Piercing Information

How to book an appointment:


No appointments are needed for piercings! Walk-ins are always welcome. Our piercing hours are as follows: Eminence Ink Willimantic: Tuesday: 10-7 Wednesday: 11-3 Thursday: 11-3 Friday: 11-7 Saturday:11-7 Eminence Ink Storrs: Wednesday: 4-7 Thursday: 7-9 Our staff is the most experienced, knowledgeable, and understanding staff anywhere.




Eminence Ink piercing policy:


You must be 18 year of age or older with VALID STATE ID. Minors (16 or 17) must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian. They are required to bring the parent or guardians VALID STATE ID, the childs VALID STATE ID OR SCHOOL ID, and the ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICTAE (no copies please). All customers must present a VALID ID. We provide new sterile needles and tools for every customer. All needles and tools are individually bagged and steam claved before being used on any piercing customer. We have Over 900 different piercing jewelry to choose from: surgical steel, acrylic, titanium, 14k gold, gems of all types.




The healing process


Downsizing your jewelry for Tongue, Labret, Lip, or Monroe is recommended within 7 – 10 days after your piercing. Some people might need a longer time due to swelling. Normally for Tongue, Labret, Lip, or Monroe we pierce with a longer post to allow room for swelling. Once the swelling period is over, we recommend a shorter bar for more comfort and a better appearance. A KELIOD is and overgrowth of scar tissue that may appear after piercing. A KELIOD growth is more prominent in people with dark skin tones. KELIODS are not medically dangerous and often require no medical treatment. KELOIDS may be reduced in size by external pressure or surgical removal, however they may grow back (sometimes larger than they were originally). Call your health care provider if new symptoms develop or reduction/removal is desired. (This information was obtained from A.D.A. Minc and accredited by the American Accreditation Health Card Commission) Minor discharge, crusting or redness during the healing process is normal. However, excessive swelling, discharge, redness or rash indicates infection or an allergic reaction to either the cleaning solution or the jewelry itself. Please be aware that removing your jewelry will not necessarily end an infection and may, in fact, worsen the condition by eliminating the passage through which the discharge can travel. Jewelry must be left in place at all times until piercing heals. We recommend you have a professional piercer perform any changes of jewelry in order to minimize the chances of complications. If you experience any healing problems, we would be happy to help in any way we can, so feel free to call or stop by. Healing may be disrupted do to: 1.Wearing jewelry to which one is allergic or which is of inappropriate material size or design. ​2.Handling your piercing with dirty hands. 3.Using inadequate cleaning solutions. 4.Cleaning improperly or over cleaning.




Estimated healing times


- Ear: 4-6 weeks - Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks - Nose: 4-6 weeks - Septum: 2 months - Bridge; 2-3 months - Tongue: 2 weeks - Lip, Labret, Monroe, Medusa: 3-6 weeks - Navel: 12-14 weeks with barbell, 6-9 months with hoop - MicroDermals: 1-2 months - Rook, Helia, Daith, Traigus, Industrial: 2-3 months - Conch: 3-6 months - Nape: 2-4 months - Surface Bars: 2-6 months Healing time for a new piercing varies from one individual to another. The very type of jewelry and depth of installation, pressure of clothing and one’s daily activities affect healing time. Therefore, aftercare is very important. Cleanliness during the Healing Process is a MUST! If your piercing was performed properly, and you adequately attend to it, the risk of infection will be greatly minimized. In our experience, we have found that most problems occur because of: Minor discharge, crusting or redness during the healing process is normal. However, excessive swelling, discharge, redness or rash indicates infection or an allergic reaction to either the cleaning solution or the jewelry itself. Please be aware that removing your jewelry will not necessarily end an infection and may, in fact, worsen the condition by eliminating the passage through which the discharge can travel. Jewelry must be left in place at all times until piercing heals. We recommend you have a professional piercer perform any changes of jewelry in order to minimize the chances of complications. If you experience any healing problems, we would be happy to help in any way we can, so feel free to call or stop by.




All piercing aftercare (except oral piercings):


DO NOT USE RUBBING ALCOHOL, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, OR LISTERINE TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING. The following routine should be done twice daily until PIERCING is healed: 1. Wash hands thoroughly 2. Using warm water and a cotton swab, remove all dried matter from the surface of the ring and the openings of the piercing. 3. Use a small amount of Antibacterial soap and place it on the piercing, lather with a cotton swab. Leave Antibacterial soap on piercing for about three minutes. 4. Rinse thoroughly with water




Labret, lip and monroe piercings aftercare:


For the first 24-48 hours gently suck on ice and take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil (if not allergic) to minimize swelling. External: The following should be performed twice daily: 1. Wash hands thoroughly 2. Using warm water and a cotton swab, remove all dried matter from the surface of the ring and the openings of the piercing. 3. Use a small amount of Antibacterial soap place it on the piercing, lather with a cotton swab. Leave Antibacterial soap for about three minutes. 4. Rinse thoroughly with water




Internal mouth piercing aftercare:


The following should be performed for 2 weeks: 1. Rinse with mild salt water after consumption of anything other than water. Mix 1/4 teaspoon sea salt with 1 cup distilled water. 2. DO NOT USE LISTERINE OR ANY OTHER MOUTHWASH EXCEPT GLYOXIDE FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS 3. No kissing or oral sex during healing 4. A new toothbrush is recommended Labret Studs and Tongue Barrells: Once swelling has gone down (usually in 1 week) the post can be down-sized to a shorter piece of jewelry for $10. WARNING Receiving a piercing may cause dizziness and possible fainting. Eminence Ink can not take responsibility for rejection by the body in relation to any piercing.




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