• Body Manipulations

    The world's oldest professional piercing studio!

    Since 1989


    3234 16th Street @ Dolores
    San Francisco, CA 94103



    All of our services are available by Walk-In everyday 12 noon to 7pm

    We accept the following forms of payment:

    Cash, Credit, Debit

  • The latest happenings at Body M

  • The Blog

    Announcements, thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

  • Staff

    Paul Stoll

    Owner, Piercer, Goldfinger

    Force of habit got him into the business. Paul started piercing himself when he was 15 years old back in 1989.

    He started piercing other folks by 1992 once Dakota Steel started selling him proper piercing needles. He then set up his first shop on Haight Street. Paul began working at Body Manipulations in 1996 and took on official ownership in April 2002, breaking Vaughn loose from the chains of business. Now he's been piercing for over 20 years and still loving it!

    Jess McLaughlin

    Shop Manager, Piercer

    Tyler Dunn


    Alex Olejniczak


    Gary Vargas


    Christina Puncsak


  • Tattoo

    Body M Tattoo Annex

    3242 16th street

    Colin Stevens

    Tattooing since 1989. Colin was born and raised in Japan with his American parents. His father John Stevens was a student of ancient caligraphy and the author of the book "Sacred Calligraphy of the East". Colin moved to the USA in 1995 to work for the great Ed Hardy owner of Tattoo City. He worked for Ed until 2003 when he came to work for us.

    His specialty is large Japanese pieces, but he also loves to branch out into more personal artwork for his clients. He works by appointment only and is usually booked for about a month, so plan ahead. We are lucky to have him. I think he may well be one of the 5 most
    talented tattoo artists in the country.



    Instagram: @tengu315

  • YoshiYuki Suzuki

    YoshiYuki comes to us periodically from Sendai Japan, he calls it 'Tsunami City'. A long time companion from the same hometown as Colin Stevens, we are lucky to have his talents in our shop.



    Instagram: @scribe44

  • Shop Prices

    Piercing Service - Jewelry Not Included

    • Traditional Earlobe Piercing Service   $20 each
    • General Body Piercing Service   $40 each
    • Genital Piercing Service    $80 each
    • Jewelry Insertion or Stretch    $10 each
    • General Check Ups and Adjustments are always free!

    Tattoo Service

    • Shop rate is $200/hour, $100 minimum. Cash only, paid direct to the artist.

  • Aftercare


    For all external piercing we recommend you wash your piercing twice a day for the length of your healing time. Mild castille soaps along with warm salt water soakings are strongly recommended.

    • Castille soaps are available at your local health food store. Body Manipulations carries Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Castille Soap
    • Sea salt is available at any food store. Pure, non iodized sea salt. No other ingredients on the label. Body Manipulations carries Giusto's Natural Extra Fine Sea Salt. Giusto's Natural Sea Salt is harvested from the San Francisco Bay. This extraordinary product is extracted from the only living sea salt bed in North America and is 100% pure - there are NO FLOWING AGENTS, ADDED MINERALS or ANTI-CAKING AGENTS.

    Always wash your hands before handling your piercing. Do not
    touch your piercing unless you are cleaning it. If cleanser dries your skin, try diluting your cleanser with water. Do not apply any lotions, creams, or ointments as this may create a moisture rich environment for bacteria to thrive and cause an infection.


    Do not use:

    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Hydrogen Peroxide
    • Witch Hazel
    • Sea Breeze
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Any ointments gels or lotions

    Oral Piercings

    We recommend rinsing the inside of your mouth with an alcohol free anti-septic mouthwash after meals, upon waking, and before sleeping. If only alcohol based mouthwash is available, dilute it with 3 parts water.

    • Smoking will prolong or even inhibit healing an oral piercing.
    • No kissing or oral contact for 4-6 weeks. Avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on pens throughout your healing time.
    • If using mouthwash with alcohol like scope or listerine, dilute three parts water to one part mouthwash.


    For all new tattoos we recommend you wash them twice a day for the length of your healing. 

    • Wash your tattoo gently with soap and warm water.
    • Carefully blot it dry with a clean paper towel and apply a thin layer of appropriate ointment such as aquaphor or A&D. Wipe any excess ointment with a clean paper towel.
    • After the initial 4-5 days, or when your tattoo is no longer scabby, lubricate your tattoo with a mild hand or body lotion 2-3 times daily. This will help reduce itching from the dryness of the healing skin.

    If you are washing in the shower, clean your tattoo last to rinse away any soap or shampoo that could get into the tattoo.

    Tip - Ease your way into the flow of water from your shower. The water will feel much hotter on your tattoo than on the rest of you.

  • For Minors

    If you are under 18, you may be pierced with parental consent.  Your parent or legal guardian must accompany you for the procedure. You must present your parent's/guardian's ID and a copy of your birth certificate/guardianship papers. No exceptions!

    Shop policy limits the age of all body piercing to 16. Earlobes can be pierced after age 4.

    Federal law prohibits any genital or nipple piercing on minors.

    State law prohibits tattooing minors even with parental consent.

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  • Goldfinger.jewelry

    Located in the heart of San Francisco. We manufacture solid 18k yellow gold seamless rings and septum retainers for the body piercing community. 14k white and rose gold also available.


    Need your seamless rings fast? Goldfinger has them ready!


    Now available for retail purchase online!


    Are you a piercing studio in need of gold seamless rings fast?

    Email a pdf of your resale permit to

    goldfinger@bodym.com for wholesale prices. We will send you the password to shop our wholesale club online.

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