May 2009

Question About the VCH Piercing

I just received email from a reader who had a question or two about VCH piercings:
hello angel, I have emailed you before and I have your book--great book! I have been thinking about getting a VCH in a couple of weeks. I know you said in the book that you do not have to be stimulated in the clit to have this done. My question is would it be better to have this done so that I know how big the jewelry should be? I would like go  as big as I can in size. Also, can this be done without a receiving tube (free hand)? I have checked this out with a piercer and he said that it can. I would like your comments on this please. P.S. might be fun too....................karen in pa
Hi Karen, Different piercers use different techniques. I favor the receiving tube, but if your piercer is trained and experienced at freehand technique, then that should work fine. Because the piercing passes through so little tissue, the proper measurement for the jewelry is the distance between where the piercing will be placed and the edge of your clitoral hood. A skilled piercer will be able to determine the appropriate measurement with no problem. The hood area may actually shorten or draw back when you're stimulated, because it is primarily the clitoris that enlarges during arousal. (Think of how a foreskin works on a penis.) My principle is to start at a minimum gauge (14 or 12) to preserve the maximum tissue in the area and if desired, stretch later as your anatomy allows. The jewelry should fit properly when your piercing is fresh (the way it looks in the illustration in my book) and then you can go larger after healing, if you like. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Sincerely, Elayne

The Latest 5-Star review

5.0 out of 5 stars NoThInG CoMpArEs!!!, May 26, 2009 By M. Garabedian (Duarte, CA and Mesa, AZ USA) This is the most well put together collection of one persons knowledge and talent, I've ever seen. She hits on every point (no pun intended) you could think of to ask/know about. This is a must buy for anyone and I mean anyone looking into personal body mods or even for the person wanting to learn to appreciate the art of Piercing. Again MUST BUY!!!

Yes, ANOTHER 5-Star Review!

Yes, another review just came in. The woman who wrote it emailed me to tell me she'd posted a review:
I just posted a review of your book on Amazon and Google.  I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your book from start to finish. Oh, I am adding "salesperson" to my resume...   I was chatting with a friend of mine in the UK this afternoon and telling him about your book.  He is in the process of getting a 7 bar frenum ladder; he has 3 in place so far. Somehow, he wasn't aware that The Piercing Bible was available - while we were talking, he checked Amazon and made his purchase.  His cost was 15 pounds sterling so it is a great bargain there also! You know, I have learned so much from you.  As I read chapter 8, I realized why my first piercing didn't work; and I understand the look on the face of my second piercer (a member of the APP) as I described my first experience much better now! She was so kind and made sure that she emphasized to me that I had done nothing wrong to make my original piercing reject.

Yet Another Five Star Review!

This one was posted by someone I know. I have co-authored several articles about body piercing with him for nursing magazines: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5.0 out of 5 stars

Piercing Bible Review - Medical Perspective, May 24, 2009

By
Scott Deboer (chicago, il)

Question From A Piercer

I just received this email from a piercer:
I am a regular reader of your advice in Pain Magazine and I am a huge fan of your recent book.  You have made me a better piercer...
I'm one of the only piercers in my area not looking for a quick buck.  My question to you is, how do I stop all this negativity in the profession in my area?  I believe that what really matters in this is our clients. I want to see them get the safest best piercing the first time around. I am often fixing many of these piercings these guys are doing and coming to find out that I'm being bad talked about, but in the end, I'm the one who is fixing their work.  I appericiate your time and again your book was an amazing source of information that all piercees should read prior to getting pierced. Thanks again,   Jeff
This is my reply: Hi Jeff, Thanks for the positive feedback--I appreciate it, and I'm glad to know that my work has been helpful to you. Unfortunately, the problem you describe is very common. I actually had a nearby piercer telling people that my studio reused needles and didn't sterilize anything, and that we were filthy and didn't know what we were doing! He told people that if they'd been pierced in my studio, they probably had AIDS and Hepatitis from it! My "bad neighbor" piercer had actually maligned me so much that I had people who had been fed the slanderous statements sign affidavits about what he said, and contacted an attorney who issued him a "cease and desist" letter! When people came in--sometimes concerned about what they'd been told, I simply behaved my usual professional way and educated them about the hygiene and sterilization procedures that were used in the studio.

Another Great Amazon.com Review!

This great 5-star review was just posted yesterday on Amazon.com on the page where The Piercing Bible is sold. I love his comment that you're bound to learn something from it, no matter how much you know. That's in contrast to my first review that didn't get 5 stars. The 4-star review (also below) feels kind of like a punch in the gut after all of the 5-star reviews. I know 4-stars is still good, and I've already admitted that being a perfectionist is a suitable trait for a career in piercing, but for a writer: not so good. Still, I have to wonder, if experienced piercers have told me they've learned from The Piercing Bible, then it doesn't make sense that an apprentice didn't....

The Piercing Bible Kept Her Awake!

I just got an email from a gal who purchased The Piercing Bible. Apparently she found it to be quite a page-turner!
I bought your book yesterday at Barnes and Noble and it is amazing.  I was up until 1am last night reading and could not put it down.  Thanks again for all your help.

Coming to NY in June

My good friends at LeRoi Manhattan are throwing a book signing party for me on Friday June 26. Then I'll be performing piercings on the following two days at their original location. Make your appointment soon! This is going to be a blast!

Book Signing in Hollywood

I'm back home in Mexico now and catching up after being in the US for the past two weeks. My visit was a delight and a smashing success. The final night of the trip, I had a book signing for The Piercing Bible at the Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood. I signed plenty of books, and enjoyed the company of my friends and family. In attendance were several dear friends from high school, my parents, and many more. It was wonderful! If you were there: thanks for coming! If you missed it--I hope to catch you next time.

The Piercing Bible is Doing Its Job

I got an email that made me feel that my book doing what it is supposed to do:
HI, my name is N. I'm 21 years old and I'm interested and fascinated with piercing. So I asked my self, "why not become a professional piercer?". After reading Elayne Angel's book titled "The Piercing Bible", I decided to stop watching videos at you-tube of how to pierce and not buy a piercing kit on-line.
I want to become a professional, I want to make people have a great first or second or eighth-ten time piercing experience great. So, can you please help me find a mentor in L.A, CA? PLEASE!!

Ampallang Piercing

I spent a fantastic day yesterday piercing at Anomaly Body Piercing in Pasadena, CA. It was a blast, and everyone was really great. My first appointment of the day (and the first piercing I performed in several months!) was a 10 gauge ampallang. It went very smoothly, and this is an email I just received from the piercee:
Elayne, I just wanted to let you know how excited I was to have you do my ampallang yesterday. I have got so much out of your book as well as getting a feel for the person you are, someone quite intelligent, passionate and dedicated to her craft. Upon meeting you it's easy to see that you are all of that and a lot more. I love the piercing, I think it looks totally 'hot'. I haven't been able to stop looking at it!! And your placement was 'exactly' where I wanted it. It has been bleeding just a bit but otherwise it feels fine. I could not believe that it didn't hurt nearly as bad as what I was anticipating, but I can imagine that having this piercing done with someone not as skilled could indeed make it much more traumatic. Thank you again!!!! Mike

Book Signing and Guest Piercing in NY at LeRoi

I'm having book signing event and doing guest piercing at LeRoi Manhattan. The book signing will be June 26, and I'll be piercing June 27 and 28! YouTube - ELAYNE ANGEL AND LEROI INC.