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
March 6th, 2009
I got an email today that was more unique than my average piercing question--and I'll admit: this one isn't covered in my book. :
dear elayne: i'm really interested in sewing my lips shut (ok i admit it, i'm a "freak") and i'm wondering what your opinion on what the best materials for doing this would be, and the best places to buy them. would a simple sewing needle and cotton thread really be my best bet? or a hollow needle and some tygon? thank you so much!!! LHi L, Thanks for your email. My reply: I need a little more information about what you want to achieve. How long would you plan to leave it in? What do you have in mind? Would it be for a photo shoot, or ...? Will there be anyone else involved to help, or do you want to do it yourself? I don't think an ordinary needle and thread would be appropriate, regardless of your aims. You definitely need to use something that has been sterilized. And I'm not sure if you're talking about your lips on your face, or your labia? Please provide me with more information, and I'll see what I can come up with for you. Thanks, Elayne
February 27th, 2009
I received an email through my old Rings of Desire website because this page about female genital piercings still gets a HUGE amount of traffic:
I noticed you don't list the Isabella piercing. Is it because they are too rare? I had one when I was younger and I've got some nerve damage now. Even if you don't have a picture, I think it would be great to provide the info for it and inform people of the damages it can cause. Your site is very helpful. Thank you!
My response: Hi there, Thanks so much for your comments. I'm so sorry to hear you have a bad piercing result. I'd be very interested in learning more about your piercing: who did it, how long did you have it, details about your loss of sensation, etc. I closed my studio Rings of Desire (in New Orleans) after Hurricane Katrina. I moved to the Yucatan and I've written a book: The Piercing Bible. I left my old site up because it still contains good information, but I've applied myself to making the book complete and launching the new blog and website for it. My book contains a warning against Isabella (and other) piercings in the section that begins:
December 13th, 2008
Liz wrote back with some additional questions:
Elayne - Thanks so much for responding so quickly! I have your book on pre-order with Amazon, and look forward to devouring it! I really hesitate to try any kind of steel - I have had my ears pierced since I was 8, and to this day can't get near anything less than 14k (other than sterling) in my ears without major irritation and discharge, even bleeding. My wedding ring is white gold, and even after wearing it for 14 years, I still sometimes get a rashy irritation under the band from the nickel in the alloy. Can you tell me any more about the alloy used in 14k that makes it piercing compatible? Even the gold earrings I wear turn red over time where they contact my skin - presumably from my body oxidizing the trace copper in the yellow gold alloy. Who knows. Obviously something I need to do more research on - I had no gold would pose its own complications. I hope the attached pics are ok - the q-tip was a bit tricky, and as it is a self-portrait, kind of blurry. It's a standard generic q-tip. If you need better detail or a different angle or something, I can try to re-do the photos later this weekend (if I can get my toddler to nap). Thanks again - LizLiz, I know my book will provide you with a great deal of information that will prove most helpful to you. There is a big chapter on jewelry and you will learn all about the different materials. For healing, you may decide to go with titanium or even bioplast or PTFE (inert plastics). Implant grade steel and titanium have alloys that meet certain standards, but gold does not have an implant designation. Gold alloys are proprietary mixes, so there are no assurances like the "mill certificates" provided by manufacturers of implant grade steel and titanium.
December 13th, 2008
Today I received this query in the comments section of one of my posts:
HI! I am 44, and have been considering a VCH for a while now, and find that most of the research I have done has led me to you and Rings of Desire. I appreciate your expertise, and any time you could give to address my questions. Hubby and I will be attempting the q-tip test today, and I hope to email you a pic of that for your expert advice (if that's ok). I have no real local resources (small midwestern town). 1. How do I determine what size jewelry to buy? I need to use 14k gold (metal allergy issues with anything else) and I assume not all shops carry 14k. Maybe that's a bad assumption, but I'm guessing I'll buy in advance and take it to the shop with me -
2. Will I be able to change the jewelry myself (or can my hubby) if i want to increase size, or will I need to return to my piercer? 3. I've heard the phrase "growing out" - what exactly does that mean? Thank you so much for your time! I look forward to hearing from you, and would love to know if you would look at my photos, if hubby can get any good ones! All best, LizHi Liz, Sounds like you have LOTS of questions that will all be answered in detail by my book. You can pre-order it at a discount on Amazon.com. Below you will find some brief answers to your questions to tide you over: 1. I would not suggest buying jewelry in advance. A piercer with a quality studio will stock a wide range of suitable styles, sizes, and materials. You should not need to determine the size--your piercer should know EXACTLY what you need for your build and suggest the size for you.