Piercing

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Our prices are for services only.  Jewelry is not included because we have such a wide variety you would be cheated if we didn't give you options to choose your own jewelry. Be wary of any piercing place that includes jewelry in the price of the piercing service.

To help everyone afford to experience East Coast Worldwide our most basic jewelry for every piercing starts at $41.99.  This includes non-jeweled plain titanium jewelry that is sized perfectly for an initial piercing from the best name American brands such as Anatometal and Neometal.

We stock glass, Silicon, stainless steel, titanium, niobium, silver, White Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum, Synthetic Gems, Natural Gems, and diamonds. Our pricing begins at $41.99 and goes into the thousands per piece.

If you would like to obtain a no obligation quote for jewelry please book a jewelry consulation to view our selection and get measured for the appropriate sized jewelry for an accurate quote.

We also are able to anodize jewelry in studio.  Only titanium and niobium may be anodized.  Anodization is an electrochemical process that allows us to color your metal many different colors.

Prices are per piercing.

$59

  • Earlobe
  • Snug
  • Helix / Forward Helix
  • Lip
  • Tragus
  • Nostril
  • Eyebrow
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  • 20% off each additional piercing

$69

  • Nipple
  • Navel
  • Tongue
  • Philtrum / Monroe
  • Daith
  • Microdermal Surface Anchor
  • Surface Anchor Removal
  • Bridge
  • Conch
  • Rook
  • 20% off each additional piercing

$79

  • Orbital
  • Septum
  • Smiley
  • Industrial
  • Tongue Web
  • Earlobe (Pair)
  • -
  • -
  • -
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  • 20% off each additional piercing

$129

  • Genitals
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  • -
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  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
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  • 20% off each additional piercing
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Choosing your piercer

See their autoclaves (sterilizers)

An autoclave is a device that sterilizes the jewelry, tools and equipment necessary to perform your piercing(s) by eliminating bacteria and its spores. The most effective units available to studios use a combination of steam and pressure. (”Dry Heat” is NOT considered appropriate for sterilization.) Absolutely no studio should be in operation without this vital piece of equipment!

Spore test results

A spore test (biological indicator) is the only way to know that an autoclave is working properly. Biological indicators actually test the autoclave’s ability to kill even the most dangerous & resistant organisms such as HIV, Hepatitis, etc. The studio should keep recent results on file and be willing to show them to you.

Piercing setup

Ask if you can watch them set-up for a piercing and be in the room when they set up for yours. The piercer should first wash and glove their hands. The equipment should be sealed in individual sterilized packages and placed on a tray. The piercer should change gloves if they touch anything in the room other than you and the sterile equipment. All needles should be in individual sterile packages and should be opened while you are present. NEVER let a piercer use a needle on you that was soaked in a liquid. All needles should be disposed of in a sharps container (usually a small red box marked “biohazard”) after they have been used on a single client.  

If the studio uses a quick autoclave like a Statim (we do) then everything will be sterilized in front of you immediately before the piercing begins.

Do they provide aftercare guidelines?

The aftercare for your piercing should be explained to you and provided in writing. Read this sheet BEFORE you have the piercing done! If it tells you to treat your piercing with harsh soap, ointment, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide, the studio is not keeping up with industry standards.

Piercers

Don’t be misled into believing piercing is easy. It takes time and dedication to acquire the ability to correctly place and skillfully perform piercings. Piercers either serve an apprenticeship or are self-taught. Apprenticeships will generally last from 6 months to two years. Those who are self-taught will ideally have sought guidance from others in the field. Continued education is the hallmark of any conscientious piercer. It is perfectly acceptable and advisable to inquire about how long your piercer has been piercing, how they learned to pierce, and what they have done to keep their knowledge base current, i.e., courses on Anatomy, Aftercare, Aseptic Technique, etc.

Is the studio well-kept and clean?

Are the walls washed and the floors cleaned? Is the staff bathed and neat? Is the restroom kept clean and tidy? Ideally, studios should have 5 separate areas: the counter, waiting room, piercing room, bathroom, and a separate sterilization room.

Does the studio have a license to operate?

In most cases a license to operate means that the studio meets minimum requirements and has passed some sort of inspection. To find out if your area has established standards and inspections, call your local Health Department. If a studio is operating unlicensed in an area where licenses are required, report them to your local health department or city business license division

Portfolios

Look at their piercing photo portfolio. Are piercings placed to accent the anatomy or do they look awkward and poorly matched to the individual? If the portfolio features unusual looking placements, are there pictures of healed piercings, showing the actual viability of the placement?

Are they piercing with ear piercing guns?

A number of states have made it illegal to use a gun on body piercings and with good reason. Most ear guns can’t be sterilized in an autoclave and therefore don’t meet the criteria for APP piercers’ use of sterile disposable equipment.

Use your instincts

If you don’t feel comfortable with the studio or the piercer you should leave. “I should have listened to my gut feeling” is something you should never have to say.

Use your head

Don’t act impulsively or be swayed by a low price. You generally get what you pay for (but some unskilled piercers charge plenty). Get referrals on a piercing shop/piercer from knowledgeable friends and/or the local health department.

BODY JEWELRY INFORMATION

Don’t be sold on cheap jewelry that does your body a disservice

What to look for in your jewelry.

Standards

When referring to size of jewelry, there are two measurements. One is the width (of a ring, also known as its diameter) or the length (of a barbell or straight post). The other is the thickness of the jewelry, or gauge. When talking about the jewelry gauge, the smaller the numbers, the thicker the jewelry.

When choosing what to put in a piercing, especially a fresh one, remember that jewelry quality can make a big difference in the health of the piercing. Jewelry should be polished to a mirror finish. It should be brilliant and reflective; jewelry that is dull, grey in color, or has nicks, scratches, or polishing compound on its surface should not be used. Jewelry for initial piercings should be made of material that will not react with the body: implant grade stainless steel and titanium; gold (14K or higher); or platinum. In some cases, inert plastics like Tygon® or PTFE (Teflon®) are also acceptable. Sterling silver is not appropriate for healing, and acrylic should not be used for initial piercings. Earring studs should never be used for anything other than earlobes.

In addition, the U.S. APP membership has elected to use only internally threaded jewelry for initial piercings. This means that the threading to screw together the ends on a barbell are on the ball, or end, and not on the shaft itself. It is believed that the exposed threading causes unnecessary trauma going through the skin.

JEWELRY MATERIALS STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Very few metals and alloys have been proven safe and effective for initial wear in piercings. for acceptable body jewelry materials, our industry utilizes the materials guidelines established for medical implants as defined by the ISO and ASTM, along with materials that have a history of documented compatibility with the human body such as gold, platinum, and niobium.

CURRENT APP STANDARDS FOR INITIAL PIERCING JEWELRY

The following is the list of approved certified materials for use in a new piercing. Check the APP website for any updates or revisions to this list:

• Steel that is ASTM F13886 compliant or ISO 5832-187 compliant
• Steel that is ISO 10993-6,88 10993-10,89 and/or 10993-1190 compliant

Materials used for costume or fine jewelry, belt buckles, watches, or other metallic accessories with direct skin contact. It does not specify nor prove that a material is safe to wear in the body; Therefore, compliance with this directive alone is not sufficient for meeting the aPP initial jewelry standards.

Jewelry To Use

Stainless Steel

Low carbon stainless steels such as 316L and 316LVM are used in the body jewelry industry because of their proven biocompatibility. for many years 316LVM was the preferred steel standard for a fresh piercing. Not all 316l(VM) stainless steel will meet ASTM or ISO certification, and as a result they may vary in biocompatibility.

Titanium

Titanium is an extremely inert and lightweight element. It can be anodized to create jewelry of different colors by producing an oxide layer. The thickness of the layer will reflect light differently, thus giving various colors. this does not affect the biocompatibility of the metal. Colors may fade with time and certain types of chemical exposure, but this does not affect the safety of the jewelry.

Gold

Gold has been used successfully as piercing jewelry for thousands of years. it is considered by both our industry and the medical field to be biocompatible for most people when pure enough. Gold should be 14k or above. Rose or green gold, alloyed with copper, silver, or other metals, are not suitable for piercings. White gold must be nickel free.

Niobium

Niobium is very similar to titanium, but denser. It is used extensively in the medical industry for implant components and has been the subject of thorough biocompatibility testing. Like titanium, niobium can be anodized to produce different colors. Unlike titanium, it can also be turned black using a heat treatment. Matte black niobium has
a rough finish and is not suitable for fresh piercings. After being turned black, niobium can be polished to give a smooth and glossy finish, which is acceptable for use in initial piercings.

Glass

Glass made of fused quartz, lead-free soda lime, and lead-free borosilicate are acceptable for initial piercings. These materials are autoclavable and very biocompatible. In smaller sizes they can be fragile and susceptible to breakage.

Acute sensitivities to acrylic can develop suddenly, even in those who have worn it successfully in the past. Care should be taken when choosing to use acrylic jewelry. Since it cannot be autoclaved, it should be worn by one person only. Acrylic may crack, shatter, or cloud upon contact with alcohol or alcohol-based disinfectants, hair products, and mouthwashes

Jewelry To Avoid

Conventional Jewelry

Jewelry designed specifically for earlobe piercings is rarely appropriate for use in body piercings. The materials are seldom implant quality and the styles may involve sharp edges or areas that can trap excreted body fluids and bacteria, such as the butterfly closures commonly found on ear studs.

Gold-filled, rolled, or Plated Jewelry

This type of jewelry is never acceptable for body piercings. these products are made by placing a very thin layer of gold over either inferior metal (e.g. nickel or aluminum), or over a steel piece first covered by an underplating of nickel or copper to help the gold adhere. The thin gold outer layer can wear off, leaving sharp edges and exposing the poor quality metals underneath.

Silver

Silver is an unstable metal that oxidizes (tarnishes) easily and is not biocompatible. Many piercees find that even if they can wear silver comfortably in ear piercings, other areas of the body are more sensitive and are quickly irritated by it. Even sterling silver is not appropriate for use in body piercings. Many piercees will have reactions to silver beads or charms that contact sensitive skin near piercings or rest against piercing holes (especially on navels).

Aluminum

Aluminum resembles niobium in appearance and it is similar to titanium in weight, however it is never appropriate for body jewelry. Long-term aluminum exposure has been connected to neurological damage, alzheimer’s disease, and metal sensitivities.

Because the body jewelry industry is overly saturated with substandard products, it is common for piercers and clients alike to forget that quality, not cost, should be the deciding factor in the selection.

Jewelry for Healed Piercings

When used and cared for properly, the following materials are generally considered appropriate for healed piercings. Because all bodies are different, some individuals may experience sensitivity or reactions to one or more of these.

High-Density, Low-Porosity non-Toxic hardwoods

Hardwood plugs are a popular and comfortable choice for many piercees. Not all woods are acceptable as some are naturally toxic and others are treated with various chemicals that can be harmful. Wood cannot be sterilized in a steam autoclave or by other high temperature methods, and it can absorb toxic chemicals from some disinfectants. therefore, each piece should be worn by only one piercee. Suggested cleaning for wood jewelry generally involves washing it with soap and water then immediately drying it. regular conditioning of wood pieces with certain oils can improve durability, appearance,

Surface Finish

High quality piercing jewelry must be polished to a mirror finish. Jewelry that is not highly polished will be more porous, potentially causing discomfort and delayed healing. Poorly polished jewelry may also have compromised biocompatibility. Piercing jewelry must be free of all polishing compounds. these may appear as deposits near a fixed bead or in the threading. All jewelry must also be free of nicks, scratches, and burrs

Jewelry For Healed Piercing

When used and cared for properly, the following materials are generally considered appropriate for healed piercings. Because all bodies are different, some individuals may experience sensitivity or reactions to one or more of these.

High-Density, Low-Porosity non-Toxic hardwoods

Hardwood plugs are a popular and comfortable choice for many piercees. Not all woods are acceptable as some are naturally toxic and others are treated with various chemicals that can be harmful. Wood cannot be sterilized in a steam autoclave or by other high temperature methods, and it can absorb toxic chemicals from some disinfectants. therefore, each piece should be worn by only one piercee. Suggested cleaning for wood jewelry generally involves washing it with soap and water then immediately drying it. regular conditioning of wood pieces with certain oils can improve durability, appearance,

Surface Finish

High quality piercing jewelry must be polished to a mirror finish. Jewelry that is not highly polished will be more porous, potentially causing discomfort and delayed healing. Poorly polished jewelry may also have compromised biocompatibility. Piercing jewelry must be free of all polishing compounds. these may appear as deposits near a fixed bead or in the threading. All jewelry must also be free of nicks, scratches, and burrs.

Meet Our Staff performing this Service

James Coleman
Jordan Dzialoski

Taking care of your piercing is vital to your health and the health of your piercing.

Here’s what you need to know

Courtesy of the Association of Professional Piercers

Everyone has a right to know what to expect and what their rights are as someone getting pierced. Here is your piercee's bill of rights.

To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.

To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing.

To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized (where appropriate) in an autoclave prior to use on anyone else.

To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate, and are often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes.

To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.

To a have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle.

To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.

To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio.

To have initial piercings fitted with jewelry of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.

To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision.

To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the piercer for assistance throughout the healing process.

To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.

To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.
Do you offer private rooms for service?
Yes we do. We have 6 private service rooms available.
How do we start the process of getting a service?
You can  make an appointment at www.eastcoastworldwide.com/book .
I tried calling to speak to someone about a service but can't get anyone on the phone. How can I speak to someone?
We're generally pretty busy with clients and often keep our landlines on 'do not disturb'. We don't consult over the phone, and we generally aren't staffed for someone to answer phone calls all day. Our phone system is a great resource for leaving voicemails for staff, however if you wish to speak to someone you've got to book a consultation with them.
Do you offer discounts?
We offer 10% discounts to Active Duty and Retired Military, Police, Fire, and Rescue, and Teachers. Just show an ID.
Is tipping expected?
In short, no. Long before tipping culture became, well, what it is today, tattoo artists and piercers were traditionally tipped. It seems like it has been that way for as long as I can remember (we're talking 1990's). However, we are not believers in tipping as a habit.  If you feel that your service was excellent and you choose to show gratitude towards your artist or piercer, then tips are welcome.  If you choose not to tip, that is also ok. We feel like that's the way "gratuity" is suppose to be.
Do you have any time for appointments today?
You can go to our booking page to see if any time is available today. We look at the same schedule you'll see, so no need to contact us if it shows we are completely booked.
How soon can I book?
Appointments can be booked with as little as one hour notice.
Do you allow walk-in clients?
Yes, when our schedule permits, we take clients on a first come first serve basis.

We highly recommend making an appointment on our website. It's easy and it guarantees we will be there for you. Please do not call for availability as we're going to look at the same calendar you have available to you online.
Do I need to make an appointment for each person?
Most services allow you to book multiple people in a single booking.
Can I reschedule or cancel my appointment?
You can, but there is a cancellation fee that differs for each service. That fee is disclosed at the time of booking. If you make an appointment please be sure that you can make it.

If you reschedule an appointment weeks in advance we have some flexibility for you. If you reschedule or cancel within 5 days then a cancellation fee would apply
Why is my credit card needed to book an appointment?
A credit card is required to book an appointment as a guarantee that you'll show up to your appointment. We charge a cancellation fee for our services if you cancel or reschedule on short notice, so a card is required. Our staff does not see your card info and it is safely stored by Stripe.

Eye rolling fact - we actually first starting requiring cards to be charged almost a decade ago. We were the first studio in North Florida that allowed live bookings online, and we found that our competitors were creating fake bookings to fill our calendar and prevent us from being accessible by clients. Once we implemented the credit card requirement that all ceased immediately. It's a petty world out there.
Do you pierce childen's ears?
Yes we do. The minimum age for children is 5 years old for earlobe piercings. We pierce with real needles and doing so near the face of children younger than 5 who aren't mature enough to be still presents hazards to the child.

We do not recommend any freehand piercings for any children under 5, and we absolutely do not recommend going to a place that uses a piercing gun (malls). If you insist on getting a child's ears under 5 pierced we could only recommend a pediatrician.
What is the minimum age for a piercing?
13 and under - earlobes only
14+ - Ear cartilage
15+ - Navel and Nostrils
16+ - All oral / facial piercings
18+ - Any piercing

Any minor under 18 is required by the State of Florida to have their parent/guardian complete a consent form and get it notarized. Minors are not required to have a photo ID when accompanied by a parent/guardian who presents photo ID and is the same whose signature is on the notarized consent form.  Minors 16+ can get a piercing without their parents present, however they must have a government photo ID and must still present the same notarized consent form. You can download the form here.
Is jewelry included in the service price?
No. We have too wide a variety of jewelry to do so. We have jewelry that starts as low as $42.99 for a piercing, however we also have gold and genuine diamond pieces that are almost $2000 each.

If you would like to get jewelry pricing you can book a jewelry consultation on a day prior to your piercing.
Do you have tattoos on the wall I can choose from?
We do not - we are not that kind of studio. We are a custom studio and only draw and tattoo custom designs.. If you bring us someone else's artwork we can use it as a reference and design our own, but we will not steal their designs.
Do I need a consultation for a tattoo?
If you want a reserved spot on our calendar, then yes, we require consultations for all tattoos, big or small.. There are no exceptions.

If you walk in without an appointment you are accomodated only by our availability, first come first serve.

Please do not expect to get a tattoo the same day as your consultation - It's not very likely given how busy we are and scheduling conflicts. If you're coming into town for a limited amount of time, consider booking an online consultation well in advance and get the process going weeks or months before you arrive.
Do you offer online consultations?
Yes, over Zoom.
Take care of your tattoo.
We can guarantee that your tattoo will look awesome when you leave, but if you don't take care of it things can turn sour quick. We can clearly tell who takes care of their tattoo and who doesn't. If you come in to show us your tattoo it can be very clear to us that you did or did not follow our aftercare instructions (don't fib, we know our stuff)! It is wise to let a tattoo heal for at least a month before considering tattooing you again. If you have concerns contact your artist.
Getting a great tattoo is a process.
We view ourselves as leaders in the new generations of tattoo studios and we pride ourselves in ensuring that everything we do is done correctly. We absolutely do not believe in pressuring a client or giving a client a quick tattoo just to make money. Please understand that a good tattoo starts with an idea which is fostered into a drawing and an artistic vision that can be tattooed. Tattoos will require an initial consultation, a drawing process, and then a followup consultation. We believe in general business ethics and want to ensure that your tattoo isn't rushed. 
How much is a tattoo?
Tattoo prices vary drastically, from artist to artist. One artist may take 2 hours to do the same tattoo that another artist takes 3 hours to do. Therefore we don't quote tattoos over the internet and require a consultation to discuss pricing. Once we see the design, placement, and understand the scope of work we will be better equipped to give you an estimate.
What is your tattoo process?
Our tattoo process has been been carefully crafted since 2011 to benefit the best possible outcome for our clients and is fully part of our culture at East Coast Worldwide.

Step 1. Initial Consultation - We require consultations for any and all tattoos, big or small. We do this so that both the client and the artist both can meet with each other and discuss the project, and determine if the artist is the right artist for the job. Sometimes there are style differences that just cannot be reconciled and this first meeting is how we determine that.

Step 2. Design - We draw your design and have a second consultation with you to discuss the design and make sure you are satisfied with the drawing. If you are, we schedule your tattoo. If you want it to be reworked, we repeat step 2 until you're happy.

Step 3. Tattoo day - with the design finalized prior to setting the appointment the third step is simply getting the proper paperwork out of the way, getting the stencil sized correctly and placed, and then tattoo process. If it's a single session tattoo, go to step 4.

Step 4. Followup - After about a month we like clients to followup with us regarding their tattoos to check on the healing process and get some pictures for our portfolios.
Be patient during the drawing phase.
We are a custom studio.  You can tell us your idea and we'll gladly draw it.  Please come prepared to your consultation with all references and ideas gathered in an organized fashion so that we can better prepare ourselves for the drawing process.  If you would like to make changes we absolutely will do that do that for you at the time you have scheduled to view your drawing.
We do not tattoo offensive words or images.
While it is perfectly legal to do so we have made a choice not to tattoo any offensive materials on anyone for any reason. Any images or words that express prejudice against any race, religion, ethnicity, etc.... or images that the artist deems to be offensive or obscene will not be tattooed. Again this is a personal choice for you and for us and we will exercise our right to refuse service.
Do you tattoo minors?
Florida Statutes allow anyone ages 16-17 to get tattooed with parental consent.  However we have our own policies regarding the tattooing of minors.  In general, we don't like to do it and only do so under certain circumstances.  

All minors must schedule a consultation with the artist AND the parent/guardian must be present.  The artist then discusses the project with the studio, and if the studio and the artist both agree that the project is something we would like to take on, we will schedule a tattoo appointment.  All minors must have a signed notarization permission form, government issued photo identification, and their parent/guardian must remain in the building during the entire procedure.
Fingers, Lips, Wrists, and Feet.
Will we tattoo fingers, lips, and feet? Sure. Will we guarantee that they're going to last and look great? Absolutely not. These areas of the body are extremely susceptible to fading and often will not last. Does that mean you shouldn't get a tattoo in these areas? No, but it is a fair warning of what to expect in these areas. We want to be completely upfront about what the possibilities are.
What is a polish session?
A polish session is a final minor tattoo session of a tattoo in which everything is perfected and highlights can be added. Often this cannot be done during the initial session because your body may swell, become irritated, and the "canvas" becomes distorted. A polish session allows the artist to return to your healed canvas and put in the final touches to make the tattoo stand out and to rework any areas in which your body did not accept ink well.

Not all tattoos require a polish session, but many tattoos can benefit from one. Most polish sessions last about 1/10th of the time it took to do the original tattoo. For instance, if the original tattoo session took 2 hours, a polish session on average may take 15 minutes.
Why is your laser removal quote so much cheaper than everyone else's?
We only have a simple business minded answer - it's not our main source of income so we don't need to overcharge for overhead..

Several years ago we noticed the difficulty in conveying to a client who wanted a cover up tattoo what to lighten up and to have them accurately describe that to their laser removal business. So we spent an arm and a leg and we bought our own. Our original purpose was to assist our artists in working directly with a laser removal tech in house to lighten only the parts of the tattoos that were necessary to facilitate an excellent cover up tattoo.

Now we offer full service laser removal with high quality equipment and trained techs and we're the only tattoo studio in the area that has this in house.

Find a better price and we'll beat it by 10%.
How much is laser tattoo removal?
You can get an instant quote by visiting our Laser Tattoo Removal services page.
Can you fade my tattoo for a cover-up tattoo?
Yes! Most cover-up tattoos are difficult to cover because they require a lot of dark ink to conceal the existing artwork. Often times you end up designing your cover-up tattoo around covering your existing artwork instead of getting something you actually like. Laser tattoo removal is a great tool for lightening a tattoo and creating a cleaner canvas for your tattoo artist to work on. This gives them more flexibility and freedom to achieve the look that you want for your cover-up tattoo. Furthermore, we can connect you with one of our talented cover-up artists after your laser tattoo removal sessions.
Does laser removal hurt?
Laser tattoo removal is commonly compared to a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, treatment is unique for all patients so what might seem tolerable to one person might feel painful for another. 

So.... probably, a little - and for just a few minutes.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Our Trinity laser sends ultra-quick flashes of light energy through the skin to target unwanted ink trapped in your skin’s dermis. The ink particles absorb the light energy, heat up, and shatter into tiny fragmented particles that are small enough for your body’s immune system to naturally remove through your lymphatic system. Multiple treatments are needed to continuously breakdown the ink for faster fading.
How long is the entire laser tattoo removal process?
Laser tattoo removal treatments are spaced a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks apart. This waiting period is necessary to allow your skin enough time to heal before its next treatment. Depending on how many treatments you will need, laser tattoo removal can take anywhere from a couple of months to a year, but the results are well worth the wait.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed is dependent on a variety of factors including the age, color, size, and location of the tattoo being treated. Other factors taken into consideration are the types of ink used, the density of ink, any pre-existing scarring, and patient health. Multiple treatments are needed for every patient. The average number of treatments needed is 5 to 10, while patients interested in fading their tattoos may only need 2 to 4 treatments. We also use the PFD Patch to reduce the number of overall treatments needed.
How do you sterilize your instruments?
First of all let's be clear that a majority of the items that are used are for one time use - disposable items - and most of them will come in sterile packaging.  Having them come in sterile packaging costs us more, and few studios do this, but for us it's peace of mind and we view it as a professional responsibility to our clients.

Tattoo items are single use and disposable. We do not reprocess any part of the tattoo equipment for reuse. All items are discarded safely after each individual use.

The only items that will be reprocessed and sterilized for a piercing would also be the instruments actually used in the process.  Jewelry is never reused, but is sterilized before we use it in a fresh piercing.  Needles are never reused and are discarded properly. Many of our piercings are used without tools at all (freehand). For the safety of our clients we have disposable tools that can be used in some piercings.

After a piercing tools are placed in a disinfecting solution for 15 minutes to kill any organisms available on the surface of the tool.  This step however doesn't kill anything under the top layer of the tool.  This just makes the next steps a bit safer for the person cleaning the instruments.

Next we will scrub the instrument using wire brushes to remove all dirt and rinse thoroughly.  Once clean we place into a heated ultrasonic cleaner where we add a solution that contains enzymes that kill living proteins and further disinfects the instruments.  

After the ultrasonic cycle ends, we then package the instruments into individually sealed bags and place them into an autoclave which then sterilizes the instruments via heat and steam by heating the instruments to over 131 degrees celsius.  At this point the bags remained sealed to keep the instruments from becoming exposed to outside elements and forces. Before a piercing we actually open this bag and place the instrument into an autoclave cassette where we run it unwrapped in the actual sterile field in which we will be piercing from. This means our instruments that are reprocessed are done so TWICE, including once immediately before your piercing.

Our autoclaves are state of the art cassette autoclave called Statim G4 2000 by Scican, and it allows us to sterilize instruments and jewelry unwrapped in 7 minutes, and provides us and our clients the satisfaction of knowing that the cassette we are piercing from and it's contents are sterile.
Are children allowed in your studio?
Yes, but only if the CHILD has an appointment to get their ears pierced.  Children under 14 are not allowed in the studio for your consultations or appointments, and may not be in the lobby during your appointment either. We love children, many of us at the studio are parents, however we understand that a studio is no place for children to hang out. We love piercing children's ears, but that's the extent of children being present in our studio.

Please honor our request, as if you bring a child to your appointment you will be asked to leave and you will forfeit your appointment.
Do you sell aftercare?
We do sell aftercare at our studio for both piercings and tattoos. While we are regulated by the state for mentioning specific brands when giving you aftercare instructions, we have stocked what we consider to be the best products for ensuring your tattoo or piercing heals well.
What metals are in your jewelry?
Our jewelry is made of titanium, niobium, 14kt gold, 18kt gold, and a few pieces of surgical steel***.

Most of our options are hypoallergenic, so if you've had issues in the past with inferior jewelry you should not have a problem with ours.  *** We only use surgical steel for it's annealing properties that make it easy to bend for custom applications. As the most inferior choice of metals we do not offer it for any basic piercings.
How much is your jewelry?
It varies greatly as we have all different types of clientele.  Our jewelry starts at about $42 for a piercing (written 2023) and we have single pieces that are as high as $2000 for a single piece of jewelry.  Prices change from our suppliers fairly regularly so pricing may vary slightly from time to time. Most of our jewelry is affordable for the average everyday person.
What types of gems are in your jewelry?
It really depends on the manufacturer, but most of our gems are Swarovski, authentic gems,, and authentic diamonds.
Where is your jewelry made?
Until 2021 we could say that all jewelry was Made in America. However we did pick up a supplier that makes their product in Austrailia with American mined titanium, and that product is limited to "Clickers". So everything but "clickers' are made by American workers using American raw material.
Does your jewelry have a warranty?
Yes it does. All of our jewelry is backed by a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects. We also handle the warranty process for you from beginning to end.
Do you repair jewelry?
We do not process repairs on site. We send repairs and warranty work back to the manufacturers for repairs at their facilities. We will also help process repairs and warranty work for any of our manufacturers, whether or not you purchased the jewelry from us.
Can I use my own jewelry?
For an initial piercing you must purchase jewelry from us. Our industry memberships and insurance requires us to keep only traceable metals that have certified mill certificates. That is not something you will be able to provide to us, and therefore we won't know the quality of the material or if the finishes are suitable for initial piercings and healing.

For older and healed piercings we can use your own jewelry, however we will need to sterilize it before hand and there is a fee for that.
Can I order custom jewelry?
Yes we can order custom jewelry from our manufacturers. If there is something we don't have, or if there is a design that you would like to have made unique for you, we can help with that. You can email support@eastcoastworldwide.com to discuss custom jewelry.
Do you ship jewelery?
Yes we ship to the US. We do not have an online store so pieces must be ordered through email at support@eastcoastworldwide.com
Plan ahead.
You should be eating well and hydrating yourself before you come in for your service. You SHOULD NOT be getting sunburned or drinking alcohol and you SHOULD be doing everything you can to prepare your body for your service.. These things really do matter.
No children.
A studio is no place for children. Not only is it a boring adult place, but your children will distract either you, your artist, or both - None of which is good for you or us.. Please make arrangements beforehand for childcare.
No alcohol.
Alcohol can only lead to problems in the studio. Not only can it make your service more difficult, but we need to make sure that we are both on the same page about the details of your service.
No food or drink in the service area.
Under no circumstance should you bring any kind of food at all into the tattoo areas or piercing areas. Absolutely no exceptions on this one. Any drinks you bring (non alcoholic) must be in a plastic bottle with a lid. This is not only a rule but a law and one we agree with. It greatly reduces the risk of contamination and helps enhance all of our clients tattoo experience. Please don't ask to bring food or drink into these areas as we don't want to have to tell you no but we absolutely will.
Bring a friend, but not all of them.
Going back to the reasons of no children, a crowd can be equally distracting. You can bring one friend for support, two if you absolutely must, though we prefer you didn't. Our space is limited. We only allow one guest at a time in the tattooing area with you.
We offer fair prices.
Our time is valuable. So are the skills that we have, and it took us many years of blood, sweat, and tears to gain them. When you ask us for a price and we give it to you, it is taboo to argue or bargain the price with the us. It's as if you're telling us you don't think we're worth the price we're asking. Our prices are fair and it's not cheap to provide you with everything you and the artist need for any of our services. If you have a budget you're trying to stay within be upfront with your artist before you ask them for a price. If they can fit it in your budget they will tell you. If not, they may suggest alternatives that will fit into your budget.
Stay out of the service areas unless asked.
We have a comfortable waiting area with amenities.  Hanging out there until invited into a service area helps preserve the cleanliness and integrity of our service areas. We do have cool artwork throughout our hallways and lobby - you can feel free to travel through the lobby and visit the artwork.
Be on time and prepared for an appointment.
Although are a custom studio and will draw your idea, we cannot create a tattoo idea for you.   You should have an idea of what you want before you make an appointment.  When you do decide on something and make an appointment, you should definitely show up for your appointment. Regardless of why you can't show up, whether it's personal reasons, a sunburn, or a hangover, you will be charged a cancellation fee. We set aside our time and turned other clients away during your appointment slot and if you leave us hanging, we are the ones who lose.
We are professionals - listen to us.
We know what will or will not work in tattooing, piercing, and laser removal. Sometimes exactly what you want will not work as well as you think..  We have YOUR best interest in mind. We take pride in our work and want to make sure that you receive the best possible service. It enhances our reputation when you're asked where you got that awesome tattoo or piercing. Keeping that in mind, when a certain design or jewelry will not work well, we will tell you. It's in your best interest to listen to the professionals if you want awesome results.

"Absolutely phenomenal job by James! Came in a few weeks ago for a consultation, the piercing I wanted is not very typical but James had already done a few like them before; scheduled my piercing date and was nothing short of pleased by the service today. The shop is incredibly clean and professional, James was very thorough throughout the whole process. Would give more stars if I could!"

June 15, 2024

"Eugene is amazing, My daughter and I got tattoos and they look awesome."

June 15, 2024

"East coast worldwide tattoo and piercing was super clean and everyone was friendly and helpful. The service was not rushed and I felt like I had enough time to pick out jewelry and discuss with the provider what services would meet my wants and needs."

June 13, 2024

"James is a fantastic piercer. Professional, informative, respectful and thorough. Highly recommend him for any piercing needs!"

June 13, 2024

"Walked in without an appointment hoping to get a lip piercing. Studio was clean and bright, Jordan was amazing! I’ll be going back for sure!"

June 6, 2024

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