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About The Piercing Urge

The Piercing Urge was established in 1991 to meet the small but growing need for safe installation of body jewellery in Melbourne. What started off as a small piercing studio above an adult bookstore has now evolved into one of the most highly trusted, respected and reputable body art studios in Melbourne.

Body Piercing

For many years, The Piercing Urge has proudly provided Melbourne with the safest and highest quality jewellery, paired with the most up-to-date techniques in the industry. We pride ourselves on being the most precise and hygienic piercing studio in Melbourne and strive to give everyone an incredible piercing, as well as a pleasant, positive experience. We have both male and female body piercers, so if you have a preference for one or the other, we can happily accommodate your needs.

Body Jewellery

Looking for a wide range of stylish and high-quality body jewellery? Here at The Piercing Urge, we stock jewellery from the world’s leading manufacturers, in a variety of colours and styles. All our body jewellery is made from the safest materials available on the market for body piercing.


Scarification is the art of creating a scar on the skin, in the shape of a symbol, picture or word, as permanent body modification. Scarification can be made by either cutting or branding the skin, and when done well it can have stunning results. The Piercing Urge, Prahran, is one of the only few studios in Australia that offers professional, clean and safe scarification as a service. Our scarification artist, Pete Sheringham, has been with The Piercing Urge since 1992. Not only is Pete an expert in scarification, but he is also one of Australia’s longest servicing body piercers.


  • Gabrielle van den Bergen
    Extremely professional team. They have excellent hygiene and sterile field practices as well as fantastic knowledge of their craft. I have patronised the studio since the mid 90s for jewelry and re-piercing of my lip in circa 2001. So when my kids asked for ear piercings for Christmas I was very pleased to take my kids to the studio to have them done. Organising was easy via web form and email. Prompt courteous replies even with the public holidays. Clear information on cost and the required paperwork for consent prior to the appointment and an SMS reminder. The team stepped my kids through each step of the process, explaining each one at an age appropriate level, including the instruments and exactly why they were doing each thing. Consent was sought from my kid explicitly at each stage to proceed. Kid #2 - first piercing - was very pleased with the process/outcome and said it was less painful than having an immunization. Kid #1 - second piercing - also very pleased and said it was a better experience than the piercer they chose last time with their friends. Aftercare explanation was clear and the kids were able to ask questions. Booklet provided was read with great intensity. A great experience for my kids and super easy for me as a parent.
    Gabrielle van den Bergen
  • Sarah Culliford
    Had my septum done today, girls are awesome – very professional and friendly. If you want a perfect and high-quality piercing, I highly recommend to go here, it’s worth paying that little extra for this experience.
    Sarah Culliford
  • James Brennan
    Had my tattoo here and had a great experience, with a great tattoo and really professional staff. Highly recommend seeing them!
    James Brennan
  • Tegan Louise
    Had my nipples pierced here. Greatly knowledgeable staff, especially when faced with somewhat difficult anatomy. Very professional, felt comfortable during the whole process. I travelled three hours to be pierced here, and it was definitely worth it.
    Tegan Louise
  • Varya Koltsov
    Got a piercing done here. Appointment was quick and professional. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and the jewellery selection was high quality and beautiful. Will definitely be back!
    Varya Koltsov
  • Heather Moses
    I went to The Piercing Urge today to get my nose pierced OMG!! How pleasantly surprised I was in how quick and painless it was. Peter was very knowledgeable and made me feel very much at ease. Thank you so much – I highly recommend The Piercing Urge and gladly give them 5 stars
    Heather Moses
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