If you were wondering how to pierce your forearm, a professional, licensed piercer is the only option for such a surface piercing. Surface piercings differ from other body piercings because surface piercings never completely heal. A forearm piercing requires specific jewelry, such as tygon, or if going the dermal implant route, an anchor.
- Research local piercing shops. Word of mouth is a good indicator of a shop's reputation. Experienced, master piercers should only perform surface piercings. Ask friends with surface piercings or dermal implants for a recommendation.
- Visit your chosen shop. Look at the overall cleanliness of the shop. Observe the counter and employees. Ask yourself, is the counter smudged, dirty or have food and drinks laying on it? Do the employees have good hygiene and clean fingernails?
- Ask for a tour of the shop. Look for an autoclave, which sterilizes instruments, jewelry and needles. Look for sharps containers that needles are deposited in after a piercing. If an autoclave or sharps containers are not present in the shop, leave immediately. Diseases such as Hepatitis can be contracted if the shop is not sterilizing equipment and reusing needles.
- Look at portfolios. Ask the piercer for a portfolio of work. Look for pictures of piercings in the portfolio with no redness, swelling or blood present in the photos. Ask the piercer how long he or she has been piercing and how many surface piercings he or she has performed.
- Peruse the jewelry selection. Specific jewelry is necessary for piercing your forearm. If the piercer only offers traditional captive bead rings and barbells for a forearm piercing, the piercer is not educated or experienced enough in surface piercings to perform the procedure.
- Know your limits. A forearm surface piercing is not simple to take care of and there are risks involved. The forearm has daily contact with clothing and surfaces that other body parts do not. Daily tasks may result in the forearm piercing ripping or tearing resulting in pain and infection.
- Discuss. Your profession and hobbies, such as contact sports, can have a major impact on your piercing. Check with your workplace to ensure that suspension or termination will not result if you wear a forearm piercing.
Never attempt to pierce yourself or anyone else. The consequences and costs of piercing yourself, such as scarring, disease or emergency room visits, far outweigh a one time fee from a professional.