Piercing

Septum Piercing and Stuff

I received this message from a reader:

Elayne, the book was amazing!  I always had a feeling that the old shop I was going to was not the cleanest or most knowledgeable place in the world, and now I am certain haha!  You have really opened my eyes to a lot of things that I just didn't look at before.  I plan on enrolling in my classes soon, and hopefully with what I learned from your book I will have a bit of a head start above my competition for an apprenticeship.  Also, your aftercare section was great.  I have heard a ton of varying viewpoints, but never any reason other than "it just works."  The piercer who did my lip told me to use anti-bacterial soap and peroxide to clean my lip ring, and now I no longer have it because it wouldn't heal.  I wish I would have found your book sooner!  It probably would have been able to keep it!

Also, I found a video on YouTube after reading your book that you might be able to use as a "how not to pierce" guide.  Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bYU4fLYIVk

Any way, thanks again for everything.  You are the best.  I am going to be far more picky when I get my septum pierced and when I look for my apprenticeship.  Thank you so very much!

Alan

My reply:

Apprentice Appreciation

I got this message from an apprentice who was given my book on her first day at work:

I am an apprentice piercing artist here in northern Michigan and I have to say your book has honestly become my bible! It is with me at all times at work. I have to thank you for writing this book and making it available. My boss handed it to me my first day of work when I was busy milling through piercing supply catalogs, by the end of that night I had read the entire book. I am currently reading it again actually!

I have just typed up all of my aftercare sheets, and they all have a simple comment at the bottom "This aftercare program contains information obtained from "The Piercing Bible" by Elayne Angel." I hope this little comment catches my customers interest to read your book as well :)

I am hoping to become APP certified and I am doing everything in my power to become the best piercer I can, thank you!
- Jenn

My reply:

Vertical Lip Piercing Option

What can you do if you like the look of a vertical labret, but like many individuals, you do not have the full, pouty lips required to support a vertical surface piercing safely and with stability?  

Lip Piercing  (not vertical!)

This is not a vertical lip piercing--it is a traditional placement using a custom-bent circular barbell!

There is a likelihood of migration or rejection and a high risk of scarring with any lip surface placement. But a custom-bent C-ring or U-ring is a safe and comfortable alternative for many piercees who wear labrets. This is a small diameter circular barbell that is widened so that it is C-shaped (or U-shaped, depending on anatomy) rather than round. This will conform to your lip and help to avoid jewelry contact with your teeth or gums. There is a wide range of fit possibilities based on the way it is bent to accommodate individual anatomy. Sometimes an asymmetrical bend is used. This style may satisfy you if you like the look of a vertical lip (surface) piercing but don’t want to face its risks of scarring and migration. The jewelry can give you the same appearance (one ball on top of your lip and the other right beneath it), but with the versatility of a traditional labret.

It sometimes takes a few attempts with different styles and sizes of jewelry to deter- mine what works best for your labret piercing. The mouth is a dynamic area that moves and changes shape considerably when you speak, smile, and eat. No wonder comfort- ably accommodating a static piece of metal there is so challenging.

Helping a Future Piercing Apprentice


Here's my exchange with a young man who plans to seek an apprenticeship for body piercing:

Can you tell me if there is anyone in the Kansas City Missouri area who might be taking on an apprentice?  Also, I am 25 years old.  Is it too late for me to start learning?  I am committed to taking the CPR, blood pathogen classes, and I am going to buy your book as soon as I hear back from you.  Thanks in advance for your time!

Vertical Frenum Ladder

I received a message from a piercer seeking advice about male genital piercings:

A client came in a few days ago and asked me if it was possible to do a vertical frenum ladder instead of a traditional one. I wasn't too sure so I told him I would research and find out for sure before I would attempt it. I know this is one thing you are very well known for and your answer would be the one I would go by. Also if any of the healing or after care is any different than a traditional frenum ladder or other possible complications please let me know all you can. Thank you so much!!
-Jenny

My reply:

Hi Jenny,

One of the important considerations is whether the tissue is pliable in the area he'd like to have pierced. You may want to start with just one piercing, rather than a ladder, to see how he heals. Also, the success of this would depend, to some extent, on his size differential between flaccid and erect states. On frenums that go in the usual direction, they can rest somewhat bunched up and close together without it causing any trauma. Then, when the piercee is erect, there is more space between the jewelry.

Healed Wonderfully

I just got this great message from a satisfied customer:


Not sure if you remember me but you did my VCH in Texas. I flew down from NY on a business trip and when I heard you where there at the same time I could not pass on the opportunity to have you pierce me. The point of this email is to tell you that I LOVE my VCH you did and amazing job. I did as you instructed and it healed wonderfully. Thank you so much I really appreciate the work you did. I would go to you when ever you are around to get pierced by you. Again thank you. Have a great day.

My reply:

Hi Sigourney,

Changed Her Outlook

I got this message from a new friend I met on Fetlife. I just signed up there and I'm enjoying answering questions for people in the Body Piercing and Body Modification groups.

I know you must get so much mail such as the one I am writing you, but unfortunatly (hopefully not too much so) this is yet one more.

I wanted to personally thank you for the absolutly incredible work that you have done for the piercing community, though I cannot speak for any group as a whole, I can still thank you for all you have done for me. Your work and dedication to the art of body piercing inspired me at a young age. Reading your articles in magazines and buying my first copy of your book changed my outlook on what I wanted to do with myself.

I am aware that all of this seems rather deep (and understanbly creepy) But the chance to send you a message was one i simply could not pass up. In many places around the world your word is held in the highest esteem, and in my world more then any other this is so. I wont even go into the unarguable fact that you have done so much to make the art that I love what it is today. I have dedicated myself fully, in mind and body to following and growing and maybe one day leaving a mark on people much as you have.

If I manage to ever be half as skilled and artistic as you, I would be far above where I am today. Again, thank you for what you have done. Without a doubt I am one of your most avid fans, and being able to send you an email is undoubtably one of the absolute coolest things.

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