Meet our Piercers!

Piercing Services Pricing & Requirements:

All Piercing Services are $40 for the Piercing (each), plus the cost of the Jewelry you select. Basic Jewelry options start around $35-$45 for most Piercings.

A $40 deposit is required when the appointment is booked. This deposit covers the cost of the Piercing service fee at the time of the appointment. All you will have to pay for at the time of your service is the Jewelry you select. 

A State of Federally-issued Photo Identification (Driver's License, State Photo ID, Passport) is required for any and all Piercing Services.

In situations where the client is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must be present at the time of the service. The parent or guardian must present their State or Federally-issued Photo Identification as well as a photocopy of the minor client's birth certificate, and a form of Photo Identification for the minor (School ID card, Passport, Library card with a Photo, and/or a school or yearbook photo that includes the minor's name with the photo).

** Please Note- An Albany County Department of Health Minor Consent Form must be completed and signed by a Notary Public. **

Minimum of 24-hour Prior Notice is Required to cancel any Piercing appointment. 

Proof of Vaccination is Currently Required for Below the Mask Services

We are happy to provide Piercing Services for clients of all ages in accordance with our Studio Policies and Guidelines, which are as follows:
Ear Lobe Piercings ONLY:
5-14 years of age
Ear Lobe, Nostril, Navel, Eyebrow, Septum, Lip, and Cartilage Piercings:
15-17 years of age
All Services above as well as Tongue, Surface, Nipple, and Genital Piercings:
18 years of age and older
**Our Staff reserves the right to refuse Service to any Client for any reason**

If you have any other questions please see our FAQ further down this page or contact us!

Please Note if you are booking more than (2) appointments, you will have to book them for separate time slots.

Please Note if you do not Checkout your Service below, your Appointment will not be booked. You will receive a Booking Confirmation once your Appointment is booked.


Do you accept Walk-In Piercings or is the Studio Appointment Only?

While appointments are available and encouraged, we do accept walk-in clients but ask that you call ahead. Our walk-in availability varies depending on the schedule for the day, so giving us a call for our current availability on that day is recommended. Please note: Walk-in Piercings are done solely on a first-come first-serve basis, with priority given to those who have a scheduled appointment.

Are there Piercings you don’t perform? Why?

Many Piercings are anatomically dependent. If your particular anatomy is less than ideal for your Piercing request, our Piercer may suggest something else, or reserve the right to decline the Piercing service.

Aside from anatomical situations, there are some Piercings we do not perform for safety reasons. Some examples of these include Horizontal Tongue Piercings, Finger Piercings, Wrist Piercings, etc.

Can I bring in my own Jewelry for Piercing Services?

The quality of the Jewelry used in your new Piercing is part of the equation in your healing process. In order to ensure you have the best quality Jewelry for your new Piercing, we can only pierce with jewelry provided by our select jewelry makers. This guarantees that you will never have to question whether or not your jewelry is safe for your Piercing.

If you have jewelry from a previous Piercing experience with our studio, or if it is jewelry that we can verify as being from one of our select reputable jewelry makers, we will be happy to process the jewelry and use it in your new Piercing.

How soon can I change my Jewelry?

We suggest waiting until your Piercing is fully healed before changing it. Changing jewelry before a Piercing is healed can disrupt your healing process. While responsible downsizing with your Piercer is part of any aftercare, regularly changing jewelry prior to your Piercing being healed can have long term effects.

How do I know when my Piercing is healed?

Piercings, in general, heal from the outside in. This can make it difficult for clients to tell whether their Piercing is healed or not. While the absence of redness or swelling are good signs, those do not definitively indicate a fully healed Piercing. We always suggest stopping in for a brief consult or scheduling a Piercing Follow Up Appointment with our piercer to better assess the state of your Piercing.  

Does this look infected to you?

While our Piercing Staff is thoroughly trained in CPR, First Aid, Blood-Borne Pathogens, cross contamination, and aseptic techniques, we are not doctors. If you feel that you may have any infection, you should consult your physician immediately. Our Piercing Staff cannot diagnose infection.

How soon can I go swimming?

We suggest against submerging your new Piercing in any body of water for at least the first three months of healing. This includes lakes, rivers, pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, and the ocean.

Piercing Aftercare

Congratulations on your new Piercing! Your service occurred in an environment that meets the standards set forth by the Association of Professional Piercers. The Association of Professional Piercers is a California-based, international nonprofit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about Body Piercing to Piercers, Health Care Professionals, Legislators, and the general public. Your Piercing was performed by a member of the Association of Professional Piercers. This means you can be assured that your experience was in the cleanest environment possible, with someone trained in the most up-to-date aseptic techniques, using Body Jewelry of uncompromising quality.

There are a couple of things to remember! Your personal environment and habits can affect your new Piercing. Change bedding regularly and be sure nothing comes in contact with your Piercing. Maintain a constant and consistent cleaning routine. Remember that a healthy person has a far better chance of having a healthy Piercing, so drink plenty of water and eat a healthy well-balanced diet.

“Is this normal?” Yes, the following is normal during the healing process:




-Mild spot-bleeding

-Producing a fluid that forms a gold or yellow colored crust

 Suggested Aftercare Products:

-Sterile Saline Wound Wash (NOT contact or nasal solutions)- You can purchase the brand we use, H2Ocean, in-Studio or here.

-Sterile or clean non-woven gauze (NOT cotton balls)

-Distilled water and non-iodized salt mixed at 1/4tsp salt = 8oz water

Steps to Clean your Piercing:

1.     Clean your hands thoroughly with an antimicrobial soap

2.     Spray your Piercing directly with saline 3-4 times daily for the duration of your suggested heal time

3.     Hold a clean paper towel underneath your Piercing, to catch any drip or overspray

For Oral Piercings:

-Purchase a new toothbrush immediately

-Rinse with distilled water & non iodized salt mix every 2-4 hours daily for the duration of your suggested heal time

-Rinse for a minimum of 60 seconds to loosen and flush away any trapped particles of food debris

-Clean especially after meals

No mouthwashes, alcohol free or not!

Do Not:

-Touch your Piercing or Jewelry

-Twist, turn, or rotate your Jewelry

-Sleep on your Piercing under any circumstances during your healing

-Allow oral contact with your Piercing

-Allow bodily fluids in contact with your Piercing

-Allow harsh facial cleansers, lotions/moisturizers, or makeup in contact with your Piercing

-Allow your Piercing to be submerged in any body of water including oceans, lakes, rivers, pools, hot tubs, and even bathtubs 

-Use aftercare products or aftercare suggestions that we haven't suggested without consulting our Piercing Staff

If you have any questions or concerns throughout this process, please reach out to our Piercing Staff!


Cold River Body Arts

761 Madison Ave. Albany, NY 12208