop in your ear piercing, nostril, lip, nipple, etc., it’s best to wait until it’s fully healed. For most piercings, CBR’s and circular barbells just cause irritation and healing issues because they move around too much.

Do you sell retainers or replacement parts?

We don’t currently have retainers in stock, but we will in the near future.

We do sell replacements beads and posts, but we can’t guarantee that our replacement parts will fit on your jewelry. Please feel free to give us a call if you’re looking for something specific. It’s helpful if you know what jewelry company your piece is from.

Can I bring in my own jewelry?

Generally, no. We follow the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) Initial Jewelry Standards, so we know for sure that the jewelry we carry is safe to use in a fresh piercing, but we can’t verify that outside jewelry is an appropriate material. It’s also very unlikely that it’s the correct size for an initial piercing.

How do I keep my jewelry from falling out?

The piercer will install a piece of jewelry securely, but daily activity and cleaning can loosen threaded jewelry over time. Tighten threaded balls periodically to keep them from coming loose. It’s helpful to wear gloves to get a better grip.

How do I take my jewelry out?

Threaded jewelry is unscrewed. Threadless jewelry is pulled apart. CBR beads are held in by tension and can be popped out. It’s helpful to wear gloves to get a better grip. If you need help, come by the shop!

I bought the wrong jewelry – can I return it?

No refunds or returns on jewelry for safety reasons. When purchasing jewelry, it’s always a good idea to have the piercer take a look at your piercing to help you find the right size.