Association of Professional Piercers

Question From A Piercer

I just received this email from a piercer:
I am a regular reader of your advice in Pain Magazine and I am a huge fan of your recent book.  You have made me a better piercer...
I'm one of the only piercers in my area not looking for a quick buck.  My question to you is, how do I stop all this negativity in the profession in my area?  I believe that what really matters in this is our clients. I want to see them get the safest best piercing the first time around. I am often fixing many of these piercings these guys are doing and coming to find out that I'm being bad talked about, but in the end, I'm the one who is fixing their work.  I appericiate your time and again your book was an amazing source of information that all piercees should read prior to getting pierced. Thanks again,   Jeff
This is my reply: Hi Jeff, Thanks for the positive feedback--I appreciate it, and I'm glad to know that my work has been helpful to you. Unfortunately, the problem you describe is very common. I actually had a nearby piercer telling people that my studio reused needles and didn't sterilize anything, and that we were filthy and didn't know what we were doing! He told people that if they'd been pierced in my studio, they probably had AIDS and Hepatitis from it! My "bad neighbor" piercer had actually maligned me so much that I had people who had been fed the slanderous statements sign affidavits about what he said, and contacted an attorney who issued him a "cease and desist" letter! When people came in--sometimes concerned about what they'd been told, I simply behaved my usual professional way and educated them about the hygiene and sterilization procedures that were used in the studio.

Conference Book Signing

I'm in Las Vegas for the annual conference for the Association of Professional Piercers and TODAY is the formal debut of The Piercing Bible. This is so exciting! So many of the piercers here have expressed interest and I expect to be quite busy selling and signing books. I also have my poster and postcards here to sign.

Poster

APP Board Meeting

Now that the book is done and has been sent off to the printers, I'm able to get back on track with my volunteer work for the Association of Professional Piercers. The board has been kind enough to I am attending a board meeting in San Diego, California. I spoke with the President of the organization. He has been editing the quarterly journal, The Point, in addition to his other duties, and he'd like to have me help. So it looks like I'm not off the hook for writing, editing, and publishing--just moving on to a different publication.

Book Request

I received this very nice email from one of my colleagues from the Association of Professional Piercers:
Hey Elayne, I have spoken with you numerous times at the APP conventions and have been piercing for almost 13 years now. The reason for this email is to just give you congrats on the book. I had heard about it last year at the APP conference from you I am really looking forward to reading it. I have the utmost respect for you and your role in the industry. I give you credit for the duration of time you have been working and without people like you I wouldn't be doing what I do for a living. For that I am thankful. I don't really know how you are going to distribute your book but I would love to have it here at my studio. I think it would be great to have here for sale since we have a pretty good flow of traffic with piercings at the studio. At the very least I will definitely take a copy for myself. How long do I have to wait for my copy? I would like it as soon as possible so whatever I have to do to get it here as quickly as possible please let me know. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Sincerely, Bob Jones Insight Studios
I told Bob that he can get a signed copy of my book directly from me at the next APP conference at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, May 3-8, 2009. If he wants it as soon as possible, it can be pre-ordered (at a discount!) from Amazon.com. Their website lists March 17, 2009 as the date the book will become available.

Fan Mail

Well, who doesn't like to get fan mail? And sharing it is even more fun! So, I decided I'd post some here.
i just wanted to say you were great at app elayne. i was so stoked to go this year and it was all because of you. i look up to you in so many ways and i just want to say thank you for everything you have done for this industry and what you continue to bring to it. i strive to be like you and have the extensive knowledge you have, as corny as that may sound. hopefully next year ill have the nerve to actually go up to you and say hi. haha. have a great day. samantha
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