body piercing

HCH Piercing Questions

I received this question from a piercee who hadn't been well informed by her piercer:

I got the horizontal hood piercing. I have a bead ring, Brenda the lady who pierced me said she couldn't use the barbell like the one in my tongue. I love my new piercing but Brenda is on vacation and I got some questions. I work in recieving and I'm constantly moving my ring always moves to the side; is that normal?? My period is coming cuz I could feel the cramps, do I need more than sea salt water and antibacterial soap to clean it?? And how how long do you have wait to have sex. My piercer said a week but I don't think that sounds right. Well these are my questions I hope to hear from you soon.. Thanks Christina

Need For Consumer Education

Filthy conditions forced the closure of a tattoo and piercing studio in Alberta, Canada. It was the second closure in the area in the past three months! See the article here. Who knows how long the studio maintained their inappropriate procedures before being shut down? Or how many clients may have suffered infections as a result? Fortunately, those businesses were forcibly closed. But, how many others are still operating without following appropriate hygiene practices? Body art is not regulated in all areas, and even where laws exist, they aren't always enforced. That's why YOU as a consumer need to be educated. So when you go into a studio you can make a solid evaluation of the premises and practices to be sure you will be safe. You can learn everything you need to know about this in The Piercing Bible. Chapters 5-9 all contain information on how to evaluate piercer, studio premises, and even the body jewelry. Be safe; educate yourself!

Debunking Piercing Myths

Here's another 5-star review from a professional piercer:
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must have,
By Eric Bedell (Long Island , NY) -
I have been a body piercer for 9 + years now and this book is a credit to the industry. It debunks all the common myths and urban legends good and bad about piercing. This book i recommend for not just experienced and novice piercers but also for customers as well i have pointed out and physically shown many of my customers various passages from this book.

Fantastic Feedback

I received this wonderful email from a reader:
I am writing to say that I have received my copy of your "The Piercing Bible" !  It arrived just before the weekend so I have not read it cover to cover yet.  Having looked around through it and peeked at a couple of "close to home" topics, I felt that I should write you. I am so impressed with you and your book!  As you know, I had expected it to be a good educational tool and I had expected to enjoy it.  However, it is more than I had planned - I love the way it is organized.  For now, my favorite aspect is that you've taken the time to explain each piercing in detail and included all pertinent information, not just rudimentary details. With my financial background, I appreciate attention to detail and this is terrific.  I am reading, with great interest, details on piercing body parts that I don't even have!  LOL! How silly am I? No kidding, this is a great book and I am thoroughly looking forward to reading every word.  I so love piercings and your book is a treasure trove of knowledge.  I hope you will have a very pleasant experience at your book signings.  Although I know you don't need my opinion to validate your work, I want you to know that I remain very proud of you. Best regards, Dawn

Educating About Genital Piercings

I was recently contacted by an interesting woman. She's a gynecologist (among other things) and she requested my help to answer questions about body piercing for a book she's writing:

Dear Angel- I am an OB/GYN physician, artist, and author, and I am interested in getting touch with Angel to discuss clitoral piercing for a book I am writing. My book (working title: Coochie Confidential- Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend) is a book of Q&A about all aspects of women's health. The book will be published by St. Martin's Press in Fall 2010.  Should you be interested in answering these questions, I would be happy to credit you, quote you, and reference The Piercing Bible. One question that was submitted relates to clitoral piercing. 

"Absolutely Great!"

Yes, it is another 5-star review. This one is short and sweet:
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great!, August 14, 2009
By K. Baldwin (Griffin, Georgia)
"Very informative with the best form of information...Purely straight forward. I love the in depth details that Angel gives to describe each piercing."

Piercing and Fashion

For me personally, piercing has never been a fashion statement. I was driven at a very early age to pierce my own body, and the inspiration seemed to come from deep within, rather than the pages of a magazine or anything I saw on TV. That said, I have always defended aesthetics as being a perfectly acceptable motivation for getting pierced. It was one of the many historical reasons for piercing among tribal and primitive peoples, and--of course--it is still common today. Still, it was a little odd to find The Piercing Bible shown on this site along with books on knitting, sewing, and Coco Chanel!

"A Must-Read"

I just found another wonderful review of The Piercing Bible on this blog:
Thank the powers that be for Elayne Angel! Her book, The Piercing Bible, is a must-read for anyone considering this art form as a career, anyone thinking of getting pierced, anyone who is already pierced and everyone in-between. Elayne leaves no stone unturned in this thoroughly researched guide to safe body piercing. She delves into the history of piercing and the effect this has had, and will likely have, on many generations, before exploring it in its current form as well as its future possibilities. From deciding what to pierce, to finding an accomplished and conscientious piercer; from hygiene issues to piercing trouble-shooting, Elayne has touched on it all. Being relatively new to the art, I found myself starved for solid, trustworthy information and, with decades of experience under her belt, Elayne shares a wealth of knowledge, dispels many misconceptions and offers sound advice from the effects your new piercing could have on society’s perceptions of you to lifestyle changes that might be necessary if you want to live in harmony with your piercing. The book also discusses different jewellery styles and sizes, equipment used during the different procedures, stretching of piercings, retiring of piercings, problems that may arise, and special situations such as breastfeeding and sex that may be compromised, or enhanced, by the piercing. The industry has waited a long time for this book and, after reading it, you might be able to tell your doctor a thing or two about infection control, blood-borne pathogens and cross-contamination.
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