Stay At Home Order - Covid-19

Temporary closure of retail location.

San Francisco’s Health Order has been extended indefinitely. The city will lift the restrictive health order once hospital capacity is stable, and case rates improve for 3 weeks. Once the order is lifted, SF will return to the State’s blueprint tier system. So let's do what we can to keep the numbers down around us. Stay home, stay safe!

In spirit of the stay at home order and for the safety of our community and team, we will be closed for in person jewelry sales. Online orders are still being fulfilled and shipped!

Orders are still being fulfilled and shipped. So far all of our vendors are still operating and shipping us orders. All current orders are still in the works!

All inventory is managed at our off site headquarters. That is where we receive our shipments form vendors and operate a full shipping warehouse to get your order to you fast.

Unfortunately, no, not at this time. State law prohibits any type of off site housecall. Current health order prohibits us form performing any services in person regardless of the urgency. We can help you virtually through email and video chats. If your situation requires in person assistance, we have been directed by our health officer to tell you to go see your doctor.

Shop with us online! Buy gift cards! Spread the word on our webstore! Support every single business you love the best that you can. Order take out from restaurants. Tip your delivery driver. Your overly generous behavior during this time will help grease all the wheels involved in supporting business and keep the local economy going. What goes around, comes around.

Preparing for your future visit

The following information will apply when we re open for services.

Yes, appointments will be required. We will provide a link to book appointments.

To meet our jewelry standards, your jewelry must be manufactured by one of our approved vendors. This is very easy for us to conclude with a simple inspection. Only smooth, finely polished surfaces. Internally threaded jewelry only. It must be made of pure biocompatible metals, no base metals, sliver, or plating of any kind. If you would like to use your own jewelry for a service, you must first have it processed through our pre-paid jewelry processing service. Available here. Once received, we will notify you if your jewelry is acceptable to use for service and when it is ready for pick up at our 16th Street location. If your jewelry is unacceptable for use we will explain why and send it back to you with a full refund. Do not bring jewelry that has been used, purchased elsewhere, or otherwise unpackaged to pass along to our counter staff at the time of your appointment, it will not be accepted. Do not send us your jewelry outside of the above mentioned pre paid service, it will not be processed. Plan ahead and allow time for processing before booking your appointment.

Great idea! You may fill out your release prior to your appointment. Just make sure it is the same day of your appointment as the questions are date sensitive. You can, find them here:
Desktop Version

Mobile Version

You may also fill your form out on your own device during your appointment.

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).

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 look different in person from online shopping. 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
2313 8th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

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