Piercing - 18 years
Minor Piercings with Consent - Ears 2 monthes, Nostril/Eyebrow 15yrs, Navel/Tongue 16yrs
We require that minors under the age of 18 years provide government ID, or equivalent. and be with their parent or legal guardian with matching ID. Siblings or relatives are not considered legal guardians without government documentation.
Parent participation is encouraged! Bringing health, safety and knowledge to the industry is what we do. We are here to help guide you and yours through the process with confidence, not assist minors with making rash lifetime decisions.Tattoo - 18 years
Prior to all procedures you will receive appropriate aftercare for the piercing site, choices and recommendations of jewelry and will then complete a paper-free digital release form.
Westcoast Piercing and Ink is one of the few establishments in BC that provides a completely sterile procedure. This means that not only are the needles and jewelry sterile, but so is every aspect of the procedure.
• All procedures are performed by a skilled piercer, wearing a fresh pair of nitrile gloves, ensuring the piercing site is clean and germ free by cleansing the area with an alcohol pad.
• The piercing site is examined and marked for best placement, then iodine is applied to keep the area free of germs.
• Following your visual approval of the marks, the piercer removes all disposables (qtips, cleanser, paper towel, mouthwash) from the tray and discards them along with his/her gloves.
Now the piercer is ready for the sterile setup. The sterile setup includes: 3 ply tray liner, qtips, lubricant, nitrile gloves, paper towel, clamps, receiving tube, needle, taper and jewellery. All needles are single use and are available from 19ga – 4ga.
Most piercings are completed in 1 to 3 seconds. Our goal is to provide the quickest and most comfortable procedure, using various techniques and positioning, while maintaining a completely sterile environment. All non-oral piercings are gently soothed by blotting Sunshine Mist after completion of the piercing. If the piercee is allergic to Sunshine Mist a Sterile Saline wipe may be used. Some bleeding may occur depending on the site and the gauge size, in which case more sterile qtips will be used.
The piercer will then examine and approve the piercing with you, and proceed to clear his/her tray of disposables, spray reusable instruments with an enzymatic foam and discard the needle in the appropriate sharps container. The piercing area is then thoroughly wiped down with a bleach solution.
Your piercer will answer any questions or concerns you may have about any piercing site free of charge. We are here to help to promote happy healthy piercings!
As with all of our services, your safety and well-being come first and foremost. Our experienced artists all practice the highest standards of safety and sterility. After every tube usage, the equipment is put through a 3 stage cleaning and 2 stage sterilization process, which ensures that all matter and pigments are removed.
We do all types of tattoos ~ black and grey, color, portrait, flash and yes, custom designs just for you. All supplied pictures and flash will be billed hourly. All custom pieces will be billed by the piece.
There are more than 100 pigment options.
Prior to your tattoo, you will receive aftercare instructions and a standard release form to complete.
All equipment, machines, tools, etc. in the tattoo room will be covered with barrier film or bagged to prevent cross-contamination. Unlike a piercing that is over very quickly, your tattooist will be changing his/her gloves frequently throughout, continually wiping down the tattoo with paper towels and any other clean up necessary.
The tattooist will discuss placement ideas with you, clean and shave the area, using a Chlorohexanol or Chlorohexadine solution, followed by applying a stencil or drawing the design directly on your skin.
Now it is time to sit down and meditate. The tattooist will typically start in an inconspicuous spot to see your response. He/she will always work with you, at your pace, slowing down or taking breaks if you choose..
When the design is completed you will both examine and approve it, it will be bandaged, to prevent airborne bacteria from settling on it, and the aftercare instructions will be clarified. The tattooist will then clear the tray of disposables, soak reusable instruments and discard the needle in the appropriate sharps container.
Since there is continuous movement within the tattoo room and the possibility of pigment splatter, between sessions, the entire tattoo area is thoroughly sanitized with a bleach solution followed by a broad spectrum hard surface disinfectant.
On each of your visits your tattooist will answer any questions or concerns you may have about any tattoo free of charge. All tattoos are backed by a free 60 day touch up. We are here to help to keep this art alive and healthy!
Branding is defined as marking the body with heat. People have been branded for thousands of years as symbols of love, property or ownership, members of risqué clubs and gangs. Every person has their own reason for being branded. The outcome from branding will differ from person to person, as it is an organic modification, rather than an exact one like tattoos or piercing. Results will also differ with location, skin type, body fat, care, etc. For many, the reason for branding focus is based more on the actual experience, rather than on the end results.
We provide three types of branding services:
Fire Direct is attained by allowing Tibetan incense, pine needles or moxa to burn into the skin. It leaves deep distinctive circles approximately 2-4 times larger than the incense. During the process, expect a slow heat sensation with a superbly ritualistic transcending feeling as the incense gains more heat and then drops off. Many have said that it has put them into a deep trance.
This is the process of using red hot metal pieces, pressed into the skin repeatedly to form a design. It has the possibility of sharp deep initial trenches from each strike. Initial lines can be straight or curved, up to 1” long and will appear approx. 2mm-3mm wide that will heal to approx. 6mm-8mm wide. This method requires careful planning to execute more intricate designs. Multi-strike is a flash of intense heat that subsides very quickly but can create a hypnotic trance-like feeling with larger applications, often accompanied by soothing rhythmic sounds.
This branding technique is far less primitive. It is the use of a medical cautery unit. Essentially it is a pen that has a tip that heats up, and is used to literally draw the branding on. It is the best method for finer more detailed designs but generally not as deep as strike brands. Initial lines will be 1mm-3mm and heal to 2mm-5mm wide. The designs are done in passes of up to 1” at a time. The sensation of Cautery branding is similar to a tattoo or a 5 minute Fire Direct sitting done in 5 seconds. It is typically not as conducive to ritual as strike or fire direct branding.
*Booked consultations are mandatory to pre-book appointments for all branding
TRAINING & APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
Level One Intensive Training Course - October 23 - 27 2017
Level One Intensive Training Information:
5 Day Intensive Includes: Books and Reference Material, Sample Jewelry & Tools, Display/Training Body Bits, Certificate of Course Recognition and Completion
The course is broken in 2 main categories - Theory & Practical
Theory includes: Aftercare, Bloodborne Pathogens Basics, Needle Stick Procedures, Sterilization and Cleaning, Jewelry Types incl. Internal vs External, Tools and Equipment, Piercing Techniques, Healing Times and Troubleshooting, Sourcing for Supplies & Jewelry, Association of Professional Piercers requirements
Practical includes: Watching live demonstrations (maybe even participating!), prepping, marking and practice piercing on, hands on final practicum day performing piercings and aftercare
Sites Covered: Lobes, Rook, Auricle, Conch, Daith, Tragus, Anti-Tragus, F/B Helix, Industrial, Orbital,H/V Eyebrow, Nostril, Septum, Bridge, Third Eye, Tongue, Web, Superior/Inferior Frenulum, Lower lip (sides and center) Monroe, Medusa/Filtrum, Madison/Pendant, Nipple, Navel
Course Fee: $1999
Limited Space Available.
Please email Info@WestcoastPiercing.com
ADVANCED PIERCING TRAINING
Spring 2017 - Exact Dates and Pricing to be announced
~ MUST HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE LEVEL ONE BASIC TRAINING
~Any individuals who have trained elsewhere please email with your qualifications.Curriculum: Recognition of all Genital Anatomy, Genital, Surface ~ Modifying Jewelry to fit sites.
Please email Info@WestcoastPiercing.com for available dates.
The retainer is fully refunded providing written notice is received 60 days prior to the training date. A $100 fee will be deducted for cancellations received between 30-60 days prior to the training and the full retainer will be deducted if notice is given less than 30 days prior to the training.
We look forward to working with you in this exciting world of Piercing!
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