Happy New Year! As of January 2017 we have moved to our very own piercing only studio in downtown San Jose. Our service, phone number, email, Yelp page and website are all the same just a new location! Feel free to get ahold of us if you have any questions.
Make Me Holey Body Piercing is currently located in downtown San Jose in the SoFA District at 497 S. 2nd Street. The cross street is William, and there is plenty of street parking available, bring quarters! We can also validate if you park in The Convention Center Garage just a few blocks away or any other San Jose garage listed on parksj.org. We do ask that you respect our neighbors and not park in the motel parking lot next door.
We are a female run studio that specializes in safe and friendly body piercing, from simple ear piercings, to many other advanced body piercings. We take pride in being clean, comforting, and welcoming while only using the highest quality body jewelry.
The service at Make Me Holey doesn't stop at the door. We make ourselves available far after the piercing is preformed whether it be for a simple jewelry change, for troubleshooting during healing, or for stretching services.
Endless jewelry combinations exist, and custom jewelry ordering is also available if there are specific pieces in mind that isn't in our jewelry stock. Nothing is better than pairing up a client with jewelry that was made just for them. Custom items allow us to help our clients pick out the perfect adornment for their bodies.
Our bodies are unique and beautiful things, and should be treated as such. We respect and appreciate every person that places their trust in us with their modifications.
Karissa has been piercing since 2009, and is always aiming to improve and better the piercing experience. She strives to make every client feel comfortable in their choice of piercers. Karissa got into the piercing industry in 2007 in Pennsylvania, then traveled to California shortly after and has been piercing here ever since.
Pricing and Appointments
The price of a piercing will vary greatly based off of the jewelry that you choose. We carry a wide variety of implant grade jewelry that comes with a lifetime warranty.
Pricing is broken down into two seperate parts. The piercing fee is $30 for the first piercing and $25 for every one done after in the same sitting, and the second part is the cost of the jewelry. Jewelry cost comes in a wide range dpending on the style and material of the piece you choose. If you would like a more specific price range, come by the studio for a consultation and we would be able to assist you.
As we continue to grow and to be able to offer the same standard of customer service that you've come to expect, we are now appointment only. We offer online booking, click on the button below for appointment availability. Same day appointments are sometimes available, but you must contact the shop directly.
What is your jewelry made of?
The jewelry we carry is implant grade ASTMF138 steel and ASTMF136 titanium, niobium, or solid 14k (or higher) gold. Quality matters, and we would't use anything but the best.
Can I bring my own jewelry?
We do not pierce with jewelry from outside of the studio to assure that the style, size and quality is appropriate for your fresh piercing. We can change jewlery for you from home in a healded piercing as long as it is the right fit.
Should I make an appointment or can I walk in?
We tend to book up in advance, so the safest bet is to book ahead of time. You can call the studio, or scroll up to make an online appointment.
What if I need help changing my jewelry?
No worries, we do all jewelry changing services for free. Come by!
Can I film myself getting pierced?
We allow photographs, but please no video.
Can my cousin/sibling/aunt/uncle/neighbor/friend who is over 18 sign for me if I'm a minor?
Nope! Only your parent with proper ID. Check below for a detailed list of acceptable identication.
Do you offer ALL piercings?
Currently we do not offer surface piercings or genital piercings. E-mail us, and we would be happy to give you a recommenation to a trusted piercer! We will not preform 'venom' tongue, surface tongue, smiley piercings, or tongue web piercings or any piercing we feel may be unsafe for you.
What should I do to prepare?
Weither it's your first time getting pierced, or you're a seasoned piercing veteran, we put together a short list of ways you can best prepare for your appointment to maximize your comfort and safety.
- Allot enough time for parking. Bring quarters for the meters or give yourself time to walk from a parking gargage. If you are later than 10 minutes, we may have to reshcedule. Do not park in the motel parking lot next door. Your car will be towed.
- Eat before hand and get some sleep! Your body will react better to a piercing if you've eaten, you're hydrated and well rested.
- Leave the posse at home! A friend or two is great for moral support, but the more people that come with you, the harder it is for the experience to be about you.
- Find a sitter! We love piercing kids. They can be some of our favorite clients! But as much as we love children, we do ask that if your child is not being pierced that you leave them at home for your appointment. We want your full attention to be on enjoying the experience of being pierced. We do not allow children in the piercing room (unless it is their appointment) or unacompanied minors to be left in the lobby.
- Bring your ID! We will not preform a piercing without proper identification. No exceptions.
How do I take care of my piercing?
Once you leave the studio with your fresh piercing, you now have the sometimes dauting responibility of making sure it stays clean! Our goal is to leave you armed with all of the necessary knowledge and tools to assure that your healing process is as smooth as possible.
Most importantly: DO NOT TOUCH IT! The less action your body piercing gets, the better it will heal. This includes sleeping on your piercing, cell phones, hair product, make up, soaps and lotions, ext.. Always make sure that any material touching your piercing is always clean. For ear or facial piercings, change your pillowcase frequently. For body piercings, wear clean clothing, or change your bedding frequently.
When cleaning your piercing, your goal is to keep it free of any buildup or 'crusties' by rinsing the area thoroughly with sterile saline at least twice a day. Never move the jewelry! Movement forces buildup into the piercing, causing trauma and introducing bacteria. Sterile saline can be found in any pharmacy, usually in the first aid isle. Be sure to use sterile saline wound wash, not saline contact solution or nasal spray. With running water from your shower head, rinse the piercing at the end of your shower to flush off any buildup and possible soap residue. For facial piercings, also flush with water after a face wash.
For piercings in the nostril, pool up hot water in your hands and use your nose to blow bubbles in the water. This flushes out the inside of your nostril without touching it.
For oral piecings, rinse your mouth with cold clean water after ever meals, moring and night. You can also eat ice to eleviate swelling.
Each piercing can be quite different, so continue with the cleaning routine for the entire recomended time. It is normal during the heal time to have some swelling, redness, bruising, mindor bleeding and tenderness. Your piercing will heal from the outside in, and may not be completely healed even if it feels like it is. Even after it is healed, never leave your jewlery out for any extended period of time. Everybody is different, and it may begin to close more quickly than you'd think.
*These instructions are guidelines and are not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection seek medical attention.
What if I'm under 18?
The shop policy here at Make Me Holey is to not pierce anyone under the age of 16, ears being the only exception. The age requirement for earlobe piercings is 5 years old.
Parental consent is required if you are under 18. NO EXCEPTIONS. A valid photo ID is required from you and your parent, and your parent must be present. Examples of a valid photo ID are:
- drivers licence
- state ID
- paspport card
- military ID
If you do not have a valid photo ID, there are other documents you can bring. You would need a form of ID with your photo on it (ex: school ID) along with documentation with your birthdate on it (ex: birth certificate, medical ID card). If you are unsure in any way if your documentation is appropriate CALL THE STUDIO. We hate turning away clients for something as small as improper documentation!
If your parent is not your legal guardian, you will need to supply the proper paperwork to prove legal guardianship.
Walk ins are welcome when the time permits, but due to increased volume appointments are highly encouraged! Now taking online appointments. Closed on most major holidays. Call us for more info.
- Mon, Wed - Thu 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Fri - Sun 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
We'd love to hear from you! For any questions, inquiries, price quotes or comments, feel free to call or email.
- (408) 991-2845
- 497 S. 2nd St.
San Jose, Ca 95113