WHY SHOULD I GET PIERCED AT PRIMAL URGE?
Primal Urge was opened in 1995 and was Perth city’s first
body piercing studio. With the most senior and knowledgeable
male and female piercers in Perth we feel we can offer advice and
service gained through years of learning. With over 45,000 clients
we feel the record speaks for itself and we are one of only a few
body-piercing studios that offer a total range of piercing service.
WHO DO SOME STUDIOS REFUSE TO PIERCE SOME PARTS?
Good question and the answer is simple. Body piercing studio’s have popped up like many other fashion and “niche” industries, and many claim they are the best, most experienced or most knowledgeable, yet many of these studios cannot or will not offer a full body range of services and indeed many of the staff have few piercings themselves. The choice of where you get pierced of course is ultimately up to you, but always do your research, ask as many questions as you can and ensure your piercer has both the experience and the ability to answer all your enquiries.
Please remember, cheap does not mean good.
It's like skating on thin "ice!"
WHY SHOULD I GET PIERCED WITH A NEEDLE AND NOT A GUN, AND WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE?
Ear piercing guns, only ever really designed for the soft tissue of the ear lobe, are a thing of the past. Why don’t we use leeches or cast spells to cure ills? Simple, we have advanced with time, and with the ever-increasing risk of disease, the cleanliness of a single-use needle and quality jewellery, far outweighs the risk of the old fashioned method of piercing. The cost factors are derived simply from running a professional service. At Primal Urge we try and keep our costs to a minimum to be competitive while understanding the needs of a clients hard-earned dollars.
DOES IT HURT TO GET PIERCED, WILL IT HURT AFTERWARD AND WHAT TYPE OF NEEDLE DO YOU USE?
All piercings hurt, it is an unavoidable part of decorating your
body. But if you relax, listen to your piercer and follow their
advice, your piercing experience will be simple, quick and often
an adrenalin producing experience. It is best to have had a light
meal an hour or so before your piercing, be sober and straight, as
being pierced under the influence of alcohol or drugs most often
leads to nausea and fainting. Our motto is simple; celebrate your
piercing after, not before. Most piercings do not hurt afterward but
the area may feel sensitive, warm and slightly uncomfortable.
The worst part of a piercing is the ‘actual piercing’, and once that
is over, ongoing pain is minimal at worst. At Primal Urge we only
use, double ground non-cannula single use needles. They are short
and do not have a plastic sleeve. Plastic sleeved needles are far
more uncomfortable and more painful than the type we use here.
The needles we use are surgically sharpened, do not remove any
tissue and are far less painful than you would imagine.
They of course are new, sterile, disposable and opened in front of
HOW LONG DOES A PIERCING TAKE TO HEAL?
Piercing healing is as varied as the piercing itself. Many deep tissue piercings will take longer to heal than thinner tissue. However that being said, healing is an ongoing process that in some cases takes a great deal of time. Most of this ‘time’ will go on unnoticed as the body accepts the implant, but residue tissue can be expected for up to 6-8 weeks in ‘most’ cases. But it would be impossible to explain the healing of every single type of piercing on this FAQ sheet. We do have individual aftercare instructions for our piercings and bead implanting and individual consultation is the best way to have your ‘healing time’ explained in detail.
HOW MANY PIERCINGS CAN I GET AT ONCE AND IF I TAKE THEM OUT WILL THEY CLOSE?
You may have as many piercings as you desire, however ‘post piercing trauma’ (shock) is a reality and while some piercing aficionado’s and record setters have had as many as 200-300 piercings in one sitting, it is not recommended. But many clients get between 6 and 15 in one sitting with no trauma at all. This is dependent on the type of piercing and is best discussed on a one-on-one consultation for the best advice possible. As mentioned earlier a piercing is a ‘wound’ and as such the body will attempt to heal or close the wound if the invader (the jewellery) is removed. Sadly schools, work places and parents are not piercing friendly so often the piercing you want, cannot be a reality if it needs removing on a regular basis. However that being said, there are many ways to conceal a piercing and at Primal Urge we have years of experience in this field and are happy to explain this on an individual basis.
WHAT ABOUT BREAST FEEDING IF I GET MY NIPPLE PIERCED?
There is no real evidence to support the theory of breast milk
blockage after a nipple piercing, it is best however, if you are still
planning on children, that the piercing be kept to a smaller gauge
and not pierced into the areolar of the breast. This area, containing
the ampulla should be avoided. The lactiferous ducts that supply
the milk to the outer nipple area are plentiful and when the
jewellery is not overly large, there is ample room for breast milk
production. While some nursing mothers leave their jewellery in,
at Primal Urge we recommend the removal of jewellery as
suckling may cause, threaded jewellery especially, to become
loose or undone. Clients, whose baby rearing days are over, may
of course have much larger and heavier gauge jewellery to
adorn their breasts.
CAN I SWIM WITH A FRESH PIERCING?
Of course! Swimming is a healthy and invigorating exercise. The
ocean, clean swimming pools and spa’s present no problem
however it is advisable to shower after pools and spa swimming.
Water enters all body cavities when swimming so providing the
body of water in which you are in is well maintained, balanced
and clean, the rumour of swimming or sitting in a spa is a total
fallacy. (This writer should know, with over 20 piercings and 40
tattoos and owning both a pool and a spa, has never had a
problem.) After all, we shower daily and often shower water is
not as well balanced and clean as a well maintained pool or spa.
At Primal Urge we pride ourselves on our experience in real life.
WHAT MATERIAL IS BEST FOR A PIERCING AND WHAT SIZE DO I NEED?
At Primal Urge we only use 4 types of jewellery. Stainless Steel that is graded as 316LVM. 316 LVM is 316L that has been vacuum melted; the vacuum prevents any air or airborne contaminants to attach to the molecules in the metal, resulting in a more consistent, softer and more flexible steel. 18 carat gold. (1 carat = 1/24th pure gold) so 18 carat gold will have fewer base materials than 9 carat. Titanium and Niobium are both element metals and are both fine for many types of piercings. Niobium is the heavier of the two but this weight is too small to be noticed. No jewellery at Primal Urge contains nickel. As for the size, we feel that it is best to explain to each client on an individual basis, as there are simply too many areas of the body to fully explain each jewellery requirement for each person.
WHAT IS AN FAQ AND WHAT OTHER QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK?
FAQ of course is short for Frequently Asked Questions and the list of answers to FAQ’s is as long as the questions to them. Things like, “Will I set off a metal detector?” “Will exercise and sweat annoy me?” “Why not get pierced at a Doctors or a Chemist?” The answers to these FAQ’s would take pages and pages so we have tried to answer what we feel are the basics but you can call us, email us or call in and we will be happy to explain all the answers to any question not listed here. While not agreeing with all the material in the following, without doubt, those who have access to the internet will never find a more informative website than www.faqs.org/faqs/bodyart/piercing-faq/ This site was designed to allow people to view and read as much information as possible. We hope this page is of a benefit and is presented proudly by Primal Urge Piercing. The author is Bob Anderson, owner and founder of Primal Urge Piercing who has over 16 years experience in the body piercing industry and was first pierced and tattooed in 1970. These questions and answers are gained through over 34 years of body modification.