body piercing

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.

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!

Apprentice Interrupted

Today I got an interesting email from an aspiring piercer:
My name is Jordan and I was an apprentice up until a few days ago. I got your book and started reading "How To Choose A Piercer" and the piercing and aftercare techniques and realized that the person that I was learning from was not a skilled piercer. He was recommending baby shampoo as his sole aftercare product! I looked up the ingredients and among fragrances and surfactants were other irritants that were both genotoxic and cytotoxic! So I wanted to thank you because in reading the book twice I increased my knowledge tenfold! My girlfriend and I literally read your book together in bed :) Also the other day I was on the Rings of Desire site and saw that you used to sell autographed posters? Where was I?!? haha :) I'd love an autographed picture or poster! Would Love to hear from you soon!
Hi Jordan, Thanks for your email. I'm so glad to hear that my book has proven to be helpful to you, and that you took the time to let me know about it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad piercers out there, and plenty of them are taking on apprentices to create yet more untrained, unskilled practitioners. My hope is that my book will help to elevate the whole industry. By creating educated consumers, it helps put those hacks out of business. I didn't imagine it was going to be the kind of book couples read in bed together!  That kind of feedback sure puts a big smile on my face. You can get an autographed poster by ordering one through LeRoi. I'll be at their studio in Manhattan June 26-28 having a book signing and doing piercings. I've had a box of posters shipped there, and I can sign one for you and have it shipped out.

New Video Available

It has been a long time since I posted a new video on my clips4sale store.

The newest is of me performing a 10 gauge ampallang piercing (horizontally through the penis head) on a gentleman who already has a stretched Prince Albert piercing. It was shot during my visit to California last month, when I was guest piercing at Anomaly Piercing in Pasadena.

Oh, and it may surprise you to hear his comment: his nipple piercings were more intense than his ampallang (though I didn't perform them for him).

Note: it isn't SFW, and you have to be 18 years of age or older to view it.

http://clips4sale.com/10557

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