Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions:

  • What do I need to bring to my appointment?

    • We will always need your ID (government-issued photo identification) for any new procedure, but it's also good to bring a snack and water with you, especially if you're getting a large tattoo or an involved piercing project. The main cause of discomfort during body modification procedures is dehydration, so a bottle of water is great to have handy.

  • Do you have parking?

    • We have one spot available in front of the shop for appointment clients only. Otherwise there is TONS of metered street parking (we offer meter service if yours runs out!) on Washington, and around the corner on Strongs. One block down on Strongs (past Anchorage) there is free street parking.

  • Do you take cards/cash?

    • Yes! We take both.

  • Can I bring my friends?

    • One friend or family member is always allowed as a form of emotional support, but we are a very small shop, and can only accommodate one guest per paying client. We have ample and comfortable outdoor seating for any other guests.

  • How old do I have to be to get <blank>?

    • The legal consent age for body art procedures in California is 18. It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18, no matter what (even with parental consent), as it is illegal to perform genital or nipple piercings on anyone under the age of 18 (also even with parental consent). Any other piercing can be done under the age of 18 and over the age of 4 (with parent present and supplying proof of parenthood) at the discretion of the piercer.

  • Does it hurt?

    • Yes! Everything we do here hurts a little, but that's all part of the process. Nothing is unbearable, and it's all worth the pain involved. If you are seriously concerned about the pain involved, speak with your artist or piercer directly about pain relief alternatives. (Though keep in mind that not all artists offer such services, and some may charge extra.)

Piercing-Specific Questions:

  • I'm looking to get my infant's ears pierced, do you offer that?

    • No, we do not pierce any person who is unable to verbally consent to receiving a piercing. Plus, babies ears are still in early stages of development, and with growth we are unable to predict whether or not the piercings will remain evenly and properly spaced. The youngest we will pierce is 4 years old, and even then we prefer to meet your little one first to make sure that they are ready for the responsibility of taking care of a piercing.

  • My piercing is irritated! What do I do?!

    • If you are in a serious amount of pain, consult a doctor immediately. If not, we would be more than happy to take a look at your piercing and do our best to suggest a solution. Reach out to us to find the best time to stop by, or take a look at our aftercare page here.

  • How do I take out my jewelry?

    • All of the jewelry here at Aesthetic Ambition is made of the highest quality implant-grade materials such as ASTM F-136 Titanium and 14k/18k Gold. If you wish to change the jewelry to something different, we highly recommend and prefer you come and see us or another reputable piercer (if you don't live in the area.), and have it changed professionally. We know how to install new jewelry secure enough to not fall out during normal wear, and how to size it conscious of your body and lifestyle. If you are involved in an emergency that requires you to remove your jewelry completely, here is a pdf of GAMMA Piercing's awesome aftercare brochure that, starting on page 7, shows very informative graphics regarding how your jewelry works.

  • I think I have a bubble/keloid/bump on my piercing! Help!

    • First of all, these irritation bumps are nothing to cause removal of the piercing or any sort of drastic measure. These bumps come from (usually) some sort of pressure on the healing piercing. First step would be to ask yourself "Am I sleeping on this side?", because if you are, that is where the problem lies. If you're completely staying off of your piercing during sleep, check some other lifestyle issues including but not limited to; snagging (on clothes, hairbrushes, hair, hats, headphones, etc.), bumping (even just one hard bump can cause the tissue to flare up), excess moisture (not properly drying the piercing after a shower or cleaning), and touching. If you would prefer to have us look at it and help you come to a solution, we would be more than happy to do that. Just schedule a "troubleshooting" appointment online.