The Piercing Bible

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.

More Great (Brief) Reviews

Customer Reviews: Get this book. Even if you are already well-informed about piercings, aftercare, etc., its a very handy resource to have around. It talks about piercings in plain language that everyone can understand. It also talks about what to look for in a studio, in a piercer, what to do if your piercing acts up, and all sorts of other important things. Item Reviewed: The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing by Elayne Angel - Christina A. Pitts , Terre Haute , IN , UNITED STATES - 6/18/2009 and, posted here:

5 stars Excellent info for piercers and their clients!, July 9, 2009 by PinkyKarlafrom Champaign, IL
"Finally, a well-written book covering body piercing! This book is the BEST reference for piercer and piercee alike!"

And I found The Piercing Bible advertised as being for sale in India on this website.

Dispelling Piercing Myths

I found that I'd been quoted in someone's blog post today about the Prince Albert piercing. I helped to settle the case on whether Prince Albert himself actually had a Prince Albert piercing (he didn't):

Another thing: according to The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel (p. 156), the healing time for a Prince Albert is "4 to 8 weeks or longer". Now, in a time when infection could not be reliably controlled, who is going to pierce themselves anywhere - let alone somewhere that delicate? Are you beginning to smell a hoax? In her book, Angel confirms my suspicions that Prince Albert did not have a Prince Albert, as does Matthew Sweet in Inventing the Victorians. So why do so many people think he did? Where did this "dressing ring" thing get started? According to Angel, these stories were made up by a man who called himself Doug Malloy (real name Richard Simonton). He is considered the father of modern piercing culture in the US.

You can read the rest of the blog post here:

Sexy Nipple Piercings!

I received this email from a woman who obviously found her piercings to have a great impact on her quality of life and self esteem:

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!

APP Mexico City Seminars

I was out of town for the past week in Mexico City for the Association of Professional Piercers Seminars. It was the 4th annual seminar there, but the first one that I attended. Following the seminars, the Board of Directors had a meeting. It was a great trip and I really enjoyed Mexico City. I taught two classes there and participated in a round table discussion on piercing techniques (forceps vs. freehand). The first class was on Male Genital piercings and my co-instructor, Danny Yerna, led the class. I'd created a PowerPoint presentation for the class, and he and I had translated it into Spanish. I'm super excited and proud that I led the second class on Female Genital Piercings, and it was the first time I've ever taught a seminar in Spanish. I know my vocabulary is pretty good, but having learned from immersion (rather than in a classroom), my verbs are not conjugated properly, and I'm lacking a lot of the small connective words. But the important part is that the students said that I was clear and easy to understand. I'd sent 20 copies of The Piercing Bible to Mexico City, but between the shipping costs and duties that had to be paid, the cost came out higher than the cover price! Still, Danny (the APP International Liaison who organized the seminars and owns a studio in Mexico City) had sold them all before I even arrived! I wish I had a Spanish language version, as I know it would have sold very well there. Hopefully someday there will be versions in multiple languages!

Supportive Parent

I got this email today from the parent of a girl who wants to be a piercer:


Dear Angel, My adult daughter Rachel is very keen on getting into the Piercing profession.  She has worked at a couple of places that provide tattoo services and piercing services.  The work has strengthened her resolve.  Recently she asked if I could see about getting your book for her – she really wanted it signed by you.  I know she would really be pleased if you addressed it to her and signed it. We live in near Vancouver Canada but have a mailing address in Lynden Washington. Would you mind addressing a book to “Rachel” and maybe wish her well?  She is a fan for sure and I do my best to support my daughter – I love her dearly. I would be happy to send you a cheque or whatever method of payment you prefer. Thank you for considering my request. Sincerely, Neil

This is my response: Hi Neil, Thanks for your email. How wonderful that you are such a supportive parent! I'd be happy to personalize the book for her, but I now live in Mexico and I don't stock books here or have any means to accept payment. The Piercing Bible is being sold by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), and when you purchase from them, you do receive a book that I signed, and 25% of the proceeds go to the organization. In any case, the APP is an organization she should definitely know about. Here is the link where my book can be found: They do ship internationally, so you can have it sent to whichever address you prefer. She may wish to sign up for my email list in the top right corner of this site.


Over 100 Libraries

I was excited to find that The Piercing Bible is now available in over 100 libraries (104 as of today, to be exact). I found the information here. I think it should be available in ALL community libraries, and in all College and University libaries. Certainly, it should be in all schools with a focus in the Health Care fields. There's SO much valuable information in it that should be standard fare for anyone who might end up dealing with pierced patients.

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