Why Choose Monarch?
Our staff is dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly. We love body piercing. It's all we do. Because our sole focus is body piercing, we're able to give all of our attention to even the smallest details of our craft, resulting in a better experience for our clients. We offer a full range of piercing services, including custom ear projects, children's ear lobe piercing, surface piercings, and male and female genital piercings.
Our jewelry showroom is home to Chattanooga's largest selection of jewelry for both fresh and healed piercings from the body piercing industry's most dedicated and sought after designers like ANATOMETAL, NeoMetal, LeRoi, BVLA, and Gorilla Glass. If there were higher quality or safer jewelry available anywhere on the planet, that's what we would be using.
We offer jewelry made from 14kt and 18kt white /yellow / rose gold, ASTM f136 implant grade titanium, and lead-free borosilicate glass, as well as natural stone, wood, and other organic materials for healed piercings. All of our jewelry is nickel free, and wherever applicable, meets ASTM standards for permanent implantation into the body, as well as exceeding the Association of Professional Piercers' criteria for jewelry quality.
Each piece of jewelry we sell is handcrafted in the United States by designers with whom we maintain a personal relationship. Each piece also comes with a lifetime guarantee against defects, including cracked, chipped, discolored, or lost gemstones. This means the jewelry you purchase from us is made from the safest, most hypoallergenic materials available, and will stand the test of time - it should always look as good as the first day you fell in love with it.
We love assisting with custom designs and helping our clients source the perfect piece. If you don't see what you're looking for, just ask!
We are extremely proud of the many ways we stand out. Monarch Body Piercing is the very first studio in Tennessee whose sole focus is on piercing and jewelry, as opposed to many other studios that focus on other things like tattooing. We are also the first studio in the state to perform completely tool-free piercing, which means that we do not use clamps or piercing guns* for any piercing, as they add excessive pain and unnecessary risk to the experience.
*As a note, piercing guns are potentially very dangerous and should never be used for any piercing, including ear lobes!
We offer a COMPLETELY sterile piercing procedure using a cassette autoclave for point-of-procedure sterilization. All jewelry and piercing implements are brand new and sterilized immediately before your procedure in a cutting edge autoclave, then disposed of immediately after they're used for your piercing; we are the first studio in Tennessee and the only studio within 100 miles that is fully disposable. Nothing that touches you has touched another client, nor will anything that is used for your piercing be used on anyone else.
Our facility and piercers have successfully completed a rigorous application process to allow us to maintain membership with the Association of Professional Piercers. We exceed their strict environmental criteria in order to offer the highest level of quality and service to the Chattanooga area. Our piercers are the only members of the Association of Professional Piercers within 100 miles as well.
We take so much pride in creating a calm, private, and professional environment, and taking the worry out of your experience. If we can answer absolutely any of the questions you may have, please do let us know. We mean it when we say, "We look forward to seeing you!"
And certainly you can see what other customers are saying about us, Our reviews can be found on several sites like Facebook, Google, and Yelp; feel free to peruse them or tell us about your own experience!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need An Appointment?
Walk-ins are accepted on a "first come - first served" basis as they are available between appointments. We cannot promise availability, so we always suggest booking an appointment. We don't like making clients wait any more than you like waiting!
If you would like to do more than one piercing, you will need to book more than one appointment. This includes if you would like to book for a group or if one person wants multiple piercings in one sitting. This is to ensure everyone gets plenty of time devoted to them.
To thank you for booking an appointment online, we offer a $5 discount off our piercing fees! This is meant to encourage our clients to review our prices, policies, and ID requirements at their own pace.
Always feel free to call us -- we love to hear from everyone and will gladly help you with your appointment or answer questions.
How Do I set up an appointment?
Appointments can be booked using our online scheduling service or over the phone. Appointments cannot be created, rescheduled, or canceled via email or other online avenues, such as Facebook messenger.
To book a piercing appointment, we require a small deposit which will go toward your piercing fee. If you would like to get multiple piercings or book for multiple people, that would require an additional deposit to set aside the extra time for you.
cancellation policy / how to cancel or reschedule an appointment?
Cancellations must be made within four (4) hours' notice or the deposit will be surrendered. To cancel, you can either follow the link that was emailed upon setting the appointment or call our studio.
If you call to cancel and do not receive an immediate response, you must leave a message or your cancellation cannot be processed.
Appointments cannot be created, rescheduled, or canceled via email or other online avenues meant to communicate with Monarch Body Piercing directly. Replying to the automated email you were sent will not be seen by our staff.
To cancel an appointment scheduled within the first four (4) hours of our business day, you must either follow the instructions in the link sent upon setting the appointment, or call and leave a message prior to opening of that business day.
If you do not arrive with the proper ID(s) after making an appointment and agreeing to our statement that you understand these requirements, you may lose your deposit. It is your responsibility to make sure you know what is required, check that it is not expired, and be sure you have it with you at the time of your appointment.
If you are late to your appointment by fifteen (15) minutes or more, the deposit may be surrendered and other clients may be served ahead of you.
If you book for only one piercing but would like to do several once you arrive, we may only have time just do the piercing for which you booked.
Monarch Body Piercing is not responsible if you book the wrong day or time mistakenly or if you accidentally don't accommodate time zones changes when scheduling.
If you arrive for your appointment and do not have suitable anatomy for the piercing you are seeking, your deposit will be refunded in full.
How Much does a piercing cost?
Because we stock such a wide variety of jewelry options for initial piercings, we break our pricing down into two components: a service fee and the cost of jewelry.
Most of our piercing fees start as low as $45. The jewelry prices can vary quite a bit. A more extensive list of our piercing fees can be found on our online scheduling service located here. There is a discount offered for multiple piercings done in the same sitting. Please call for details and quotes.
Our jewelry pricing varies widely depending on material, size, and style. Our most affordable jewelry options are still American made implant grade titanium that exceed the minimum standards for body jewelry set by the Association of Professional Piercers.
We accept all debit cards and credit cards, as well as cash and checks, and we can split charges however you may need. We also offer Monarch Body Piercing gift cards!
What are the ID requirements and other paperwork needed to get a piercing?
We absolutely require proper identification be presented before all piercing and jewelry changing procedures, even for returning clients.
Any person 18 years of age or older getting pierced must present government-issued ID that has your photo, date of birth, and an expiration date (e.g. a driver's license, state identification card, passport, green card, or military ID). Paper/temporary ID's are acceptable, but we cannot accept expired ID's under any circumstances.
For Minors/Under 18: please read all the information below. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
We do not do any piercings on anyone under the age of 18 without a parent/legal guardian present and consenting, unless the minor is emancipated. No relative or other adult that is not the legal guardian may give consent for a minor. Minors who have been emancipated will need to bring documentation of proof and may consent for themselves.
The parent/legal guardian must bring the following:
The guardian’s government-issued photo ID (physical copy required)
Proof of the child’s age/date of birth (birth certificate, guardianship paperwork, minor’s driver’s license, etc.; physical copy required)
Proof of their relationship to the minor (birth certificate, guardianship paperwork, etc.; does not have to be a physical copy, but still must be a legal document)
The name of the parent or guardian MUST match the birth certificate or other documentation. Otherwise, we will need proof of the name change (e.g. divorce paperwork or marriage license)
We CANNOT accept the minor’s social security card.
We CANNOT accept the minor's passport or driver's permit/license only, as this would not provide proof of relationship.
The consenting adult must also remain in the building during entire the procedure.
Emancipated minors must bring documentation proving they have been emancipated, as well as their driver's license, state identification card, passport, green card, or military ID.
What are the age requirements for your piercings?
With all clients, the proper IDs are required. The previous section covers more on this topic.
Our piercers reserve the right to make ethical decisions with minor clients and their guardians about what's best for their growing bodies.
We're very experienced with children and are always more than happy to be part of such a memorable experience.
We do not pierce infants for a variety of reasons. If you would like to discuss this more, please call and we can explain!
Clients 5 years of age and up may receive ear lobe piercings.
Clients 12 years of age and up may receive earlobe and basic helix (cartilage of the ear) piercings only.
Clients 15 years of age and older can enjoy our full range of services with the exception of larger gauge, surface, tongue, nipple or genital piercings.
Clients 18 years of age and older can enjoy our full range of services.
Feel free to stop by for a free consultation any time. This can help alleviate anxiety prior to being pierced, and allow any questions or concerns to be addressed in advance. We've found this to be especially helpful for young children considering piercings.
Is there anything that could prevent me from getting pierced?
We cannot pierce anyone who is pregnant or nursing. A mother's body is undergoing many changes that can make healing a piercing very difficult. Plus, in the wildly unlikely event a mother were to develop an infection that could be hazardous to the child/fetus.
No individual under the influence of drugs or alcohol can receive a piercing at our studio. Not only would someone under the influence be unable to appropriately consent to being pierced, but they would also bleed a considerable amount more. Truth be told, we also don't want the hassle of having anyone intoxicated in our studio.
If the area which you are requesting to have pierced is experiencing a rash, outbreak, or other condition, we ask that you return for that piercing when that part of the body is healthy and well again.
Our piercers reserve the right to turn down any client who is being argumentative, disorderly, or does not seem mature or healthy enough to get a piercing on that particular day. That is not to say that an individual turned down for those reasons cannot get pierced at a later date and time.
Everyone's body is very different, and some piercings are anatomy depending and require consults prior to getting pierced to ensure your body can accommodate the piercing you're looking to receive. We won't do any piercing that we do not think is safe or would be unlikely to heal well or be comfortable. We would rather tell you the truth and turn you down for a certain piercing than take your money and leave you scarred and disappointed down the road.
do you allow children in the studio?
We do allow children and babies in our studio with adult supervision. We also ask that you respect our other clients at the studio by taking loud or hyperactive children outside until they can calm down, or return another day when they are better behaved. Our suggestion is that you bring one adult per child, and this does not include the adult or child who may be receiving the service. For example, if an adult comes in for a piercing and has a child with them, they would also need to bring another adult to watch the child during their service. No member of our staff is responsible for watching unattended children, and their parent/guardian is responsible for anything potentially broken or damaged.
If a parent/guardian is bringing a child for a piercing and is bringing another child that is not getting pierced, we ask that you please bring another adult to watch that child while the parent/guardian provides support for the child getting pierced. Children can read body language very well, and if a parent is distracted having to divide attention between multiple children and having to scold other children in the room, the child getting pierced will become much more stressed and have an unpleasant experience.
What should I do to prepare for my piercing?
We suggest eating a substantial meal a minimum of 2 hours prior to getting pierced. This dramatically reduces the chances of feeling queasy or "woozy" after getting pierced.
For the safety and comfort of all involved, we can not allow unattended minors anywhere in our studio. We encourage parents to bring an adult to watch children in the waiting area while you receive any piercing service. (See previous FAQ for details)
Ibuprofen and other blood thinning medications shouldn't be taken within 4 hours of getting pierced if it can be helped. If you are on a prescription medication with blood thinning effects, we'll be more than happy to discuss how it affects your procedure.
Consuming alcohol or other controlled substances within 8 hours of your piercing can complicate your piercing procedure and affects your ability to legally consent to getting pierced. We will not pierce anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
We hate bumming out clients that come in as walk-ins to find that we're booked for the next several hours or the rest of the day, so we suggest booking an appointment or at least calling before you make the drive in to see what our availability is like that day.
We also ask that you consider the healing process of your piercing and make sure that it will not interfere with your daily life. Does your employer allow visible piercings? Do you have small children that are going to pull on your piercing? Do you sleep predominantly on the side that you're having your piercing done on? Are you a swimmer that will have to use a water-proof bandage during healing? We want you to love your piercing well into the future after the piercing is done, so make sure you're able to care for it while it takes time to heal.
What can I Expect to happen when I arrive?
When you come in to see us, we'll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have at any point during your visit.
We're always more than happy to discuss jewelry options, and to assist with selecting the perfect piece of jewelry for your new or existing piercings. Sometimes, this requires a more in depth consultation, which might be done in the piercing room if privacy is required.
After selecting jewelry, we'll do paperwork and inform you of your total while we sterilize any and all necessary implements for your service. This will also give you time to familiarize yourself with our aftercare recommendations so that you can discuss any questions with your piercer.
Once in the piercing room, your piercer will go over the steps necessary for your piercing service, as well as any important notes for healing or long term care of your piercing.
Generally, piercings are quick and easy to receive, and while we never rush, your time in the piercing room will be brief, with your actual piercing only taking a blink of an eye to perform. An average procedure only takes a few minutes: After washing our hands and donning gloves, we'll clean and mark your piercing site, allowing you to discuss any changes in placement you might wish. Then we'll perform a second cleaning of your skin with a sterile, surgical skin prep, and open your sterile jewelry and piercing implements. Your piercer will then don sterile gloves, and smoothly and efficiently pierce you and install your jewelry.
Once your piercing is complete, we'll clean you up and let you take a peek at the new you!
What happens after the piercing is done?
We provide everyone with written aftercare instructions, as well as a personalized piercing care plan and information about your jewelry and average healing times. If you lose those instructions, feel free to email us, or you can stop by the studio to obtain another copy.
After we settle your bill and you ask any questions you might have, you're good to go!
We encourage coming in for a free piercing check up around 3-4 weeks from the date of your piercing (2-3 weeks for oral piercings). This doesn't take much time, and allows one of our piercers to make sure your piercing is healing according to plan as well as to recommend any aftercare customization or jewelry changes needed.
Many piercings do swell, and we pierce with jewelry to accommodate for that. Once your piercing is no longer inflamed, downsizing your jewelry makes your piercing even more comfortable, and prevents potential complications from excess jewelry length.
We are always available to answer any questions, calm any concerns, or provide any advice needed about a healing piercing, or complications that may arise. We encourage you to call, email, or visit to discuss even the slightest detail of your piercing.
Keep in mind, there are many websites with misinformation about piercings, and advice from friends might not always be the most up to date information. Even if you're not in the area, we can still recommend you to a colleague you can trust from our professional network.
Our piercers have worked in many world-class studios across the United States. They have brought their passion and knowledge of body piercing to the Tri-State area to offer a new level of quality that truly is the best in Chattanooga. All of our piercers are members of the Association of Professional Piercers and constantly research medical parallels to body piercing as well as attending annual continuing education opportunities.
Kelly Carvara studied biomedical engineering in college before deciding to pursue piercing as a lifetime career in 2009. She then honed her skills under the watchful eye of APP President Jef Saunders at the world renowned Rockstar Body Piercing in Providence, Rhode Island. After successfully completing her apprenticeship, she pierced at Rockstar for several years before migrating south.
She has visited and pierced alongside many of the country's most well known piercers, in addition to having completed both basic and advanced piercing technique intensives led by one of the most notable figures in the body piercing world, Fakir Musafar. Kelly is a self-proclaimed "gym rat" and trains as a competitive arm wrestler in her spare time. She is also crazy about her dogs, Dixie and Bossman. Ask about them to see her light up!
We chose the name Monarch for a few reasons...
- Monarch butterflies are known for their ability to travel thousands of miles in their lives. We love traveling, and believe that sometimes happiness requires a journey (even if you don't go anywhere) to be realized in full.
- Butterflies undergo a few transformations in their lives, and as such, have always been a metaphor for introspection, growth, and self-improvement. Just like caterpillars become beautiful creatures of flight, we enjoy helping our clients transform themselves by improving their appearance and overcoming their fear associated with body piercing.
- "Monarch" also refers to royalty or a head of state. We are all royalty in our own special way, and we all rule the "kingdom" of our own bodies. Exercising our reign over ourselves shows that we hold ourselves in high esteem, and others should as well.
When & Where to Find Us
Find us in the shopping center with Planet Fitness, next door to Formosa!
5425 Hwy 153 N
Hixson, TN 37343