The Piercing Bible

Apprentice Interrupted

Today I got an interesting email from an aspiring piercer:
My name is Jordan and I was an apprentice up until a few days ago. I got your book and started reading "How To Choose A Piercer" and the piercing and aftercare techniques and realized that the person that I was learning from was not a skilled piercer. He was recommending baby shampoo as his sole aftercare product! I looked up the ingredients and among fragrances and surfactants were other irritants that were both genotoxic and cytotoxic! So I wanted to thank you because in reading the book twice I increased my knowledge tenfold! My girlfriend and I literally read your book together in bed :) Also the other day I was on the Rings of Desire site and saw that you used to sell autographed posters? Where was I?!? haha :) I'd love an autographed picture or poster! Would Love to hear from you soon!
Hi Jordan, Thanks for your email. I'm so glad to hear that my book has proven to be helpful to you, and that you took the time to let me know about it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad piercers out there, and plenty of them are taking on apprentices to create yet more untrained, unskilled practitioners. My hope is that my book will help to elevate the whole industry. By creating educated consumers, it helps put those hacks out of business. I didn't imagine it was going to be the kind of book couples read in bed together!  That kind of feedback sure puts a big smile on my face. You can get an autographed poster by ordering one through LeRoi. I'll be at their studio in Manhattan June 26-28 having a book signing and doing piercings. I've had a box of posters shipped there, and I can sign one for you and have it shipped out.

Facebook | Message: Hi

I received a Facebook message from a piercer in Serbia. He has a copy of my book, all the way over there!
Thank you a lot that you accepted me for a friend. You made me very happy. It is my distinct honor to keep your new book The Piercing Bible in my hands of which I received today. I am the master pirser in Serbia, Novi Sad in the Studio of tattoo & Piercing colled Be Beauty. Can not wait to read your book and learn so much from it, because you were the person for which I started, and dealing with the piercing. I will send you a friend request of my studio profile BeBeauty TattooPiercing , and I would be very grateful if you would view my work related to piercing and told me honestly what you think. Thank you in advanced! Best regards, Nikola Puvaca

Piercing and Personal Boundaries

I received a private message on my Tribalectic account:
Hi Elayne! First off let me begin by telling you what an honor it is to be writing you this PM. I admire both your work and your outlook on life and I love The Piercing Bible!
I'm a 34-year-old nurse and single mom. My man is wonderful in every aspect with the exception that he is so opposed to piercing and any form of body mod. I currently have 10 tattoos and piercings in my navel and helix. I'm wanting my nipples done so badly and I'm afraid I'm going to push him over the edge if I do. (I love your off center navels BTW.) I've already told him it's my body, I'm not married to him so I refuse to ask for permission to do anything. Any insight? Any advice? I love him and this is really the only issue we butt heads on. Thank you so much in advance for your time in reading this. You're truly an inspiration to me and I'm so glad to be able to communicate with you through the Tribe. I hope to meet you one day. With that said, have a great night! Thanks, L.
Hi L., Thanks for your message. That's a tough one, but I'm glad to see that you so clear on your own boundaries about this subject. Goodness if you have 10 tattoos and other piercings, I can't imagine it should matter that much if you had another hole or two. Then again, I know some people simply don't understand piercing. I've received some feedback from people who have read my book--individuals that weren't personally interested in the subject. A number of them said that my book helped them to understand why people want to be pierced, and one even said she had never wanted to get one before, but after reading my book she felt inspired to get a body piercing!

Book Commentary

I received this commentary from a personal friend. What makes it post-worthy as a review, is that this particular individual is an extremely harsh critic (he readily admits to this himself).
I started your book and I'm very impressed with it, both with the quality of the writing and the nature of the content. It has a very Angel feel - informative and interesting and a slightly different view of the world than the one most people present. I really like the history of piercing part (and the myth exploding section). I found the personal quotes and side bars very powerful and, occasionally, disturbing. I'm going to read more today! I always find the writing of a book (an entire book!) an impressive accomplishment, but it's even more impressive when the book turns out so well. I am, of course, not in the least surprised. You are one of the smartest, most accomplished, hard working people I know. Once you told me you were writing a book - I knew it would be worth the reading. Chat soon!

From A Piercer

I just received this message from a piercer:
Your book is incredible. you have done an amazing job. I am expanding my shop in July and we are hiring 2 counter people. I bought each of them a copy so they could study up for questions when I am not there. They both commented how well it was written. Great job.

The Latest 5-Star review

5.0 out of 5 stars NoThInG CoMpArEs!!!, May 26, 2009 By M. Garabedian (Duarte, CA and Mesa, AZ USA) This is the most well put together collection of one persons knowledge and talent, I've ever seen. She hits on every point (no pun intended) you could think of to ask/know about. This is a must buy for anyone and I mean anyone looking into personal body mods or even for the person wanting to learn to appreciate the art of Piercing. Again MUST BUY!!!

Yes, ANOTHER 5-Star Review!

Yes, another review just came in. The woman who wrote it emailed me to tell me she'd posted a review:
I just posted a review of your book on Amazon and Google.  I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your book from start to finish. Oh, I am adding "salesperson" to my resume...   I was chatting with a friend of mine in the UK this afternoon and telling him about your book.  He is in the process of getting a 7 bar frenum ladder; he has 3 in place so far. Somehow, he wasn't aware that The Piercing Bible was available - while we were talking, he checked Amazon and made his purchase.  His cost was 15 pounds sterling so it is a great bargain there also! You know, I have learned so much from you.  As I read chapter 8, I realized why my first piercing didn't work; and I understand the look on the face of my second piercer (a member of the APP) as I described my first experience much better now! She was so kind and made sure that she emphasized to me that I had done nothing wrong to make my original piercing reject.

Yet Another Five Star Review!

This one was posted by someone I know. I have co-authored several articles about body piercing with him for nursing magazines: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5.0 out of 5 stars

Piercing Bible Review - Medical Perspective, May 24, 2009

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Scott Deboer (chicago, il)

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