December 2009

VCH Piercing Account

I noticed that The Piercing Bible was mentioned in this woman's account of her VCH piercing. I was very glad to read that the piercing turned out well, especially because it had been performed by an apprentice. But I did want to use this moment to clarify that while my book provides a great deal of information, it is not a "how to pierce" book, and simply because a piercer shows that he has it, (or says he's read it) doesn't mean he's qualified to perform any piercings solely as a result of that exposure. Congratulations to both piercer and piercee--it was the piercer's third VCH piercing, and it sounds like he did an excellent job (congrats to his mentor as well!). It was also great to read her positive comments about the studio:

I must say I have been very impressed with how clean and professional The Piercing Lounge is, and I think they understand people are nervous about coming in and getting pierced. They are very friendly and put you at ease. The aftercare instructions are also given to you right after you are pierced, but they are also given to you on a sheet of paper which is good because it was hard to pay attention right after getting pierced.

"Great Service to the Piercing Community"

I just got another really wonderful review for The Piercing Bible on Amazon.com:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent read!, December 22, 2009
By Zoe (Ireland) -

This book is an extremely valuable asset to any bookcase. It is very thorough in explaining all of the different aspects of piercing including aftercare, and how piercings affect your everyday life. Angel has done a terrific job in providing what is, in my opinion, the most comprehensive, and complete book dealing with piercings. I can safely recommend this book to a wide range of people from piercees, and potential piercees to parents, and the medical community - people who come into contact with piercings on a daily basis. The book is very informative and is written in a very accessible albeit conservative tone which I feel makes it an easy read for people from all walks of life. Everybody is sure to learn something from this book - maybe even piercers! The illustrations are excellent, very clear and easy to follow as well. Angel includes many useful tips including the use of emu oil and tips on changing jewellery which I personally found very helpful!

Role Model

I received this wonderful message from a new Facebook friend who reads my monthly column on body piercing in Pain Magazine:

Hi Elayne, thanks so much for accepting my friend request! I just want to thank you for all that you are and do for the piercing community. Ive just begun my piercing career (2 and a half years now) and am so in love with it! I'm trying to learn as much as I can about every aspect of the industry and from that i've come to really respect and look up to you. I get so sooped when pain magazine comes into work- i open right to your section every time! I also save the pages or make a copy and save them to my reference folder..ive actually gone back to them a number of times! well let me stop gushing like a total fan girl lol i hope to get to meet you someday and again, thank you so much for all that you do and being such a great role model for me.

In Penthouse Magazine

Well, it was not my photo (this time), but a 3-page spread I wrote about erotic piercing, with photos of some other lovely pierced individuals. You can read a brief write up about it here on the ModBlog website. Run out and get a copy today! It talks about the Prince Albert, Frenum, and Dydoe for men, and explains the erotic possibilites for stimulation from certain iercings. It also goes into a little about VCH piercings as well.

Raves (But No Rants)

I just ran into a whole page of wonderful mini-reviews at bodyartforms:

Posted on 12/5/2009 So far Im loving this book! Ive learned so many interesting facts that Im rambling off to my family lol I would highly recommend for someone who wants a piercing or just anyone interested in piercings =]
Posted on 11/27/2009 This is a must have book for anyone interested in body piercing, it is probably the best and most comprehensive book you could buy on the subject right now. The book covers a wide range of subjects and includes diagrams. I would have preferred the book to include colour photographs and for me it spent too much time on the basics (but this would be a positive for people new to the subject).
Posted on 10/16/2009 Very comprehensive book. Has lots of info for beginners and also plenty of interesting things for those who have been around awhile. Wish I had this book 10 years ago!
Posted on 8/31/2009 Thisd is an awesome book lets you know everything you need to know about piercing..definitely recomend this to anyone who is into piercing and modification..
Posted on 8/23/2009 Excellent book that covers everything you can think of relating to body piercings. Very in depth and detailed. A fantastic reference and learning resource. A must have for every piercing fanatic!
Posted on 8/11/2009 this book is a must have for anyone who is even considering getting a piercing. i've learned so much from this book and i'm not even finished yet. get this book.

Posted on 6/30/2009 This book is the ultimate companion for a piercer and piercee. I'm both and this book is great for both. A must have for any body piercing enthusiast.

Gifts for Piercees

The Piercing Bible was mentioned in this article about buying holiday gifts for people into body piercings. It says:

The Piercing Bible is a very detailed book that covers various body piercings, the history of the piercing, placement options and a variety of other details. It also talks about proper body piercing aftercare and investigates some of the myths surrounding body piercing.

Naturally, if you know someone who is into body piercing and they don't yet have a copy of The Piercing Bible, it is a perfect gift for the holidays, or a birthday, graduation, or any other event. If you buy your copy from the Association of Professional Piercers, you receive a book that I've signed, and 25% of the proceeds go to the organization. Click here for more information.

Milan--Here I Come!

I'm finishing up the PowerPoint presentation I'm going to be giving in Milan next month at the APTPI (Association of Professional Italian Piercers and Tattooists) conference. It will be a 3-hour class on oro-facial anatomy and piercings, and I'll be covering LOTS of specifics and details. The Conference is for individuals who are already piercers, but apparently some of them need a great deal of basic information, so I'll be supplying it. At the moment it contains 254 slides, but I have to run through it now and see how long it takes to present them. I'm excited, though nervous about the cold weather. It is snowing there right now!

"Doctors and Nurses Educate Yourselves!"

Posted December 9, 2009, 1:56 PM EST: The Piercing Bible, Definitive Guide is excellent source. As an RN, I have worked in our emergency department and I prepare patients for surgery. I educate my patients and colleagues regarding body piercing. I have found Elayne Angel to be my educator. Her extensive knowledge and professionalism have given me the tools to better teach others. I quote from her book, and try to help remove the stigma associated with people who choose to adorn their bodies. I HIGHLY recommend this book to ALL, but also encourage my fellow healthcare professionals to be informed!

"Very Well Written"

Here's a review from Barnes & Noble.com:

Great book for beginners and professionals by jwhite0520

Reader Rating: See Detailed Ratings November 20, 2009: I had ended up buying this book after reading about the princess diana piercing. I found it to be very informative and have read it from cover to cover.... It is very well written and helpful for piercees of all ages and experiences. I also highly recommend this book if you are uncertain or thinking of an unusual piercing... 5 stars!

"Best Compilation"

Yet another 5-star review. It is short and sweet:
5.0 out of 5 stars The Piercing Bible, November 22, 2009
By Kelly Diamond "Diamond Designs" (Boise, Idaho)

This book is the best compilation of information that piercing ethusiasts can ever have in their possession. Elayne has been very detailed as well as easy to read. She is ready to help and very professional.

Happy Piercer/Customer

I just received this message from a woman I pierced this weekend at Cold Steel in San Francisco:

Subject: Thanks again Just a small note to say thank you. I felt like a 12 year old meeting Taylor Swift. LOL I adore my new body art. Thanks so much for putting me back together. I really do think you are amazing. Obviously we have never truely met personally. But professionally what you stand for and what you created inspires me and gives me a path to follow. From one woman to another your accomplishments and hard work are appreciated. It was worth every mile to come see you.

How cool! x

From a Piercee

It was so great to meet you on Sunday! Thank you soooo much for putting up with me!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my piercing!!! I am thrilled and cant stop looking at it! LOL! You are the best....so professional, gentle & hygenic...I could not ask for more. You are my piercer for life!