piercing safety

Cute Quote

I received this message from a someone on Facebook who wanted to be Friends:

         Hello Mrs. Angel,

My name is CB and i was recommended to you by my friend Nick who works at Vibes in Brunswick, Maine. I have a huge interest in the field of piercing and have began reading your book and I must say it is the most informitive cool book I have ever read on the subject and I was woundering if you would be interested in being a friend of mine onFacebook?       


Hi CB,
Thanks for the positive feedback; I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying my book!
Of course--let's be friends!
Elayne

He wrote again with one of the cutest statements made by anyone who has given me positive feedback about The Piercing Bible:


I'm more than enjoying your book. I LOVE your book! It's something I can't put down. My wife even gets mad at me for being soaked in to it; she calls it "the other woman."     

The Piercing Bible Quoted

The Piercing Bible was quoted in an article on "ehow.com" entitled "Reasons for Having a Tongue Ring."

Here's what it said:

Fashion

  • In the 1990s, professional basketball player Dennis Rodman and pop singer Janet Jackson helped turn piercing into an industry. The Piercing Bible, written in 2009, suggests that it was depictions of pierced bodies in television that "essentially inspired the creation of body-piercing as a full-fledged industry." Pop icons of the 1990s brought the rebellious punk-piercings of their generation into the mainstream, transforming the meaning behind body piercings of virtually every kind --- including tongue rings. Ironically, according to a 2001 survey in Clinical Nursing Research, 62 percent of people with piercings who were surveyed said they had done so "to express their individuality."


  • Pretty cool!

    Question about Hepatitis Vaccines

    I received this question from someone who works in a body art studio:

    Hi Elayne, do you advise for or against Hepatitis B vaccinations for piercers and artists? if so would you advise getting A+B or just B?

    Thanks for your time. S.

    Hi S.,

    Well I think it is wise to get the Hep B vaccine, given that there is potential for needlesticks in our work and Hep B is a bloodborne pathogen.

    Also, in the US there is a law involved: wherever there is potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer has to offer the vaccine to his/her employees and pay for it--and allow them to get it during business hours (OSHA ruling). And the employer must document it. If the vaccine is declined, a declination from must be filed with the employee records.

    Since Hep A is not transmitted through blood, it isn't as necessary for a piercer.


    Have you taken a bloodborne pathogens class? There's lots of good information in them. I recommend the industry specific class given by David Vidra and associates through Health Educators. In fact, I just took it recently, and it was fantastic.

    Hope this is helpful,
    Elayne

    Fantastic Feedback

    I just got this message from a gal I pierced when I was in New Orleans:


    Hi Elayne,

    How are you?  I'm happy to report that the vertical hood and triangle piercings i got over this summer in NO are healing very well !  Thank you so much you are awesome!  Will you be coming to NY / east coast any time soon ?!?  I'd like to get some more piercings but I won't let any one other than you pierce me!  I waited almost 2 years for the ones you did and it was well worth the wait !  Thanks again.  Hope all is well!

    G.

    My reply:

    Hi G.,

    I'm so thrilled to hear that you're happy with your piercings. You just missed me in Philadelphia in August. I was booked solid for 4 days, so I'll definitely be coming back again--probably in the Spring. I can't deal with the cold of the Eastern winter (or even the fall...).

    If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box on the left lower portion of the page: http://piercingbible.com It is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself. My next piercing visit will be in Dallas. Information is here: http://piercingbible.com/event/2010/11/elayne-angel-piercing-dallas-tx-n...

    Looking forward to seeing you and piercing you again! Thanks for your loyalty.

    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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    Prince Albert Healing Question (Regarding Sex)

    I received this message today:

    Hello Elayne,

    I have a question for you concerning my Prince Albert piercing. I've had it for about 2 1/2 months now. I was not sexually active for about a month after getting the piercing, but ever since I've resumed sexual activity the piercing gets sore during intercourse.

    Last night, after having sex, I noticed that there was blood in the condom I was wearing. The piercing feels absolutely fine when I'm not having sex, it looks completely healed and I can rotate the CBR without any soreness. However, logic would lead me to believe that it is not completely healed- hence the soreness and bleeding from intercourse.

    My question is this: is it normal for a Prince Albert piercing to take this long to heal? And should I refrain from sexual activity completely during the remainder of the healtime? Any and all advice would be gladly appreciated. Thank you. H.

    My response:

    Appreciation from a Piercer

    I got some more great piercer feedback. This one is a message from a new Facebook friend:


    Elayne,

    I have read The Piercing Bible a few times, and I refer to it often. I think it's a really great asset to the industry, it's very important for people curious about piercing to be educated, and be able to tell the difference between a professional piercer and a hack!

    I wish it would've been around earlier though, my mom was looking through it and joked that she wished she could have bought me that book back when I was a teenager sticking safety pins in my lips! Haha.

    I'm really glad I've had your book handy during my apprenticeship, I don't think it's possible to be a good piercer without being an informed piercee. Thank you so much for writing it!

    -Madeline


    Madeline,

    Thanks so much for all of the great feedback; I really appreciate it! I wish it had been around sooner too. It took about five years to write it!

    Are you familiar with Pain Magazine? I write a monthly column for the magazine. It is called "Ask Angel" and I answer questions from piercers. You can find archives on their website here:
    http://www.painmag.com/archives.php
    my article is always on page 16.

    If you have any questions that aren't answered in my book, feel free to send me a message.

    Take care,
    Elayne

    Piercer's Inspiration


    I just finished reading your article in Pain Mag this month not ten minutes ago. :) and before you are bombarded with comments and questions, let me just tell you how much I value your opinion, your ethics, and your procedures for piercing. I'm sure you hear this often, but YOU are a big reason I became a piercer. Thank you so much for being such a big part of this industry and being so open with your advice.

    And are you going to be in Arizona anytime soon? I want my triangle done, but I do not trust anyone else to do it... even my fellow local piercers. ^_^


    My reply:

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback; I'm thrilled to hear that you find my information helpful.

    I would be delighted to pierce you but I'm not entirely certain what my upcoming travel plans will be. If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box on the left lower portion of the page: http://piercingbible.com It is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you mysef.

    Feel free to send me some clear, close-up photos so I can give you an online consult to determine if you're anatomically suited to a triangle. Information on this page of my website: http://piercingbible.com/female-genital-piercings#Photos
    explains the images I'll need to see.

    If you would like to watch me performing piercings, you can see videos of me piercing at 
    http://clips4sale.com/10557  They aren't "how-to" videos, per se, but you can see exactly how and where I place piercings, and how I do them.

    Nostril Piercing Help

    This inquiry (like so many others I post) was also from a Facebook Friend:

    Hi Elayne,i got a question for u. I've got my nose piercing long time ago,a year...until now didn't heal,i always have this bump on top,red sometimes bleeding. All i use is H2Ocean and emu oil,but....nothing.This is my second time i've it done,and i use14k white gold .I have read in your book all about aftercare...but i guess something is wrong with my piercing or i do something wrong. Maybe i should take it out?


    My reply:

    Hi Kristina,


    Have you ever tried a different material or jewelry style? Are you wearing a nostril screw? If so, was it custom bent to fit your nose? If it wasn't bent for you, then it is possible you're wearing a "right-bend" piece of jewelry on the left side of your nose (or vice-versa). Also, if the post is too short, or too long, that can cause problems with healing.

    I'd strongly suggest you try a jewelry change before abandoning your piercing. Here's a section from The Piercing Bible about nostril screws:

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