body piercing expert
June 12th, 2010
I received this message from a Facebook friend:
A few years back I decided to go through a phlebotomy program at a local college. I was wondering (while I know one can not learn how to be a "piercer" through Phlebotomy, and that an apprenticeship is key, as I have done mine a while back) what you thought about the sterilization practices? Do you find the practices of a phlebotomist are condusive to the practices of a body piercer? Do you feel it could help, or hinder? (I know that a lot of the medical field is anti body modification).
Thanks again for your time,
Ah. Well, obviously you're already into piercing, so I'm not concerned that a medical education of any type would turn you against it. So that's not an issue.
My concern is how poor the cross-contamination practices often are in medical settings--especially phlebotomy. When I get my blood drawn, I almost always have to request a glove change following the phlebotomist touching the sharps container and then trying to touch the site my stick, or some such.... I can say with certainty that the procedures we followed in my studio for hygiene and cross-contamination control are clearly much stricter than what is put into practice by most phlebotomists.
So, if you're able to maintain the level of sanitation and hygiene required of a safe piercer, then I'm sure additional experience with needles and bodies can only be a good thing!
June 9th, 2010
I received this message today:
First and foremost I would like to say that you have a good looking and very informative site, which is somewhat hard to come accross in the piercing industry. I saw that on your blog area you answer Q & A's from your readers.
I have many customers that ask me questions about acrylic jewelry and proper ways to clean them. Searching on the internet for a answer to this question seems a little tough and many suggest using a mild soap and towel dry the jewelry. As a piercer, how do you recommend to sanitize acrylic jewelry?
Thank you! :)
June 8th, 2010
I'm really excited because I've been asked to speak to doctors and nurses at LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans during my upcoming visit there this summer.
On August 3, I'll be doing a lecture with a PowerPoint presentation. The title is "Sociocultural and Healthcare Implications of Body Piercing." It is a kind of stuffy name, but I think it will be very useful to professionals who work in medical settings. It will help them understand who gets pierced and why--and hopefully increase their sensitivity to pierced patients, especially if they have any negative attitudes or preconceived notions about us. I'll also be providing practical information for those who work with pierced patients, especially in the Emergency Room and Operating Room.
It is free to hospital employees, but the public can attend for $10.00. Here's some info including a sign up form.
June 7th, 2010
I'm so thrilled! I just got an email from my fabulous editor, Lisa Westmoreland, at Crossing Press/Random House. She told me that my book has been reprinted for the second time. They are expecting 5000 more copies at the warehouse this month. That's the second reprint since the book came out in May of 2009. The book has been out for just over a year, and alread there have been two reprints! That's great news.
May 20th, 2010
For the first time in over a year, I'll be piercing on the East Coast in PHILADELPHIA!
August 13-17, 2010
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May 15th, 2010
I've answered literally thousands of questions about piercings, but this was the first time I've ever been asked this particular question:
Good morning ! I have a quick question. I am interested in having my navel pierced. I was told by a friend of mine that navel piercing would help reduce the overall belly.
I am really not sure of this & wanted to hear your expert advice. My current waist is 38 inches & if the above said info is true I am definately looking forward to have the piercing done.
Please let me know your thoughts on the same ....
If you are asking whether a navel piercing will cause you to lose weight or reduce the dimensions of your abdomen, the answer is no. There's absolutely no reason why a navel piercing would have that effect. Also, navel piercing can make it a little more challenging to be physically active, especially during initial healing, and that certainly wouldn't help with weight loss.
Should you be interested in getting the piercing for aesthetic reasons, here's some practical information from The Piercing Bible:
May 12th, 2010
I received a message from a concerned piercee who had recently received a triangle piercing:
I was wondering if you could give me some urgent advice. :(
I have had my triangle a week, it has slightly moved/torn forward about 2mm, but I was told to expect this.
But I am more worried about the fact I can see slightly red/shiny bumps coming up around both piercing holes. I am worried that this is scar tissue and that it won't go away? It's been exactly a week now since I've got it done and I am happy with it but I'm afraid if I leave this in that I'll have lumps of scar tissue which will develop and not go away.
My outer labias do cover the jewelry a bit when my legs are closed and I'm afraid this is what will continue the problem. I have only been using sea salt water soaks on my piercing. I am pretty sure that the CBB is titanium as I went to a well respected studio with a well known piercer.
Do I take out the jewelry now before the problem develops?