I’ve been on the lookout for safe piercings in Manila for a while now. And I couldn’t find any professional piercer who is certified or at least took some classes. So I looked in Hong Kong and I found @sarapiercedme. She’s a professional piercer who had training in Canada and actively participates in Association of Professional Piercers or APP (though not certified). However, along comes her price. One Helix costs HKD 600 (Php 4,000).
Do note that both places (Philippines and Hong Kong) do NOT have certified piercers. The closest there is is in Australia. Sad, I know.
Took me months to do my research while my sister took 2 days.
She couldn’t contain her excitement and ask me to go with her late at night! Impulse decision right there. So we went to 55 Tinta in Teacher’s Village, unfortunately the piercer, @i_rabbit_tattoo, was out having dinner so we waited for an hour and started around half past 10 already. Sis was planning to get 2 lobes and 1 helix done. But she kind of enjoyed getting pricked, so she asked to get one more. Good thing Rabbit was super nice and very patient with this indecisive client. In the end, she went for rook. The whole process took an hour.
All their piercings are done with single-use needles, even the lobes. Although they don’t exactly have the training Sara has, I think Rabbit is pretty much a pro. It is cheaper too with Php 2,000 (HKD 300) for ear cartilage piercing. The catch though is Rabbit uses 1 single-use needle for all your piercings, while Sara uses new single-use needles for each pierce/hole. But I think we can request to have it Sara’s way without a problem.
So I finally went to Sara last month. She was very professional. You’d know if she’s had much experience on this or not. The setup is the same as the one in the Philippines: open space for both tattoo artists and piercers — this is actually a no-no for APP standards. They require you to have a partition of at least an 8ft wall. Anyway, I got a conch which she recommended for first timers because it’s easier to manage. Helix is the worst to manage according to her, might I add. Well, what do you know, surprise, surprise. It was painful!!! But pretty! Fast forward to a month (now), it was healing pretty well, although it became very tender at one point (with a little pus, yikes!) most likely because I was hugging my dog all the time and I didn’t even bother to wash them. But I just continued on with my cleaning process and it turned okay again. (will write about aftercare in a separate post)
55 Tinta (Manila)
Ear Lobe = Php 1000
All Cartilage (except industrial) = Php 2000
Industrial = Php 3000
Sara Pierced Me (Hong Kong)
Ear Lobe = HKD 600 for 1, HKD 700 for 2, HKD 800 for 3, HKD 1000 for 4
Helix = HKD 600 for 1, HKD 1000 for 2, HKD 1200 for 3, HKD 1500 for 4
Conch = HKD 600 for 1
All include basic earrings.