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April 7, 2011 - 3:25am | Website
This book got me through 4 very long delayed flights and airport drama over a 72 hour period. Think you know all there is to know about piercing? Think again. It is an easy read, and is written so we can all understand it without having to have a PHD.
Not to mention Elayne is approachable and answers e-mails promptly with no god complex or a just read my book for the answers atittude. As a professional piercer, I keep this book handy in my piercing room and refer to it when I don't have an answer for my clients. Thanks Elayane. I can dig it, and appreciate it.
Eric mezzanotte: Professional piercer, shop owner Living Canvas, Columbia MO.
Fakir Musafar Intensives student, Basic and Advanced courses.
April 2, 2011 - 2:43pm
I just want to say thank you again for paving the way and making it possible for me to do what i do today, your book is my bible, without it i would have been stuck so many times with no answers. Your book is hands down the best tool for people in the industry. Thank you again Elayne Angel for helping make it possible for so many of us to do what we love.
March 31, 2011 - 3:03pm
I have had a VCH piercing and I'm looking into two or three sets for the outer labia, and you've given me the information I need to determine whether these piercings are right for me. My husband has also learned from you - he's an apprentice tattoo artist/piercer at Heart and Soul Tattoo in Morganton, NC. Thank you for your extensive information!
March 23, 2011 - 10:22am
nice site :) rumah
March 22, 2011 - 10:42am
I always felt something was missing from my life. Bieng a SAHM for 20 yrs. I always felt trapped, in a shell, I was intrigued by tattoos and piercings but the fear of pain coupled with the fear of "social stigma" attached to these things always just made them a curiosity. One day 2 months ago, on a whim, I decided to get my nipples pierced, I picked a shop, walked in, I was impressed, It only did piercings and since i was chicken I didn't care. He read me an after care paper, took me in a room, I took my shirt off, he marked me with a marker, stuck a needle through, put the bars in, I put my clothes on and left. After, I sat in my car and cried. I was overwhelmed and proud of myself for going through with it but I felt a little let down. I didn't know why. I went online and started searching for sites about piercings and found Elayne's site. It was so complete, I realized there was so much more. I didn't know what kind of jewelry I had in, let alone what gauge, It wasn't a bad experience but it wasn't a "complete" experience. I began to get an education, my eyes were bieng opened and I loved it! It was so inspiring. I wasn't afraid anymore. I'm even looking foreward to getting a VCH piercing and am waiting for her to go to philly so I can drive the 5 hours and get it done by her. I got her book and I read it, and re read it, I carry it with me truly like a bible. I feel as if a whole new world has been opened to me. I feel empowered. I'm still a soccor mom but no longer do I hide in the shadows. I feel confident and sexy and excited and I cannot thank her enough, or sing her praises enough from someone who was so afraid of piercings, I didn't get my ears pierced until i was 40 lol.
March 20, 2011 - 5:05pm
Advice is great abouit VCH. Allowed us to have an informed conversation with the piercing studio prior to getting it done. Thank you
March 18, 2011 - 8:37pm
very interesting and informative great site for the woman that is thinks of getting it done...
March 18, 2011 - 5:12pm
Hey Elayne! I don't want you to think I am a creepy stalker! Haha... I promise I am not! You just inspire me to better myself, and be myself, and I want to thank you for that! I recently decided to finally pursue my dream of becoming a professional piercer. I am currently undergoing my apprentice at "In Your Face Tattoos" in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Everyone that I work with loves your book, and recommended it to me. I bought it and I can see why everyone loves it! First of all I couldn't put it down! Second, I learned SO MUCH! I was so ignorant; granted I have pierced myself all over since I was 14, plus close friends of mine, but I now look at the art in a new light! I really appreciate your knack for putting things in such an understanding perspective. I also greatly enjoy reading your articles in Pain Magazine! I look forward to it each issue! I hope to someday be as successful as you are with the business. So, I just wanted to tell you that I greatly admire you, and congrats on your amazing success with everything! You truly deserve it, and I hope to be life long friends with you, as you are my idol!!! Thank you so much for your time! Emily Florea
March 15, 2011 - 9:29pm
I just wanted to tell you I went to your referral page and found a lovely woman, Alicia at Sol Tribe in Denver, CO. She was so awesome. I got the triangle, and the VCH. Fairly quick and intense, if not "painless" she was very helpful with breathing and telling me exactly what she was going to do. Thank you for the referral! She was very helpful, gave me all the instructions for after care, cleaning, caring for, and any sexual information needed to make sure I heal.. We had discussed the piercing several times via email .. and then I got a chance to go in. Absolutely wonderful. Clean shop, by the book.
Thank you! I couldn't have asked for a better experience.Thank you for writing your book too! Great information and truly a blessing
March 11, 2011 - 4:13pm
WOW! Can't believe I stumbled across you after all these years. You did several piercings for me at your old studio in New Orleans, and I have so missed seeing you (and the puppies) walking through the Quarter. Life has beein INSANE since Katrina. But I never got to thank you for ALL you did for me!!!
My first piercing was a tongue piercing, when I still lived in Mobile, and drove over special to your shop, recommended by a friend. And WOW!!!... right of the bat you gave me so much information, such an education about my piercing, what to get, how, and what would happen,... it was a totally new thing,... (my ears didn't count,... not the same level), and you gave me such confidence, with all that you knew. I came back for another tongue piercing (center and tip), let you do my ears to finish them and make symetric (3x each), and one in my neck (a "Madison"). I came back over and over, and sent EVERYONE to ONLY YOU!!! I appreciated it SO MUCH. It was more than your professionalism, but such a very sincere professional touch, and extreme patience too.
I am so glad you've written a book, and a blog, and a web page. That's how I found you, looking for more information for a friend. It is just wonderful that you have written down so much of your knowledge. You made so much of a difference for so many people, and will now reach countless others around the world, preserving the experience you have had and the growth in the idustry/culture that you have made. PLEASE let me express my sincere appreciation for that. I can "hear" your voice in my head as I read your blog and web page, all of the good advice, warnings, cautions, and knowledge, and such sincere concern for people to have a positive piercing.
PLEASE write more! Thank you so much.
Hope this finds you happy, well, and fantastics (puppies too). All my best,
March 9, 2011 - 10:29pm
thank you for the add, and i own a copy of your book and it is one of the best things i have ever had the pleasure of reading. it gave me a hole new out look on my career and industry. thank you very much the things i have learned and keep learning from the bible is exhausting to the mind. i cant thank you enough for what you have provided the body pierceing/modification industry, if it wasnt for pioneers like you, jim ward, doug malloy, and fakir musafar i can honestly say our industry would not be what it is today
March 8, 2011 - 10:10am
I got a VCH piercing from Elayne on her recent trip to Philly. The staff at Infinity were wonderful, and Elayne was totally professional. She explained each step of the process before doing it so there were no surprises and I was ready for it. I had a brief moment of OOO as the piercing occurred, but afterward, walking 10 blocks back to the train, no discomfort. I have had no problems with it, it has healed cleanly and quickly and with no discomfort since. I firmly believe this is because of the care Elayne takes with doing the piercing and placing it correctly.
Not only does it look adorable, but I had to write and say how AMAZING it works! I finally had the opportunity to bring my guy in for a test drive a few weeks after it was done so it was well on the way to complete healing. I knew what I had read about how the piercing enhances the experience, which was why I wanted to try this one. All I can say is that the placement was so perfect, the experience was beyond my expectations.
I have no idea if my guy enjoyed himself, but judging from the grin on his face as he watched me, I know he loved seeing how this piercing made everything infinitely better for me.
I already have two friends lined up to get the same thing when Elayne comes back to Philly.
Thank you Elayne!
March 4, 2011 - 11:14am
I've been piercing for 12 years and I recently received a copy of your book as a present and I must thank YOU!
Despite being in the industry for a good few years I still learned a lot and a lot of what I knew has been confirmed.
What a great resource. especially for anxious clients.
March 2, 2011 - 7:39pm
elayne, I just wanted to say thanks for my vch piercing! I love it so much!
February 25, 2011 - 12:42pm
I think there are people who have piercings because it is popular and there are people who have piercings because it is a spiritual expression of individuality. I had my ears piecered when I was 11 because it was the popular thing to do. Now here at 47 I have decided to get my navel pierced and a VCH because I wanted the individuality aspect of piercing. I am not one to do things on a whim -- and my friends can attest that I have wanted these piercings for many years. In July 2010 I found Elayne's website and was in contact with her. Due to her travel schedule I have had to patiently wait since then till she came to Atlanta in 2011. I traveled 6 hours to see her and it was the best 6 hour trip I have ever made. Not only was the host studio extremely professional and accomidating but Elayne was a delight to work with. If anyone is interested in piercings of any kind I can assure you that Elyane will make you comfortable and make it a pleasant experience. Thank you Elayne for making me a better person.
February 24, 2011 - 3:51pm
I had wanted a navel piercing for years but always shunned away from it, one because of what people would think, piercing for so many years was not viewed as an art as it is today but as a way to mutilate the body and so many negative connotations that followed. It was interesting to me that people had no problems piercing their ears but would frown up at someone if they pierced any other part of their body. The BIGGEST reason I put it off for over 30 years was a was REALLY SCARED of how much it would HURT!! I do not do well with pain at all!
I drove over 6.5 hours one way, to SEE AN TRUE EXPERT in her craft, Elayne is the best I have seen in my life. It was so fast and gentle I was like OH!! That’s it??? It was so awesome I wanted to get more piercings. It was worth the drive and I would do it again!!
February 23, 2011 - 10:05am
I had been researching female genital piercings for the last 2 years now, I immediately came across Elayne's site and felt more at ease, I wanted to make sure I found someone with her criteria experessed on the site, I made plans to travel to Philly oh so long ago but it wasnt until last month when I found out she was guest piercing at Infinite I vowed to make my way there to be pierced by a true expert. I'm so glad I did! I like Ashleigh traveled from MD to Philly and it was truly worth the trip and wait. Elayne has a wonderful spirit and makes you feel so at ease, it was as quick as a flash and the pain was on the level of an intense erotic bite IMO, I'd get another VCH if I thought that was enough room for 2. :-) Thanks so much Elayne! Hope to be blessed by your presence for another piercing in the near future!
February 22, 2011 - 4:09pm
Elayne, I would like to say that you are truly an inspiration. After buying your book 2 years ago, I realized that I have always felt my body was lacking something... To put it simply, ownership. But also, decoration (because thats always fun)! Body modification has helped me reclaim my body after sexual assault and depression. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years suffering from anxiety and low self-esteem, and after years of thinking I was less than beautiful, I discovered your book. I had always fawned over body modification and piercings, but I never thought it was right for me. Then, I read your book. Your book opened up a world that would change me for the better; spiritually, physically, sexually and mentally. Ive slowly begun my journey of changing my body to match my soul. And thanks to the knowledge and expertise of your book, I can do it safely and properly. I dont know where Id be without it- certainly not as strong and self-confident as I am now! Haha.
February 19, 2011 - 7:23pm
I was pierced by Elayne Angel today at Infinity Piercing in Philadelphia, PA- it was AWESOME! After doing some research about nipple piercings, I found Elayne's website. I stumbled across her page about female genital piercings and my interest suddenly piqued. After seeing that she would be making a piercing visit to Philadelphia, I jumped at the opportunity. I booked an appointment about a month in advance and in the meantime read her book, "The Piercing Bible" and felt totally informed and prepared. My husband and made the 1 1/2 hour drive to Philadelphia from Baltimore. Being a bit new to piercing I became incredibly nervous and thought maybe I was in way over my head. Once there, Elayne explained everything and made me feel so comfortable and completely at ease. First, we did my VCH. My immediate reaction was, "That's it?!". I can only describe it as immense pressure followed by a quick pinch. After plenty of walking around the city and a long car ride home, still no pain. Occasionally, I'll shift and feel a nice, tingling sensation which pleasantly reminds me it's there. Next, Elayne quickly pierced both nipples. This was more intense than the VCH. It felt sharp and hot but it happened so quickly the jewelry was in before I could react. On the ride home my nipples were a little sore but that could be due to me not wearing a sports bra like Elayne suggested. Once home, I switched to a sports bra and the soreness vanished. The finished product was totally worth it. The only problem- my husband and I can't stop peeking at my new piercings! We love them!!! Elayne- you were so fabulous and made this experience totally worthwhile. We can't thank you enough!!!
February 3, 2011 - 7:03pm | Website
I started piercing in 1997, and as a responsible and professional body piercer I have only had 4 apprentices. I don't know about everyone else, but I don't really want to flood myself out of a trade that I love by training a bunch of half wits that are only in it for the almighty dollar or a "lifestyle" like a T.V. star. Every one of them has received a copy of the piercing bible from me, because I know that even being "on point", so to speak, when this book came out, I was anxious to read it because of the many years Elayne's been here before me and paved the way for women in this trade and because as a professional we should ALWAYS be seeking further and continuing education.
Conversing with our peers and others in our trade, instead of trying to outbid them, and gaining new perspective on different ways to get a piercing accomplished in a more efficient manner is always a plus. Your clientele will appreciate it and you grow as a professional when you can watch someone that can get the same outcome as you on a standard navel piercing, but has in some way cut out an unnecessary step or come up with a clever or faster way to do it, can always benefit you and your trade by making the way people in the general public look at body piercing and individuality as not being painful and self mutilating, but being art and adornment as well as self expression.
Elayne's been able to put into words a well versed resource that you can confidently recommend to your clients as well as other trained professionals, and in the most rare situations that you do want to provide information to that kid that's always coming in and hanging out to watch, get their ears stretched, and purchase initial jewelry, and you know they are going out and piercing their friends...(LOL) a safer and more thorough education and awareness of what we all are doing to people. Let's face it, it's a very trusting person that will allow you to perform such an intimate procedure that can ultimately affect them in the most positive and most negative ways and it's our responsibility to know as much as we can in order to gain the trust and skills it takes to accomplish what Elayne has in her career. She's made body piercing a socially acceptable way of owning one's self, and in my opinion, she's allowed people that used to feel like they had to hide themselves, to come out of the dark and flaunt who they really are.
The modified community should thank her and show their support by sharing in what she's accomplished and passing along all the safety, knowledge, and responsibility that she takes, and last but certainly not least, the pride I know I feel in calling myself a "Professional Body Modification 'Artist'" that strives to be better than "Just a piercer".
Thank you Elayne.
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