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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....

Positive Feedback

I got this lovely message on Facebook:
I bought your book at amazon and am on page 28. I am glad to say that I am already enjoying your book. Very well put together. Looking forward to being friends in here. Oh. I've been piercing for 4 years now and tattooing for 5.
How cool that he's enjoying my book already. He'd hardly gotten past the front cover when he decided to find me on Facebook. Nice!

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.

B & N Review--5 Stars!

I found a great review of The Piercing Bible on the Barnes and Noble website. It was posted July 4, 2009
"This is a must have for those who take piercings seriously, as well as a guide for the professional piercer. If you want to understand the dynamics of the whole piercing process, then this is the book for you. Varies as a guidance book which provides some history of various piercings as well as what to expect before , during and after."
The reviewer gave it 5 stars in EACH of the following categories!
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Originality
  • Balance
  • Interior Images
And said, IT IS:
  • Enlightening
  • Provocative
  • Thrilling
  • Absorbing
  • Intellectual Stimulation
  • Topical Conversation
Good stuff!

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."

AMAZING!

I just checked the Amazon.com page for The Piercing Bible and I was thrilled and amazed to see that the figure has gone up: of the web surfers who visit that page, 97% of them purchase a copy of my book!! I've watched it on a weekly basis (okay, maybe even more frequently, I'll admit) to see whether the numbers were heading up or down. They have gone up, up, up! I spoke to the sales manager at my publisher, and she said that is completely unheard of in book sales. Yay, The Piercing Bible!
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