TORONTO PIERCING STUDIO

At North York Ink, we see body piercings differently. It is about more than just an adornment to us and our clients. We see It as one of the truest forms of self expression. When you get a piercing it becomes a part of your identity, and highlights you as an individual. Whether you are looking for a simple lobe, helix belly piercing, or something more ‘private’ – there is nowhere else you would rather be.

Our Body Piercers have a wide range of experience and are fully trained to handle any body modification needs. We use the highest quality material and follow strict sterilization practices to ensure your piercings have the best chances of successful healing.

Join us on a journey of self-discovery, as we help you express your individualism and personality through the art of piercing.

Piercings with Hand-Taylored Piercing! Taylor has been piercing for years, working at some of Toronto’s busiest tattoo shops! With her extensive knowledge of fashionable jewelry Taylor will give you the right fit for your style!

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EAR & BODY PIERCINGS

PRICE LIST

*All prices are before tax and include our titanium jewelry.

*Our piercers are in the studio from 12:00pm – 6:00pm Monday – Sunday 

** Please note that we do not pierce children ages 5 and younger.

** Guardians of children 5 y/o and above will need to have a consultation with the piercer prior to appointment. A copy of a government issued ID of the children and parent will be required to be placed on file to ensure legitimacy.

The Healing and

aftercare process

WET HEAL

The wet heal process is when your artist will apply a medical adhesive bandage onto your tattoo. This bandage can remain on your tattoo for 1-7 days. This medical bandage is considered your scab and you will immediately jump into ‘Day 3-7’ of the Dry Heal stages. 

The medical bandage allows your tattoo to heal and for you to be more carefree as the bandage is: 

  • Water resistance.
  • Micropores allow for breathing.
  • Keeps dirt and grime off.
  • Allows your tattoo to heal immediately.


If you’re able to keep the bandage on for 7 days your tattoo is well on its way to healing. 

If you sweat, remove the bandage and don’t allow the sweat to pool underneath.

If the bandage falls before that, DON’T worry. Your skin will revert back to the ‘Dry Heal’ Method. Follow all the steps in the Dry Heal process.

To remove the bandage:

  • Run the bandage under warm water to soften the adhesive.
  • Roll a corner up and start to pull and stretch the adhesive away from the tattoo. This will break the adhesive and allow for removal off of skin.
  • Allow soap and water to seep underneath bandage for easier removal.
  • DO NOT peel back from tattoo as this may remove healing skin and you’ll notice an imprint of your tattoo on your bandage.

Bandage Removal, First Wash & Keep Clean

Your tattoo is a fresh wound and must be kept clean. 

 

  • Remove bandage and give your tattoo a good wash with non-fragrance antibacterial soap. 
  • Pat dry with disposable paper towel and allow the tattoo to dry
  • Clean the tattoo at least twice a day for the next 2 days
  • Do not bandage again
  • Do not apply any aftercare products yet
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan

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Day 1-3

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Day 5-10
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Recommended Creams

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DRY HEAL
Bandage Removal, First Wash & Keep Clean

Your tattoo is a fresh wound and must be kept clean. 

  • Remove bandage and give your tattoo a good wash with non-fragrance antibacterial soap. 
  • Pat dry with disposable paper towel and allow the tattoo to dry.
  • Clean the tattoo at least twice a day for the next 2 days.
  • Do not bandage again.
  • Do not apply any aftercare products yet.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.
Entering Scabbing Stage

Your tattoo has started to enter the scabbing stage and must be treated with care.

  • Your tattoo has started to form a scab and will feel drier and tighter. 
  • Clean your tattoo once a day unless dirty. Do not over wash.
  • Apply a sparring amount of Organic Tattoo Aftercare.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate your tattoo.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.
Scabbing Stage

Your tattoo is healing but should still be treated with care.

  • Apply your Organic Tattoo Aftercare products when necessary.
  • Your scab will start to flake and can fall off at any time.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate your tattoo.
  • Do not over wash.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.
Final Stage of Scabbing & Settling Ink

By now your scabs should have fallen off.

  • Continue to apply Natural Tattoo Aftercare.
  • Wash when necessary.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate remaining scab flakes.
  • Tattoo is still healing underneath even if all visible scabs are off.
  • Do not sun tan.

Day 1-2

Bandage Removal, First Wash & Keep Clean

Your tattoo is a fresh wound and must be kept clean. 

  • Remove bandage and give your tattoo a good wash with non-fragrance antibacterial soap. 
  • Pat dry with disposable paper towel and allow the tattoo to dry.
  • Clean the tattoo at least twice a day for the next 2 days.
  • Do not bandage again.
  • Do not apply any aftercare products yet.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.

Day 3-7

Entering Scabbing Stage

Your tattoo has started to enter the scabbing stage and must be treated with care.

  • Your tattoo has started to form a scab and will feel drier and tighter. 
  • Clean your tattoo once a day unless dirty. Do not over wash.
  • Apply a sparring amount of Organic Tattoo Aftercare.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate your tattoo.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.

Day 7-14

Scabbing Stage

Your tattoo is healing but should still be treated with care.

  • Apply your Organic Tattoo Aftercare products when necessary.
  • Your scab will start to flake and can fall off at any time.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate your tattoo.
  • Do not over wash.
  • Do not take a bath, swim or soak in water. Running water is fine.
  • Do not sun tan.

Day 14-28

Final Stage of Scabbing & Settling Ink

By now your scabs should have fallen off.

  • Continue to apply Natural Tattoo Aftercare.
  • Wash when necessary.
  • Do not scratch, pick, peel or exfoliate remaining scab flakes.
  • Tattoo is still healing underneath even if all visible scabs are off.
  • Do not sun tan.

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Here is a quick guide to taking care of your new piercing

  • Start by washing your hands with antibacterial soap to avoid cross contamination.
  • Drench a cotton swab with our Saline Solution Piercing Aftercare.
  • Soak the back of the piercing for 5 minutes and repeat for the front for 5 minutes with a new swab.
  • Ensure that the piercing is soaked through to flush out any germs, bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • Clean your piercing in the Morning, Afternoon and Evening and anytime you get dirt, sweat, skin or hair products on it.
  • Keep your environment clean.
  • It is normal for your piercing to get red, swollen, itchy, sore, tender and even bleed.
  • Keep an eye on your piercing in case of infection.
  • Never stop cleaning your jewelry.
  • Piercings may take anywhere from 3-9 months to heal depending on piercing.

Do not use - Hydrogen Peroxide, Isopropyl Alcohol & Antibiotic Creams

Do not turn or play with the jewelry

Do not submerge into baths and swimming pools

At North York Ink, we take the safety and well-being of our young clients seriously. Our goal is to provide quality, hygienic, and professional piercings for children while ensuring a safe and positive experience. To achieve this, we’ve established the following 10 Children Piercing Commandments:

  1. Age Requirement: 
    Children must be 5 years or older to receive a piercing and must provide verbal consent.

  2. Verification of Relationship: 
    Parents or legal guardians must provide valid identification, and a matching identification for the child, to confirm their relationship.

  3. Limited Parental Presence: 
    Only 1 parent or guardian is permitted in the piercing room with the child. The other parent or guardian must wait behind the marked line. Additional family members must wait in the reception area.

  4. Video Recording: 
    Parents and guardians are allowed to record the piercing procedure, with permission from our Piercer and MUST remain behind the marked line and NOT behind the piercer.

  5. No Forced Piercing: 
    We strictly adhere to ethical guidelines. We will NOT force a piercing onto a child who is unwilling or uncooperative.

  6. No Piercing Guns: 
    We do NOT use piercing guns, as they may cause unnecessary discomfort and complications.

  7. Aftercare Commitment: 
    Parents and children must agree to follow our aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and hygiene.

  8. Movement Challenges: 
    We cannot guarantee a perfect piercing if the child moves or pulls back during the procedure. Our Piercer will make every effort to minimize discomfort and ensure safety. Piercings may also move as children grow and may become uneven in the future.

  9. Excessive Crying: 
    If the child cries excessively and the procedure becomes challenging, the Piercer reserves the right to stop the session. In such cases, the second lobe will not be completed, and prices will be adjusted to the single price and will not be honoured for the next session.

  10. Refusal or Stopping Procedures: 
    In cases where the behaviour of the parent or child is poor or disruptive, the Piercer reserves the right to refuse or stop the procedure to ensure safety and a positive experience for all involved.

We ask that clients be respectful and patient during this process as it can be a more challenging procedure. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together to create a positive environment for our young clients and their families. Thank you for choosing us for your piercing needs.

PIERCING FAQ

How old do I need to be to get pierced?

You need to be at least 18 years old to get a piercing without parental consent. If you are under 18, you will need your parent/ legal guardian consent & proof of a government issued ID.

Is titanium safe for piercings?

Titanium is the preferred material for initial piercings because it’s an elemental metal – it doesn’t contain nickel. Titanium is as strong as steel, but as light as aluminum.

 

It does not corrode, does not tarnish, It does not react to sunlight, salt-water, or any body chemistry. It is totally non-allergenic. It is the perfect solution for sensitive bodies that have problems healing piercings.

What do I need to do to prepare for my piercing?

Make sure you are hydrated and have eaten at least one meal. Low blood sugar could cause you to feel faint. Do not drink alcohol, take elicit substances or consume caffeine (coffee, energy drinks).

 

Our piercer is here to help you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your experience. Our experienced staff will help you choose the jewellery best suited for you from our collection.

 

We will work together to determine the placement of of your piercing to ensure that you’re happy with its final destination.

How do I take care of my piercing?

It’s easy:

 

1) WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

 

2) SALINE soak for five to ten minute 3 times PER day.

3) RINSE thoroughly after contact with water or soaps, to remove all traces of from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

 

4) DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper.

Are Oral Piercings Safe?

Short answer – yes, Oral piercings are safe. There are many factors that can cause an oral piercing to become infected leading to complications during the healing process. Like any piercing you need to make sure you follow our piercing aftercare instructions to a T.

 

Properly fitted jewelry is also crucial to reduce risk of damage to oral structures like teeth and gums. Once the initial swelling has subsided, we encourage you to return to our studio to downsize your jewelry (get smaller jewelry).

 

Make sure you find a safe, clean studio who’s piercers use appropriate sterile, disposable instruments, ALWAYS.

Can I get pierced if I’m pregnant?

We recommend you don’t. With all of the changes happening to your body, your immune system is all out of sorts during your pregnancy. Which means, longer healing times, higher risk of infection, which (though very rare) puts your unborn at risk.

 

Bottom line, if you are pregnant and itching for a piercing, wait. It’s not worth the risk, and we won’t take the appointment, nor will any other self respecting studio.

What do I do if I get a Keloid

Believe it or not, Keloids are more common than you’d expect. Though they are primarily found in people of Black, Asian and Hispanic descent – that does not mean that they are exclusive to those races.

 

Keloids are a type of fibrous scar tissue that forms after an injury (like poking a hole through your skin) that unfortunately do not go away on their own. Keloids require treatment.

 

We recommend soaking your keloid in our Saline Solution three times a day. If that does not work, remove your piercing and let it heal. And if THAT doesn’t work seek medical attention.

 

You can learn more about keloids here – (blog post about keloids)

Is it better to use a needle or a gun?

Needle, no competition. Needles are cleaner, more accurate, and far less painful than guns. Their sharp hollow point creates a clean hole that allows the jewelry to rest, giving room for the wound to drain and to heal.

 

One of the biggest disadvantages of piercing with a gun is that; guns are reusable almost impossible to properly sanitize. They’re made out of plastic, which means they can’t go in the autoclave (the machine we use to sterilize all of our tools) or it will ultimately melt to goop.

 

Once you are pierced with a needle it immediately gets disposed of, you will always be the first and last person to make skin to metal contact with that needle.

What do I do if my piercing is infected?

Call us. Oftentimes there is a simple cause and solution to an infection. Follow the instructions given to you in our aftercare to avoid getting an infection.

 

If your infection is minor, try following these steps:

 
  1. Wash your hands before touching or cleaning your piercing.

  2. Clean around the piercing with our Saline Solution (link to our store) three times a day.

  3. DO NOT use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointments, or contact lens solution. These can further irritate the skin and slow the healing process.

  4. Don’t remove or twist the piercing. This can cause the hole to close up and trap the infection.

  5. Clean the piercing on both sides of your earlobe. Pat the area dry with a clean dry paper product. Do not use material that can leave behind fibres.

How many piercings can I get at once?

A rule of thumb around here is to not get more than 3-4 piercings (depending on if they are located at different parts of your body).

 

Getting multiple piercings can cause excess swelling during healing which will result in longer healing time.

 

There is no rush, we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

CHECK OUR NEW COLLECTION

Get a 15% discount off all Specialty Jewelry when you get it installed with a new piercing!

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Welcome to North York Ink! A local tattoo & piercing studio providing the community of North York with quality tattoos and piercings close to home. When hard work and devotion merge with passion and creativity, the possibilities are endless.

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