Elayne Angel

Learning to Pierce--Piercing Apprenticeships

I received this message from a Facebook friend:

Hi Elayne i would like to learn body piercing. My problem being i have been round the local studios and no one will show me because i tattoo and most piercing is done in other tattoo studios i know you are in the states but thought you may have links or knowledge of some one in the north east of scotland. any advice or help would be much loved. Garry

My reply:

Changing Professional Piercers Perspectives

I got some GREAT feedback about my book from a piercer:

First off i want to start by thanking you for everything you do for the piercing industry, i have been making piercings for almost five years, and i just wanted to tell you that you make me strive to be the best piercer i can be. ive read your book cover to cover like fifty times, it changed the way i pierce, and think about piercings. just wanted to thank you for everything.

My reply:

Cody,

Wow! Thanks so much for the fantastic feedback. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that my book has had such a big impact on your work! And I appreciate you letting me know.

If you have any questions that weren't answered in my book, feel free to ask!

Did you know I write a monthly magazine column too? There are free archives available of all the columns I've written for Pain Magazine (answering piercing questions) are here. My article is usually on page 16.

You can also get a free subscription to your studio by requesting it through that website.

Additionally, I have videos available if you want to see me piercing: http://clips4sale.com/10557  (They're not "how-to" videos, per se, but they do show a lot of information, too!) I think you would enjoy them.

I teach every year at the annual conference for the Association of Professional Piercers. You don't have to be a member to attend: http://www.safepiercing.org/conference/

Take care!
Elayne

The Body as a Work of Art

I received this wonderful message as a posting on the Piercing Bible guestbook:

I really can't describe how good it feels to have found your website. I've
been interested in body modification for a few years now and though I have
only a few piercings, it's people like you who inspire me to treat my body as
a work of art. It makes me proud to have such a strong woman like yourself
representing the body mod community in such positive light.

Thank you so much for giving me such a positive role model. You give me
strength to remember who I am and not let society tell me what is and isn't
acceptable and normal. Perhaps one day you'll come to New Zealand and I'll
get the opportunity to be pierced by you.

Stay gorgeous, gorgeous.

Maybe some day I will come to New Zealand. I have some friends/colleagues at Streetwise Body Piercing and Tattooing in Auckland. I hope to visit and maybe do some piercings! If you want to stay up to date with my travels, sign up for my free newsletter (in the box in the left lower corner of this page).

GREAT NEWS: MY PIERCING TRIP TO ATLANTA WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED!

GREAT NEWS: MY PIERCING TRIP TO ATLANTA WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED!

Virtue and Vice in Atlanta, GA

FEBRUARY 11, 12, & 13, 2011
12:00 pm- 8:00 pm
2261 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Studio phone: 404.315.6925

Atlanta Piercing Visit 

If you'd like to make an appointment, email me at elayneangel@piercingbible.com or use the contact page on The Piercing Bible website.

Let me know which piercings(s) you'd like to get done. If you're planning to get a female genital piercing, please send me clear, close-up photos (as described here) so I can see if you're anatomically suited to the placement(s) you desire.

Also let me know which day you'd prefer and the approximate time of day.

Sterile Saline Pads for Piercing Procedures

I got a great question from a colleague I know from the annual conferences for the Association of Professional Piercers:

Hey Elayne

Piercing question - Betadine leaves a brown mess, what do you clean it off with so people don't leave with a big yellow/brown patch on their face? Alcohol wipes?
 
Peace, C.

Hi C.,

No! Not alcohol--that could sting if it gets too close to the new piercing and is far too harsh for a fresh piercing. And removing the unattractive coloration isn't just an aesthetic issue. Iodine should be removed from the skin after the piercing is done to prevent any irritation.

I use these awesome sterile saline pads that come individually wrapped in foil packets. It is the BEST part of a piercing, because when you put it on, it cools the area and is very effective to help relieve any stinging or heat sensations. The pads feel almost as though they have been refrigerated, but that's just how they feel when they come out of the packet.

Piercing Bible eBook

A Facebook friend sent me a great question today:

Hiya Elayne, I was wondering if the book comes in an ebook format that I can buy for the iPad? I have the actual book but it becoming a bit dog eared now! I have looked on a few sites but am pretty new to using iPad so am not sure if I am looking in the right places lol! I hope you don't mind me sending you a message?
Love P xXx


Hi P.,

My reply:

Hi P.,

No problem! Thanks for your interest. It is going to be available as a Kindle eBook soon. You can now pre-order the eBook of The Piercing Bible here. And the Kindle program is free for iPad at the Apple App Store, so you would be able to read it on your iPad!

I've been begging my publisher since the book first came out. It has taken a while, but I'm super excited that it will be available soon!


Elayne

Question about a Prince Albert Piercing

I received a message from a piercee who had a question about his Prince Albert (male genital) piercing. Here is our exchange of correspondence:


 Hi I wonder if you could help me please. I got a PA done about 6 months ago and I think that it maybe moving up rather than staying in place. I changed to a smaller diameter of ring without a ball a few months ago and it seemed to be better. Its 2.4mm thickness. I'm also conserned about the lack of tissue that seems to be holding it in. I've had bad experienced with peircing before and I'd rather not take this out! Thanks, Jon

Hi Jon,

How much tissue is there between the end of your urethra (where the jewelry rests) and the placement of the piercing? If it is too narrow, that can cause migration. And once migration starts, it can be hard to stop it.

Feel free to send photos; I'd be happy to evaluate it for you.

Hi
 
Thanks for getting back to me. I think theres around 1.5cm between the piercing and the urethra. But it moves quite far over if you know what i mean so its less than that sometimes. Im worried about having sex with it in incase it comes through. I'll try and send some photos.
 
Thanks
 
Jon

Jon,
Yes, please send a photo or two. That doesn't sound like very much tissue. Does it seem that there is less and less tissue between the piercing and the edge of your urethra, or does it seem stable?
E

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