Welcome To Koi Piercing Studio

Koi Piercing Studio was established in 1997 as Utah's first studio dedicated strictly to Body Piercing. We offer only the highest quality and largest selection of implant grade and organic jewelry and the most qualified staff to help you with your adornment needs.

I just don't want to die without a few scars, I say.
It's nothing any more to have a beautiful stock body.
You see those cars that are completely stock cherry,
right out of a dealer's showroom in 1955,
I always think, what a waste.

- Tyler Durden

Koi Piercing Studio opened her doors on July 1, 1997.  Curt Warren, owner, saw the need for a studio that gave body piercing the attention and professionalism it deserves.  From the beginning, we have insisted on using only the highest quality tools, jewelry, and technique.  Koi Piercing Studio has always stood for safety, quality, and trusted skill.

When you choose to be pierced at Koi, you know that you are receiving a piercing by an extensively skilled piercer with the highest standards of cleanliness and the best quality jewelry.  We are constantly furthering our education for ourselves and pass it on to our customers. 
We utilize Statims in each piercing room and an Autoclave that are spore tested by Med-Electronics, which ensures they are working properly.  All staff are trained in Blood Borne Pathogens safety.  For more in depth information, please feel free to ask your piercer and take a tour.
Our jewelry selection is always being updated and refreshed with the latest,  greatest, and most beautiful.  For initial piercings, we offer;

  • 316LVM ASTM F-138 implant grade stainless steel
  • 6AL4V ASTM F-136 implant grade titanium
  • Niobium
  • 14-22k yellow, rose, or white gold

For well healed piercings, we boast an extensive selection of exotic woods, horn, bone, stone, fossilized ivory, shell and many other incredible materials in all shapes and sizes.

When you are ready to be pierced, please remember to bring the following;

18 and older-a government issued valid ID with date of birth

17 and younger- a parent/legal guardian must accompany you along with minors birth certificate/guardianship papers and valid ID's matching the names on the documents


We are a walk-in studio and take piercings from 12:30-8 Monday-Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday.

Meet The Staff

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
- Emile Zola (1840-1902)

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Evil Overseer

Melissa Sue Christensen was born June 5, 1978. Melissa was raised in the great farmlands of Shelley, Idaho. Melissa is 5’8”.
Melissa is a Caucasian female. Melissa has green eyes. Melissa is nice. Melissa likes shiny things Melissa has been the store manger and buyer for Koi Piercing Studio since 2002. Melissa is a member of the Association of professional Piercers. Melissa loves Koi.



Needle Ninja

While Dj was living in LAs Vegas, with big dreams of finding a new life other than dancing, he found work apprenticing at a local tattoo shop. He soon developed an appreciation of body modification. A weekend vacation brought him to Salt Lake City and he felt he had a place to call home. Dj has been peircing at Koi since August 2008. He now enjoys a happy, cattle free life.

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Needle ninja

At least once everyday one of our valued customers will ask me how long I've been piercing. It was strange the first time I said "10 years." September of '97 has come to be a second "birthday" to me, as that is when I launched my professional piercing career. I attended The Gauntlet Piercing Intensive in San Francisco. I have pierced in California, Alaska, Colorado, Oklahoma, and have been privileged to pierce at Koi since 2001.

Help us Aubri-Wan Kenobi.  You’re our only hope.


Jewelry Connoisseur

Hailing from the exotic west side of the Salt Lake valley comes Aubrilynn "Al" Braithwaite. She is a local performer, belly dancing in The Wicked, Indie Kumari, and as a solo artist; as well as performing burlesque with the troupe Sotto Voce. Aside from performing and practicing, Aubrilynn spends her time loving cats and resenting her eleventh birthday (when she didn't receive her Hogwarts acceptance letter).

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Needle Ninja

Jen Davault has been professionally piercing since 2004 and started working for Koi in Salt Lake City in August 2008. In 2003, she ttended the Fakir Body Piercing Intensives seminar in San Francisco, followed by an apprenticeship under the supervision of Jeremy Isrealsen of Lost Art Tattoo. Jen enjoys bicycles and black metal. When she's not piercing it up at Koi, she likes to spend her free time singing Danzig in the shower, laughing, creating socially awkward situations, and constantly googling.

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Jewelry Connoisseur

Meg Charlier likes dinosaurs, tigers, and still considers Pluto to be the 9th planet in our solar system.  Meg is a college graduate and considers television a valid form of continuing education.  Seatbelts.




“The best aftercare is a healthy body.”


  • -H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Solution (available at Koi)
  • .9% sterile isotonic solution of “normal saline.” This may include saline wound wash made for first aid, or saline for contact lenses: provided there are NO ADDITIVES  (read the label).
  • Sea salt water. Use 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon non-iodized natural sea salt to 1 cup (8 oz.) of distilled water. You may choose to mix an entire gallon of sea salt water at a time for a ready-made mix: use four teaspoons of sea salt to one gallon distilled water. You may microwave each portion for a warm soak.


NO rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, mouthwash, or Neosporin. Though some piercing studios suggest antimicrobial soaps like Provon or Satin, we feel that these products are over-drying in our desert climate. Remember that antimicrobial soaps are intended for hand washing, not for open skin or long term wound care (like healing a piercing).


  • Initially: Some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness or bruising, Some piercings, especially oral piercing, require initial jewelry that is larger than the body part to allow for swelling. This initial jewelry may appear to be excessively long or large right after you receive the piercing (especially the Monroe), as there is usually no swelling yet. Be patient and wait the full amount of time your piercing recommends before "downsizing" your jewelry.
  • It is likely that your piercing may look and feel healed long before it actually is. This is because piercings heal from the outside in. Your "initial healing period" usually only estimates the time it will take to heal the outside; in most cases it will take at least a year to heal all the way through! It is advisable to continue cleaning your piercing and let us do any jewelry changes during that time (yes, this includes earlobe piercings).
  • It is normal even for a healed piercing to shrink or tighten within a few minutes if removed, making reinsertion difficult or impossible; if you like your piercing, leave the jewelry in place. If your piercing does come out for any reason, in most cases we can reinsert it for you free of charge. It is important to make it into the studio as soon as you can after a removal. Your piercing is likely to get tighter the longer it remains out.
  • If your piercing is visible in public you may also start to receive a barrage of unwanted questioning from strangers. Questions may include, "Did that hurt?", "Does that go all the way through?", and my favorite, "What happens when you're older and you don't want that anymore?" Please be patient and polite with your answers, as these people are simple creatures that have not yet evolved.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly, prior to cleaning or touching on or near your piercing for any reason.
  • Soak at least once, up to three times a day using saline, sea salt water, or a small amount of H2Ocean. Use a small disposable paper cup or plastic cup.
  • Depending on the body part and your anatomy (or body type), you may either dunk the piercing or invert the cup, holding it to the body to avoid spilling. Soak for a few minutes or more. The longer you soak, the easier it will be to rinse built up crusted material from your skin and jewelry. Soak just before your shower, or gently rinse after soaking. For areas that prove to be impractical to soak, we recommend spraying with H2Ocean. A Q-Tip saturated with H2Ocean, saline, or sea salt water may be used to remove crusted material from any piercing; however Q-Tips can leave behind tiny cotton fibers that wrap around jewelry and cling stubbornly. To avoid wrapping fibers around jewelry, do not use Q-Tips in a circular motion around the base of jewelry, always rinse after cleaning with a Q-Tip, and avoid using Q-Tips all together where soaking and rinsing proves to be sufficient. Additional instructions for H2Ocean are available.


  • Do not touch your piercing at all unless you need to while cleaning. If your jewelry needs tightening or repositioning, wash your hands thoroughly and clean any crusted material off of your skin and jewelry first. It is not necessary or advisable to spin, twist, or rotate your jewelry during healing. Yough, you may (with clean hands) move the jewelry slightly while cleaning to ensure that all crusted material has been removed.
  • Stay healthy; eat good food and get good sleep. Reduce alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine intake... Calm down, we said "reduce", not quit. Drink plenty of water.
  • Start with freshly cleaned bedding and change regularly.
  • Showers are safer than baths because bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you much take a bath, first clean your tube with a bleach product and rinse well. You may choose to add a cup of natural sea salt to your bath... Maybe some light candles, it's heaven.
  • Aggressive cleaning will only slow down or complicate your healing process and may cause unsightly scar tissue bumps (especially on nostril piercings), discolored or irritated skin, and migration or rejection.
  • Avoid getting makeup, sprays, and lotions on or around your fresh piercing. If your piercing looks or feels dry during healing we recommend using emu oil (available at Koi).
  • During the first six weeks or so, do not submerge your piercing in bodies of water such as pools, hot tubs, lakes or ponds. Ponds? Seriously, why are you getting in a pond? Is that your duck? Waterproof bandages are available in the pharmacy if you must go swimming, or think you may fall out of your paddle boat.
  • If we had to condense this aftercare instruction sheet to the size of a fortune cookie paper, it would say, "DON'T TOUCH YOUR PIERCING." It's that important.


Maintaining a scrupulously clean environment is our first priority. We must assume that all  existing piercings could have blood or other potentially infectious materials on them. If you touch your piercing (even if it is “healed”) in any way, you will promptly be given an antimicrobial hand wipe and instructed not to touch your piercing again. When you purchase jewelry at the shop you are welcome to install it yourself at home or have us do for you, free of charge. However, you are not welcome to install it yourself at the shop. While you are enjoying your visit, DO NOT remove jewelry from your body, place used jewelry on any surface, touch on or near your piercing in any way. If you bring used jewelry into the shop, it must be in a ziplock baggie. Observing these rules is essential for our safety and yours.

In order to perform a piercing on a minor we require: Parent or legal guardian present, with their ID, the minor’s birth certificate, or guardianship papers from a judge. If the minor is at least 16 years old, we require that they have their ID as well.


  • Navel: This piercing takes at least six months to heal. There should be no jewelry changes during this time unless you and your piercer decide the jewelry is causing or adding to a problem. Avoid restrictive, high waistlines. Hands off!
  • Earlobe and cartilage: Maintain cleanliness of cell phones and pillowcases. Do not sleep directly on your cartilage piercing. Because of the vast selection of earlobe jewelry available in various places, the temptation to change your jewelry right at six weeks or earlier may be great. This is not advisable! The longer you wear the implant grade, continuously gauged jewelry we have provided for you, the better. Though you may have us change the style of jewelry you are wearing at anytime, we do not recommend shopping outside of a professional piercing studio during the first year of healing your earlobe piercing. Even if jewelry from the mall or a fine jeweler is expensive or makes hypoallergenic claims, it is not implant grade and biocompatibilities are rarely considered.
  • Nipple: The support of a clean, tight cotton T-shirt, or sports bra, may provide protection and comfort, especially in bed.
  • Genital: Lengthy periods of abstinence are not typically necessary. In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready. Be smart, be gentle, avoid exposing your piercing to abuse or others' bodily fluids and you will be fine. Ampallangs and apadravyas may be exceptions as they can take months to stop hurting during and after use.
  • Nostril: This piercing takes about three to five months to heal initially (on the outside), and up to two years to heal completely. No jewelry changes or adjustments should be attempted during the first three months unless it is failing to stay in securely. Overzealous or aggressive cleaning will most assuredly lead to unsightly and sometimes painful scar tissue bumps, as will touching the outside or picking at the inside Blow your nose in the shower and only as needed after. H2Ocean (on the inside only) may help soften and loosen mucus that has dried to the inside jewelry. For this piercing we say, "The less you do, the better off you'll be."
  • Surface Anchor: A relatively new piercing, the surface anchor is the most successful form of surface piercing we have seen. The rejection rate is getting less and less as techniques and jewelry are perfected. Scarring is minimal, and they are not particularly care intensive; simply soak an/or spray to remove crusted material. It is imperative to keep them from snagging on anything. Some people place and large band-aid over the surface anchor during the first two weeks of healing to keep it flush against the body while the skin tightens around the post; use the kind that are sticky all the way around.
  • Oral: Rinse gently with seal salt water or H2Ocean (not mouthwash_ two or three times a day. Refrain from playing with or "tonguing" your piercing. Drink plenty of water. Your oral piercing has been provided with jewelry that may feel extra roomy or long at first. This is to allow for any swelling that may and probably will occur during healing. Swelling varies greatly from person to person, be patient and try to adhere to the downsizing schedule your piercer gives you. Several downsizes may be necessary before you piercing sits as close to the body as you want it to. After healing is complete and all swelling is gone, it is important to wear jewelry that is as short or tight as the body allows. Failure to do so may cause gum recession, bone loss, or tooth breakage.

Piercing Gallery

I help people find themselves, decorate themselves, and embrace the one thing you get in a culture where you are what you do -- the body. And people don't even realize youcan do that anymore, and that's a very natural thing -- to decorate and cherish. You are your own medium and it's the only thing you're going to get to take with you.

  • Dermal Anchor (facial) Doulble Lip (facial) Stretched Lobes (ear)


  • Dermal Anchor (body)


  • Double Nostril (facial)


  • Nostril (facial)


  • Dermal Anchors (body)


  • Double Monroe (facial) Dermal Anchors (body)


  • Double Monroe (facial) & Dermal Anchors (body)


  • Tragus (ear)


  • Tragus (ear) Nostril (facial) Stretched Lobes (ear)


  • Dermal Anchor (body)


  • Forward Helix (ear) Stretched Lobes (ear)


  • Nostril (facial)


  • Nostril (facial)


  • Forward Helix (ear) Tragus (ear) Stretched Lobe (Ear) Lip Piercing (facial) Septum (facial)


  • Septum (facial) Double Nostril (facial)


  • Double Nostril (facial) Septum (facial) Double Lip (facial)



By using your body, modifying your body, you can go into different states of consciousness and discover the true nature of life and yourself.  
- Fakir Musafar

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Contact Us
  • 1301 South 900 East
    Salt Lake City, UT 84105