Preparing for your visit

Know before you go!

Not at this time. We are still under local regulation to be closed for any in person services. Once we do re-open, all the below FAQ's will apply.

We aren't open to the public at this time, you may of course order our jewelry online here. Once we open, all customers must make an appointment to be able to enter the business, even just for jewelry sales. We are maintaining a safe social distancing protocol and limiting the number of individuals in the shop at any given time. For the safety of our staff as well as our customers, all customers must wear a mask properly covering your face to gain entry. We will refuse entry for anyone without a mask, or anyone not wearing a mask properly.

Yes! You must bring a valid, unexpired, government issued photo ID. Passport, Driver's License, State ID Card, Military ID Card are all acceptable forms of ID. No print outs, or photos of your ID are acceptable.

All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legally appointed guardian for any ear or body piercing. The parent/guardian must provide their own government-issued ID as well as a physical full-sized copy of the minor’s birth certificate or legal documentation granting legal custody/guardianship each time they bring a minor in for a new piercing. The birth certificate may not be substituted by matching last names/resemblance or minor’s government issued ID, including a passport. State law prohibits the piercing of a minor’s nipples, genitals, or any surface/dermal piercings regardless of parental/legal guardian’s consent.

Nope, sorry. California state law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from being tattooed (regardless of parental consent).

We welcome you to bring in your jewelry for consideration. We do not accept outside jewelry for body piercings unless it was previously purchased from Body Manipulations (or an equally reputable professional piercing studio) and is manufactured by one of our approved vendors. Upon inspection we will be able to determine if your jewelry is safe to use. If your jewelry is accepted, it must be kept overnight to be processed through sterilization prior to being used for an initial piercing.

Depending on how long you previously wore jewelry in the piercing and how long it has since been empty, there’s usually a pretty high possibility of a jewelry insertion versus having to do an entirely new piercing altogether. In most cases if you’re able to put jewelry partially through an existing piercing but have difficulty inserting it completely, it’s more than likely just shrunk and can be reopened by a professional piercer with an insertion taper. The insertion taper appears similar to a piercing needle but has a rounded end that is smaller than the jewelry worn in your previous piercing and gradually increases in size, reopening the piercing and allowing for jewelry to follow. Although not the same as a brand new piercing, reopening a piercing that has been without jewelry for more than 1 month can still result in initial swelling or redness for a few days-weeks following but generally goes away relatively quickly in comparison to an entirely new piercing. In the case that we’re able to perform a jewelry insertion as opposed to a new piercing, you’re welcome to bring in the jewelry you’ve previously worn in the piercing to have it reinserted for a minimal fee. 

If we’re able to determine that the piercing is actually closed entirely, re-piercing the area is treated just as any other new piercing with no difference in terms of healing/aftercare.

If your interest in re-piercing altogether has to do with a placement issue, one of our piercers can consult with you regarding the possibility or correction based on the space allowed in the area of the piercing. If the placement requested for a correction is too close to an existing piercing, often times this results in the two piercings merging together and creating a larger hole. In this case, our piercers may recommend consulting with a dermatologist about having your existing piercing closed up in order to safely allow for a new piercing in the future.

We like for the customers to be able to ask for it themselves. Out of respect for consent, we will pierce childrens' earlobes age 4 and up with proper parental consent.

We do not offer any body modification services outside of piercing and tattooing.

Shipping policy

A few things to note before you order.

We ship anywhere in the United States.

In stock items will ship within 1-2 business days. Out of stock or pre-orders for titanium jewelry usually goes out in about 4 weeks. Out of stock or pre-order items in gold can take up to 12 weeks.

Returns and exchanges

Things can be different in person from online. you have 14 days for returns. Make sure it is right for you, BEFORE you open the jewelry's packaging. See our full refund policy here.

Due to the nature of body jewelry, we cannot accept any return items that have been opened from its original packaging. This insures no 'used jewelry' is ever sold.

Carefully package your items to avoid damage or loss. Use the original packaging whenever possible. Ship you item to:
Body Manipulations - Returns
3234 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

We recommend you send it insured, we cannot be held responsible for any lost returns packages.

You may also bring your return to us in person.