body piercing

Fantastic Feedback

I just received this wonderful message from a Facebook friend who is a piercer:

We've met a few times, usually after a class you taught at APP [Conference]. i have a ton of respect for you. i think your willingness and ability to teach (and at such an amazing level to reach so many people) is really admirable. thank your for being such a positive force in our industry!! keep rockin it elayne!

That was very sweet and lovely that she took the time to tell me. So often people take the time and energy to write something when they've got a complaint rather than a compliment, so I really appreciate it!

The Piercing Bible--REPRINTED!

I just found out from my editor, Lisa, that The Piercing Bible was reprinted last month! She said,

"The fabulous news is that we reprinted the book last month. Not only does this mean that your royalty statements will be revving up, but also it’s good news for sales levels in general since it means we sold through the first print run in under a year."

Well, not only did we sell out the first print run in under a year, it was actually under half a year: The Piercing Bible came out in May, and it was reprinted in September! She also told me that less than 25% of those copies have sold through standard bookstores and over 75% of the sales came through alternative venues like online or specialty shops. She encouraged me:

"So all of your efforts are helping to contribute to the main piece of the sales—whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!"

I'm so delighted!!!

Article on Female Genital Piercings

I found that The Piercing Bible had been quoted in this article in The Daily Cardinal, the University of Wisconsin online newspaper. I was delighted to see that a great deal of factual information was included and that the piercers  were quoted in the piece were knowledgeable and provided accurate facts. For example, this part, where I'm quoted:

Elayne Angel, the author of The Piercing Bible who estimates she has performed over 40,000 piercings, echoes this last point: “I have had more than one client confide in me that she had never had an orgasm ... until after I had performed her [piercing]!” However, every one of these experts is quick to note that the clitoris is usually not what’s pierced in a “clit piercing.” Instead, it is the clitoral hood that is bedazzled. The clitoral hood is the fold of tissue that covers the clitoris. Since the clitoris itself is so highly innervated, Ziebell cautioned, “If one false move is made, all feeling is lost forever, and I don’t want that on my conscience.” Indeed, Piercer X explained many women who come in requesting “clit piercings” are actually looking for a clitoral hood piercing: “I sometimes spend part of the time going through the names of the hills and valleys down there so I’m sure I know what [a client] wants,” he said.

The piercer mentions how frequently women requesting "clit piercings' actually want hood piercings. I've definitely found that to be the case. Also, the piercer said that he does 95% vertical clitoral hood piercings (VCH), and that is similar to the percentage I do (vs. horizontal hood piercings). I'm not sure why he or she didn't want to be named, preferring to be referred to as "Piercer X," but at least the information was sound!

I Wasn't Sure What To Think

When I first saw the headline of a review on this site:

DO NOT Buy The Piercing Bible

It made my stomach drop. I thought I was about to read my first bad review. Then it went on: Do not waste your time buying the Piercing Bible if you have  done over 40,000 piercings, was a medical liaison to the Association of Professional Piercers, and ran the only body piercing studio in the French Quarter in New Orleans for 12 straight years.  Also, do not waste your time buying the Piercing Bible if you simply want to continue sucking at being a piercer or a piercee. And I began to realize that it was actually a very positive review! It went on: If you have done all of the above things, than your name must be Elayne Angel; author of The Piercing Bible and you should probably just ignore this post as it will be completely useless to you. If you answered no to ANY of the above questions and you want to be a better piercer or piercee, than you need to get this book.  Period.  I don’t care if you’ve done 39,999 piercings and this afternoon you’ll hit your 40,000th with that belly button you have booked…you still need to get this book.

More Great (Brief) Reviews

Customer Reviews: Get this book. Even if you are already well-informed about piercings, aftercare, etc., its a very handy resource to have around. It talks about piercings in plain language that everyone can understand. It also talks about what to look for in a studio, in a piercer, what to do if your piercing acts up, and all sorts of other important things. Item Reviewed: The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing by Elayne Angel - Christina A. Pitts , Terre Haute , IN , UNITED STATES - 6/18/2009 and, posted here:

5 stars Excellent info for piercers and their clients!, July 9, 2009 by PinkyKarlafrom Champaign, IL
"Finally, a well-written book covering body piercing! This book is the BEST reference for piercer and piercee alike!"

And I found The Piercing Bible advertised as being for sale in India on this website.

A Review: 5 Stars Again

Here's yet another wonderful 5-star review that was recently posted on Amazon.com:

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book about piercing out there,

October 15, 2009

Dispelling Piercing Myths

I found that I'd been quoted in someone's blog post today about the Prince Albert piercing. I helped to settle the case on whether Prince Albert himself actually had a Prince Albert piercing (he didn't):

Another thing: according to The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel (p. 156), the healing time for a Prince Albert is "4 to 8 weeks or longer". Now, in a time when infection could not be reliably controlled, who is going to pierce themselves anywhere - let alone somewhere that delicate? Are you beginning to smell a hoax? In her book, Angel confirms my suspicions that Prince Albert did not have a Prince Albert, as does Matthew Sweet in Inventing the Victorians. So why do so many people think he did? Where did this "dressing ring" thing get started? According to Angel, these stories were made up by a man who called himself Doug Malloy (real name Richard Simonton). He is considered the father of modern piercing culture in the US.

You can read the rest of the blog post here: http://susannesaville.blogspot.com/2009/10/prince-alberts-prince-albert.html

Piercer Charged with "Inappropriate Touching"

October 17, 2009 Piercing-related news from New Zealand: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/2974784/Body-piercer-acquitted A piercer was charged with "inappropriate touching" of two female piercing clients but he was found not-guilty. I'd be very curious to find out the true story about this with all relevant details. I know that misunderstandings can occur when someone is new to body piercing. I once heard through the grapevine that a male client I performed a genital piercing on had misconstrued aspects of the cleaning/marking/piercing process and believed I'd had a personal interest in him! I was very shocked to hear that, but it helped me comprehend that the circumstances of a normal genital piercing, which involve touching and manipulation of the genitals, could result in a misunderstanding. That said, I'm sure I don't have an explanation for the part where the piercer (allegedly) put his hand down the pants of a girl who was getting body art on her hip?! But what was she doing getting work in a studio at the age of 16 anyway. Sounds like some strange behavior all the way around. Here's what the article said:

A French body piercer has been acquitted on charges of inappropriately touching two female Nelson clients. Vincent Jean Delebecque, 25, was facing three charges of indecent assault, two involving one woman and a third involving another.

He was last night acquitted by a jury after a two-day trial. The Crown had alleged that Delebecque touched the women inappropriately while working as a body piercer at Gizmos in Nelson. The Crown said Delebecque put his hand down a 16-year-old's pants while she was getting a piercing done in a tattoo on her hip in March, and that he indecently assaulted a 24-year-old woman who went to Gizmos to get her genitals pierced in April.

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