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Interview with Elayne Angel on Body Modification

I was recently interviewed about body modification (for a school project) and I will share with you what I had to say on the subject:

Q: In your experience, how has body modification changed over the years since you started compared to now? Is it more complex and safe or is it going downhill for lack of better words?

 

A: Body piercing has undergone a truly explosive revolution since I became involved. After a long history among tribal peoples followed by years of obscurity at the fringes of Western society, body piercing has now achieved massive worldwide popularity in contemporary culture. For an amazing education about the development of the modern body piercing industry, read my former employer/mentor Jim Ward's revealing book, Running the Gauntlet. 

 

A Different Angel Tattoo

I received this message from a Facebook friend who is a fellow piercer:

 

Subject: Portrait
Hello Elayne,

How are you? We met at APP, a couple of times actually :) I am working on a leg sleeve of portraits of people in the body modification industry that I feel have made a huge impact or have been influential to myself. I only have one at the moment, David Vidra. Of course, you are going to be included in it! There are too many reasons to even list why I would choose to have your portrait tattooed on me, but I will just say that you are definitely a huge inspiration to a lot of us, and especially to us ladies out here. You've made leaps and bounds in this industry and I truly believe a lot of us wouldn't be doing what we are doing if it weren't for your work and dedication. So first off, thank you for being you! Second off, would it be possible to get a high resolution photo of you? I would LOVE the photo you used for your pain magazine articles. Your expression, your hat, all of it, I think would make an excellent portrait. Thanks so much in advance!

-D.

My reply:

Elayne Angel Headshot

Nipple Piercing

I recently contributed an article about nipple piercing to a great website called the-clitoris.com. Previously I'd let them post information I'd written about female genital piercings. You can find the nipple piercing article here, and for convenience it is reprinted below:

Nipple Piercing

The contrast of metal jewelry through the flesh of a nipple is truly exotic and striking. Nipple piercing defines the region, frames the tissue, and makes the nipple stand at attention (though it doesn’t necessarily cause the nipple to remain erect at all times). Prior to the early 1990s, when navel piercings became popular, nipples were the most prevalent location for body piercings. Modern piercing enthusiasts—particularly in the gay and SM subcultures—explored the erotic potential of their bodies and started what has become the current style of nipple piercing. These days, people from all walks of life are experiencing the delights of this piercing. For some, it is simply an aesthetic preference or fashion statement; for others it reigns as a favorite in the realm of sexual and sensual pleasures.

Female Nipple Piercing with Barbell Female Nipple Piercing with Barbell, and Tattooed Areola

Nipple Piercing: Placement and Choice of Jewelry

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