Book Review: The Piercing Bible | Tribalectic

Book Review: The Piercing Bible | Tribalectic. by John Lopez I've been most nervous about the reviews of The Piercing Bible that are done by piercers. We tend to be opinionated individuals, and we don't always see eye to eye. So when I saw that piercer John Lopez had reviewed my book, I was a little nervous to see what he had to say. Turns out that he has plenty of positive perspectives on The Piercing Bible!

Over-Reacting (and Over-Cleaning)

I got this message from a gal I pierced in NY:
I just wanted to thank you for my beautiful piercing, I'm so happy with it, but I am a bit concerned that it may be getting infected. Perhaps I'm just overreacting, but its really really tender and sore, and its been about three days and I also noticed a small dot of discharge that was a light yellow today for the first time. I've been following all of your directions and keeping everything clean and sanitary, so I'm not really sure what went wrong. I'm really afraid, but if you can tell me what steps I can take steps now to possibly reverse the infection and what else I can do besides the sea salt baths and antibacterial soap, I'd really appreciate it. I read the chapter in your book about Trouble and Trouble shooting but since my symptoms weren't as severe, it didn't seem to really pertain to me. Please help if you can! Sincerely,
B.
I referred her to some relevant pages in my book (182-183 "What to Expect") because this portion explains that some secretion, redness, and tenderness are all perfectly normal in a new piercing! And they can last throughout the healing period...
I also advised her that one of the worst things she can do is over-clean. I told her to try to relax and follow the instructions I'd given her for aftercare and to review them in the book.
She wrote back:
Thanks Elayne, I guess I was just over reacting but I appreciate your help! I read all of the pages and a few other chapters in your book and everything reassured me that what I'm experiencing is normal. I think that the problem was that I was over cleaning my piercing, but now I feel much better and not so much pain and tenderness.

Review From a Piercer

Here's the latest 5-star review from Amazon.com
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, June 27, 2009
By Kreston T. Clark "funwithsharpthings" (SoCal)
what a great book. i am a professional piercer in so cal and look forward to reading Elayne Angel's magazine articles every issue. 'the piercing bible' is a must buy for all piercers, piercees and parents. high speed internet - $50 The Piercing Bible - $15 (or whatever) All the knowledge contain in the book - PRICELESS! it pays for itself immediately

Book Signing Party at LeRoi Manhattan

I'm so excited because tonight is the book signing party for The Piercing Bible at LeRoi Manhattan. If you're in the area, please stop by: 80 Rivington Street NYC (in the East Village) from 6-10 pm. Tomorrow and Sunday (June 27 and 28)  I'll be performing piercings, and I'm looking forward to it!

Nice Little Quickie

"Elayne!, I got the book this morning!, I've been reading it and it's AWESOME!!! congratulations on such a great job!

My First Amazon.co.uk Review!

It looks like The Piercing Bible is as big a hit in among readers the UK as it is in the US: 3 May 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quite simply the best £15 I've spent on anything piercing related
By Mr. H. Watson (Edinburgh Scotland)
This is a book the piercing world has needed for many years helping to dispel myths and educate you whether you are the piercee, the parent or teacher of pierced students a Dr or Pro Piercer there si something in this book for everyone ~Quite simply this book is the best £15 I've spent on anything piercing related in the 9 years and 9 piercings I've got since I started getting pierced.

My Latest Amazon.com Review

June 13, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thorough
By Paige (California) 
I love how this book includes information about tons of piercings, aftercare, piercing troubleshooting, and social issues/aspects of body piercings [plus more!]. Angel definitely hit all of the high points and hit them thoroughly. I've never seen a collection of such valuable information on body piercing in one place. If you're into body modification, this is a must-buy!

Great at Parties!

I received this message on Facebook:
"I had my copy of The Piercing Bible out at a party tonight (it's a great coffee table book) and got a lot of interest in it.  I'm almost finished reading it and surprised at how interesting it is (even for someone like me who has no piercings and intends none...)."
I have to admit, I never thought of it as a coffee table book! And, I wasn't certain whether anyone who truly had no personal attraction to piercings would find it interesting. Good stuff!
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