safe body piercing

The Latest Review

I just saw the latest review of The Piercing Bible on Google books:

User Review - Johnny T This book is the best! I have been piercing for three years and i thought i knew a lot, but i recently picked up this book and it opened a whole new world for me! If you like body art it is an amazing ... More book to read and if you are learning how to perform body art then it is a must have! I have introduced all of my co-workers, friends and family to this book and all of them agree that it is great!

I also noticed that I have a total of 11 reviews there that have 5 stars, and none of them have any less than that, which is pretty wonderful and exciting!

Piercing Minors

Since long before any states had legislation to give piercers guidance, I always enforced a strong policy about piercing minors: Without exception, the parent or legal guardian must be present with the minor to sign the release form. Each party must have a valid photo ID* . If the parent's last name and/or address is different from the minor's, there must be legal documentation to prove the relationship. (Birth certificate, divorce papers, adoption papers, marriage certificate). Court papers are required to prove a relationship with a legal guardian. • I do not pierce minors below the neck with the exception of the navel. I will pierce earlobes only, on individuals between 12 and 16 years of age. •I will not pierce children under the age of 12. • If you are under 18 but legally married I can pierce you in the state of Louisiana. You need to bring your marriage license along with valid photo ID*. • If you are a legally emancipated minor I can pierce you in the state of Louisiana. You need to bring court papers along with a valid photo ID*. Some problems I have found with piercing minors:

A Piercer's Praise

I received this message on Facebook : hi! My name is Nycole and I have been piercing for 2 years in VA. I absolutely adore your book! I have also just really relished getting to learn so much from you from your blogs, videos, magazine columns, etc...I had a pretty inadequate apprencticeship and its been really cool, we have been revamping our shop and we are apply for membership for app within the month. We were just really out of date with sterility, jewelry, aftercare etc. But I just wanted to say thanks for all you have done for piercing. Our shop, myself, and our clientele have benefited greatly from it o man! I Thanks! Nycole ---

Wonderful Review on A Writer's Reading Room

I ran into a wonderful review of The Piercing Bible on this blog: "A Writer's Reading Room"
The name of this book says it all. Not only does Angel offer sound advice for all types of piercings, but she gives cultural history, pre and post care instructions, information about body type and compatible piercings, health risks and management, sex and piercings, and information about traveling through airports or visiting the doctor with piercings that cannot easily be removed. She even offers advice to the frustrated parent. These are only a few of the many topics Angel covers in this 300 page Piercing Bible–there’s even an index for keyword searches. I purchased this book on a whim, even though I rarely ever do more than flip through a non fiction book, but I sat down to read a couple of chapters and discovered that four hours had passed and I had read most of the book cover to cover. Elaynes writing is thourough and informative, and it has broadened my opinions and misconceptions I had of many body piercings. If you have been toying with the idea of getting a piercing, or have had many, or if you are a piercer yourself–this book will provide you with two decades of expertise from the world’s most knowledgeable piercer.

The Achille's Piercing

I got an email about this very unusual (and dangerous!) piercing:
Hi Elayne, My name is Chris. I just had a question for you and would like your input.  I just got my ankle pierced between the ankle bones and the achille's tendon. I've had it in for two weeks and its a 14 gauge PTFE. The piercing is great and everybody either thinks I'm crazy or they love it. It's healing just fine, a little sore but I was expecting that. My question is, do u see any long term damage or and problem with this piercing at all? If you could please email me back I would love your advice. Christopher
My response: Hi Christopher, I'll openly admit to you that this isn't a piercing I would do or recommend. As my book, The Piercing Bible, describes it in the "Risky Piercings" section:
Piercing behind bone, tendon, or other anatomical structure can cause excessive bleeding, nerve damage, and/or loss of function.
So, the risks are pretty serious and certainly should cause you to be very careful with it and to take it out if you experience any loss of function. I imagine you've seen this? http://news.bmezine.com/2008/02/09/unlikely-but-true-achilles-piercing/ and this? http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Achilles_Piercing Be safe! Elayne Angel The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Piercing angel@piercingbible.com http://piercingbible.com/ http://piercingbible.com/blog http://www.facebook.com/elayneangel http://twitter.com/elayneangel

Great Feedback

I just received this wonderful feedback from a reader on my Facebook page:

Hello Elayne, i have always been into body piercings and moodification since i was 14, i have had many done and always dreamed of being a piercer when i was older, i am now 23 and i have been offered an apprenticeship with a professional piercer in my home town. Your book was recommended to me by a friend's mother who is a nurse. I have read it twice now and just wanted to thank you for releasing an informative educational guide for piercees, piercers or people who are generally interested in body piercing. Keep up the good work and i hope many more books are sold.
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