Piercer Questions

Piercing: Training Is Needed

I got this message from someone who wants to be a piercer but seems to have a misguided idea on how to go about it:

I want to become a piercer... well, I wanted to ask if you knew a great web site that sells good kit or tools especially for microdermals... It's hard to find something safe on the net... and when I think it's safe I can't buy cause I'm not a professionnal... Well, before to practice and learn I want to buy all that I need to start the project... hope you will help me, it's gonna be very appreciated...

Have a nice day!!

Hi there,

I'm afraid I can't advocate that course of action and there's are good reasons why quality piercing gear is not sold to individuals who are not professionals. Here's some information from The Piercing Bible:

Piercing: Not a Do-It-yourself (DIY) Hobby
At the beginning of the modern piercing movement, few competent practitioners were available. Lacking pros to help, people who felt the urge lanced their own bodies with heated sewing needles or common earrings. Even today, amateur or unethical hack piercers can be found who will pierce anything on anyone, badly. Young teenagers who cannot obtain parental permission for a piercing and those who cannot easily afford professional services in a studio often take this route.

Many online shops sell piercing kits, which advertise that they come with “complete instructions” and are “easy to use.” Wrong! These are no safer than a home root-canal kit and must be avoided. A DIY piercing is often poorly placed and has a greatly increased risk of infection and other problems. Piercing studios are common now, so there is no longer any excuse for shoddy piercings.

Piercer Referrals in California

I received this message through The Piercing Bible website

Hi Elayne,

First off I want to thank you for the wealth of information on your site and in The Piercing Bible. I have been researching female genital piercings for the last few months and have found a lot of conflicting and often just plain wrong information. Your site and book answered a lot of my questions and impressed upon me the importance of finding a piercer who knows what they're doing.

Secondly, I was wondering if you still evaluate peoples' photographs to see if they're suited to a particular piercing.  I would love a triangle piercing, but I'm not 100% sure if I can get one, obviously.  I intend to get a consultation once I find an experienced piercer, but if you're able to take a look at some photos and let me know if it would be a waste of time or not, it would help me out immensely.  If you're able to do this, I can send you some pictures.

Thanks for your time,
Jennifer

HI Jennifer,

Certainly. Just follow the instructions at the bottom of this page:
http://piercingbible.com/female-genital-piercings#Photos

I'd be happy to take a look and let you know whether you appear to be suited to a triangle.

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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Supportive Parent

I got this email today from the parent of a girl who wants to be a piercer:

 

Dear Angel, My adult daughter Rachel is very keen on getting into the Piercing profession.  She has worked at a couple of places that provide tattoo services and piercing services.  The work has strengthened her resolve.  Recently she asked if I could see about getting your book for her – she really wanted it signed by you.  I know she would really be pleased if you addressed it to her and signed it. We live in near Vancouver Canada but have a mailing address in Lynden Washington. Would you mind addressing a book to “Rachel” and maybe wish her well?  She is a fan for sure and I do my best to support my daughter – I love her dearly. I would be happy to send you a cheque or whatever method of payment you prefer. Thank you for considering my request. Sincerely, Neil

This is my response: Hi Neil, Thanks for your email. How wonderful that you are such a supportive parent! I'd be happy to personalize the book for her, but I now live in Mexico and I don't stock books here or have any means to accept payment. The Piercing Bible is being sold by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), and when you purchase from them, you do receive a book that I signed, and 25% of the proceeds go to the organization. In any case, the APP is an organization she should definitely know about. Here is the link where my book can be found: http://www.safepiercing.org/publications/the-piercing-bible/ They do ship internationally, so you can have it sent to whichever address you prefer. She may wish to sign up for my email list in the top right corner of this site.

 

Piercing Minors

Since long before any states had legislation to give piercers guidance, I always enforced a strong policy about piercing minors: Without exception, the parent or legal guardian must be present with the minor to sign the release form. Each party must have a valid photo ID* . If the parent's last name and/or address is different from the minor's, there must be legal documentation to prove the relationship. (Birth certificate, divorce papers, adoption papers, marriage certificate). Court papers are required to prove a relationship with a legal guardian. • I do not pierce minors below the neck with the exception of the navel. I will pierce earlobes only, on individuals between 12 and 16 years of age. •I will not pierce children under the age of 12. • If you are under 18 but legally married I can pierce you in the state of Louisiana. You need to bring your marriage license along with valid photo ID*. • If you are a legally emancipated minor I can pierce you in the state of Louisiana. You need to bring court papers along with a valid photo ID*. Some problems I have found with piercing minors:

Which Female Genital Piercing is Best?

I responded to this question:
"Which female genital piercing is less painful, more stimulation, heals easily and faster, and is most popular and fashionable? I'm interested in inner labia piercing, vertical & horizontal clitoral hood piercing. Which is the best..Thank u"
My reply:
The vertical clitoral hood piercing (VCH) is one that most women are anatomically suited to wear. You can check to see if you are built for it by using the "Q-tip test" as pictured on this page: http://ringsofdesire.com/q_tip.html When performed properly it is very quick and not an intense piercing. BE CAREFUL: many piercers have no specific training to do these piercings and I receive email daily from women who have gotten botched genital piercings! Do your homework and learn how to evaluate a piercer for competency and appropriate qualifications. You can learn everything you need to know in The Piercing Bible. It is as fast to heal as an ear lobe piercing (as soon as 4 weeks), and most women find that direct the contact of jewelry against the clitoris is pleasurable and stimulating. There was even a study done that was printed in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that stated the piercing improved "desire, frequency of intercourse and arousal."
For much more information about safe piercing, read "The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing" by Elayne Angel (Random House, May 2009). http://piercingbible.com/

The Piercing Bible Featured

The subject of body jewelry as it relates to airport security was discussed on the Travelite Blog. This is what it said by way of introducing me as the expert quoted in the article:
One person who would know is professional body piercer Elayne Angel. Elayne is not only covered in various forms of ink and metal herself, but she is also one of the pioneers in professional body piercing, a field she personally helped expand decades ago. Elayne has served multiple terms on the board of the Association of Professional Piercers as an advocate for field safety, and her most recent project has been authoring The Piercing Bible, the definitive guide for consumers and professional body piercers.
Check it out. There's lots of great information througout the site, and if you travel, be assured you'll find plenty of great tips and ideas.

Question From A Piercer

I just received this email from a piercer:
I am a regular reader of your advice in Pain Magazine and I am a huge fan of your recent book.  You have made me a better piercer...
I'm one of the only piercers in my area not looking for a quick buck.  My question to you is, how do I stop all this negativity in the profession in my area?  I believe that what really matters in this is our clients. I want to see them get the safest best piercing the first time around. I am often fixing many of these piercings these guys are doing and coming to find out that I'm being bad talked about, but in the end, I'm the one who is fixing their work.  I appericiate your time and again your book was an amazing source of information that all piercees should read prior to getting pierced. Thanks again,   Jeff
This is my reply: Hi Jeff, Thanks for the positive feedback--I appreciate it, and I'm glad to know that my work has been helpful to you. Unfortunately, the problem you describe is very common. I actually had a nearby piercer telling people that my studio reused needles and didn't sterilize anything, and that we were filthy and didn't know what we were doing! He told people that if they'd been pierced in my studio, they probably had AIDS and Hepatitis from it! My "bad neighbor" piercer had actually maligned me so much that I had people who had been fed the slanderous statements sign affidavits about what he said, and contacted an attorney who issued him a "cease and desist" letter! When people came in--sometimes concerned about what they'd been told, I simply behaved my usual professional way and educated them about the hygiene and sterilization procedures that were used in the studio.
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