October 25th, 2010
I received the following message through the contact page of this website:
Thank you for all of you're info and sharing because of your page. I found a piercer that was so amazing asked questions which she readily answered and got my VCH done and it is fabulous I love it. What I'd like to know is, its been almost a year since I've had mine and I'm going to my annual checkup and would like to remove it for probably 2 hours or so. How quickly does a VCH piercing close or get tighter to make it difficult placing the jewellery back in?
October 23rd, 2010
I recently received this email message:
I'm going into the military in a few months, and i want to get my hips pierced before i go. I was wondering if when i took the jewel off, if you could see the post of hip piercings?
My best professional suggestion is sound advice: don't bother to get these piercings.
They're notoriously difficult to heal and frequently people end up with scars rather than healed piercings. Further, you will not be able to safely wear the surface bars (the type of jewelry most commonly used in that area) without some type of threaded ends on the jewelry--discs, gems, or something else. You won't be able to completely hide them, and the physical activity that you'll be required to engage in during basic training will cause nothing but problems.
This one works better in fantasy than reality. Sorry...
October 21st, 2010
I got a great message from a FaceBook friend:
I'm a shop owner in Thousand Oaks, Calif. We use your book evryday in some way in my shop and it has proven to be very accurate and helpful. Most important, though, has been the results with our customers from your info.
Thanks and keep up the great work.
Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm delighted to hear that you find my book useful and that it has been helpful with customers. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.
I want to make sure you know that signed copies of my book are available wholesale from The Association of Professional Piercers (APP), or you can get it directly or from the publisher. Information about both options is located on the APP website here.
Thanks for writing!
October 17th, 2010
I received this message from a Facebook friend:
Hey Elayne, i just yesterday did a septum and I'm used to doing them with either septum clamps or just a needle and cork. I am not a big fan of the clamps cause I have found that they just plain hurt! So I almost always use the needle and cork method. I have heard recently that using a receiving tube for the procedure was very easy and comfortable..so I tried this method last night on a client and it was a mess..now granted its my responsibility to control my needle no matter what..
well this guy sneezed four times and moved around like a fish out of water..so the piercing was completely off and had to be redone..2nd time around he sat fine and it was still extremely off..at this point I just went back to my old method and used a cork and needle and the final product was just as it should be.
My question is this: Why is there so many good things i am hearing of the receiving tube method for septum's? Is there a secret that i am not aware of that makes it better or am i just misinformed? I have done more research and I'm still reading rave reviews of that method..does an angled receiving tube make a difference as opposed to a flat one?
October 11th, 2010
I just got some fantastic feedback from a reader:
Dear Miss Elayne Angel,
I realize you must get this a lot, as we 'modified' folk hold you in such high reguard, but thank you very much for your book, "The Piercing Bible". It's made my experiences getting pierced liberating, educated, and empowering. I feel SO much more confident with the decisions I've made because of your shared knowledge. I want to thank you again and again for your time and effort in the industry, and your willingness to spread the word, and celebrate self expression.
A big fan. I hope to follow your adventures wherever they may take you :)
I'll admit, that put a smile on my face for the whole day. It makes the effort that went into writing my book all worthwhile.
October 8th, 2010
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.
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,
October 8th, 2010
I received this message from a reader:
I'm a huge fan of your work and book! THe Piercing Bible has helped me decide to get a VCH because of all the benefits it described.
Sadly, I made a poor judgement call when I got it done yesterday. I did not go to my usual piercer, as it was quite expensive at his shop and I didn't want to wait to get it done. Instead, I opted for a shop where a friend of mine got his PA done and he assured me that they did a good job. He has had no problems with his PA.
After the procedure, I went to my boyfriend's house and went to the bathroom with a mirror to admire my new piercing. I was slightly horrified to find out that the bottom bead on the barbell does not rest under my hood, but slightly above it and the bead does not touch my clitoris at all. What should I do? I would really appreciate a reply, as I have no idea if I will recieve any stimulation with this piercing because of where the barbell is.
Thank you so much for your time,
Sorry to hear about your botched piercing. It is unfortunately VERY common.
If you're not happy with the placement, the jewelry should be removed as soon as possible to let it heal up so the area is minimally affected if you decide to get the piercing done properly. If the jewelry is not touching your clitoris (the way a properly placed VCH does) then you cannot expect to receive any additional stimulation from it.
You may wish to discuss this with the piercer and see if you could get your money back. Make sure to take a photo of the misplaced piercing if you plan to take it out before you approach the studio.
October 5th, 2010
I received this message from a Facebook friend:
Elayne, Let me begin this note by telling you that I am a huge fan of yours, and I am extremely thankful for all the hard work that you, Jim Ward, Doug Malloy, Paul King and so many others have done for the industry we are in. If it weren't for you and others like you, body piercing would be no where near where it is now, so THANK YOU!!!
Now then, my question to you:
I have been piercing professionally for 6 years, a good career so far but only a few steps in comparison to yours... When I first began, I used the "piggy-backing" method I saw in your recent video post. I have since moved on and now pierce with like sized jewelry and needles. I was under the impression that the method described was amateur and generally looked down upon, and yet here I see a MASTER PIERCER using it. Now please don't get me wrong, your title of master piercer is correct and very well deserved, I just find it strange. So I come to you with thisa humble question, why do you prefer this method? I have found that the piercings tend to bleed too much when using this method. Are there benefits that I am unaware of? Thank you for your time and any info will be appreciated.
By the way, the "bible" is one of the books in my modification collection that I am most proud of, and I consult it regularly so thank you!!!!
A fan and fellow body modifier, -J.
October 4th, 2010
Below is an email exchange I had with a a woman who is interestedin genital piercing, but has a mole in the area:
I went to other day to get waxed and was informed that I have a mole on the inside of my outer labia at the apex. She also said it could be broken blood vessels (since I have not been using lubricant). Personally, I think it looks like a mole. But the lady says she has never seen that anything like that on anyone she has done. She suggested I go to a dermatologist. Is that unusual with your experience? Would it be something I should have removed?
If she thinks you should see a dermatologist, then you probably should. Since I haven't seen what she saw, I can't give you my own opinion. But I imagine (like myself) she's seen enough bodies to know when something doesn't look right. If you can get a good photo of that area, I'd be happy to take a look, too.
October 2nd, 2010
I just got this message from a gal I pierced when I was in New Orleans:
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!
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.
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers