I’d heard good things about Koi for years. I finally decided to find out for myself when I decided to have my right nostril pierced a few months ago.
Walking in, I felt right at home. Portraits of tribes across the world hung on the walls, an ode to the history of body modification. The 2 staff members at the front desk were friendly and helpful. I was asked for my I.D. and signed the paperwork. While waiting (there was a group of girls ahead of me, which is typical for a Friday evening), I took some time to check out their merchandise.
There are 5 glass cases, all filled with beautiful jewelry, most of it being for stretched earlobes. Upon asking one of the employees about the material of a few pieces, he told me everything I wanted to know and even took them out of the case for me to hold.
I see many reviews written by people who were pierced by Patrick, but I believe my piercer’s name was Jen.
The piercing itself took less time than my wait. Jen took the time to see where the stud would look best for my nose shape, and marked the spot with what looked like a toothpick. She asked whether I liked the spot, which I did. When the needle went through, my eyes watered, but it wasn’t too painful. Putting in the stud was a little rougher, though. She handed me a hand mirror so that I could admire my new body mod. I thanked her and was on my way!
I paid about 65 for the piercing and jewelry and tipped her 25. I went home, feeling like a rockstar.
A week or so later I went to a party, and after a few too many Jager Bombs, I woke up the next morning with a closed nostril piercing and the stud had disappeared. I called the studio and they gave me some advice, which was to wait a few weeks and then to come and have it done again. Money down the drain, yes, but a mistake I won’t make again.
So, after a few months, I went in and Jen did it a second time. Just as well, and this time with a different kind (one less likely to fall out).
If I have ever have another piercing I’d like done, this will be the place. Clean, professional, and the kind of place I feel at home.
ALSO, they’re honest! While picking out my jewelry the second time, I pointed to a pretty piece that I liked. The girl at the counter let me know that it was 78 dollars, and I was quick to choose a cheaper piece.