October 30th, 2009
I received a piercing-related question that I hadn't heard before:
I got a VCH piercing two weeks ago and was just wondering if you know anything about clit pumping after a piercing? I've looked on the web but can't find anything about it. Sincerly, Sarah
My response: Hi Sarah, You'd certainly need to wait for a few months before attempting any pumping as it puts a rather intense pressure on the tissue. The piercing should be very well healed. Obviously you need to have a pump that fits over the jewelry to get a good seal--but that shouldn't be an issue is you're wearing average-sized jewelry. Have you done pumping previously? If so, then you already should have familiarity with how it feels and how the process works. So you'd just need to add some awareness of your piercing and if there is any soreness or discomfort, you should ease up or stop.
October 29th, 2009
I just received this wonderful message from a Facebook friend who is a piercer:
We've met a few times, usually after a class you taught at APP [Conference]. i have a ton of respect for you. i think your willingness and ability to teach (and at such an amazing level to reach so many people) is really admirable. thank your for being such a positive force in our industry!! keep rockin it elayne!
That was very sweet and lovely that she took the time to tell me. So often people take the time and energy to write something when they've got a complaint rather than a compliment, so I really appreciate it!
October 28th, 2009
I received this great story from a piercer who is also a member of the Association of Professional Piercers:
I really wanted to share this moment of cuteness with you: The other day I pierced a little girl's ears for her 7th birthday. She was so smart I didn't even know what think about it! When I asked her and her parents how they found out about the dangers of piercing guns, they pointed to the daughter. She told me about her friends' ears getting infected, and she wanted to know why that happened. When looking for answers, she discovered the APP (that is what brought them to our shop in the end). I was amazed when I was explaining aftercare, and she would explain to me how everything I told her was different that what her friends did, and that's why they must have had problems. Then, to top it all off- she says, totally unprovoked "when I'm president, I'm going to make piercing guns illegal"..! It was the most amazing and probably the cutest thing I've ever heard out of a little girl's mouth. I was even more amazed when she looked in the mirror, and mentioned how red her new piercings were. Before I could say anything, she said, "It's because all the blood is going to it to make it heal"......!!!! Something about this gives me faith in what we do and the next generation of piercees. Hope this puts a smile on your face too! much love- Cj @TRX
Wow! How awesome is that! What a smart little girl--and her parents are pretty sharp too, because they listened to her. I almost wonder if that little girl was "misbehaving" the same way I did, back when I was a little girl: reading under the covers at night with a flashlight, when I was supposed to be asleep. She must have gotten a hold of a copy of The Piercing Bible!
October 27th, 2009
I did an interview for a site called AKGmag.com. It is a free website for writers, authors and others who'd like to promote themselves, get free publicity for their work, increase visitors to their websites and to help sell their services, work and books. Freelance writers and authors can post articles, press releases, book excerpts, for hire info and other materials, all of which will be syndicated across the web. At the same time akgmag.com is also a resource for publishers, webmasters, businesses and other interested parties who are looking to hire writers, authors and speakers for various writing and speaking engagements. It's all good! CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW HERE.
October 27th, 2009
I just found out from my editor, Lisa, that The Piercing Bible was reprinted last month! She said,
"The fabulous news is that we reprinted the book last month. Not only does this mean that your royalty statements will be revving up, but also it’s good news for sales levels in general since it means we sold through the first print run in under a year."
Well, not only did we sell out the first print run in under a year, it was actually under half a year: The Piercing Bible came out in May, and it was reprinted in September! She also told me that less than 25% of those copies have sold through standard bookstores and over 75% of the sales came through alternative venues like online or specialty shops. She encouraged me:
"So all of your efforts are helping to contribute to the main piece of the sales—whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!"
I'm so delighted!!!
October 27th, 2009
I found that The Piercing Bible had been quoted in this article in The Daily Cardinal, the University of Wisconsin online newspaper. I was delighted to see that a great deal of factual information was included and that the piercers were quoted in the piece were knowledgeable and provided accurate facts. For example, this part, where I'm quoted:
Elayne Angel, the author of The Piercing Bible who estimates she has performed over 40,000 piercings, echoes this last point: “I have had more than one client confide in me that she had never had an orgasm ... until after I had performed her [piercing]!” However, every one of these experts is quick to note that the clitoris is usually not what’s pierced in a “clit piercing.” Instead, it is the clitoral hood that is bedazzled. The clitoral hood is the fold of tissue that covers the clitoris. Since the clitoris itself is so highly innervated, Ziebell cautioned, “If one false move is made, all feeling is lost forever, and I don’t want that on my conscience.” Indeed, Piercer X explained many women who come in requesting “clit piercings” are actually looking for a clitoral hood piercing: “I sometimes spend part of the time going through the names of the hills and valleys down there so I’m sure I know what [a client] wants,” he said.
The piercer mentions how frequently women requesting "clit piercings' actually want hood piercings. I've definitely found that to be the case. Also, the piercer said that he does 95% vertical clitoral hood piercings (VCH), and that is similar to the percentage I do (vs. horizontal hood piercings). I'm not sure why he or she didn't want to be named, preferring to be referred to as "Piercer X," but at least the information was sound!
October 25th, 2009
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.
October 24th, 2009
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:
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.
October 21st, 2009
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: http://susannesaville.blogspot.com/2009/10/prince-alberts-prince-albert.html
October 20th, 2009
October 17, 2009 Piercing-related news from New Zealand: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/2974784/Body-piercer-acquitted A piercer was charged with "inappropriate touching" of two female piercing clients but he was found not-guilty. I'd be very curious to find out the true story about this with all relevant details. I know that misunderstandings can occur when someone is new to body piercing. I once heard through the grapevine that a male client I performed a genital piercing on had misconstrued aspects of the cleaning/marking/piercing process and believed I'd had a personal interest in him! I was very shocked to hear that, but it helped me comprehend that the circumstances of a normal genital piercing, which involve touching and manipulation of the genitals, could result in a misunderstanding. That said, I'm sure I don't have an explanation for the part where the piercer (allegedly) put his hand down the pants of a girl who was getting body art on her hip?! But what was she doing getting work in a studio at the age of 16 anyway. Sounds like some strange behavior all the way around. Here's what the article said:
A French body piercer has been acquitted on charges of inappropriately touching two female Nelson clients. Vincent Jean Delebecque, 25, was facing three charges of indecent assault, two involving one woman and a third involving another.
He was last night acquitted by a jury after a two-day trial. The Crown had alleged that Delebecque touched the women inappropriately while working as a body piercer at Gizmos in Nelson. The Crown said Delebecque put his hand down a 16-year-old's pants while she was getting a piercing done in a tattoo on her hip in March, and that he indecently assaulted a 24-year-old woman who went to Gizmos to get her genitals pierced in April.