March 2010

Piercing: Training Is Needed

I got this message from someone who wants to be a piercer but seems to have a misguided idea on how to go about it:

I want to become a piercer... well, I wanted to ask if you knew a great web site that sells good kit or tools especially for microdermals... It's hard to find something safe on the net... and when I think it's safe I can't buy cause I'm not a professionnal... Well, before to practice and learn I want to buy all that I need to start the project... hope you will help me, it's gonna be very appreciated...

Have a nice day!!

Hi there,

I'm afraid I can't advocate that course of action and there's are good reasons why quality piercing gear is not sold to individuals who are not professionals. Here's some information from The Piercing Bible:

Piercing: Not a Do-It-yourself (DIY) Hobby
At the beginning of the modern piercing movement, few competent practitioners were available. Lacking pros to help, people who felt the urge lanced their own bodies with heated sewing needles or common earrings. Even today, amateur or unethical hack piercers can be found who will pierce anything on anyone, badly. Young teenagers who cannot obtain parental permission for a piercing and those who cannot easily afford professional services in a studio often take this route.

Many online shops sell piercing kits, which advertise that they come with “complete instructions” and are “easy to use.” Wrong! These are no safer than a home root-canal kit and must be avoided. A DIY piercing is often poorly placed and has a greatly increased risk of infection and other problems. Piercing studios are common now, so there is no longer any excuse for shoddy piercings.

Going Gyno--Gone

I got this message today:

My wife loved her HCH. Although she took it out to visit the Gynocologist. She then forgot to put it back in and subsequently grew shut in about 5 days. My question is-- can she get it done again? Will it have to be in a different spot above or below the original to avoid the scar tissue? Does she now get a VCH instead? Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Thanks,
Randy

Hi Randy,

How long did she have the HCH? Sometimes a piercer can use a tool called an insertion taper to reinsert jewelry, even when you cannot get it back in yourself. The smallest taper available (usually 18 gauge) should be attempted first. If the channel is open, it may not go back up right away to the gauge that she was wearing previously. But it can be stretched back up over time.

This is a brief passage from The Piercing Bible:

Will It Close?
Depending on the size, age, and location of a healed piercing, along with the course of stretching, if any, it may not seal up completely. Most holes contract fairly rapidly and can continue to shrink over time. Over the ensuing weeks, the area will stabilize and the channel is apt to remain in whatever state it has achieved within a month or two— smaller, or fully closed.

If it really needs to be repierced, everything will depend on whether there is significant scar tissue or not. If not, then it can likely go back in the same spot. She will need to be evaluated by a comptetent piercer.

Piercer Referrals in California

I received this message through The Piercing Bible website

Hi Elayne,

First off I want to thank you for the wealth of information on your site and in The Piercing Bible. I have been researching female genital piercings for the last few months and have found a lot of conflicting and often just plain wrong information. Your site and book answered a lot of my questions and impressed upon me the importance of finding a piercer who knows what they're doing.

Secondly, I was wondering if you still evaluate peoples' photographs to see if they're suited to a particular piercing.  I would love a triangle piercing, but I'm not 100% sure if I can get one, obviously.  I intend to get a consultation once I find an experienced piercer, but if you're able to take a look at some photos and let me know if it would be a waste of time or not, it would help me out immensely.  If you're able to do this, I can send you some pictures.

Thanks for your time,
Jennifer

HI Jennifer,

Certainly. Just follow the instructions at the bottom of this page:
http://piercingbible.com/female-genital-piercings#Photos

I'd be happy to take a look and let you know whether you appear to be suited to a triangle.

Sincerely,
Elayne

Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers

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Elayne Angel in Curve Magazine

I was interviewed for an article in Curve Magazine about piercing. They put it in the "Health Advice" column of their 20th Anniversary issue dated April 2010.

The article begins:
This year curve celebrates our 20th anniversary by looking back at the women who inspired us then. Twenty years ago, Elayne Angel was a master piercer at West Hollywood’s The Gauntlet, the first piercing specialty studio in the U.S. You may know her best as the woman who popularized the tongue piercing.

Here it is! (dowload .pdf)

Article in Curve Magazine

 

Clitoris Piercing

I received this message from a reader:

Hello,
   Im From St. johns Newfoundland and Piercings and Tattoos arent a huge thing here, As well as Living on an Island we are fairly restricted to whats available in regards to good piercers. About 2 years ago I sent you an email regarding Clitoris piercings, and i would just like to Thank you for being so helpful at the time, and providing me the information I needed. I Must say that I did my own research into piercers here in newfoundland and I found one that is an amazing piercer, Very Professional and know what he is Doing, and I went ahead and had my Clitoris Pierced :) Vertically :) And I Absolutely Love it! I Could not have asked for a Better Piercing, Piercer or Information, Like i Said I would Just like to thank you! Although My piercer has only done a Handful of actual clitoris piercings I trust him and he did an amazing Job, Im Actually looking at Possibly introducing a "Magic Cross" Id Like to add in a horizontal Clitoris Piercing. Anatomically i think I can have it done, I Am going to see my piercer and see how he feels.

Once Again, a HUGE thanks :) Your Website is amazing in regards to information as well I would just like to say The local Book store here carries Your book :) Of which I bought and got a whole pile of great Information from That as well :D
C


My response:

Hi C.,

Thanks for the positive feedback; I'm glad to hear that you found my book informative. I'm always happy to help whenever I can.

I'm thrilled to hear that your piercing experience was a good one, and that you're happy with the piercing you received. Let me know how the next one goes!

Sincerely,
Elayne

Triangle Talk

I received a message from a woman who is interested in getting a triangle piercing. She had sent me some photos and I told her she appeared to be anatomically suited to a triangle piercing. Then she wrote:

I contacted a piercing studio and the receptionist told me a triangle is a ''nightmare piercing, not suited for someone who is sexually active, it's a horrible piercing.'' I was also told ''It'll stretch''. Is this actually true?

I feel really gutted because I've heard good things about the triangle and love the look of it but I've never heard this before. I know it's anatomy dependent but I thought it was a fine piercing for someone with the right anatomy, which I believe I do have after doing lots of research.

Can you please shed some light on this?

My reply:

A Prince Albert Story

I ran into this story online of a Prince Albert piercing I did for a client when I was in San Francisco:

Finally got it done. I'm a little over fifty years of age and got it done. I first convinced my wife to get a VCH but then she wanted to get her actual clit pierced and a triangle piercing. She got her VCH about a month prior to getting her clit and triangle done and then I told her I would do a PA. She said it was ok with her. I'll let her write her own story since this is mine. I had bought the Piercing Bible and we read all we could with the type of piercings that we wanted to do.

We saw Elayne Angel in San Francisco and got pierced at Cold Steel Elayne asked me to send her some photo's first to see if I was suitable for a PA since I am uncircumsized. She said I was so I got an appointment with her. I undressed and the little fellow got even smaller just thinking about getting the head of my dick pierced. I had read that getting the recieving tube placed down the uretha was a pain, but when she placed the recieving tube in me it was no big deal as a matter of fact I enjoyed it. Then it was time for the actual piercing and the needle looked like the end of a shotgun, but with a little sting it was done. Again no big deal and just a little blood for the next couple of days.

I started with a 10ga but have since gone to a 6ga and I plan on going to a 0ga or a 00ga. I really enjoy it and the sex is great. I did jack off after the fourth day (with the wife watching) and had some blood in the cum. Waited a week more before we had sex and what an experience. I plan on getting an apradavya and a frenum ladder in the near future. There wasn't any pain with this type of piercing and if you are thinking about it I would suggest that you go for it.

A Piercer's Respect

I received this message from a piercer on the East Coast:

Thanks for all your great articles. I always skip right to your article first thing when I get a new pain magazine. I bought the Piercing Bible last year for curiosity and I must say, I was surprised at how well written and how much content it had. Can't say I agree with everything but I respect you for your work in this industry and appreciate the information you put out there. We had to fight over your book in the shop when we first got it. When we come across questions between ourselves as piercers we use your book to get your opinion. Thanks. K.

My response:
Thanks for your message and for your feedback. I know there will be an update to The Piercing Bible eventually, and I'm interested in hearing about what other piercers disagree with. If you'd care to share an of your thoughts on this, I'd take your input into consideration during my rewrite.

And that goes for any of you readers too. I am interested in the feedback of other professionals, so don't hesitate to contact me with your perspectives. It could result in a change in the first revised edition of The Piercing Bible.

Genital Piercing Risks and More

I received this message from a Health Education Specialist at a university:

Ms Angel,
I am a Health Educator at the University of Louisville and I'm trying to find some medically accurate information on genital piercings, including risks, long-term side-affects, and questions that potential pierce-ees should research before determining whether to obtain one.

Can you help guide me to this info? I see that you have some info on your website for men, but the link to info for women takes me to a promo for some events that you have coming up.
I really appreciate your help!
 
Kathleen Conte, M.A.
Health Education Specialist
University of Louisville
Campus Health Services
Office of Health Promotion and Education

Did the Reviewer Read the Book?

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/79028936

I got my first (and so far only) one-star review. I read it over, and I have to say, it seems that the individual may not have actually read my book. The first statement in the review is:

"I'm little confused as to why this book exists."

That's pretty clearly addressed on page 2:
The Piercing Bible is primarily directed toward piercees, but it also contains a wealth
of information for the parents of children who want to get pierced or are already
pierced, teachers who work with pierced students, health-care professionals who deal
with pierced patients (whether treating problem piercings or performing unrelated
medical procedures), and piercers who want an authoritative reference work or an
educational tool for clients.

Why This Book?
Piercing can be dangerous, and it is far more complicated than most people realize.
The hazards range from tearing, scarring, migration, and rejection to localized bacte-
rial infections and, though rare, serious infections. Consumers need facts about the
risks, choices, and best practices involved. People who interact with piercees also need
to be informed about various aspects of piercing. Many myths have persisted, even in
academic and medical literature; they are finally dispelled here, too.

Yet Another Botched VCH Piercing

I got an email today from another unfortunate woman who got a misplaced VCH piercing that was terribly painful to receive:

Hello

I got a vertical clitoral hood piercing in Fargo, ND and it does not even look like its in the right spot. I went back and had the piercer take a look at it and she said the top is in the right spot but the bottom is off a little. I researched and researched before doing this and thought that it is supposed to go up under the clitoral hood. It is off to the side not even by the clitoris itself.

I’ve read and talked to people who have had it done and everything says that the pain when having it done was like a pinch. This pain I had was excruciating…not once or twice but THREE times. My husband was with me and said she stopped in the middle of it and went to get a bigger tube to pierce with. In getting a second opinion from another place…the lady looked at it and says, “that’s not right, I am sorry honey”. When we called back to where I got it done at, she argued and said that it was done right…after she had said that the bottom was not right. We tried to call the manager who also started a piercing school there and they said she is out of town and they didn’t know when she would be back. I was looking so forward to this and it turned into a nightmare. Is there anything that I can do?
Thanks, D.

My response: