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-For our Immune Compromised clients, please contact us at adornsafely@gmail.com for masked accommodations.

-We remain appointment only with no children under 8, however, we will accommodate walk-ins for piercing troubleshooting and other urgently needed services whenever possible.

-Any of our unmasked staff will gladly mask upon request.

-Our entire staff is vaccinated.

-As always we maintain advanced sanitation protocols which include constant disinfection on all surfaces, infrared scrubbers in our HVAC system, and HEPA filtration circulating the air in every room.

We kindly ask of you:

-If you have had a recent exposure to COVID-19, please reschedule your appointment for another time.

-If you’re feeling under the weather, please reschedule your appointment for another time.

-Please follow the CDC guidelines if you are exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you at your appointment with Adorn!

Tender Tome of Touching

June 3, 2014 5:53 pm Published by

Friends, Portlanders, countrymen, lend me your ears, but please don’t touch them!

Anyone who’s been in our studio with a piercing-related agenda is familiar with one of our cornerstone rules: Keep your hands off your piercings.  Return clients grin and look abashed when we ask them to clean their mitts with an antimicrobial hand wipe each time they touch their piercing.  First-timers give us a quizzical look.  Employees from any sort of medical field nod approvingly.  The real question is why?  Why do we wince each time someone removes their jewelry in our lobby or touches their nostril and exclaims “I think this is infected!”  The reason is friends because we care.

We live in a dirty world.  Elvis only knows the germs, bacteria, and viruses that have made their way from the infected hosts onto dollar bills, doorknobs, keyboards at work, buttons on the ATM, etc.  The bacteria that is passed on by touch, coughs, and sneezes have a pretty amazing shelf life outside of the human body.  Many of these diseases and viruses live for hours, days, and even weeks on a surface just waiting for the chance to attack you.  The guy who sneezes into his hands wipes them on his jeans, and then opens the door to the coffee shop has just left some of those germs for someone else to pick up on their way out.

Of course, we don’t want any of our lovely clients to come down with the sniffles, but that’s not the reason for our hyper-vigilance and ever-ready hand wipes.  There are much worse things lurking just below the surface that concern us.  Blood Borne Pathogens, diseases like Hepatitis, HPV, H1N1, and HIV to name a few.  These nasty buggers are transferred through all types of bodily fluids that can find their way out through tears or punctures in the skin.  These punctures are more commonly referred to as “piercings”. Piercings in the skin?  Hmm…  sound familiar? There really are places in the city where people who have these “piercings” in their skin, are touching them and then door knobs, countertops, and the like thus leaving trace amounts of body fluids around for strangers to pick up when they touch the very same surfaces.  Yes, my friends, I’m afraid it’s so.

Now you might find yourself asking, “If the world is as gross, diseased, and bleak as you say, wouldn’t we all be half dead, stumbling around coughing up crud like some sort of bad zombie movie?”  Humans are a resilient folk, we come equipped with a great instrument to keep infections from getting into our bloodstream: our skin.  As long as our skin is intact it keeps us protected from the microbes that threaten our health and life on a day-to-day basis.  However, if our skin is broken for any reason, then these microbes have a free pass into our bodies until the skin around the puncture is healed.  This healing process can take months,  but fear not!  Even if someone was careless enough to transfer trace amounts of some bacteria or virus by touching their own piercing and then a doorknob or handrail somewhere, it’s not like you are walking around rubbing your ear piercing on the joysticks at the local arcade.  Even if there is something living there it’s not getting in.  In fact, the only way those germs could get into your fresh piercing would be if you put them there by touching the germy surface with your fingers and then touching your piercing.  If that first contact wasn’t enough for something nasty to take hold,  you probably touched your jewelry too, so the infected cell has somewhere to live while it tries to break into your body.

So, friends, that’s the scoop.  When we ask you not to touch your piercings it’s for the protection of ourselves and all of our clients, yourself included.  Even healed piercings can still have micro tears and abrasions from all sorts of daily jostling of your jewelry, so hands off!  Have a wonderful, germ-free day, and keep the world out of your piercing.

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Dani P.
Dani P.
Really great place. Awesome selection and professional staff. I've had a tattoo and nose piercing and I'd go back again for a new service.
Tammy K.
Tammy K.
I first came to Adorn to get my piercing I received at Slave to the Needle (in Seattle) checked, it was a Daith. I was developing a small pyogenic granuloma and Lia checked it out, suggested I use saline to clean it twice a day and even took pictures of it to determine progress if it gets worse later. I was told by Lia and my dermatologist that it might not go away, as some don't. But It cleared it RIGHT up!Then I went back because I took out all my piercings because I had to get an MRI. Lia was my piercer again and got it back in within minutes. It was a newer piercing so I was worried it had closed... and to my surprise it did a little but Lia was able get it right back in. It was tricky but she was patient and calming the whole time.I plan to get 2 more piercings and I'd love for Lia to do them. She was gentle and so knowledgeable. I'm also going to bring my daughter to get her ears pierced when she's a little older, and I pray pray pray Lia will still be here when my daughter is ready to get her ears pierced. I don't think I'd want anyone else touching my little girls ears besides anyone at Adorn!! Id especially love for Lia to do it but I haven't had the pleasure to meet any other piercer (might be fate though.. when I made the appointment I just made it for available piercer and both times I got Lia).Oh and the jewelry here is AUHMAZZZING I want them all!!!Fair prices and amazing selection.Definitely coming back soon!!!
Megan P.
Megan P.
Had a lovely experience at my appointment and leading up to my appointment. Everyone was very nice and the place was very clean. Only bummer was they didn't have the jewelry I wanted in gold. Will be going back though for sure.
Reva P.
Reva P.
Stop what you're doing and make an appointment to get something pierced with Dana. He is amazing and a total expert in his craft! Plus his patience is close to sainthood. I was so anxious when I got there and he was able to put me at ease and answer all of my dumb questions. Plus he is so personable that you feel very comfortable which is a necessity when someone is putting a hole in your body. I cannot recommend this place enough!
Ruby H.
Ruby H.
I had my septum re-pierced and philtrum pierced recently here. 2+ piercings in 1 session gets you a discount, which is awesome! The team at Adorn is APP certified- meaning they are extensively trained in safe piercings from clean stations to clean jewelry practices- they are experts at what they do. They have jewelry options for different price points- lots of stainless steel, inexpensive and beautiful jewelry options as well as a wide variety of gold, white gold, and gemstone jewelry on the pricier end. I love that they offer more luxurious and high-end jewelry here. My piercer was Dana, he made the experience very relaxing and I felt super comfortable. They answered all of my questions, and their team deeply cares about the people who come into their shop. Im so happy with my new piercings, I highly recommend Dana and Adorn Body Art.
Gabby L.
Gabby L.
I got my lip pierced here today by Zandr and he was very nice and made me feel very comfortable also he was very fast which I really appreciated because I was nervous and prefer to get it done and over with as quick as possible which he did! Everyone was also very nice and the place was very clean and professional.
jennifer b.
jennifer b.
I took my daughter (8 years) to get her ears pierced. Dana was so calm, informative, and kind. He made the experience easy. My daughter is thrilled. Everyone working there were extremely nice. I would highly recommend Adorn!