APP Mexico City Seminars

I was out of town for the past week in Mexico City for the Association of Professional Piercers Seminars. It was the 4th annual seminar there, but the first one that I attended. Following the seminars, the Board of Directors had a meeting. It was a great trip and I really enjoyed Mexico City. I taught two classes there and participated in a round table discussion on piercing techniques (forceps vs. freehand). The first class was on Male Genital piercings and my co-instructor, Danny Yerna, led the class. I'd created a PowerPoint presentation for the class, and he and I had translated it into Spanish. I'm super excited and proud that I led the second class on Female Genital Piercings, and it was the first time I've ever taught a seminar in Spanish. I know my vocabulary is pretty good, but having learned from immersion (rather than in a classroom), my verbs are not conjugated properly, and I'm lacking a lot of the small connective words. But the important part is that the students said that I was clear and easy to understand. I'd sent 20 copies of The Piercing Bible to Mexico City, but between the shipping costs and duties that had to be paid, the cost came out higher than the cover price! Still, Danny (the APP International Liaison who organized the seminars and owns a studio in Mexico City) had sold them all before I even arrived! I wish I had a Spanish language version, as I know it would have sold very well there. Hopefully someday there will be versions in multiple languages!

APP Banners

APP_300x75_alt-1 Part of my volunteer work for the Association of Professional Piercers involves updating the website. I've been trying for days to figure out how to post the code to make it easy to share our banners, but I'm having a hard time with it. So I'm testing it out here. Does the banner work?

Global Influence

I just received an email from a woman in Australia and my book has had an effect on her:

Dear Elayne, I have been reading a preview of your book on google books. First, thank you for allowing the preview to be posted. From what I have read, I know I need to go and purchase the book! I am a 25 year old girl (woman?), who, after much soul searching and deliberation have decided to put my nursing degree on hold and pursue body piercing as a career. Through my research I have realised I have much to learn before I can even set foot in a piercing studio as an apprentice. I stumbled upon your book after a recommendation to visit safepiercing.org. I found your writing to be clear and concise, and explained everything in detail without rambling. By reading your book I have become more confident in my desire to become a body piercer, and you have helped me understand the link between the piercer and the piercee. I know I have lots (and lots) to learn, but I think that I may be able to follow my dream. Without ever meeting me, you have played a part in this. And for that I thank you. Leah NSW, Australia

My response: Hi Leah, Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm thrilled that my book has proved helpful to you. I wish you all the best. Sincerely, Elayne

Mayan Prophesies for 2012

I know this isn't along the lines of my usual piercing-related topics, but I wanted to share this with you. Since I live in the Yucatan in a Mayan pueblo, it is definitely of interest to me, and hopefully you will find it interesting too. The Shift of the Ages film is a docudrama: a timely, artistic and inspiring expression of ancient wisdom and prophecy proclaimed by our Indigenous Elders. The Shift of the Ages is a true account of the Mayan prophecies, the life and mission of Grandfather Cirilo and the momentous evolutionary shift currently underway in our cosmos.

Communications Implants in the Future?

I ran into a brief but interesting interview with Douglas Ferguson in Media Post Magazine - Art, Science & Everything In Between and it mentioned body piercing and body modification in reference to technological advances of the future! The question was posed:

Will people ever consent to having communications devices implanted? Ferguson: Gradually. Thirty years ago, the only people with tattoos were sailors, gang members, bikers, and circus people. Piercing was even less popular. The tipping point on permanent body changes was reached years ago, and I predict implantation will catch on among young people and diffuse slowly into the general population. It matters not at all how repulsive we find the idea today, any more than it mattered thirty years ago with tattoos and body piercing.

Interesting stuff and he has a good point! The other two questions of this brief interview were also very interesting.

Over 100 Libraries

I was excited to find that The Piercing Bible is now available in over 100 libraries (104 as of today, to be exact). I found the information here. I think it should be available in ALL community libraries, and in all College and University libaries. Certainly, it should be in all schools with a focus in the Health Care fields. There's SO much valuable information in it that should be standard fare for anyone who might end up dealing with pierced patients.

Piercing Policy Updated

A story in the Herald News from Tennessee reported that Bryan Community college lightened its prohibition against visible piercings in school. It is good to see regulations becoming more flexible and open toward piercing, but limitations will still be imposed: http://rheaheraldnews.com/story/15370

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