Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes. You should not pierce anyone unless you are fully certified. Read about how to become a certified piercer here.
Considering opening up shop as a professional piercer?
Acquiring all the supplies you will shouldn’t be too difficult. What catches most people out is knowing exactly what they will need in this studio. It seems to be an awful lot of stuff, right?
If you are struggling with this, don’t fret as I intend to help you out.
Here you will find a complete list of supplies needed in a piercing studio. Including the trivial items which are easily forgotten. They are more important than you may realise!
If you cannot afford everything yet, start off with the key items and work your way forward.
I will mark the most important items on this list to make things easier for you.
Click the image of the item you want to find out more.
Piercing forceps come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You should have some of each type. Different piercings call for different forceps!
I strongly advise you to get metal ones. Avoid the cheap plastic forceps at all costs. Read about my bad experience with plastic forceps to find out why.
They should be kept inside their sterile packaging. Not to be opened until they are about to be used.
You will need a large supply of needles, so order in bulk!
For example, when a receiving tube is used with a nose piercing it will prevent the needle stabbing inside of the nostril.
You should get a selection of receiving tubes.
A dermal punch can also be used to pierce the ears in a larger gauge size. Saving your client from the lengthy stretching process.
Make sure to get a high quality dermal punch. You will need various different gauge sizes too.
Also used to up the gauge size of any other piercing. Using a disposable scalpel.
As with all other piercing tools, scalpels are single use only and should be disposed of responsibly after use. This helps avoid spreading bacteria or bloodborne pathogens.
Sterile Skin Markers
Although using a specialised skin marker is much more sterile. This type of pen is safe as it is designed for use on human skin in a medical setting.
These pens will come in sterile packaging which should be kept sealed until you intend to use them.
This includes the ears, bridge, nipple, tongue, tragus, helix and more.
Get a large supply of straight barbells as they will be in high demand. Be sure to have an array of colours, materials and ball endings. Your customers will be grateful for the fact they have a choice.
Ball Closure Rings
This style of ring is ideal for the healing period because of the smooth edges. This stops the piercing from getting caught on anything, which can cause a whole host of issues!
Insertion and removal is easy and quick. No screwing or unscrewing, no rough threads or associated problems.
BCRs can be worn in lips, ears, nipples, eyebrow, nose, septum and more.
You will need a variety of different gauge sizes and lengths. You should also have an assortment of different materials for those who have a sensitivity to stainless steel.
Make sure you have an assortment of different belly bars. These will be on high demand, being such a popular piercing. I can guarantee it!
The circular barbell is usually worn in the septum piercing. This style of jewelry can also be worn in the lip, ears, nipples and others.
The circular barbell is unusual compared to other forms of ring and barbell. It is measured as a ring, by diameter. While it functions like a barbell. With balls that unscrew for easy insertion and removal.
Heavy Gauge Jewelry
You should have both tunnels and plugs available. Stock every gauge size up to 1 inch. You can get higher gauges than this, if you think it will be in high enough demand with your customers.
You should also sell various tapers for customers who are interested in stretching their ears.
Internally Threaded Jewelry
Internally threaded jewelry is better for the inside of the piercing than externally threaded type, which is more common. Thanks to the smooth edges where there would usually be threads. With the threads being on the inside of the bar, they do not cause friction and irritation when you are changing jewelry.
Dermal Anchors & Tops
There are a variety of dermal tops on the market. Be sure that you have something for everyone. Your selection should consist of everything from girly, glitzy gems to graphic images on plain black tops, which will appeal to male clients
Surface bars feature a straight bottom with a short upright leg at each side. The are removed and inserted via the screw on balls or disks.
Make sure you have a variety of these so your customers can choose exactly what they wanna wear in their new piercing.
Make sure you have a combination of studs, rings, corkscrews and everything else. Also have different colours and gems in stock at all times.
Nose piercings will be one of your most popular requests. With both girls and guys. So be prepared to buy a lot of nose jewelry!
Sterilization & Hygiene Supplies
Autoclave & Pouches
Absolutely every piercing studio needs an autoclave of some description.
I always tell my readers to ask their piercer to show them their autoclave when checking out a new studio. I advise them to never get pierced in a studio which does not have one. It is simply not hygienic!
You can find a large assortment of autoclaves online. Which one you choose depends on how much you’re willing to spend. Make sure you have one though, even if you get a cheap one until you have the money for an upgrade!
You will need pouches to put your supplies in whilst they are being autoclaved. You can get these on Amazon and on most piercing supplies sites.
Piercing Aftercare Products
A good piercer should be able to supply their clients with a quality piercing aftercare solution.
Make sure you have a variety of these available, for different purposes.
I suggest stocking the EasyPiercing Care Kit. In my opinion, this is the most effective product by far. It works on any and every piercing. The awesome thing about this particular product is the fact that you are saving money on the three cleansers in the set.
Anti-Bacterial Hand Soaps & Hand Scrubs
You should be wearing gloves anyway when you pierce someone. Still, to err on the side of caution, always wash your hands.
If you want to be extra sanitary, get a hands free hand gel dispenser. One which is automatically activated by movement.
It is a sad fact that a lot of your clients will go ahead and touch their piercing, no matter how many times you tell them not to.
In case someone does, at least make sure their hands are clean before they do go poking about with their new jewelry. Have a couple of hand sanitizers dispensers around your studio for clients to use.
You can use alcohol to prep the skin before performing the piercing by wiping the area with a swab BEFORE the needle goes through.
Just make sure to never use alcohol after the piercing is done.
Alcohol is very good for sterilization so always keep your studio stocked up on these.
Another effective tool in the prevention of the spread of bacteria. Wearing latex gloves whilst piercing. No matter how thoroughly you wash your hands, there could still be bacteria lurking on them. A sterile pair of latex gloves are your best bet when it comes to preventing the spread of bacteria.
Gloves are single use only. You will need a large supply.
Sharps Disposal Containers
Used needles are a threat to the health of you and your clients. For this reason, always make sure all sharps are disposed of safely and responsibly. The sharps container should have biohazard labels on it, warning others that it contains contaminated needles.
Surfaces, furniture, floor and everything in your shop should be sterile. Don’t neglect these things. Get yourself a strong disinfectant for this job.
Biohazard Spill Kits
Hopefully you will never need them but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bodily waste needs to be disposed of responsibly, or else your put your’s and your client’s health at
Aftercare Instruction Manuals
You should have instructions manuals for each piercing, for clients to take home.
You can design your own or buy some online. You’re probably best off designing your own. Use diagrams or photos to make instructions easier to understand for the reader. Use numbered instructions and a clear layout. The instructions need to be simple and easy to follow. This way clients will be more likely to follow them closely and therefore heal up well.
First Aid Kit
Be prepared by having a first aid kit nearby at all times. Just in case something does happen to one of your clients.
While you’re at it, go ahead and get a qualification in first aid. I’ve got one myself. The course only took two days and you learn some very important stuff there!
You could end up saving someone’s life.
Plasters/Bandaids & Wound Dressing
When you’re making wounds in people’s skin for a living, You’re going to need plasters and wound dressing.
Certain types of piercings can bleed a fair bit. Piercings can go wrong and the result can be bloody. Particularly if you’re not careful or experienced. In which case you should not be piercing anyway. Not until you know exactly what you are doing!
If any of your clients do experience bad enough bleeding to require a wound dressing, you will need surgical tape to keep it in place.
I would definitely recommend keeping some in your studio. You can pick some up cheap on Amazon or in your local pharmacy.
A piercing studio is not complete without the proper furniture. You will need an adjustable chair for your client to sit in. Plus seats for anyone who is in the waiting area.
Stools for yourself and your workmates to sit on.
Tables and storage for your supplies
A wheeling table for the supplies which are in use. A table with wheels is perfect as it is easy to move around the room without too much hassle.
Getting an anodizing machine will save money in the long run. Anodizing your own steel and titanium jewelry means you will not have to keep on spending extra on buying already anodized jewelry.
It is definitely worth splashing out on one. The more you use it the more you save. It will pay for itself after a while using it.
Many clients will come in and ask to see the price sheet. Help them make up their mind on what piercing they want done by having a price sheet.
Every studio’s prices are slightly different, so make sure you have a list of all piercings and their prices.
Once you’ve got your certification and the supplies you need you will be able to start piercing. You will find the money starts flowing in pretty quick.
You will then be able to put more cash into your studio. Buying new equipment and topping up on anything that is running out, such as needles, gloves and jewelry.
If you can get that bit of starter money, you are good to go! That is provided you have done your apprenticeship of course!
I hope this has helped you on your journey to becoming a piercer!
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