February 7th, 2011
I'm super excited for this weekend. I'll be piercing in Atlanta for the first time in quite a few years. I've got lots of appointments lined up, mostly for female genital piercings including VCH and triangle piercings, but also for nipples, and some male genital piercings, including an apadravya, pubic piercing, frenum piercings, and dydoe piercings.
In going through my messages, I got more emails from women who have received botched genital piercings. One woman got a VCH that was so far off to the side, I suggested she consider a matching one on the other side of her hood, and she'd have a perfect set of Princess Diana piercings. I can't even imagine how a piercer accidentally gets a midline piercing so far off to one side? Was he piercing with his eyes shut? No wonder people are willing to travel from other states (and even other countries!) to get pierced by me!
Anyway, I just want to encourage everyone who wants to get pierced to do their homework and select a qualified piercer who has the necessary training and skill to accomplish the job safely, accurately, and quickly. So how can you be sure? By being an educated consumer! How do you get to be an educated consumer? One way is by reading The Piercing Bible. You'll learn everything you need to know to evaluate piercers, select quality jewelry, make good choices for placement on your body, and for aftercare during healing.
February 1st, 2011
I just posted about my upcoming piercing visit to Infinite Body Piercing in Philadelphia on a site called Thumbtack (and it was free).
Here it is:
This is what it says about the site:
What is Thumbtack?
Why can you go online right now and buy any product you want but you can't do the same for tutors, handymen, dog walkers, or other local services? Thumbtack is changing that.
Thumbtack isn't like typical local search directories that simply return business listings with ratings and reviews, leaving you no better off than the paper Yellow Pages.
Instead, Thumbtack gives you the ability to vet, contact and book service professionals the moment you find them.
Seems pretty cool!
January 31st, 2011
December 30th, 2010
GREAT NEWS: MY PIERCING TRIP TO ATLANTA WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED!
Virtue and Vice in Atlanta, GA
FEBRUARY 11, 12, & 13, 2011
12:00 pm- 8:00 pm
2261 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Studio phone: 404.315.6925
Let me know which piercings(s) you'd like to get done. If you're planning to get a female genital piercing, please send me clear, close-up photos (as described here) so I can see if you're anatomically suited to the placement(s) you desire.
Also let me know which day you'd prefer and the approximate time of day.
December 10th, 2010
A client who is interested in getting some male genital piercings posed the question to me:
I'm very interested in genital piercings. Can you tell me if this is too much to begin with?
is that too much?
My big question is, "which gives most pleasure to my female partner?"
December 1st, 2010
I received this message about Prince Albert piercing through the contact form:
Picked up a copy of your book here in Canada last night. Holy Cow!! I didn't anticipate this much info--thank you. I have never been pierced before (hey, I'm a forty something)and am interested in a PA. You discussed retiring this piercing stating that there is the possibility it may not close up depending on the time you've had it and how large of jewelery has been used. You also indicated discussing with a surgeon/urologist about having it sutured up, and the pros and cons of doing this. Have you every been informed of what these pro's and con's could be?? I would like to know in advance of doing anything. Thanks, any comments would be greatly appreciated. V.
Here's the section from The Piercing Bible about retiring the Prince Albert Piercing:
Prince Albert Piercing: Retiring
Unlike most piercings, once the Prince Albert is healed, it is usually there to stay. Even if you abandon it, you can probably reinsert jewelry later. Depending on how large the piercing was stretched, the hole could remain open enough to leak after you remove the jewelry. Simply covering the hole with your finger during urination is an accept- able resolution for most men. If not, consult an understanding urologist or surgeon to learn about the pros and cons of a procedure to excise and stitch up your unwanted aperture.
Thanks so much for the positive feedback; I really appreciate it.
December 1st, 2010
I received this message from a woman who had questions about triangle piercings:
I've always wanted a triangle piercing, I had one once, but the jewelry fell out after just 3 days while I was asleep and of course I couldn't get it back in. I have type 1 diabeties, and was wondering if I should just give up the idea. I do heal more slowly now than before my disease.
It's just orgasms for me are so difficult. Plus I really like the ornamentation. I guess I'm asking about the potential ramifications. Healing times, risks, etc.
It depends on your individual circumstances. If you have a hard time healing other wounds, then piercing (anywhere on the body) may be inadvisable. Is your diabetes controlled through diet or are you insulin dependent? If the latter, then perhaps piercing should be avoided. Ordinarily a triangle takes 2-3 months to heal, but certainly could take longer in your case. It could be harder for your body to fight off infection and if you got one it could be more severe and harder to resolve.
You may want to discuss the matter with a piercing-friendly doctor to get his or her opinion. He or she will have a better idea of your medical condition and whether piercing is contraindicated.
Have you tried a Hitachi wand or an eroscillator? Those are types of vibrators many women find helpful in their quest for orgasms.
Best of luck,
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers
December 1st, 2010
I received this message from a piercee:
I got a vch done about a month ago and last night I noticed a red blood bubble kinda of on the top by the ball could this be a keloid forming? It's bleeding and gets stuck to my underwear it's kind of like tissue idk what it is really I was just wondering if you could help me out pls as in what to do...thanks D.
It is hard to evaluate without seeing it, but that doesn't sound like a keloid. It sounds more like it might be a granuloma. What did your piercer say?
Feel free to send some clear, close-up photos so I can evaluate your piercing.
Here's part of what it says in my book, The Piercing Bible, about granulomas:
An unattractive, scary-looking growth can form at one or both openings of your
piercing due to irritation. If it is dark red and resembles raw hamburger, you probably
have a granuloma. It may not be as sore as it looks, but it might bleed easily or drain
clear fluid. Navels are more prone to granulomas than most other body piercings. They
are not always indicative of a need to give up on your piercing (though your doctor is
apt to tell you otherwise); some piercings heal successfully following a bout or two with
such growths. You must determine whether your irritation is from jewelry that is of
poor quality or improperly sized or shaped, or perhaps from other external forces. That
factor must be adjusted if you are to have any chance of healing.
Sometimes performing four to six saline soaks daily will result in an improvement of
bumps, irritation, or troubled healing. See chapter 16, “Trouble and Troubleshooting,”
for more details on granulomas and other types of healing problems.
On page 206 you can find more information about dealing with this problem.
Do you know if you're wearing internally threaded jewelry? (See attached image.)