The Piercing Bible

Shallow VCH Piercing (with photos)

I received a message from a woman who was concerned that her second VCH piercing was still not properly placed. Turns out, she was right.



I had been so excited about getting my VCH, I've read stories, looked at pictures, everything! There was a limited number of shops where I'm living at the moment, and going to a bigger city was out of the question! I called the only shop who has a piercer at the moment, talked to the guy, he has 14 years experience piercing, and he told me he has done 100's of hood piercings. And because of this I trusted him and was actually excited about going!

The only thing is, now that I'm home and really taking a good look at it, it looks like it was done wrong!Well I took your advice, thought long and hard about taking out my surface hood piercing, and did. I waited, and got it re-pierced. This time however, I had a bit of trouble with healing as it swollen for about a week straight and slightly red. Its absolutely fine now, and I love it.

Apprentice Appreciation

I got this message from an apprentice who was given my book on her first day at work:

I am an apprentice piercing artist here in northern Michigan and I have to say your book has honestly become my bible! It is with me at all times at work. I have to thank you for writing this book and making it available. My boss handed it to me my first day of work when I was busy milling through piercing supply catalogs, by the end of that night I had read the entire book. I am currently reading it again actually!

I have just typed up all of my aftercare sheets, and they all have a simple comment at the bottom "This aftercare program contains information obtained from "The Piercing Bible" by Elayne Angel." I hope this little comment catches my customers interest to read your book as well :)

I am hoping to become APP certified and I am doing everything in my power to become the best piercer I can, thank you!
- Jenn

My reply:

Vertical Lip Piercing Option

What can you do if you like the look of a vertical labret, but like many individuals, you do not have the full, pouty lips required to support a vertical surface piercing safely and with stability?  

Lip Piercing  (not vertical!)

This is not a vertical lip piercing--it is a traditional placement using a custom-bent circular barbell!

There is a likelihood of migration or rejection and a high risk of scarring with any lip surface placement. But a custom-bent C-ring or U-ring is a safe and comfortable alternative for many piercees who wear labrets. This is a small diameter circular barbell that is widened so that it is C-shaped (or U-shaped, depending on anatomy) rather than round. This will conform to your lip and help to avoid jewelry contact with your teeth or gums. There is a wide range of fit possibilities based on the way it is bent to accommodate individual anatomy. Sometimes an asymmetrical bend is used. This style may satisfy you if you like the look of a vertical lip (surface) piercing but don’t want to face its risks of scarring and migration. The jewelry can give you the same appearance (one ball on top of your lip and the other right beneath it), but with the versatility of a traditional labret.

It sometimes takes a few attempts with different styles and sizes of jewelry to deter- mine what works best for your labret piercing. The mouth is a dynamic area that moves and changes shape considerably when you speak, smile, and eat. No wonder comfort- ably accommodating a static piece of metal there is so challenging.

Helping a Future Piercing Apprentice


Here's my exchange with a young man who plans to seek an apprenticeship for body piercing:

Can you tell me if there is anyone in the Kansas City Missouri area who might be taking on an apprentice?  Also, I am 25 years old.  Is it too late for me to start learning?  I am committed to taking the CPR, blood pathogen classes, and I am going to buy your book as soon as I hear back from you.  Thanks in advance for your time!

Healed Wonderfully

I just got this great message from a satisfied customer:


Not sure if you remember me but you did my VCH in Texas. I flew down from NY on a business trip and when I heard you where there at the same time I could not pass on the opportunity to have you pierce me. The point of this email is to tell you that I LOVE my VCH you did and amazing job. I did as you instructed and it healed wonderfully. Thank you so much I really appreciate the work you did. I would go to you when ever you are around to get pierced by you. Again thank you. Have a great day.

My reply:

Hi Sigourney,

Changed Her Outlook

I got this message from a new friend I met on Fetlife. I just signed up there and I'm enjoying answering questions for people in the Body Piercing and Body Modification groups.

I know you must get so much mail such as the one I am writing you, but unfortunatly (hopefully not too much so) this is yet one more.

I wanted to personally thank you for the absolutly incredible work that you have done for the piercing community, though I cannot speak for any group as a whole, I can still thank you for all you have done for me. Your work and dedication to the art of body piercing inspired me at a young age. Reading your articles in magazines and buying my first copy of your book changed my outlook on what I wanted to do with myself.

I am aware that all of this seems rather deep (and understanbly creepy) But the chance to send you a message was one i simply could not pass up. In many places around the world your word is held in the highest esteem, and in my world more then any other this is so. I wont even go into the unarguable fact that you have done so much to make the art that I love what it is today. I have dedicated myself fully, in mind and body to following and growing and maybe one day leaving a mark on people much as you have.

If I manage to ever be half as skilled and artistic as you, I would be far above where I am today. Again, thank you for what you have done. Without a doubt I am one of your most avid fans, and being able to send you an email is undoubtably one of the absolute coolest things.

The Piercing Bible--An Important Tool

I just got another great message from a Facebook friend:

 

Hello! I wanted to say 'thank you' for providing me with the most important tool in my apprenticeship....your book. My mentor was a great help, but many times I found myself seeing something that I just felt was not right. I use your book to guide me in those situations. As the author, I hope that it will make your day knowing that the pages are dog-eared and it has barely lasted the length of my apprenticeship. Thank you !


My reply:

Hi Deena,
Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that my book has proved so useful to you. I really appreciate it!

If there are questions you have that weren't answered in the book, feel free to ask....

Sincerely,
Elayne

Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers

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Nipple Piercing Placement

This is an email exchange I had with a piercer who had some questions about his own nipple piercings:


Hi Elayne,

We spoke recently on facebook, I had just finished my piercing apprenticeship. I have a question regarding nipple piercing and since I'm not terribly experienced I figured I'd consult the greatest expert I know: you.

During my apprenticeship, I had my nipples pierced. I have larger nipples which are not very distinctive, ie my nipple blends into my areola creating the appearance of a very large nipple. Anyway, it's been 5 months and they are not completely healed- they still crust up and are a bit scabby at the fistula exit points. My new boss and I were discussing it and after examining them, he thinks that since the piercing goes slightly into my areola that they will never heal and that I might as well retire them.

I, naturally, having withstood the pain of having them pierced and dealing with healing for the past 5 months am not going to retire them without knowing for certain whether or not they are heal-able. After consulting your book and researching the issue a bit more, I disagree with my boss and I think I can heal the piercings. Perhaps this is just stubbornness/wishful thinking, but I really do not want to lose these piercings. As a trustworthy expert, I am asking for your advice. Thank you for your time.


My reply:

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