How Much Is A Piercing At A Tattoo Shop?

How Much Is A Piercing At A Tattoo Shop

Low: $20-$55 for earlobes Medium: $30-$85 for most other areas
The cost of a body piercing varies depending on the location of the body being pierced, the type of piercing and the individual piercer. Typical costs:
  • A body piercing typically costs $20 to $55 for earlobes, ear cartilage or cheek.
  • A body piecing typically costs $30 to $65 for the eyebrow, nose, navel or nipple.
  • A body piercing typically costs $40 to $85 or more for a medusa (a piercing above the lip), the tongue web or the surface of the body, such as at the nape of the neck.
  • Body piercings are considered cosmetic and are not covered by medical insurance. However, treatment for complications from a piercing, such as infection, would usually be covered.

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What should be included:
  • The piercing artist will disinfect the area, then use a hollow needle to pierce the skin — or cartilage — and then insert the body jewelry. The piercer should provide detailed aftercare instructions based on the type of piercing.

Additional costs:

  • Piercing costs usually include basic body jewelry, but jewelry upgrades cost extra. The body jewelry used should be made of implant-grade materials.


  • Some piercers offer discounts for multiple piercings, repeat customers or groups.

Shopping for body piercings:

  • Make sure the piercing studio you choose is licensed by your local health department and follows meticulous health standards — including the use of a properly functioning autoclave machine for sterilization, use of gloves and only using equipment from individual sterilized and sealed packages. They also should never use a piercing gun, since these cannot be properly sterilized. The Association of Professional Piercers offers a detailed guide on how to choose a reputable piercer and a search-by-state function.
  • Tip: Once you have located a studio, ask how long the piercer has been practicing and ask to see before-and-after photographs of previous work.
  • Body piercing risks include: blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and HIV; allergic reactions, skin infections and scars or keloids, which are bumpy areas caused by a build-up of scar tissue. Oral piercings can cause dental problems, such as damage to gum tissue or cracked teeth.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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Posted by: E M in Orem, UT. Posted: October 30th, 2021 10:10PM
Area: Genital

$95 + tip Freehand piercing

Posted by: Dee Garland in PHILADELPHIA, PA. Posted: August 24th, 2019 06:08PM
Area: Shoulder and bottom lip

Leslie is my piercer,she’s a rockstar. She’s very gentle. The piercings were a breeze, there was no discomfort, I have a total of 30 plus and I will be going back for more!

Amount: $30. 00 total
Posted by: a user in Waco, TX. Posted: February 9th, 2019 07:02PM
Area: Nose hoop

No pain! Super fast and the lady was so friendly

Posted by: a user in New York City, NY. Posted: February 4th, 2019 07:02PM
Area: Flushing, Main St

I actually got them done in 2 different places. Ear Lobe I got it done for 10 dollars only on both sides. They used a gun on me. I clean them with rubbing alcohol, make sure to stay consistent because I got infected. The second piercing is helix but only on one side of the ear. Wasn’t painful at all just a tear using a needle and that’s about it.

After that, you get a throbbing sensation for like one day only. I got the helix done for 20 dollars. BE SURE TO GET YOUR HELIX PIERCING DONE BY A NEEDLE NOT A GUN. The area is very sensitive and the needle is the best choice.

Many of the places use a gun so I recommend if they use a gun don’t go there. Even if it’s cheaper. If they recommend a lotion or some kind of ointment to buy for your newly pierced ears, I don’t think it’s really necessary. Just buy some sea salt and stir it in water then place your ear in the water for approximately 10-15 mins.

Posted by: Ray Hurley in Little falls, MN. Posted: February 3rd, 2019 11:02PM

Didn’t hurt! Did it my self, just know where to pierce it and watch out for cartilage. High recommended!!

Posted by: Barnie Villa in North Las Vegas, NV. Posted: July 5th, 2018 04:07PM
Area: ears, nose, upper/lower lips, eyebrow

I did all my piercings myself. I started when I was 12. Now I am 54. It did not hurt. All are healed within 3 weeks. They all look great.

Posted by: JMWestin in Minneapolis, MN. Posted: June 7th, 2018 08:06PM
Area: 2nd piercing

Barely hurts and just make sure if you do it yourself to over-sanitize everything you use no matter how clean you think it is. Bacteria leads to infections and it can be painful if that develops

Amount: $300. 00 total
Posted by: Beebs in New Orleans, LA. Posted: February 25th, 2018 04:02AM
Area: Lobes

Got a third hole in each earlobe from Purity Body Arts in New Orleans. Each piercing was $30 plus the price of jewelry (two studs: a 14 carat gold stud and an opal set 14 carat gold setting). Pristine setting, excellent quality control. Monique is the nicest piercer ever. But that place is $$$

Posted by: BodyModCraves in Bogota, NJ. Posted: July 17th, 2017 04:07PM
Area: Ear

My ear actually bled onto my shirt and it ended up ripping out the front hole after the 6 month healing time. But the rip didn’t hurt and the piercing didn’t hurt. I want to get it redone.

Posted by: HaileyJay in Decatur, IL. Posted: July 2nd, 2017 11:07PM
Area: Nipples

Got it done on Friday the 13th so it was like buy one piercing get the other free (aka both nipples for the price of one $40). Worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. I actually passed out. The more stressed out you are, the worse it will hurt bc the adrenaline pumping. Try to relax yourself. They’re all healed up now and I absolutely love them! Worth it.

Posted by: William h in Jacksonville, FL. Posted: May 20th, 2017 06:05PM
Area: Ears, nose, lip

Ear lobe piercings at Claire’s normal priced normal quality for a Claire’s. Then an upper lobe piercing done at Walmart for their normal price. 2 helixs from the place I now regularly visit for $10 when the piercer was in training. A 3rd helix on my right ear for $20 when it was half priced. A nostril stud for $40. Then a ring for $40 and a 2nd ring for $40.

Just clean your ear 2x a time to avoid any infection. This area can get infected easily. Then I messed up went to a new place got a lip piercing for $43 that was crooked and had to take it out to get it redone in the near future.

These prices don’t include tips.

Amount: $20. 00 total
Posted by: Airion in Chicago, IL. Posted: March 12th, 2017 10:03AM
Area: Belly button

Didn’t hurt at all quick and easy

Posted by: Melina in Lakeland, FL. Posted: February 23rd, 2017 09:02AM
Area: ear

The inward hole hurts and am currently trying to clear the bump with sea salt mixed with chamomile. I am finally able to change the Jewelry after 8 weeks 😀

Posted by: Courtney F in Puyallup, WA. Posted: February 17th, 2017 08:02PM
Area: Upper inside lip

Seriously hurt so little that after she did it I had to ask if she had done it yet! Lol

Posted by: INKadelphia Tattoo Studio in philadelphia, PA. Posted: February 9th, 2017 08:02AM
Area: overall body

Inkadelphia Tattoo Studio is the best and very affordable. Right now they have a special on navel piercings and they do these specials quite often $10 for a navel piercing normally $20 any surface piercing is $40,Dermal anchors are $60 each but if getting more then 1 we drop the price to $50 (The more you get the less they are)isnt that great!septum piercings cost up to $50 but can also be less.

Posted by: Alyssa Huerta in Antioch, CA. Posted: January 25th, 2017 04:01PM
Area: Collarbone

I got 3 dermals underneath my left collarbone, the first two were fine, just a lot of pressure but the third hurt a lot because it pushed against my collarbone. It was fast, maybe 15 min but everything was sterilized. I love them

Amount: $30. 00 total
Posted by: Manda 😍😘💞 in Yakima, WA. Posted: January 3rd, 2017 09:01PM
Area: yakima on 1st street

I was nervous because who wants a 14 guage needle going through your skin? Hollow tube hurt so much that the pain was terrible. Definitely worth it though.

Posted by: Karah in Charlotte, NC. Posted: January 2nd, 2017 07:01AM
Area: Septum

Got my septum pierced at Sadu Body Modifications in Charlotte. It was a great experience. Great starilization and the piercing didnt hurt at all! Even the healing process isn’t terrible.

Posted by: Luca in Elgin, IL. Posted: June 23rd, 2016 09:06AM
Area: lower lip / labret

Piercing barely hurt, just pinched a bit, but then I almost fainted? lol. Had some healing complications involving lip growing over the backs, but that stopped once they completely healed almost a year later. Also developed what seems like a permanent boil / skin infection on left side. Tried different cleaning methods, nothing works.

Posted by: Sara dray in Klamath falls, OR. Posted: May 31st, 2016 07:05PM
Area: Fire and ice

Didn’t hurt, only thing was the surprise of the needle because I hate them. Didn’t heal very fast because my boyfriend liked to play with it with his tongue which kept causing infections. But it healed in about 7 months. I was 15 and my friend was there recording it.

Posted by: KarmaScorpion in Lancaster, CA. Posted: May 26th, 2016 10:05PM
Area: Navel

The part that freaked me out the most was the clamp. I was prepared for the pain from the needle just didn’t factor in that there would a clamp pinching my skin. But I got over that quick when the needle pierced through, it was very painful, but didn’t last too long. The next part, when she pulled the jewelry through the hole, I wouldn’t exactly call painful just felt really weird.

give us a call 2156448900 you wont regret it. I took antibiotics for an illness, that’s the only time it ever vanished, then re-emerged with a vengeance once antibiotics left my system. I bled a lot which was another thing I wasn’t prepared for, so look out for that, but that doesn’t happen to all people.

Make sure you get aftercare instructions because I found those very helpful especially in keeping myself calm about it not being infected. The piercing so far has acted pretty normal, it’s had it ups and downs and is still healing, which is something I knew going in that it has the longest healing period.

Posted by: a user in New York, NY. Posted: April 20th, 2016 09:04AM
Area: ear

It was 25 for my helix and 50 for an industrial. I went to Whatever Tattoo on St. Marks Pl.

Posted by: Save your money boi in Chicago, IL. Posted: April 14th, 2016 09:04PM
Area: Lip

Did it myself. Screw you dummies paying top price for a piercing. Just buy a kit on ebay. It’ll save you hundreds. Just know your precautions.

Posted by: Max force in Willamsport, PA. Posted: March 16th, 2016 04:03AM
Area: Both nipples

I got both nipples done. There 50$ a piece and came with a sea salt spray

Posted by: shenuts in Raceland, LA. Posted: March 9th, 2016 08:03AM
Area: Tougue & Belly & Virgina

it hurted a lil but not too m uch

Amount: $30. 00 total
Posted by: Booga in Venice beach, CA. Posted: March 5th, 2016 12:03PM
Area: Nose

Fast healing and painless

Posted by: Nun ya in None ya, PA. Posted: November 30th, 2015 06:11PM
Area: Left eyebrow

It was painless the clamps hurt worse than the actual needle. But the clamps didn’t hurt that much either, but it did hurt to sleep on my left side for about a week.

Posted by: Sookie006 in Canton, GA. Posted: November 9th, 2015 09:11AM
Area: Nose

Got my nose pierced 7 weeks ago at Planet ink in Canton. A lot of pressure when the needle went in but very little pain after. Piercer was awesome and very professional. Will go back!!

Posted by: HISUI in Saint Louis, MO. Posted: October 26th, 2015 09:10AM
Area: Hip both sides

Highest quality jewelry manufactured for surface bars. Pretty high on the pain scale.

Posted by: Yo mama in Nacogdoches tx, TX. Posted: October 24th, 2015 07:10AM
Area: East tx

Didn’t hurt sore a little afterward

Amount: $80. 00 total
Posted by: Yup in Long Island, NY. Posted: October 17th, 2015 02:10PM
Area: Long Island

Was very professional going back to get more

Posted by: Tina Powell in Charlotte, NC. Posted: September 19th, 2015 12:09PM
Area: 27

I got my nose pierced with a small gemstone titanium jewelry at Krazy kats last August. The piercer was excellent and it didn’t really hurt, only bled for a few minutes. She gave me great aftercare instruction. I got it for more than a year ago and have changed the jewelries a couple of times since then.

Amount: $45. 00 total
Posted by: Madi in Destin, FL. Posted: August 31st, 2015 07:08PM
Area: Destin, florida

The clamp was annoying so it took away concentration of the tiny sting of the needle. I had just turned 15 at the the time and I’ve had it for almost a year and it has healed fast and never given me any trouble. The only pain was when the piercer threaded the jewelry through. I plan to get dual microdermals in my hips next 😜😜

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What is the cheapest piercing to get?

Ear piercing prices – Since single lobe piercings are quite rare , earlobe piercings are the one type of piercing that usually offers the second piercing free. (Don’t expect the same with any other piercing type. ) They are also usually the cheapest piercing to get, likely because they are so common.

How much does a piercing earring cost?

The Average Cost Of An Ear Piercing – With all the factors put together, the average cost of an earlobe piercing at a body piercing studio is about $20 to $50 with the jewelry. Some places may have deals on getting both earlobes pierced at the same time because this is such a common double piercing.

Piercing Type Piercing Cost
Earlobe (Single) $25-$50
Earlobe (Pair) $20-$50
Conch $30-$70
Daith $35-$70
Helix $30-$60
Forward Helix $30-$60
Industrial $45-$80
Orbital $45-$85
Rook $30-$60
Snug $30-$60
Tragus $30-$60

If you’d like to gauge (a. a stretch) your piercings, you have a couple of options. You can start with a smaller gauge of needle when you first get pierced. The smaller the gauge number, the larger the size of the piercing hole. Once your initial piercing is  fully healed , you can have a professional gauge your piercing for about $5 per stretch plus the cost of larger jewelry.

Standard cartilage piercings like a helix piercing will cost around the same as a lobe piercing. If you go for more complex ear cartilage piercings, like an orbital or industrial piercing, the price is a bit higher, more like $45 to $85 per piercing with the jewelry.

Alternatively, you can simply purchase stretching tools and jewelry and do it yourself at home. How Much Is A Piercing At A Tattoo Shop.

Why are piercings so expensive?

The prices are what they are. – Getting a piercing from a respectable, professional shop means shelling out some dough. Piercing shops charge what they do because doing something right isn’t cheap. Not only are they piercing you with sterilized equipment and using medical grade jewelry made of the right metals, but they are also doing it in a safe and clean environment with professionals trained in this field.

All of these things cost money. They are not trying to rip you off. Sometimes, people assume that piercing shops are overcharging, so they head to places with lower prices. These places can actually put you at risk for getting an infection or a misaligned piercing because they may use lower-quality jewelry, not know how to properly pierce, and/or not have sterilized equipment.

Beane explains that an earlobe piercing couldn’t be less than $40 to $45 if done at a right place, so keep that in mind.

How much do piercings hurt?

Therefore, it should not be surprising that it ranks low on the pain scale – the general rating seems to be 3/10. A standard lobe piercing can hurt for a moment or just feel like a pinch when the needle goes through.

How many piercings can I get at once?

It is not uncommon to have multiple piercings performed on the same day. We recommend not getting more than four piercings in one session, especially if you’re getting them on the same ear. Getting multiple piercings can also cause increased swelling during healing and can prolong healing time.

Does piercing your gun hurt?

We Don’t All Have “Standard” Size Earlobes – Piercing guns use stud earrings of a standard length. People with thick earlobes may find that their new earrings are tight when lobes swell after piercing. They will have little to no post length to use for expansion to relieve the pressure.

  1. A professional body piercer has access to many styles of initial jewelry that won’t inhibit comfort or the healing process;
  2. Piercing Guns Cause Blunt Force Trauma to Earlobes Most guns force blunt-ended studs through the tissue of your ears, a painful process that can cause damage;

The shock isn’t typically a huge issue for the lobes, but why risk it? A piercing professional will pierce you with razor-sharp hollow needles that pierce through areas quickly without damaging the surrounding tissue. This process is usually less painful than using a piercing gun.

What is a sleeper earring?

What is a sleeper earring? – Sleeper earrings, also frequently called starter earrings, are created to be worn by people who have had their ears pierced for the first time. They are named as such because they must be worn around the clock, which includes during sleeping time.

Do you tip piercers?

If your piercer did a good job, show your appreciation with a healthy tip. A minimum of 20% is typically expected nowadays (inflation sucks, but it is what it is), and more if your piercer did an exceptional job.

Can I bring my own piercing?

Can you bring your own earrings to chain store? – If you choose to have your ears pierced in chain store, you can’t bring your own earrings. The professional piercer will use ear piercing gun and healing earrings. It automatically includes the price of the healing earring in the piercing procedure.

Of course, this means that the concerned earring meets the conditions of composition, structure and hygiene standards previously mentioned. Also, the latter can still be chosen from the company’s product range.

Therefore, you will not be able to bring your own earrings if you pierce ears at Claire’s or Pagoda. Don’t worry, piercings at Claire’s as especially cheep. The problem is not the price but the fact that you will have a reduced choice regarding your starting earring. .

Is Claire’s safe for ear piercing?

Getting your ears pierced at Claire’s is safe, sterile and easy. Our highly trained specialists provide a touch-free piercing experience that uses single-use sterile cartridges and requires no needles. Our equipment is sanitized before and after every customer. Our Piercing Specialists will walk you through the entire process, from helping you select your earrings, to positioning your piercing, to coaching you on piercing aftercare. The benefits of our system include:

  • Fully disposable, single-use, sterilised cartridges for a hygienic piercing
  • A touch-free piercing instrument that avoids direct contact with your ear
  • Use of hand pressure for greater control and precision during piercing
  • Automatic and secure placement of piercing back on the earring post for ultimate comfort after piercing

Each associate is required to complete an extensive Ear Piercing training program before becoming a Certified Piercing Specialist. Training includes a breadth of procedures, local policy comprehension, hygiene protocol, and demonstration of core piercing competencies. Piercing Specialists have annual refresher training Walk-ins are welcome during stores hours. Just drop by and see our Piercing Specialists for a consultation. For your safety, all piercings are subject to age restrictions. Minors will need a parent or legal guardians present to sign the Claire’s Piercing Registration Form.

  • We use an industry-leading, high-quality system designed to provide a sterile experience;
  • * We also offer online booking in select markets;
  • See our store locator to find your nearest Claire’s;
  • * Please note that we follow local guidelines closely, so some stores may operate an ‘appointment only’ service based on local authority requirements;

Age of consent may differ by country, region or type of piercing. In some cases, we may need to see identification to confirm your age. We accept the following forms of identification:

  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Proof of Age ID Card

Legal guardians may need to present proof of guardianship. Additionally, infants will require evidence of their final immunization For more information on age restrictions, please contact your local store local store. Ear Piercing is free with the purchase of an Ear Piercing Kit. For specific pricing, please visit our Ear Piercing Kit page.

  1. We offer a wide range of jewelers-quality metals;
  2. To learn more please visit our Piercing Metals section;
  3. Nose piercing is available in select stores in the US, UK, European Union, and Quebec;
  4. Check back for updates on this offering;

Always try to keep your new ear piercing free from soap, perfumes and hair products, and take care when brushing your hair, exercising, playing sports, talking on your phone, sleeping or wearing headphones. We suggest that you avoid swimming for 24 hours after your piercing and, thereafter, make sure you clean your ears with your Claire’s Ear After Care Lotion.

A new piercing is exciting and we know you will want to try new styles soon. However, it is important to give your ears time to heal before changing your ear piercing. Lobe Piercing: If you are using Standard After Care Lotion, it is usually necessary to wait 6 weeks before changing your earrings.

With Rapid ™ After Care Cleanser you can usually change your earrings after 3 weeks. Cartilage Piercing: For cartilage, you will need to leave your earring in for at least 12 weeks with our Standard After Care Lotion. With the use of Rapid ™ After Care Cleanser, you can usually change your cartilage piercing after 8 weeks.

Nose Piercing (select stores in the UK, EU & Quebec): Your new nose stud can be changed in as little as 6 weeks with Rapid ™ After Care Lotion or 8 weeks with Standard After Care Lotion. After piercing, it is normal for the area to feel hot and maybe a little sore.

If you have any swelling, redness or find the piercing painful after 24 hours, please seek medical advice immediately without removing your ear piercing. When it comes to ear piercing, we know you have questions. We get asked these questions frequently, so much so we decided to put them all in one easy to find spot.

Is there a piercing for depression?

– Your ear is home to several of the pressure points that acupuncturists and other holistic health practitioners stimulate to alleviate headaches. These pressure points target the vagus nerve. This is the longest of the 10 nerves extending from the bottom of your brain into the rest of your body.

How much does a nose piercing hurt on a scale of 1 to 10?

Nostril Piercings Fast Facts: –

  • Placement : A nostril piercing is typically a nose piercing on the crease of the nostril where the cartilage is thinnest – though placement varies.
  • Pain Scale:  5 on a scale of 1-10. The pain scale is 100% subjective and based on clients’ feedback. Nostril piercings are said to be a bit more painful than lip or ear lobe piercings , but not as painful as septum piercings.
  • Aftercare:   Keep the area clean to avoid infection. DON’T TOUCH YOUR PIERCING. During your shower, allow the water to rinse over the piercing for about 15-30 seconds. Then you can use sterile saline spray to disinfect it. Don’t sleep on the side where your piercing is. Check out  our piercing aftercare guide  for more in-depth cleaning tips.

What’s the least painful piercing?

How much does a flat piercing cost?

How much does a flat piercing cost? – Expect to spend between $40 – $80 for your flat piercing, not including the jewelry. Make sure that you choose a reputable piercer. If they come at you with a piercing gun , run away. Piercing guns shouldn’t be used for any piercing, but they are especially dangerous to cartilage since cartilage is so brittle.

Do Claire’s Pierce noses with a gun?

How do you pierce? We use a hand pressured instrument and is very different to a traditional – spring loaded ‘gun’ The Medisept Nose Piercing System, supplied by Studex, is the most innovative Nose Piercing system available.

How much is a nose piercing from Claire’s?

What Is The Cost Of Claire’s Nose Piercing? – Claire’s nose piercing and ear piercing are free if you purchase the starter kits they offer. However, the minimum price of their starter kit will start at $66. 99. The starter kit includes the piercing and the jewelry you choose for your nose or ears. How Much Is A Piercing At A Tattoo Shop.

How much does a piercing cost with jewelry?

Piercing Type Piercing Fee Jewelry starting price
Industrial $65 Starts at $43+Tax
Lip/Labret $35 Starts at $38+Tax
Monroe/Philtrum $35 Starts at $38+Tax
Earlobe(Single) $35 Starts at $38+Tax