Frequently Asked Questions
Here is where you'll find the answers for our most common questions. If you don't find what you're looking for here please stop by or call for more information. Select an individual gallery from the navigation bar for artist emails and schedules.
Q: Where are you located?
A: As of March 2015 we are located in our new two story building at 3 Elm Street in Nashua, New Hampshire. Our new building is located just around the corner from our old West Pearl Street shop.
Q: Do you have parking?
A: Yes, we have ample street parking on both Elm Street in front of the shop as well as West Pearl Street just around the corner. We are also located across the street from the Elm Street parking garage. Street parking is metered until 7pm. Parking in the Elm Street garage is free after 6pm on weekdays, and free all weekend. The fenced lot next to Precision is a private lot for residential tenants in the building next door, customer parking is not permitted here and unauthorized cars will be towed at the owners expense.
Q: Do you have an online store?
Q: What is your ID policy for adults?
A: All clients are required have a State Issued Photo ID (driver's license/permit, non-driver ID, passport, military ID, etc). We can also accept a hard plastic or laminated school ID coupled with an original birth certificate.
Q: What is your ID policy for piercing minors?
A: Documentation Required for Minors (all forms of identification must be original hard copies. We can not accept photocopies or digital copies.)
Current State issued photo ID for minor (school ID, drivers license/permit, passport, non driver ID card, passport, military ID). We will not pierce a minor without a photo ID, even with parent present, even with birth certificate.
State issued photo ID for parent or legal guardian (guardian must be present)
State issued or other bonafide form verifying legal guardianship (birth certificate, court or state issued guardianship papers)
Note: Jewelry changes for a minor require the same IDs as piercing services.
Q: What piercings will you perform on minors?
A: Piercings available to Minors: (with above listed documentation)
earlobes for 12 or younger, appointment required
13: basic earlobes, basic cartilage (single helix piercing) only
14/15: previous listed, plus navel, nostril, eyebrow. Basic cartilage including tragus, industrial.
16/17: previous listed, plus lip, tongue, septum. Cartilage including conch, rook, daith.
18+ for all others not listed including surface anchors (microdermals).
For piercing earlobes on a minor 12 or younger a consultation with Ryan is required. No other piercing will be done on a minor under the above listed age minimums. Contact the studio for more information.
Q: Do you pierce children's earlobes?
A: We offer earlobe piercing for children aged six years and older. We consider this a specialty service, as such we have additional requirements. Please visit our info page for young minor piercing for our policies.
Q: What piercings and procedures are NOT available to minors?
A: Precision Body Arts does not perform complex body piercing on minors, this includes surface piercings, microdermals, complex ear cartilage piercings, large gauge piercing or stretching, and piercings of an adult or intimate nature. New Hampshire State law forbids tattooing of minors even with parental permission.
Q: Do you offer cosmetic tattooing or permanent make-up?
A: No, we do not. In the State of New Hampshire cosmetic tattooing is an entirely separate license and service from traditional artistic tattooing. For those looking for these services we suggest you contact Juli Moon cosmetic tattooing in Lynn, Massachusetts (http://julimoonstudio.com/html/cosmetic.html).
Q: How do I get an appointment for a tattoo?
A: Most tattoos will require a consultation with an artist before tattoo time can be booked. With every tattoo being a custom piece the time demands on our staff require most tattoos to be by appointment. To schedule a tattoo consultation please call our studio, consultations are free but a deposit is required to book any future tattoo time. Once you come in for your consultation one of our tattoo artists will discuss your design needs and our current waiting time. Depending on the complexity of your design and other factors there may be a waiting time of several weeks for the actual tattoo appointment. Our staff works full time to draw and tattoo, we ask for your patience and understanding.
Tattoo appointments require a non-refundable deposit (deposit subtracted from tattoo cost), some longer or far off appointments may require a larger deposit. We do not accept email or phone tattoo appointments, we prefer to book tattoos after a consultation with a staff member. Tattoo deposits are non-refundable and cover drawing time. Deposits may be carried over to a rescheduled appointment with at least 3 business days notice.
Q: How do I go about booking a tattoo consultation and/or having a tattoo drawn?
A: Our artists prefer face to face consultations for our custom tattoos. Consultations can be booked without a deposit by calling the studio. Feel free to bring in any pictures or reference material that will help explain what you'd like to get. Our staff can take your ideas or drawings and incorporate them into a one of a kind custom tattoo. Typically, before drawing can begin, a client must book his/her tattoo appointment and leave a deposit. Drawing priority must be given to clients with deposits down for an appointment before any other drawings can be worked on. Due to increased demand your custom tattoo drawing may not be ready until the day of your appointment.
Q: How much do you charge for Tattoos?
A: Tattoo pricing depends on size, detail, body location, and time. Many tattoos that can be completed in a single sitting can be quoted at a flat price, larger pieces or multiple sitting pieces are typically based on an hourly rate. We have a standard rate of $150 per hour. We have a general $80 minimum for all tattoos. We require an in-shop consultation to give a specific tattoo quote, all other figures are estimates and may not be honored.
Some areas may be difficult to heal. Our tattoo artists may perform one free touch-up session on their tattoos within one year from initial performance if needed. Some restrictions on free touch up locations apply, and scheduling is at the discretion of the tattoo artist.
Q: Do I need an appointment for a Piercing?
A: For body piercing, walk ins are welcome* up to one half hour before close, but it is suggested to call ahead to check piercer availability. We are happy to accommodate anyone looking to schedule time for privacy needs, or if you want a consultation to discuss piercing or body jewelry questions. Earlobe piercing for minors under the age of 12 requires a consultation and appointment with Ryan.
*Please be aware that demand for high quality piercing has grown substantially in recent years. We have expanded our facilities and staff to accommodate increased demand but wait times may be unpredicatable, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays. We ask for your patience while we give every client the attention they deserve, in the order they arrive.
Q: How much do you charge for Piercings?
A: Many of our piercings including nostril, navel, lip, and ear cartilage will start in the $70-100 range with popular jewelry options. Our jewelry for initial piercing is high quality implant certified F-136 implant certified Titanium, F-138 implant certified Steel, 14k or 18k solid Gold, inert Glass, or Niobium and is either internally threaded or threadless. All of our initial jewelry carries a lifetime guarantee against defects, and meets Association of Professional Piercers standards. If you are comparing prices with another shop their basic jewelry may be cheaper "surgical or stainless" steel, externally threaded jewelry with plastic components or adhesives. Cheap jewelry is the most common cause of allergic reactions and problems with healing. We do not compromise on jewelry quality in order to offer a cheaper piercing. For more information on our body jewelry please visit our jewelry info page or contact one of our piercers. We offer hundreds of options for new or healed piercings. For most piercings we charge a small piercing fee, plus the cost of jewelry.
Piercing Fee without jewelry included (we do not pierce with outside jewelry)
$35 piercing fee for most common piercings including nostril, navel, ear cartilage, nipple, and many others
$40-50 piercing fee for complex cartilage and multi-point cartilage such as industrials
$50 piercing fee for genital piercings and other advanced piercings.
Other Piercing Fees
Stretching - up to $5 + cost of jewelry
Surface Anchor removal - $10
Jewelry Installation / Removal- free with any new jewelry purchase, $5-$10 without new jewelry purchase.
Q: How much does your body jewelry cost?
A: We have a wide assortment of jewelry options available. With hundreds of options available it is impossible to list prices for all of our choices. To discuss jewelry options and prices, including custom ordering, feel free to stop by and talk to a staff member or email one of our piercers. Our basic titanium jewelry options typically start in the $35-50 range, gold prices will vary based on the exact piece. We also have more elaborate options for clients wanting a unique look, prices vary based on size, style, and material. Alternate jewelry prices range greatly, but we have jewelry options to fit most budgets both big and small.
Q: What kind of jewelry do you carry and/or pierce with?
A: PBA is proud to carry some of the finest body jewelry available. We carry an extensive selection of threadless titanium jewelry from Neometal, offering over 200 endpiece options. Precision Body Arts also carries an extensive selection of internally threaded jewelry from Anatometal, Industrial Strength, LeRoi, and Intrinsic. We carry one of the best 14k and 18k gold body jewelery selections in New England with beautiful pieces from Body Vision Los Angeles (BVLA), Body Gems, LeRoi, and Anatometal. We also stock numerous options for healed and stretched earlobes such as glass from Gorilla Glass and Glasswear Studios, wood plugs and eyelets from Bishop organics, stone plugs from Diablo Organics and Oracle, Silicone tunnels from Kaos, and titanium gemmed eyelets from Anatometal. Precision Body Arts only installs internally threaded or threadless jewelry options in any new piercing or stretched piercing. For more information on our jewelry please visit our body jewelry gallery page.
Q: Can I bring in my own jewelry to be pierced with?
A: No. We only pierce with jewelry which has been ordered, handled, inspected, and sterilized by our own staff. We do not pierce with outside jewelry to avoid complications which commonly stem from poor quality jewelry and used jewelry. If you have a piece of jewelry you would like to have installed in a healed piercing please stop by for our piercers to inspect and approve of the piece beforehand. Precision Body Arts does not install externally threaded jewelry.
Q: Can you change my jewelry for me?
A: Yes, absolutely. Don't damage your piercing or jewelry by handling them incorrectly. If you purchase your new jewelry here we will change / install it for no cost. We also offer low cost insertion and stretching services for healed piercings. For more information about stretching please read our stretching info page. Precision Body Arts does not install externally threaded jewelry into any piercing, new or healed.
Q: Do you sell Gift Certificates?
A: Yes we do. Precision Body Arts gift certificates are available in any amount and are good towards any purchase in the shop. Gift certificates are treated same as cash, as such lost or stolen gift certificates will not be replaced. Gift certificates may not be returned for a refund. Any unused balance on a gift certificate will be re-issued as another gift certificate. Gift certificates are available in-store and on our web shop at www.precisionbodyarts.com/shop.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Precision Body Arts accepts Cash, all Credit Cards (via Square), and Precision Body Arts gift certificates. We do not accept personal checks of any kind.
We do not accept credit card payments over the phone. Cardholder must be present for transaction, ID may be required to verify cardholder. We can not accept payment if you are not the cardholder, regardless of your relation to the cardholder.
For customers wishing to purchase body jewelry or other items online we accept Paypal and Square transactions and offer shipping anywhere in the world. Email Ryan at: firstname.lastname@example.org for online sales.
Q: What types of sterilizers do you use and how do you monitor them?
A: Precision Body Arts uses a Tuttnauer 2340M steam autoclave for all bulk sterilization, this unit is used for all bulk packaged ites such as piercing pre-packs, tools, and instruments. PBA also uses a Statim G4 2000 cassette autoclave in the piercing room for all non-packaged items such as jewelry from our display case. Both of our sterilizers are spore tested WEEKLY with mail away test packs from North Bay BioScience. We will gladly show you all of our test results for the last seven years on request. We have never failed a sterilizer test.
Q: How do you sterilize your needles and equipment?
A: For body piercing, all needles and jewelry arrive brand new from our suppliers and are sterilized on-demand in our Statim G4 unit. Piercing instruments are sterilized in a multi-step process which includes the use of enzymatic processing solution and an ultrasonic debriding unit. Once cleaned; the instruments are packaged and sterilized in our Tuttnauer 2340M autoclave, then stored in a closed container until used.
Tattoo supplies are fully disposable. Tattoo needles, tubes, and grips are purchased brand new and pre-sterilized via ethylene oxide gas. All sterilized needles, grips, and tubes are opened in front of the client, and then disposed of at the end of the procedure. Precision Body Arts will provide documentation of autoclave testing and/or off-site sterilization of pre-packaged sterile supplies on request.