Piercing

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

I'm really excited because I've been asked to speak to doctors and nurses at LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans during my upcoming visit there this summer.

On August 3, I'll be doing a lecture with a PowerPoint presentation. The title is "Sociocultural and Healthcare Implications of Body Piercing." It is a kind of stuffy name, but I think it will be very useful to professionals who work in medical settings. It will help them understand who gets pierced and why--and hopefully increase their sensitivity to pierced patients, especially if they have any negative attitudes or preconceived notions about us. I'll also be providing practical information for those who work with pierced patients, especially in the Emergency Room and Operating Room.

It is free to hospital employees, but the public can attend for $10.00. Here's some info including a sign up form.


LSU flyer




Reprinted AGAIN!

I'm so thrilled! I just got an email from my fabulous editor, Lisa Westmoreland, at Crossing Press/Random House. She told me that my book has been reprinted for the second time. They are expecting 5000 more copies at the warehouse this month. That's the second reprint since the book came out in May of 2009. The book has been out for just over a year, and alread there have been two reprints! That's great news.

Elayne Angel Piercing in Philadelphia August 13-17, 2010

 

For the first time in over a year, I'll be piercing on the East Coast in PHILADELPHIA!

August 13-17, 2010

I'll be at INFINITE BODY PIERCING, ths studio owned by APP President James Weber:
626 South Fourth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Studio: 215.923.7335

For appointments, email me directly (or use the contact page).

If you would like to be notified when I plan future travels, sign up for my free newsletter in the box at the bottom of the front page here.


Elayne Angel Piercing in Philadelphia

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Navel Piercings and Belly Size

I've answered literally thousands of questions about piercings, but this was the first time I've ever been asked this particular question:


Hi Elayne,

Good morning ! I have a quick question. I am interested in having my navel pierced. I was told by a friend of mine that navel piercing would help reduce the overall belly.

I am really not sure of this & wanted to hear your expert advice. My current waist is 38 inches & if the above said info is true I am definately looking forward to have the piercing done.

Please let me know your thoughts on the same ....

Warm Regards,
Ignatius


My reply:

Hi Ignatius,

If you are asking whether a navel piercing will cause you to lose weight or reduce the dimensions of your abdomen, the answer is no. There's absolutely no reason why a navel piercing would have that effect. Also, navel piercing can make it a little more challenging to be physically active, especially during initial healing, and that certainly wouldn't help with weight loss.

Should you be interested in getting the piercing for aesthetic reasons, here's some practical information from The Piercing Bible:

Article on Tongue Piercings

An article recently appeared in the Huffington Post with the headline: Tongue Piercings Could Lead to Severe Brain Infections. Clearly this was most unfortunate for the individuals who were described in the article (and their families), but these types of extreme complications are very rare. I penned a response and posted it to their site.


Latest Great Review

This is the latest review that appeared on Amazon.com:

5.0 out of 5 stars 5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect advice before, during and after getting pierced,
April 23, 2010
by E. Matsko

Elayne's advice and information is perfect for anyone considering getting a piercing. She tells you everything you need to know before you get pierced. Being able to email her after you have been pierced before reading her book is very profesional of her. She will guide you in the right direction and help you avoid making a mistake. I wish I had read this before getting my first piercing.

 

I'm sorry she didn't read it before getting pierced too....

The Annual Piercers' Conference

I just spent the last eight days in Las Vegas. Even though I am not a fan of that faux city, I had a really amazing time because I was with my colleagues and friends and that's what counts. It was the 15th Annual Conference and Exposition of the Association of Professional Piercers. I'm a long-time member, and I serve on the Board of Directors as Medical Liaison. It was held at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, in the newly renovated convention center. That part was great, but unfortunately the rooms in the tower near the center were not yet remodeled. Still, I sure didn't get to spend a lot of time in the hotel room, and the convenience of being near the class rooms and expo floor was great.

The banquet this year was the best ever. It was held in an old-school style Las Vegas theatre, and the theme was a formal masquerade. It was fabulous seeing everyone in their finery. One gal had such an elaborate costume and headdress, it took up an entire suitcase!

While I was there, I attended plenty of meetings (two meetings of the board of directors, a members' meeting, and an international meeting); co-taught four classes (anatomy of the body, oro-facial anatomy, male genital piercing, and one on the history of modern body piercing). I also had a booth in which I was selling (and signing) The Piercing Bible.

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