April 30th, 2009
Jordan Ginsburg of BMEzine is about to post a review of The Piercing Bible, and he and I are scheduling an interview tomorrow that he'll be posting as a podcast on that site. I will give you the exact link once I know it. I'm also getting ready to head out to Las Vegas for the annual conference of the Association of Professional Piercers. I'm excited that we're holding it at the Tropicana this year. The Riviera was familiar after so many years, but change is good! Sure 't wait to see all my colleagues, associates, and friends there....
April 28th, 2009
One of my friends on Triablectic just sent me this great feedback about my book:
I Just wanted to say that I love your book! I received a copy from Amazon.com a couple weeks ago and have gone through it cover to cover. I am relatively new to the piercing thing (2008 was my first piercing) but it has really been something I've found to be so totally liberating even at this point in my life, I am 58. I love the way you write, it is so thorough in its coverage of every aspect with just enough subtle humor thrown in to keep it light and refreshing to read. I found it very informative with it's coverage of aftercare and also on one of the piercings I am considering. I am also totally thankful for your recommendation for the emu oil. I have been using it on my piercings every day for about a month now and I can't believe the effect it has had. I live in Southern Calif. and have had Eric 'Sque3ze' Anderson as my piercer at his shop 'Anomaly' in Pasadena. I feel fortunate to have found someone so knowledgeable and professional. In fact I just called and talked to him today about the possibility of getting an amphallang (I'm still in fact a bit hesitant about it and just trying to get a lot of feedback on it). I was impressed to see him mentioned in your book. Anyway I just wanted to say how much I loved your book and that I find you to be one 'awesome' lady.
April 25th, 2009
It looks as though my Southern California visit will include some guest piercing. I believe I'll be scheduling appointments on May 13 (hours to be determined)
at Anomaly Studio located at:
1039 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106
Let me know which piercing you'd like to get and what time of day would be preferred.
If you're interested in getting pierced, please contact me ASAP. You can email me at [email protected].
(Be on the lookout for mail from Spamarrest--my spam filter. Please respond to it or I won't get your email!)
April 25th, 2009
You are cordially invited to join me for my first public book signing! (The book's debut will be at the Association of Professional Piercers' Conference in Las Vegas so it is open only to attendees.) Saturday May 16, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. at Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood.
Please RSVP to [email protected] so I can add you to my guest list.
(Be on the lookout for email from Spamarrest--my spam filter. Please respond to it or I won't get your email!)
April 19th, 2009
I did an interview about The Piercing Bible with Cloud from The Pierced Consumer. Here is her introduction to it:
Just Get It! Let me introduce you to the best reference a pierced consumer could have: The Piercing Bible, a book by Elayne Angel. There’s nothing else like it out there, and no one but Angel could have written this book. I know she has worked very hard on it, and I am bursting with pride for her. It’s a fantastic book for everyone interested in body piercing, and I do urge everyone to pick up a copy. In the interest of disclosure, I had a small part in the conceptualization of the project. I knew we needed a book like this, and I’m so excited to finally have it. I’m not going to do a “review,” because I can’t be unbiased, although I plan at least one more blog post on the book, more content-related. For right now, allow me to introduce Ms. Elayne Angel, piercer, author, a pivotal figure in modern body piercing, and not the least to me, my friend.To read the whole interview, go here.
April 17th, 2009
Wow! I just got THE most complimentary email about my writing. Oddly enough, it was sent by someone who didn't even know I'd written a book. He definitely knew that I write for the body art industry trade publication, Pain Magazine, because he works there! He wrote to comment on one of my articles:
Hi Elayne: I’m writing this short email to just let you know that I loved your column in the April issue. Well, you could have knocked me over when I read your April column – this was one of the best pieces of writing I have read in any magazine for a long time. of PAIN Magazine. I come from the world of book publishing (Random House, Abrams to name two), but since moving to New Mexico four years ago I have entered the magazine world (previous to this Head Quest, PAIN, and Aura position I was with Mothering Magazine); and, being very new to PAIN Magazine, I try to pick up copies and read them whenever I have time. And so, in addition to being informative (you have helped educate me on one of the aspects of piercing with which I was not knowledgeable) , it was immensely entertaining. I thank you for that. Now, I will find some back issues, and look forward to your new column in the upcoming PAIN. It is always a treat to find someone whose writing is worth reading. And I wanted to tell you that. All the best, Mark
April 16th, 2009
Today I got an email from a fellow overseas:
Hello- I realize this might be impossible to answer, but do you have any idea when orders for your book placed through Amazon.co.uk (as I am in the UK) might start shipping? I noticed on your blog they're shipping in the US. My order says "Sold by: Amazon EU S.a.r.L." and could ship anytime between 2 weeks ago and 8th of June. I'm very much looking forward to it (hence the asking)! Cheers, clayBelow is my response: Hi Clay, Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm! I'm delighted by it. I don't know if you've seen that about 30% of the book is visible on Google books, here if you want to get a jump-start on reading parts of it. I do know that the people who pre-ordered the book from Amazon.com in the US received notices that the book wouldn't be shipping until June, and then they got their orders later that same week (in April)! You're right; I don't really know when it will be shipping from Amazon UK, as it is actually a different edition of the book that's being produced there, which I found out about from this page. The US version is being shipped now. If you want to order one, they do ship internationally. That's about all I can suggest for now. Are you able to access this Amazon.com page from your location? Thanks for the support, and I hope you enjoy it once you do receive it. Sincerely, Elayne
April 13th, 2009
This post is from my friend Cloud's blog, The Pierced Consumer:
Today’s the day! April 1, 2009 [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="240" caption="The Piercing Bible on Amazon.com"][/caption] The Piercing Bible, by Elayne Angel, is now available for shipping at Amazon! Here is the link: The Piercing Bible on Amazon.com (pic above is copied from there.) This book will be the single greatest resource for piercees and piercers that I know of. Angel is one of the foremost professional piercers in the world, and her knowledge and expertise shine through all of the detailed information contained in the book. I’m proud to say I had a hand in creating the concept for this book, and I know all of you will get a lot out of it. I’ll do a review when I receive it, but it won’t be unbiased. I cannot tell you how excited I am! Just buy it! The Pierced Consumer.I wanted to reiterate what Cloud said about having a hand in creating the concept for the book. She did more than that. In fact, the book is dedicated to her!
April 13th, 2009
This message came to my profile at the Tribalectic website:
hello elayne , my girlfriend has had three labia piercings , shortly after the first one she developed cervical cancer . the second one it seemed fine . but shortly after the third one the cancer returned and she had to have the rest of the cervix taken out . there is not much information on the internet concerning cancer and piercings . i did however found one site that claims that body piercing can cause cancer. their explanation was skin cells pushed into the skin and then get trapped and develop into cancer .everyone i have talked to says there has not been any studies done.do you believe it is possible to get cancer from a body piercing? thanks so much...jack...Below is my response: Jack, Thanks for your questions. No, I don't think it is possible for piercings to cause cancer. I've seen no apparent correlation to it in my many, many years in the industry (since the 1980s). This is what my book has to say about the subject including a quote from a doctor:
There is no medical evidence that piercings increase the risk of cancer. Kelly Shanahan, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Barton Memorial Hospital in Lake Tahoe, states, “I am aware of no evidence that nipple piercing increases the risk of breast cancer.”Further, there really isn't any physiological way to explain that cells from a labia piercing could affect the tissue of the cervix, which are completely different. I understand it is easier to have something (like a piercing, or anything) to blame, but it just isn't so. I wish your girlfriend all the best with her recovery. Sincerely, Angel
April 12th, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Resource and Enjoyable Read, April 6, 2009
S. M. Wheeler
This book is not only informative but enjoyable to read as well. Elayne Angel has created a masterpiece work that brings the mystique of piercing to the masses. No matter if you are a serious body modification devotee or a single mother deciding on a getting a first piercing you will enjoy this book. It is an approachable, candid, and friendly source for all a piercee should know before stepping foot into a studio.
April 2nd, 2009
I've heard from several friends who have ordered The Piercing Bible from Amazon.com: they've received notices that their orders have been shipped out! So, if you've already placed an order, check your mailbox. And if you haven't purchased one yet, now is a good time! Just click the Amazon.com link to place your order. Oh, and my last check of the stats showed that 83% of the people who viewed the item made the purchase! How exciting! I can't wait to get some more reviews. There's two brief ones on Google Books, where you can also preview the book (about 30 % of it is on there).