Canberra piercing advice?

By 28 December, 2012 35

Hi! I’m after a nose piercing next week and was wondering where the best place to get it done would be? Any suggestions/experiences are appreciated!

At the moment I’m considering Redpath? Someone else told me to go to Hairhouse Warehouse but I’m not sure.

Also anyone with a nose piercing what should I expect??

Also I’m under 18, but not by very much, will that matter?

Thank you! :)

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35 Responses to Canberra piercing advice?
#1
Megstar3:19 pm, 28 Dec 12

My daughter had her nose pierced a few weeks ago at Redpath. She seemed happy enough with it. She is 17 and there was no issues with her age and she didn’t need parental consent. Not sure what the experience was like (she didn’t really tell me much). I think it hurt a little but not too much? It seems to have healed well, is a little red still around the piercing but no longer hurts.

#2
TheDancingDjinn3:41 pm, 28 Dec 12

Megstar said :

My daughter had her nose pierced a few weeks ago at Redpath. She seemed happy enough with it. She is 17 and there was no issues with her age and she didn’t need parental consent. Not sure what the experience was like (she didn’t really tell me much). I think it hurt a little but not too much? It seems to have healed well, is a little red still around the piercing but no longer hurts.

how very silly of Redpath, not to check a child’s ID or to not get parental consent. They must get a lot of angry parents in there, who have said no but the kid has done it anyways.

#3
Buckaroo_Banzai3:57 pm, 28 Dec 12

Avoid anywhere that uses a gun. That probably rules out hair house warehouse. Red path should be fine.

#4
Megstar4:32 pm, 28 Dec 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

Megstar said :

My daughter had her nose pierced a few weeks ago at Redpath. She seemed happy enough with it. She is 17 and there was no issues with her age and she didn’t need parental consent. Not sure what the experience was like (she didn’t really tell me much). I think it hurt a little but not too much? It seems to have healed well, is a little red still around the piercing but no longer hurts.

how very silly of Redpath, not to check a child’s ID or to not get parental consent. They must get a lot of angry parents in there, who have said no but the kid has done it anyways.

She had my permission to get it done. I was aware of it and so have no issues. I would think parental consent would depend on the type of piercing being done. I don’t see a nose piercing as being an issue for a 17yr old.

#5
smcphill4:39 pm, 28 Dec 12

I’ve had various body and facial piercings at Redpath (or rather, the guy above Redpath) over the last 10 years and they’ve all worked out pretty well. They don’t use a gun for anything (afaik), certainly not for a nose.

Not sure on the age issue though. Good luck, keep it clean, and after the first couple of months everything will be fine!

#6
TheDancingDjinn5:14 pm, 28 Dec 12

Megstar said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Megstar said :

My daughter had her nose pierced a few weeks ago at Redpath. She seemed happy enough with it. She is 17 and there was no issues with her age and she didn’t need parental consent. Not sure what the experience was like (she didn’t really tell me much). I think it hurt a little but not too much? It seems to have healed well, is a little red still around the piercing but no longer hurts.

how very silly of Redpath, not to check a child’s ID or to not get parental consent. They must get a lot of angry parents in there, who have said no but the kid has done it anyways.

She had my permission to get it done. I was aware of it and so have no issues. I would think parental consent would depend on the type of piercing being done. I don’t see a nose piercing as beings an issue for a 17yr old.

I was not discussing your child, I said it was stupid of Redpath to not check that you had said yes. I have seen many parents go off their heads at a child coming home with a piercing ( my own included) none of those people would hesitate to go after the shop for puttin holes in their kid.

You are more than welcome to allow your child anything, I was discussing the shop.

#7
ladywriter5:29 pm, 28 Dec 12

I’m not sure that parental consent or proof of age is required in the ACT for non-intimate piercings, happy to be corrected though.

+1 for Redpaths – my daughter who has just turned 18 has had multiple piercings done there and has never had a problem.

#8
xperfect_darkx7:08 pm, 28 Dec 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

Megstar said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Megstar said :

My daughter had her nose pierced a few weeks ago at Redpath. She seemed happy enough with it. She is 17 and there was no issues with her age and she didn’t need parental consent. Not sure what the experience was like (she didn’t really tell me much). I think it hurt a little but not too much? It seems to have healed well, is a little red still around the piercing but no longer hurts.

how very silly of Redpath, not to check a child’s ID or to not get parental consent. They must get a lot of angry parents in there, who have said no but the kid has done it anyways.

She had my permission to get it done. I was aware of it and so have no issues. I would think parental consent would depend on the type of piercing being done. I don’t see a nose piercing as beings an issue for a 17yr old.

I was not discussing your child, I said it was stupid of Redpath to not check that you had said yes. I have seen many parents go off their heads at a child coming home with a piercing ( my own included) none of those people would hesitate to go after the shop for puttin holes in their kid.

You are more than welcome to allow your child anything, I was discussing the shop.

I’ve been to Redpath multiple times and they’ve always checked my ID, they’re not known for letting underage people get away with it like some other places are. The age of consent here is 16 for anything other than genital and microdermal piercings (possibly surface piercings also?). Under 16 needs parental permission.

I had my nose done there a few years ago and had no issues. It’s not all that painful, just pressure and it makes your eyes water. One of the least painful piercings I’ve gotten and I’m up to 14.

That said I’ve started going to Freestyle now, not sure about nose but they’re cheaper for other piercings and Beau is very good.

#9
Antagonist8:35 pm, 28 Dec 12

Anyone reputable will ID you, and will want your parents there to sign a permission form for their records.

My 16yo daughter had her tongue pierced at Hairhouse Warehouse a few weeks ago by a guy who looked like Rod Stewart. If you are under 18 it is unlikely that you would even know who he is anyway. I had to give my written permission for her to get the piercing which was good. Not so good was that I was not allowed to observe the piercing being performed (although I did not mind). His prices were much cheaper than others and she has had no problem with the piercing.

I prefer and recommend Tattoo Culture in Tuggeranong. They have done all of my piercings (about 20 in all), as well as belly-button and two traguses (what is plural for tragus?) for daughter discussed above.

#10
SupaSal9:41 pm, 28 Dec 12

Got my nose done 6.5 years ago at Demon Body Piercing (above Redpath), Was sore for a while but kept it clean and didn’t play with it (take the stud in and out). Had about 5 piercings done there and Hubby has had a few too.

They should check ID to check that the child is over 16 – When a Child turns 16 they can give their own consent to medical treatment so I don’t see what the issue is with a hole that will close up!

All the best for the piercing – the brown mouth wash is great for keeping it clean!

#11
TheDancingDjinn10:17 pm, 28 Dec 12

xperfect_darkx said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Megstar said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Megstar said :

My daughter had her nose pierced a few weeks ago at Redpath. She seemed happy enough with it. She is 17 and there was no issues with her age and she didn’t need parental consent. Not sure what the experience was like (she didn’t really tell me much). I think it hurt a little but not too much? It seems to have healed well, is a little red still around the piercing but no longer hurts.

how very silly of Redpath, not to check a child’s ID or to not get parental consent. They must get a lot of angry parents in there, who have said no but the kid has done it anyways.

She had my permission to get it done. I was aware of it and so have no issues. I would think parental consent would depend on the type of piercing being done. I don’t see a nose piercing as beings an issue for a 17yr old.

I was not discussing your child, I said it was stupid of Redpath to not check that you had said yes. I have seen many parents go off their heads at a child coming home with a piercing ( my own included) none of those people would hesitate to go after the shop for puttin holes in their kid.

You are more than welcome to allow your child anything, I was discussing the shop.

I’ve been to Redpath multiple times and they’ve always checked my ID, they’re not known for letting underage people get away with it like some other places are. The age of consent here is 16 for anything other than genital and microdermal piercings (possibly surface piercings also?). Under 16 needs parental permission.

I had my nose done there a few years ago and had no issues. It’s not all that painful, just pressure and it makes your eyes water. One of the least painful piercings I’ve gotten and I’m up to 14.

That said I’ve started going to Freestyle now, not sure about nose but they’re cheaper for other piercings and Beau is very good.

As someone who is a tad bit older.. the age was once 18, and i am now aware the age limit is now 16. :)

#12
DrKoresh11:43 pm, 28 Dec 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

how very silly of Redpath, not to check a child’s ID or to not get parental consent. They must get a lot of angry parents in there, who have said no but the kid has done it anyways.

Others have already pointed this out, but you only need to be 16 to get facial piercings in the A.C.T. How very silly of you to assume otherwise.

#13
montez10:17 am, 29 Dec 12

I’d recommend Leo at the University of Canberra (attached to the hairdresser). He’s friendly and professional and did a good job repiercing my nose through scar tissue several years ago. Definitely does not use a gun.

#14
TheDancingDjinn10:27 am, 29 Dec 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

xperfect_darkx said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Megstar said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Megstar said :

My daughter had her nose pierced a few weeks ago at Redpath. She seemed happy enough with it. She is 17 and there was no issues with her age and she didn’t need parental consent. Not sure what the experience was like (she didn’t really tell me much). I think it hurt a little but not too much? It seems to have healed well, is a little red still around the piercing but no longer hurts.

how very silly of Redpath, not to check a child’s ID or to not get parental consent. They must get a lot of angry parents in there, who have said no but the kid has done it anyways.

She had my permission to get it done. I was aware of it and so have no issues. I would think parental consent would depend on the type of piercing being done. I don’t see a nose piercing as beings an issue for a 17yr old.

I was not discussing your child, I said it was stupid of Redpath to not check that you had said yes. I have seen many parents go off their heads at a child coming home with a piercing ( my own included) none of those people would hesitate to go after the shop for puttin holes in their kid.

You are more than welcome to allow your child anything, I was discussing the shop.

I’ve been to Redpath multiple times and they’ve always checked my ID, they’re not known for letting underage people get away with it like some other places are. The age of consent here is 16 for anything other than genital and microdermal piercings (possibly surface piercings also?). Under 16 needs parental permission.

I had my nose done there a few years ago and had no issues. It’s not all that painful, just pressure and it makes your eyes water. One of the least painful piercings I’ve gotten and I’m up to 14.

That said I’ve started going to Freestyle now, not sure about nose but they’re cheaper for other piercings and Beau is very good.

As someone who is a tad bit older.. the age was once 18, and i am now aware the age limit is now 16. :)

DrKoresh said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

how very silly of Redpath, not to check a child’s ID or to not get parental consent. They must get a lot of angry parents in there, who have said no but the kid has done it anyways.

Others have already pointed this out, but you only need to be 16 to get facial piercings in the A.C.T. How very silly of you to assume otherwise.

Awww all your trawling of riot act, and you must of have missed that I wrote, a long time ago it was once 18 as the age limit for piercings and tattoos. It was when I got mine, and because I’m now older I haven’t gotten anymore… Forgive me for not reading up on the law changes every thirty five seconds like the readers of riot act. So find your mistake elsewhere , I’m sure someone out there has spelled something incorrectly you could make fun of them for, you know what I’m talking about… They have to know how smart you are right?

#15
kakosi1:28 pm, 29 Dec 12

Stupid is as stupid does :)

#16
Ate2:17 pm, 31 Dec 12

Don’t go to Redpath. Go to Freestyle Tattoo Studio https://www.facebook.com/FreestyleTattooStudio Ive had many piercings done there and can recommend them highly. Very professional and brilliant at their job, you should be able to walk in without an appointment for a nose piercing.

#17
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:32 pm, 31 Dec 12

Ate said :

Don’t go to Redpath. Go to Freestyle Tattoo Studio https://www.facebook.com/FreestyleTattooStudio Ive had many piercings done there and can recommend them highly. Very professional and brilliant at their job, you should be able to walk in without an appointment for a nose piercing.

Can you elaborate on why peeps should not go to redpath?

I have also heard good things about the place at uc.

And as I understand it, guns are fine to use nowadays as the entire piercing part is single use only???

#18
xperfect_darkx5:56 pm, 01 Jan 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Ate said :

Don’t go to Redpath. Go to Freestyle Tattoo Studio https://www.facebook.com/FreestyleTattooStudio Ive had many piercings done there and can recommend them highly. Very professional and brilliant at their job, you should be able to walk in without an appointment for a nose piercing.

Can you elaborate on why peeps should not go to redpath?

I have also heard good things about the place at uc.

And as I understand it, guns are fine to use nowadays as the entire piercing part is single use only???

The rest of the gun still gets splatter on it, and that’s only wiped down with disinfectant between uses. The only way for something to be properly sterilized is for it to be put through an autoclave, but the guns are plastic and can’t be.

Hygiene isn’t the only issue with guns. The people using them at chemists and the like are often improperly trained, a friend used to work at a chemist and she was trained to do piercings there, she watched a video and then practiced on some sponges and that was it. A real piercer spends a long time as an apprentice watching another piercer before they even touch anyone. They also do first aid and blood-borne pathogens courses.

Finally compared to using a needle there’s a huge amount of tissue trauma. A gun is forcefully jamming a relatively blunt object through the skin, pushing the skin out of the way to make room for the jewelry. A piercing needle is hollow and removes a small bit of flesh to make room for the jewelry.

After going to real studios it grosses me out seeing kids getting pierced in the middle of a dirty chemist with people walking around.

#19
xperfect_darkx6:04 pm, 01 Jan 13

The guns aren’t ideal, but they’re still commonly used for lobe piercings. But using a gun for cartilage like the nose or anywhere on your ear other than lobes it’s a huge no no. Way too much trauma and it can shatter the cartilage. Also leaves you with improper jewelry. An earring with no back on it is not the same as a proper nose stud.

#20
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd1:28 pm, 02 Jan 13

xperfect_darkx said :

The guns aren’t ideal, but they’re still commonly used for lobe piercings. But using a gun for cartilage like the nose or anywhere on your ear other than lobes it’s a huge no no. Way too much trauma and it can shatter the cartilage. Also leaves you with improper jewelry. An earring with no back on it is not the same as a proper nose stud.

I know bugger all about the mechanics but I have had several piercings with gun and several with needle and from personal recollection there was never any splatter. I had a gun do upper ear and that was fine as well, although now you mention that one took longer to heal.

I never heard of the gun damaging cartilage but ok makes sense.

I guess my point is that there is zero danger of blood borne infections from getting pierced with a new style gun.

#21
missjb2:27 pm, 02 Jan 13

If it’s not too late, go see Beau at Freestyle… NOT Redpath…
I got my nose pierced at Redpath last year because Freestyle was closed. The piercer did it “free hand” and ended up sticking the needle right through into my septum. That hurt and bled more than the actual piercing, haha. Beau is always really careful and professional :) .

Perfect Dark is correct about the consent issue too :) but a 16yo can get a surface piercing without a signature. Good luck, and remember – don’t touch it!

#22
xperfect_darkx9:01 pm, 02 Jan 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

xperfect_darkx said :

The guns aren’t ideal, but they’re still commonly used for lobe piercings. But using a gun for cartilage like the nose or anywhere on your ear other than lobes it’s a huge no no. Way too much trauma and it can shatter the cartilage. Also leaves you with improper jewelry. An earring with no back on it is not the same as a proper nose stud.

I know bugger all about the mechanics but I have had several piercings with gun and several with needle and from personal recollection there was never any splatter. I had a gun do upper ear and that was fine as well, although now you mention that one took longer to heal.

I never heard of the gun damaging cartilage but ok makes sense.

I guess my point is that there is zero danger of blood borne infections from getting pierced with a new style gun.

According the the APP (Association of Professional Piercers)

“Reusable ear piercing guns can put clients in direct contact with the blood and body fluids of previous clients.

Although they can become contaminated with bloodborne pathogens dozens of times in one day, ear piercing guns are often not sanitized in a medically recognized way. Plastic ear piercing guns cannot be autoclave sterilized and may not be sufficiently cleaned between use on multiple clients. Even if the antiseptic wipes used were able to kill all pathogens on contact, simply wiping the external surfaces of the gun with isopropyl alcohol or other antiseptics does not kill pathogens within the working parts of the gun. Blood from one client can aerosolize, becoming airborne in microscopic particles, and contaminate the inside of the gun. The next client’s tissue and jewelry may come into contact with these contaminated surfaces. There is thus a possibility of transmitting bloodborne disease-causing microorganisms through such ear piercing, as many medical studies report.”

http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns

#23
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd3:29 pm, 03 Jan 13

xperfect_darkx said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

xperfect_darkx said :

The guns aren’t ideal, but they’re still commonly used for lobe piercings. But using a gun for cartilage like the nose or anywhere on your ear other than lobes it’s a huge no no. Way too much trauma and it can shatter the cartilage. Also leaves you with improper jewelry. An earring with no back on it is not the same as a proper nose stud.

I know bugger all about the mechanics but I have had several piercings with gun and several with needle and from personal recollection there was never any splatter. I had a gun do upper ear and that was fine as well, although now you mention that one took longer to heal.

I never heard of the gun damaging cartilage but ok makes sense.

I guess my point is that there is zero danger of blood borne infections from getting pierced with a new style gun.

According the the APP (Association of Professional Piercers)

“Reusable ear piercing guns can put clients in direct contact with the blood and body fluids of previous clients.

Although they can become contaminated with bloodborne pathogens dozens of times in one day, ear piercing guns are often not sanitized in a medically recognized way. Plastic ear piercing guns cannot be autoclave sterilized and may not be sufficiently cleaned between use on multiple clients. Even if the antiseptic wipes used were able to kill all pathogens on contact, simply wiping the external surfaces of the gun with isopropyl alcohol or other antiseptics does not kill pathogens within the working parts of the gun. Blood from one client can aerosolize, becoming airborne in microscopic particles, and contaminate the inside of the gun. The next client’s tissue and jewelry may come into contact with these contaminated surfaces. There is thus a possibility of transmitting bloodborne disease-causing microorganisms through such ear piercing, as many medical studies report.”

http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns

If there was any real risk then these guns would be illegal, especially considering the strict guidelines actual tattoo and piercing shops need to adhere to.

#24
Catty10:23 pm, 11 Jan 13

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

#25
OpenYourMind8:21 am, 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

Catty, you are perfectly entitled to think and express what you find attractive or unattractive. Equally, there’s a bunch of people who think piercings look fantastic and I totally get why someone might choose to spend a relatively small amount of money on something that often is very special and personal to that person. Maybe you just need to meet someone with a tongue piercing ;-)

#26
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd9:00 am, 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

It’s not really up to you what others do to themselves or what they spend their money on

#27
Leon9:37 am, 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face

That wouldn’t be an issue for me.

#28
Antagonist9:55 am, 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

Hookers. With piercings.

#29
Ben_Dover10:59 am, 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

I disagree. I was watching a rather attractive young lady approaching our office the other day. She was very tasty. She then stopped under a tree and lit a cigarette, which turned her from a babe into a hag, in my eyes. To compound matters, two minutes later she dropped her lit cigarette on the ground, crushed it with her foot, and walked off.

Mind you, piercings are so passé these days, why would anyone bother?

#30
bikhet11:14 am, 12 Jan 13

I too find piercings unattractive, but other people may think differently. No-one is forcing me to have one.

Catty said :

Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else..

Maybe that’s the idea. Stops you focusing on their tits – unless it’s a visible nipple ring.

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