Body Piercing FAQ’s

Does it hurt?

Our piercers use the latest professional techniques to help make your piercing process as quick and pain free as possible. There will always be a small amount of discomfort, which will vary from person to person.


How much do piercings cost?

The cost of piercings varies based on the position. For exact prices, the best option is to send us an email or give us a call on 0208 549 4705!


Do you use a gun or a needle?

Our piercers are experienced, professional and fully licensed to do what they do. This means they will only utilize single-use needles to perform piercings, which are both opened and disposed of in front of you. Using needles is the only safe way to perform a piercing.

While piercing guns may seem to be quick and easy, they have major drawbacks in terms of cleanliness, tissue damage and inappropriate jewellery. A reputable piercer will never recommend using a gun for any piercing. For more information, please give us a call on 0208 549 4705.


Do I need to book in advance or can I walk-in?

We are operating on an appointment only basis, meaning we are not currently accepting walk-ins. We have a piercer available 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. If you have a specific date in mind for an appointment, please make sure to get in touch with plenty of notice.


Do I need to leave a deposit?

We require a booking deposit to secure an appointment for your piercing, the amount varies depending on what you are having. Deposits are non-refundable; however, they do come off the price of the piercing. Please be aware that on the occasion of last minute cancellations (within 48 hours of your appointment) the deposit may be lost. If you have any questions regarding our deposit policy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


Do I need to bring ID?

Yes! We require valid/in date photo ID from every client, regardless of age. This would need to be in the form of a driver’s license or passport. If you arrive to your appointment without your ID, we will not be able to pierce you and you may be at risk of losing your deposit.


Can I get a piercing underage with parental consent?

The only piercing service we are able to provide below the age of 16 are lobe piercings, which we do from the age of 12 and up. For this we require valid/in date ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, from both the client and their parent. All other piercings are strictly 16 or 18 and over, for more information please give us a call on 0208 549 4705.


How do I book an appointment?

For all enquiries, please send an email across to oldlondonroadtattoos@yahoo.co.uk, or fill in our appointment submission form.


Can I bring a friend with me?

Due to our health and safety guidelines, we ask that you come alone to your appointment. The only time that this is not the case is if you are under the age of 16 and coming in for lobe piercings – this time you will need a parent with you. Please refer to our ‘Can I get a piercing underage with parental consent?’ FAQ for more information.


What jewellery do you use?

We stock only the highest quality jewellery. Our basic range is implant grade titanium (ASTM-F136) which is internally threaded and has a high polish finish. This jewellery in included in the cost of your piercing.


Can I choose different jewellery?

Yes! Your piercer will make recommendations regarding your jewellery based on the position of your piercing. We have a wide range of different types of jewellery that is all implant grade titanium, 14kt and 18kt gold. This jewellery can be worn in initial or healed piercings. Please be aware that this jewellery is counted as an upgrade and would be additional to the price of your piercing. If you’d like to take a look at your options before you come in for your appointment, head over to our online store!


What Does Implant Grade mean?

Implant Grade means that the jewellery is biocompatible, meaning that it is suitable to be implanted beneath the skin safely, without risk of allergic reaction.


How long will my piercing take to heal?

The length of the healing process will vary person to person, piercing to piercing. We recommend coming in for regular check-up appointments so that your piercer can keep track of how you are healing and assist with changing your jewellery as soon as it’s ready.


But I want to change my jewellery now?

Changing the jewellery in a piercing that is not ready may cause it to become irritated, this can include pain, swelling, redness and the dreaded “piercing bumps”. The best way to proceed will be to book a check-up appointment with your piercer by giving us a call on 0208 549 4705.


What are the chances of my piercing getting infected?

It is very rare to develop a genuine infection in a fresh piercing when following the aftercare instructions given to you by your piercer, however piercings can change slightly in appearance throughout the healing process. What a lot of people tend to perceive as an infection is generally irritation which can be easily fixed. We would recommend giving our piercers a visit as soon as you can (give us a call on 0208 549 4705 to book an appointment) and they will instruct you on the next best step. It is very important that you do not remove your jewellery from the piercing if you believe it is infected.