August 2009

"Should Have Charged More"

This great review was recently posted on Amazon.com and I can tell this guy totally felt like he got his money's worth:
5.0 out of 5 stars Inkslinger, August 2, 2009
By Joel Lopez (Brownsville, TX)
This is more than what I expected. I am half way through reading it and have learned more than what I had bargained for as far as the price on this book. It was very well put together and I hope she has not left anything out of the book. Great reference book for a piercer. As a matter of fact I will recommend this book to an online friend I recently found as well as others who are interested in this field of body art. She could have charged more for this book. Just my two cents' worth.
Thanks for the positive feedback, Joel. I appreciate it. And FYI--I didn't set the price for the book--my publisher did that. They also made me cut out about 22,000 words from the original version! But I did my best to get it all in there in the space I was allotted.

Two Thumbs Up

Yet another 5-star review! This one is from a piercer with a lot of experience. She said she's already used it to help her clients be better informed:
5.0 out of 5 stars Professional piercist says "Two Thumbs Up", August 3, 2009
By Aces And Eights Tattoo "modified_woman" (Mt Carmel, Illinois USA) -
Thank you Elayne Angel for writing this book. I have already used it to help my clients become better informed about the piercing they want to receive from me. Although 13 years in the business has left me very well informed, I did learn many new things about the sociology of piercing and body modification. Also Elayne's years of experience was so well documented that it was like attending a convention of the A.P.P. only a lot less costly!

The Achille's Piercing

I got an email about this very unusual (and dangerous!) piercing:
Hi Elayne, My name is Chris. I just had a question for you and would like your input.  I just got my ankle pierced between the ankle bones and the achille's tendon. I've had it in for two weeks and its a 14 gauge PTFE. The piercing is great and everybody either thinks I'm crazy or they love it. It's healing just fine, a little sore but I was expecting that. My question is, do u see any long term damage or and problem with this piercing at all? If you could please email me back I would love your advice. Christopher
My response: Hi Christopher, I'll openly admit to you that this isn't a piercing I would do or recommend. As my book, The Piercing Bible, describes it in the "Risky Piercings" section:
Piercing behind bone, tendon, or other anatomical structure can cause excessive bleeding, nerve damage, and/or loss of function.
So, the risks are pretty serious and certainly should cause you to be very careful with it and to take it out if you experience any loss of function. I imagine you've seen this? http://news.bmezine.com/2008/02/09/unlikely-but-true-achilles-piercing/ and this? http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Achilles_Piercing Be safe! Elayne Angel The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Piercing angel@piercingbible.com http://piercingbible.com/ http://piercingbible.com/blog http://www.facebook.com/elayneangel http://twitter.com/elayneangel

The Piercing Bible "A God-send"

I received this message on my Facebook page from a reader who is hungrily devouring my book and finding it useful as well:
Hi Elayne Just a quick message to say a big THANK YOU for writing The Piercing Bible. I am still relatively new to the art and felt I wasn't getting enough information from my trainer. Needless to say, your book was a God-send. I'm halfway through and only got it three days ago! I have already applied some of your advice in my work with great success. Thanks again! T
That's absoutely wonderful feedback, but I feel concerned that her mentor isn't providing her with information that she feels she needs....

Positive Feedback

I got this lovely message on Facebook:
I bought your book at amazon and am on page 28. I am glad to say that I am already enjoying your book. Very well put together. Looking forward to being friends in here. Oh. I've been piercing for 4 years now and tattooing for 5.
How cool that he's enjoying my book already. He'd hardly gotten past the front cover when he decided to find me on Facebook. Nice!

Question about the Nefertiti Piercing

I received this message from a woman interested in getting a dangerous genital piercing:

 

Dear Elayne,

I have been looking into a piercing for quite a while now, but it is a rather rare one. I have asked two different piercers about it and was refered to you.

 

I am told that you are one of the best and can give me the best opinion/advice. While looking at genital piercings, I saw a Nefertiti and I am now set on it. It is a combination of a christina and a vertical hood. I need to know what you think of it and who you would recommend.

 

I am 98% positive I have correct anatomy for it however they were both concerned about a flexible bar and the  fact that it is so long. My friends mom is an OR nurse and looked into the bar and said it was alright. If you could look into it I would greatly appreciate it. I have done some of my own before and could attempt it but am worried about getting it straight and the correct needle and would rather have a professional do it.

 

I know you are probably busy but this would mean a lot to me as it is my "dream" piercing. If you could either tell me what your opinion is or give me a number and times I could reach you it would be awesome. If you do not want to I understand, but would like to know that so I am not waiting for a reply. Thank you very much for your time.

 

Sincerely, Z

Hi Z.,

Thanks for your email.

 

The reason I don't cover the Nefertiti or the Isabella piercings on my webpage is because I don't do them; I consider them too risky. (I do however, have an actual clitoris piercing, and will do those on women who are anatomically suited. I say this by way of explaining that it isn't just the intensity of the piercing itself that is my concern.)

 

The Piercing Bible Featured

The subject of body jewelry as it relates to airport security was discussed on the Travelite Blog. This is what it said by way of introducing me as the expert quoted in the article:
One person who would know is professional body piercer Elayne Angel. Elayne is not only covered in various forms of ink and metal herself, but she is also one of the pioneers in professional body piercing, a field she personally helped expand decades ago. Elayne has served multiple terms on the board of the Association of Professional Piercers as an advocate for field safety, and her most recent project has been authoring The Piercing Bible, the definitive guide for consumers and professional body piercers.
Check it out. There's lots of great information througout the site, and if you travel, be assured you'll find plenty of great tips and ideas.

Library Book

The Piercing Bible is essentially a reference book and, as such, it certainly belongs in libraries. I think it should be available in ALL community libraries, and definitely in all college and university libraries too--especially for schools that deal with medical specialties such as nursing schools. Here is a resource so you can check to see if it is in your local library! So far it shows that The Piercing Bible is in 80 libraries.