Ensuring our services are equally accessible to all of our clients is a priority to everyone at Bink's. While we acknowledge that there are still improvements to be made in our studio concerning accessibility, we want to provide an honest breakdown of what the studio is currently like.
If there’s anything that isn't represented here that you’d like to know, we encourage you to reach out! We view creating an accessible space as an ongoing effort and welcome input from our community.
Entering the Studio
Our building is elevated 2.5 feet from the ground. Our front entrance (facing the street) requires 4 steps to reach the door to the lobby.
We also have a side entrance (facing the parking lot) with a 4-foot-wide ramp, reachable by crossing the sidewalk or gravel parking lot and a patch of grass.
Both exterior doorways are 3 feet wide. Neither entrance has an automatic operator, but our staff is available to open the door for you when necessary.
We have 3 private procedure rooms, each with 32-34 inch wide doorways. Doors to the procedure rooms remain open unless in use. Services are typically provided with the client laying down, and head & foot rests are available on all piercing tables.
You can always request a specific procedure room when booking your appointment or upon arrival.
Our most accessible piercing table is located in this room - it has a weight limit of 600 lbs and can be lowered to 19 inches. Sunset has two entrances, each with 32” wide doorways. This room can be accessed from the main lobby as well as the outside ramp; to reach Sunset from the exterior side door, there is a 1.5” lip that you have to pass over.
The piercing table in Woodpecker has a weight limit of 350 lbs and sits 32” from the floor with an 11” high step. This room is located a short distance from the main lobby and has a 34” doorway.
We aren’t positive of the weight limit for the piercing table in Oak - it’s an older model that we’ve been looking to replace. It sits 27” from the floor and has a 2” step that we can slide out if necessary but typically leave pushed in. This room is located a short distance from the main lobby and has a 32” doorway.
Our main client restroom is located across the hallway leading from the lobby/front entrance. The doorway is 27" wide with a 1/2" lip. With the door closed, there is 1 foot of clearance beside the toilet & 3 feet of clearance in front. The handwashing sink sits 3.5 feet from the ground. The door to this bathroom opens inwards.
We also have a secondary bathroom located near the side entrance with a 36" wide doorway. With the door closed, there is 2 feet of clearance beside the toilet & 4 feet of clearance in front. The handwashing sink sits 2.5 feet from the ground. The door to this bathroom opens outwards. If you would prefer to use this restroom, our staff is available to give directions.
There are currently no grab bars in either restroom.
Our counter staff Cindy is bilingual and able to assist with Spanish language interpreting.
At this time, Cindy is typically available Mondays & Wednesdays from 10am-6pm and Fridays from 10am-3pm.
Auditory & Visual
Our staff members are willing to remove masks to assist with lip reading and/or communicate via text. Currently, none of our staff members are fluent in ASL.
Our consent forms are all digital and completed with either the use of our iPad or your smartphone, meaning VoiceOver and other screen readers are compatible. Our staff is able to verbally express shapes, colors, and sizes when assisting with jewelry selection.
Sensory & Allergen
Our studio is well-lit and free of tripping hazards.
Ambient noise and smells are minimal throughout the studio. No background music is played, and often the only sounds other than conversation are our HEPA air purifiers.
We don’t typically use fragrances throughout the studio, but our cleaning products may leave behind a mild scent.
Bink's Is Hiring!
If you're a piercing enthusiast with great customer service skills, now is the perfect time to apply for a Counter Staff position at Body Piercing by Bink!
*** Sorry to disappoint, but we are NOT currently looking for (now or in the foreseeable future) Apprentice Piercers. ***
We are looking for someone who:
Job Responsibilities (some shared, not all entirely on you):
Perks of the Job:
To apply, you can email a PDF copy of your resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to drop your resumé off in person, please schedule an appointment (BodyPiercingbyBink.com/Booking) so that one of our Piercers is available for a quick chat.#nowhiring #shopsmall #tallahasee #hiringintallahassee #sparklelife
Bink's Wants Everyone Safe
Since 1994, Body Piercing by Bink has been the place to go for body piercings done right. The first place in town to offer implant-quality body jewelry, we never wavered in our commitment to providing safe piercing experiences for every one of our clients. There are certain piercings we won’t do because they are not safe, like the one that goes horizontally through the tip of the tongue and comes with a high risk of gum erosion and dental damage. There are other piercings we caution against but will still perform if the client understands the risks and wishes to proceed, like getting a cartilage piercing on both ears at the same time. Our detailed disinfecting procedures between each client may have seemed excessive before COVID, but it’s just one of the ways we have continued to keep our environment clean and safe all these years.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as case numbers grew and medical professionals called for masks and social distancing, we struggled with the question, “what should we do?” At the end of March 2020, we decided the safest choice was for us to close our doors for a bit until this all blew over – after all, it’s awfully hard to do a piercing from six feet away.
But as it became clear that this wasn’t going to just blow over, and without any business or income, it didn’t make sense to keep paying rent for our unused space. We moved everything into storage and said goodbye to our old location on north Monroe street.
As the vaccines were rolled out and made more widely available, we dared to imagine a day we could safely return to piercing and decorating our community. By May, our entire staff received a full dose of an available vaccine. We started looking for a new place, and discussed new policies and procedures we would need to institute in order to keep ourselves and our clients safe. In June, we opened in our new location on McDaniel street with a few new rules: appointments are required for everything; masks are required for everyone; no more than one support person per appointment; and, under the mask services are only available to fully vaccinated clients who can provide proof of their vaccination status.
For the last three months, we have been able to operate safely within these parameters and have been delighted to be back in action doing what we love. With few exceptions, our clients have been grateful for, or at least understanding of, our new policies. Occasionally we have had to turn away someone who had made an appointment and was excited to get a new nose/tongue/lip piercing, but neglected to read the lines in our booking and consent forms that state “proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.” These situations are uncomfortable and unpleasant for everyone - we really love piercing and really hate saying no! But with the safety of our staff, their families, our clients, and our communities in mind, we have pushed through that discomfort and upheld our policies. The fact that none of our staff has gotten sick, nor have any of our clients reported COVID-19 or other illness after visiting us, speaks to the efficacy – but not infallibility – of these policies.
Starting September 16, Governor DeSantis threatens Florida businesses with fines of up to $5000 per instance of asking for proof of vaccination. For a governor who has always claimed to be in support of small business, even announcing Florida to be “[re]open for business!” earlier than most other states last fall, this move is illogical at best. In public appearances DeSantis has reasoned that he’s trying to “protect individual freedoms, not corporate freedoms.” But small businesses like ours are made up of individuals; we serve individuals; and we have the right to refuse service to individuals as long as that refusal isn’t based on race, religion, sex, age, ability, or national origin. Pre-pandemic, it was widely considered legal and perfectly reasonable to refuse service to someone who threatens the health and safety of your workers or customers. Why should that be less true in a time of even greater risk?
As body piercers, we are constantly at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. OSHA has mandated that businesses with risk like ours should offer Hepatitis B vaccines to its employees. For veterinary technicians, the rabies pre-exposure vaccine and regular boosters are similarly required by OSHA. Schools, businesses, healthcare settings, and even the US military have been requiring vaccinations against the most prevalent vaccine-preventable diseases for over a century. The supreme court has ruled in multiple cases presented since 1922 that schools requiring vaccination are, in fact, constitutional, citing that one person’s rights do not include liberty to expose the community or child to communicable disease. As for anyone unwilling or unable to get the vaccine, their access to these communities was denied until infection rates slowed. For such deadly and devastating diseases as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitises A and B, pneumonia, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and even chickenpox, we as a society have come to accept that vaccines are the most reliable and effective way to prevent infection and community spread.
But the topic of debate here is not whether vaccines are effective, nor whether everyone should be required to get one, it is simply whether or not individuals and their businesses should be allowed to ask for proof of vaccination before deciding to provide a service that could expose its workers and other customers to a communicable disease. With the many precedents for even more invasive requirements surrounding vaccines, and considering the rights of businesses that Governor Desantis himself has previously advocated for, it seems like it should be an easy call.
Unfortunately, Desantis’ executive order which goes into effect September 16th and imposes exorbitant fines creates a dilemma for businesses like ours. Once again we’re asking, what should we do? It isn’t in our best financial interest to withhold services from would-be paying customers, but we certainly can’t afford thousands of dollars a day in fines for maintaining our safety protocols. If the choice is between offering under-the-mask services to everyone, including unvaccinated clients, or offering those services to no one, the safer choice is obvious. Our commitment to safety has gotten us this far and we’re not about to sacrifice that now.
Starting September 16th, we will no longer offer nose, lip, or tongue piercings for any clients, regardless of vaccination status. For under-the-mask JEWELRY CHANGES (for existing piercings, whether they were done here or elsewhere), we are requiring proof of a negative COVID test result within three days of your appointment. If you are vaccinated and would like to show us proof, you may opt out of the testing requirement by doing so.
We sincerely hope that Governor DeSantis soon realizes the absurdity of this new rule and quickly retracts it. In any case, we anticipate that a discerning judge will soon declare Desantis’ order to be beyond his lawful powers as governor and we’ll be able to safely return to piercing your lovely faces!
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