Also had a bad experience. I went to cowpok to get my belly-button pierced. The guy who did it placed the piercing ABOVE my belly-button, as opposed to inside it. It was constantly red and irritated no matter what I did. It just would not heal, and it was painful. I finally had to take it out and now I have a scar.
Not impressed by the supposedly best shop in WNY..
I have been a frequent customer at the Cowpok, getting an industrial, my nostril, and a dermal anchor on my chest. They didn't do too well. My industrial(by Keith) never healed because he used a barbell that was far too short to allow for swelling and it was constantly irritated. My nostril piercing, which was done by Sarah, I've have for almost a year now and it is still not healed. It always acts up, looks gross, and hurts, regardless of my daily sea salt soaks and whatnot. I hate to take it out but I'm thinking that's what I will have to do. And my dermal anchor, done by Keith, sticks out too far and is tilted to one side! I sure hope it doesn't choose to reject because that means I lost even more money to this place.
I also have a friend who had her vertical labret and her helix pierced there. Her vertical labret was way off center the first time and he used the wrong gauge jewelry that is best for the piercing. They redid it for free but it just wouldn't heal. Her helix also wouldn't heal, despite her care and patience.
They are also very snobby. I read an interview with Sarah and she said "Ive NEVER had anyone not like their piercing that I did." And they love to bash the other neighborhood piercing shops.
So overall, I'm giving up on the place. They've sucked too much of my money away.
Cleanest, friendliest, most skilled piercers in Buffalo. I got my first piercing at Hardcore on Elmwood. After that I had the impression that tattoo/piercing shops were all dirty and small with drugged up workers. When I wanted to get my nose pierced, I decided to go a little further up the street and try cowpok. The difference was amazing. The staff is SO nice. They have the cleanest shop and the cleanest jewlery. I remember at hardcore the guy just grabbed some jewlery out of the case and blew on it. At cowpok they disinfect everything that will come near you, and they use that machine to clean all the jelwery before it comes in contact with you. If they werent awesome enough already, they now have cooper who does these INSANELY awesome tattoos. Seriously, cowpok is the only place I would trust with my piercing needs now. I highly recommend them
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