The Piercing Bible

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A Book Every Piercer And Piercing Enthusiast Should Have In Their Collection.

Posted 11/07/09: I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Piercing Bible" and I constantly refer back to it whenever a question in my mind arises about anything regarding piercings as it is a great resource to me. My background as a Piercing Apprentice has taught me many things, but having this book has helped me to understand even more all the details that go into each type of piercing available as all subjects are well covered. This book is easy to read, follow and understand whether you are just starting to explore the world of Body Modification or have been exposed to it for years. It is complete with illustrations and detailed explanations of the types of piercings for all parts of the body for both Male and Female. Included with each piercing description is details of what to expect from a Piercer if you're going to be pierced, which is an excellent guide for anyone who might be confused or worried about what the proper procedures are. This is a book that you will find yourself referring to over and over again for answers to questions about any piercing you want to get or already have. Highly recommended!

Positive Comments

Here's another lovely comment about The Piercing Bible from a Facebook friend:

I just wanted to say I really like your Piercing Bible... I currently let my younger sister use it to research a navel piercing. I also used it to research the princess diana piercing...I have read it from cover to cover and found it to be a huge help.... There need to be more books like this for those of us who are fans of piercings. Again thank you for making the information available in such an informative manner. Jennifer

Nurses' Reviews of The Piercing Bible

Below are three different positive reviews of The Piercing Bible from readers in the medical community:

 

Doctors and nurses educate yourself! The Piercing Bible, Definitive Guide is excellent source. As a RN, I have worked in our emergency department and I prepare patients for surgery. I educate my patients and colleagues regarding body piercing. I have found Elayne Angel to be my educator. Her extensive knowledge and professionalism have given me the tools to better teach others. I quote from her book, and try to help remove the stigma associated with people who choose to adorn their bodies. I HIGHLY recommend this book to ALL, but also encourage my fellow healthcare professionals to be informed!

 


The Piercing Bible in Russia!

I received this message from a Facebook friend who lives in Russia. He managed to get a copy of The Piercing Bible there, but it wasn't easy:

Subject: Greetings from Russia Yeah, it's really hard to bring ANYTHING from ANY country to Russia because of famous russian stupid customs and their idiot rules... jewelry, books, t-shirts, silicone implants - everything they could mark as "illegal enclosure" and send back... sometimes - just for fun : ( Your book is amazing! I know many people in US and Europe who read Piercing Bible as reference book, and I do the same. That's great for professionals (and hope for "normal" people too : )) because you could open it on any page and start read from any point! I like your book very much : ) One day I will visit my friend Jason Pfohl (from Gorilla Glass) in Mexico, so I think it wouldn't be a problem to meet each other! : ) Have a nice day, Elayne! --------------------

Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I really appreciate it! And after hearing how hard it is to get things there, I'm happy it arrived at all. I hope to meet you some day. If you have any questions that aren't answered in The Piercing Bible, let me know.

Questions About Cheek Piercings

I had an exchange with a reader about cheek piercings:

Hello im Jessica from the UK. I have recently had my cheeks pierced by my partner who is a proffesional body piercer for purely piercing in the UK. We read your story about your cheeks and i took it all into account. I did lots of other research especially on BME. We understood the complications but i have wanted them done since i was 12 im now 18. He pierced them perfectly no further back then the first molar like you said. I picked up your book today to have a snoop at how long they will stay swollen i had them dont on halloween they've already started to go down :). But i was quite annoyed when i looked into your book and all it said was cheeks are unrecomendible and your worst story. this was NOT the information i expected from someone as good as you. Please get in touch with some information you didn't place in the book. thank you,

I replied: Jessika, After what happened to me I can't recommend that cheek piercings be done. If your piercings in front of the first molar, then you can consider them lip piercings and refer to the information in pages 111-117. The bulk of initial swelling should be down in the first 2-4 weeks, though some swelling could remain for longer. If you have other specific questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them. What did you want to know. Elayne Her surprised and much more pleasant response to me (admitting that she didn't think I'd respond):

The Piercing Bible--REPRINTED!

I just found out from my editor, Lisa, that The Piercing Bible was reprinted last month! She said,

"The fabulous news is that we reprinted the book last month. Not only does this mean that your royalty statements will be revving up, but also it’s good news for sales levels in general since it means we sold through the first print run in under a year."

Well, not only did we sell out the first print run in under a year, it was actually under half a year: The Piercing Bible came out in May, and it was reprinted in September! She also told me that less than 25% of those copies have sold through standard bookstores and over 75% of the sales came through alternative venues like online or specialty shops. She encouraged me:

"So all of your efforts are helping to contribute to the main piece of the sales—whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!"

I'm so delighted!!!

Article on Female Genital Piercings

I found that The Piercing Bible had been quoted in this article in The Daily Cardinal, the University of Wisconsin online newspaper. I was delighted to see that a great deal of factual information was included and that the piercers  were quoted in the piece were knowledgeable and provided accurate facts. For example, this part, where I'm quoted:

Elayne Angel, the author of The Piercing Bible who estimates she has performed over 40,000 piercings, echoes this last point: “I have had more than one client confide in me that she had never had an orgasm ... until after I had performed her [piercing]!” However, every one of these experts is quick to note that the clitoris is usually not what’s pierced in a “clit piercing.” Instead, it is the clitoral hood that is bedazzled. The clitoral hood is the fold of tissue that covers the clitoris. Since the clitoris itself is so highly innervated, Ziebell cautioned, “If one false move is made, all feeling is lost forever, and I don’t want that on my conscience.” Indeed, Piercer X explained many women who come in requesting “clit piercings” are actually looking for a clitoral hood piercing: “I sometimes spend part of the time going through the names of the hills and valleys down there so I’m sure I know what [a client] wants,” he said.

The piercer mentions how frequently women requesting "clit piercings' actually want hood piercings. I've definitely found that to be the case. Also, the piercer said that he does 95% vertical clitoral hood piercings (VCH), and that is similar to the percentage I do (vs. horizontal hood piercings). I'm not sure why he or she didn't want to be named, preferring to be referred to as "Piercer X," but at least the information was sound!

I Wasn't Sure What To Think

When I first saw the headline of a review on this site:

DO NOT Buy The Piercing Bible

It made my stomach drop. I thought I was about to read my first bad review. Then it went on: Do not waste your time buying the Piercing Bible if you have  done over 40,000 piercings, was a medical liaison to the Association of Professional Piercers, and ran the only body piercing studio in the French Quarter in New Orleans for 12 straight years.  Also, do not waste your time buying the Piercing Bible if you simply want to continue sucking at being a piercer or a piercee. And I began to realize that it was actually a very positive review! It went on: If you have done all of the above things, than your name must be Elayne Angel; author of The Piercing Bible and you should probably just ignore this post as it will be completely useless to you. If you answered no to ANY of the above questions and you want to be a better piercer or piercee, than you need to get this book.  Period.  I don’t care if you’ve done 39,999 piercings and this afternoon you’ll hit your 40,000th with that belly button you have booked…you still need to get this book.

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