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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....

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.

Great Feedback

I just received this wonderful feedback from a reader on my Facebook page:

Hello Elayne, i have always been into body piercings and moodification since i was 14, i have had many done and always dreamed of being a piercer when i was older, i am now 23 and i have been offered an apprenticeship with a professional piercer in my home town. Your book was recommended to me by a friend's mother who is a nurse. I have read it twice now and just wanted to thank you for releasing an informative educational guide for piercees, piercers or people who are generally interested in body piercing. Keep up the good work and i hope many more books are sold.

On Piercing Books

The Piercing Bible got a mention on this blog forum today. A poster asked:
"Growing an interest in body piercing, and looking for more information on it so i can practice it. Anyone know or recommend any books that can teach me?"
An excellent response was given that began:
"YOU CANNOT LEARN TO PIERCE SIMPLY BY READING A BOOK. There is so much to know, like bloodborne pathogen certifications, anatomy, cross-contamination, sterilization, etc. If you want to learn to be a piercer, you must apprentice under a knowledgeable, experienced professional."
And ended:
"....and a great book to read is The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel."

Now In New Orleans

Signed copies of The Piercing Bible are now available in my old stomping grounds: New Orleans. You can pick one up at NOLA Tattoo at 8120 Hampson Street; Uptown New Orleans near the Riverbend. Call them at (504) 524-6147 if you have questions. If you're in the market for a piercing, I highly recommend Pat Roig. He apprenticed under me and pierced at my French Quarter specialty studio, Rings of Desire, (closed following hurricane Katrina) for over 10 years. He's an excellent, highly experienced piercer, and a heck of a nice guy, too. If you're looking to get tattooed, I highlty suggest NOLA Tattoo's own Walt Clark. He is extremely talented and also a super greaty guy. He inked the flowers that cover my hands--a miniature version of the floral vines that cover my arms. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="320" caption="Walter Clark's "Handiwork""]Walter Clarks Handiwork[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="320" caption="The other side"]The other side[/caption]

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I'm so excited to see a book like this being published. I was really impressed by how neutral it remained without leaving things out. Its really hard to write on this subject because so much of piercing is personal preference, but you did a fantastic job! xo- Cj
Cj makes a good point there, because primarily the book does share my opinions (due to a short supply of "substantive research studies, statistical analyses, and other definitive resource materials related to body piercing" as it says in The Piercing Bible. I feel proud to have expressed them while still seeming "neutral"--that's tricky to be sure! It is great to hear that.
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