Piercing Services

  • All Piercing Services are $35 for the piercing (each), plus the cost of whatever jewelry you select.
  • Basic Jewelry options start at $25-$35 for most piercings.
  • A $35 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. 
  • 24 hour prior notice is required to cancel any piercing appointment. 



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Do we accept walk-in piercings or is it appointment only?

(Currently by appointment only for any and all services by State of NY mandate)
While appointments are available and encouraged, we always accept walk-in clients. We accept walk-in piercings Tuesday/Wednesday & Friday/Saturday from 12-7pm. Walk in piercings are done solely on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority, of course, to those who've a scheduled appointment. Sunday piercings are available by appointment only. 

What are the ages & requirements for piercing services?
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 his/her State of 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 (a school ID card, a passport, a library card with a photo ID, a school or yearbook photo that includes the minor's name with the photo) 

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

We are happy to provide piercing services for clients of all ages in accordance with our studio policies and guidelines, which are as follows:

  • Clients 5-14 years of age we will perform ear lobe piercings ONLY
  • Clients 15-17 years of age we will perform Nostril, Navel, Eyebrow, Septum, Lip, and Cartilage Piercings
  • Clients 18 years and older we will perform all of the above, as well as Tongue, Surface, Nipple, and Genital Piercings  

**our piercing staff reserves the right to refuse service to any client for any reason**

Are there piercings we don’t perform and 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 you bring in your 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. To change jewelry before a piercing is healed could disrupt your healing process. While responsible downsizing with your Piercer is part of any aftercare, to regularly change jewelry prior to 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 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.



Cold River Body Arts
761 Madison Ave. | Albany, NY 12208


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.

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.

What's Normal

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness
  • Mild spot-bleeding
  • Produce a fluid that forms a gold or yellow colored crust

Suggested Aftercare Products

  • Sterile saline wound wash (NOT contact or nasal solutions)
  • Sterile or clean non woven gauze (NOT cotton balls)


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

To Clean Your Piercing

  • Clean your hands thoroughly with an anti microbial soap
  • Spray your piercing directly with saline 3-4 times daily for the duration of your suggested heal time
  • Hold clean paper towel underneath your piercing, to catch any drip or overspray

For Oral Piercing

  • 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
  • Purchase a new toothbrush immediately
  • No mouthwashes alcohol free or not
  • Clean especially after meals

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

Can I be pierced with something more custom? Can I get pierced with Gold?
There is always the option to be pierced with something custom designed. Jewelry made specifically for you, something you helped to create, or being pierced solely with gold jewelry are all options we are happy to accommodate. Simply inform us of your jewelry preferences ahead of time, and we will make all the necessary arrangements.