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February 10, 2012 - 3:00pm
Okay, so my first thing is that I wanted an APP certified shop, and this one is. I especially wanted that because I was getting a VCH piercing. Other than my ears (two holes done with piercing guns at a mall) I have never had any other piercings. After weeks of looking online at the piercing bible website, and reading reviews on shops, I chose Virtue and Vice in Atlanta GA. (A shop that Elayne Angel refers people to)
The consultation to make sure I was anatomically suited for the piercing took about 2 minutes, and the actual piercing (sterilization, piercing, inserting jewelry) took less than 2 minutes. They show you that every tool is sterilized, (using a StatimClave) and the shop is clean and well kept. They also have a wide selection of jewelry.
I'm on day two of having my piercing and it doesn't even hurt. I'll definitely be going back there again! (April Johnson was my piercer) I put inexpensive as the price, because for what you are getting, it's totally worth it. They have a full list of prices on their website. The piercing I got (VCH) was a $45 piercing, and the jewelry is $10 and up. You can probably go somewhere cheaper, BUT it won't be worth it.... AT ALL. You won't get the same technique or same level of sanitation somewhere else, You also won't have the same peace of mind that your piercing was done correctly.
Comment by angel
Great feedback about a great studio, and they deserve it! Just a point of semantics, but the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) is not a certifying agency. We are a non-profit educational organization with members who meet certain personal criteria, (such as training in bloodborne pathogens exposure and certification in CPR/First Aid), and environmental criteria. Plus they use quality body jewelry that meets certain standards for biocompatiblity. You can find more information on the APP website: http://www.safepiercing.org/
February 9, 2012 - 1:15pm
I've always wanted a VCH piercing, but unlike getting your ears pierced, it's not a body part I will entrust to any random shop-if your ear or nose is pierced wrong, it's a redo......but VCH? That's sacred territory, so I had to make sure I was going to have no regrets and get it done right the first time. I research doctors, waxers and hairstylists before using them-why not piercers? I am a perfectionist. I want the best.
Elayne Angels name kept coming up online. I am new to the "unconventional"piercing scene. No tattoos, only ears pierced, so I can't just start up a casual conversation about recommendations, my conservative friends would think I had lost my mind! After reading her site thoroughly, I came to the decision that she was the "chosen one"! If I could be patient.....it was October and she wasn't coming to Los Angeles til 2012. To top it off, after reading "The Piercing Bible", I decided a "triangle" sounded like something I wanted as well-didn't even know it existed til now-but if a piercing in the right spot can give me mind blowing feelings.....sign me up!
It was tough as patience is not my strong suit. Several times I almost cracked and let a local shop pierce me. I In November, I had my nipples pierced locally-and as I suspected......everytime I look in the mirror, I'm convinced the right side is crooked. Drives me nuts! But a confirmation that waiting for Elayne is the right decision! No way I'm letting anyone mess up this magical area-I will not look in the mirror everyday and wish I had it "done right" or even worse, jeopardize and sensations that go on in that area....which was part of my motivation in the first place.
I'm rambling.....flash forward to January 28th. The big day is finally here. I've saved all my penny's, but tell myself as in all aspects of life, you get what you pay for. Having already secured the $100 deposit, if suited for the 2nd piercing, all I need to do now, was chose jewlery-what girl doesn't like that? Prix was sooooo clean, I felt like I was there for a pap smear instead of a piercing-it's that sterile. Elayne has obviously done this a bizillion times, and her confidence makes you immediately at ease. As luck would have it, I was anatomically suited for both the VCH and the Triangle. So as Elayne sterilized the equipment, I had a brief "OMFG-what have I done?" moment-in my head only! After a few deep breathes, I focused and reminded myself of the end results and the game was on! She talked me through the whole process, told me exactly what I would feel and I won't lie -it hurt-but just like Elayne said-only a brief, sharp pinch, then she put a cooling towel on me and it was on to the next piercing. The whole process was fast, clean and as comfortable as possible. I went that night to see "Wicked" and had no pain, bleeding or any discomfort from sitting for long periods.
It's been almost 2 weeks now and I'm 100% satisfied. My only regret is not choosing the jewlery with pink stones on both ends-but that is changeable. I have 0 pain. The piercings look adorable, my husband loves how they sparkle. It's fun to have a little secret that only the two of us know about. The new sensations as a result of the piercings make it exciting as it heals. It is a huge relief to not worry that it's not healing right or in the right position. Just this peace of mind makes it worth every penny spent.
February 6, 2012 - 5:07pm
Elaine, I just wanted to write you a quick note and thank you so much for your piercing bible. I found it last October, and read it cover to cover before finally deciding on a triangle peircing. I did it yesterday at 23rd st body piercing, in oklahoma city. I see why you recommend them, their facility was a clean, comfortable, inviting and friendly invironment. The piercer there was thorough, explaining the technical and thoroughly checked to make sure my anatomy was well suited before even agreeing to do it. Once convinced I knew and understood what I was asking for and that I was in fact well suited, the process was fairly painless. I now have a beautiful piercing that looks just like your examples of a proper triangle piercing and is quite comfortable for a fresh piercing. Without your book, I never would have attempted this. It has been a very liberating experience for me, and was a tremendous step in reclaiming my body as my own. Since my rape in 2009 I have felt like a stranger in my body, yet this morning while looking at my peircing I actually smiled. :) I finally feel like I have tangible proof that I have stepped past that event and it will no longer be able to define who I am. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I may not have the pleasure of ever getting to know you personally, but you have given me a greater gift than you could ever imagine.
February 4, 2012 - 10:24am
just a very big thank you, for your experience and passion for what you do.I am very glad i waited a good while to get my piercings done by you....dubai is a long way from West Hollywood!!!Im healing wonderfully and honestly i never doubted it!You are a pro in your own right in every way possible and i would take another long trip any day if im ever to get another piercing.Great job
January 28, 2012 - 4:58am
Hi Elayne, I would like to thank you for the wonderful piercing experience in West Hollywood today (technically yesterday since it's after midnight now). I came across your site as I was searching piercing on google and it brought me here. I am glad that I came across your site and had lots of questions for you. You answered all of my questions in a very timely manner. As soon as I found out that you were going to be in Los Angeles, I just had to get a piercing done by you. I was super nervous and anxious to get my VCH pierced, but you helped calm my nervous by letting me know exactly what you were doing. The initial piercing hurt as I flinched and let out a loud OW! But after the piercing, the pain was nearly gone. She gives you all the instructions you need to know and if you have any questions to email her. I ordered her book and it opened my eyes to so many things I never knew before. I would totally recommend her book to anyone and recommend Elayne to anyone looking for a wonderful piercer. I can't wait for her to come back to LA again in the future, so I can get another piercing done by her. :)
January 26, 2012 - 12:33am
Hello! I emailed you 3 weeks ago about my VCH piercing and what I suspected was granulation tissue. You asked me to let you know how my treatment turned out. For 3 weeks I applied tea tree oil, twice daily. The change was fairly dramatic. The piece of tissue was long enough that it protruded out from under my hood next to the bottom ball of my piercing. Within a week it had shrunk to half that size. Two weeks later, the last piece of tissue fell off and the red bump on the outside of the piercing is now completely healed. When the last piece of granulation tissue fell off, it bled a tiny bit. I used a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding and everything looks 100 percent now. I'll be leaving it alone for a couple more weeks to ensure that it's fully healed. But I can't tell you how thrilled I am with the results. And I wanted to thank you for being so reassuring. I was pretty bummed that I might lose the piercing, but you gave me the confidence to hang in there and be patient. Thank you!
January 24, 2012 - 5:53pm
I just wanted to send you a quick thank you. I reciently drove almost 100 miles to visit Marc at Piercing Emporium, in Worchester MA. He was very professional, kind, and respectful. He took the time to answer all my questions big and small. He made me feel very comfortable every step of the way. I had a vertical hood piercing done. It looks beautiful. Again thanks for your information and your referrals. Bonnie
January 11, 2012 - 1:10am
Thank you so much for your site! This information is extremely valuable and highly needed for everyone in the piercing community. I have had several piercings done; including the VCH and tongue(which were both pierced twice, as I removed them the first time I had them done), the navel, both nipples, my tragus, nostril, and four cartilage piercings in each ear. I believe that both my VCH piercings were done correctly but I am going to send you a picture to be extra sure. I really appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and expertise with the world.
January 8, 2012 - 8:34pm
I love your site. I have been thinking about getting my clit done but couldnt figure out how to test to see if it was a good idea. and your information helped. and i love your work you are amazing. thanks so much.
January 6, 2012 - 10:16pm
It has been one year since i purchased The Piercing Bible, and even now, every time i read it, it astounds me how knowledgeable, experienced, informative, and personal Elayne Angel is in her writing. I am 19 years old, and after graduating high school and being disqualified from the military because of health issues, i was completely lost in what i wanted to do with my future. That is until one day a friend persuaded me to get my tongue done for my birthday. It was painful, almost got infected to the point of having to take it out, and even incorrectly placed. Not even a day later and after searching the internet for hours, i found and purchased Elaynes book from amazon. Now, my tongue is doing fine, although still quite crooked, and i even have a few new piercings. After reading her book, i have yet to find anything in this world that i am as passionate about than body piercings. I would do anything it took to find a good trustworthy piercer to take me on as an apprentice, and i hope one day i will get to meet Elayne Angel in person. Thank you Elayne!!! You gave my life direction again!!!
January 4, 2012 - 11:13pm
Well, Peter, I am 53 years old and I wanted the best of the best to pierce me, and fortunately for me, Elayne was in town when I decided to pierce my nose. I am so impressed by her professionalism, knowledge, expertise, and commitment to provide a sterile environment in which to practice. Not to mention, it was virtually painless, I had NO problem healing, and, it looks really cute! I also bought her book that same day and have found it to be most informative. Thanks Elayne, and Buck! If I ever get another piercing, it will be done by Elayne. She is the BEST!To watch her pierce my nostril, go to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuqxCPX5_cM&feature=context&context=G2006...
January 4, 2012 - 4:40pm
Elayne - I am compelled to contact you and thank you for the recommendation of using emu oil to help heal piercings. Just a quick update, I am I guess you would call a late bloomer, but got the urge to get a body piercing - at 50! While I may be 50 I act and think like I'm 25 again, and the body piercing was soemthing that I was thinking about for a long time. Well, I did it - got my left earlobe and my left nipple pierced, and I went to a reliable place in town here in Orlando called Axiom, who were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and considerate, especially when a 50 year old man like me walks in the door. But I had no fear, and went through the procedure - pain was not an issue, but the beauty I saw in the mirror, the allure of my pierced nipple was worth the effort. While I was there I had asked about genital piercings, as I was interested in a frenium, which I did just about a week later. A couple of weeks after that I did a second frenium so now I have the 4 piercings. I tried the right nipple, but for some reason it just kept on being pushed out so I'm letting it rest for a while. Hopefully you're still with me, because the best news was that I had gone to your website, and read about using the emu oil to heal the piercing wounds. While not easy to find at any retail store, I was able to get it at my local organic health food store (I'm a vegan as well) - Thunder Ranch is the one I got. After applying it to the piercings as you had recommended, and keeping with it, the wounds healed almost miraculously, and any swelling or discomfort was gone. Better yet, I went back about 4 weeks after getting my left nipple pierced and wanted to get it streched from a 14 gauge to a 12 gauge; this was done with minimal discomfort for maybe a day or so. After that, I went back two weeks after this stretching to see about going to a 10 gauge, which I thought would be too soon. Much to my amazement, the stretch was effortless, and the piercer remarked how easy it was - I probably could have gone even to an 8 gauge because how pliable the area was. I told him it was the emu oil, and told him of your website and your recommendation to use it. He was so amazed at how it worked on an old fart like me he asked me where to get it because he was going to see about adding it to the store to help with the piercing customers. Just so you know, Axiom is very thorough with their procedures, and go through aftercare in great detail, although they focus primarily on saline soaks to help the healing process. Your insights have made a believer in me, and although I only have about 10% of the piercings you have, I treasure them and look at them as a way that I decorate the body that I have and the body that I love.
Regardless, I wanted to thank you very much for the emu oil recommendation - it has made me a true believer and I may have already converted a very experienced piercer to believe as well!
January 3, 2012 - 11:37pm
If you're considering become a piercer, Read 'The Piercing Bible' This book has not only taught me more than I could even imagine, it's also given me more reasons to fall in love with body modifications. Elayne Angel is my idol and I can't wait to meet her next month. I strongly recommend you to listen to everything she's saying. Ever since i've read this book, I feellike i've become a doctor or something. I take care of all my friends piercing and stretching and I help clean up their infections. She's turned me into a mini piercing genius. I hope one day we can serve terms together on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Piercers. Thank you so much, Elayne!
January 2, 2012 - 6:10pm
If someone is looking an excellent VCH piercer in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex, go see Eric Marcucci, from Obscurities in Dallas, Texas. He's on Elayne's referral list. He's informative, hygenic, and extremely patient! I speak from experience, he did my VCH piercing 3 days ago. Also, he has an apprentice, nicknamed Nacho who's just as nice and informative. He's in training under Eric, so let him observe your VCH or other piercings. He wants to learn, so let him observe. We need another Eric Marcucci! Thank you Elayne, Eric and Nacho!
December 30, 2011 - 8:25pm
Wow! Amazing informative site! And one very beautiful lady and your tattoos are exquisite. Off to find a copy of your book now! Nikki, wales uk x
December 20, 2011 - 2:45am
Hi Elayne, Thank you for your helpful suggestions on my irritated rook piercing and taking the time to chat with me. After changing to a shorter titanium barbell and using the emu oil you suggested...amazing stuff by the way. It feels great! My daughter has used it on a few of her piercings too, wow what a difference. I can't wait to read your book and I hope to meet you the next time you are in the Seattle area.
Warmly, Sheryl~Seattle Washington
December 16, 2011 - 2:08pm
When I researched the fourchette piercing I only wanted it done by the best (Elyane). Unfortunately, I couldn't get to Mexico to see her, but she referred me to Pat in New Orleans. He was absolutely wonderful and made the experience pleasant. I can't thank Elayne enough because going to someone she recommended gave me absolute peace of mind and confidence in my Piercer. (Pat Roig is awesome! ) I love my piercing as much as I thought I would!
December 12, 2011 - 12:01am
Thank you for this site! I have wanted to peruse this for a while now but haven't researched it until now, you are very helpful ;) thanks!
December 1, 2011 - 8:07pm
this book is the best book i've ever brought! no doubt about it, it helped me think realistic about what piercings i should and shouldn't get, with so much information on piercings i didn't even know existed. I emailed elayne and she told me what i should do. it was so nice to read real informatoin on piercings :)
November 27, 2011 - 6:55pm
Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love my nipple piercings! They healed so well and you made me so relaxed and calm! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and patience! It really pays off :) I can't wait to get pierced by you again!
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