Opening your own piercing shop is no small undertaking. From finding a space to securing the necessary licenses and certifications, your to-do list as a new shop owner might never seem to get shorter. In this article, we’ll help you shave down that list by walking you through some of the most essential piercing supplies – excluding the jewelry itself – for new body jewelry shop owners.
Sterilization and Skin Prep Supplies
Keeping a clean, sterile shop isn’t just important for your clients’ health – it’s necessary for the bottom line and longevity of your business. If customers feel your shop isn’t clean, they won’t be coming back. Make sure you have plenty of the following disposable and sterilization supplies on hand at all times:
- Madacide surface disinfectant (also available in spray and wipes)
- Disposable latex or nitrile gloves
- Green soap, iodine swabs, and alcohol pads for skin prep
- Dental bibs for setting up sterile stations and covering clients’ clothing
- Gauze pads
- Disposable razors
An autoclave is often the single most expensive piece of equipment in your shop, and also the single most important. An autoclave will sterilize all of your piercing equipment and jewelry to reduce the risk of infection. Although the price tag can be scary, you’ll be glad you invested in a quality autoclave in the years to come. In addition to the autoclave itself, you’ll want autoclave cleaner and sterilization pouches.
These are what actually get the job done, so don’t skimp on them. Make sure you have a stock of high-quality piercing needles in the most common gauges in order to perform a variety of piercings. The links below are for straight piercing needles, but for more specialized piercing needles check our full piercing needle offerings.
There are plenty of specialized piercing tools you’ll acquire throughout the life of your piercing shop, but below is a list of the absolute essentials you’ll need to perform the most common types of body piercings.
- 6” Pennington forceps, standard and mini
- 6.5” Forester forceps
- 6” septum forceps
- 5” mosquito hemostatic forceps
- 3mm and 6mm piercing needle receiving tubes
- Ring opening and closing pliers
Once the piercing is done, your client’s work has just started. In order to ensure the health, recovery, and longevity of every piercing you perform, send your clients home with some of these high quality piercing aftercare supplies.