October 21st, 2009
I found that I'd been quoted in someone's blog post today about the Prince Albert piercing. I helped to settle the case on whether Prince Albert himself actually had a Prince Albert piercing (he didn't):
Another thing: according to The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel (p. 156), the healing time for a Prince Albert is "4 to 8 weeks or longer". Now, in a time when infection could not be reliably controlled, who is going to pierce themselves anywhere - let alone somewhere that delicate? Are you beginning to smell a hoax? In her book, Angel confirms my suspicions that Prince Albert did not have a Prince Albert, as does Matthew Sweet in Inventing the Victorians. So why do so many people think he did? Where did this "dressing ring" thing get started? According to Angel, these stories were made up by a man who called himself Doug Malloy (real name Richard Simonton). He is considered the father of modern piercing culture in the US.
You can read the rest of the blog post here: http://susannesaville.blogspot.com/2009/10/prince-alberts-prince-albert.html
October 20th, 2009
October 17, 2009 Piercing-related news from New Zealand: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/2974784/Body-piercer-acquitted A piercer was charged with "inappropriate touching" of two female piercing clients but he was found not-guilty. I'd be very curious to find out the true story about this with all relevant details. I know that misunderstandings can occur when someone is new to body piercing. I once heard through the grapevine that a male client I performed a genital piercing on had misconstrued aspects of the cleaning/marking/piercing process and believed I'd had a personal interest in him! I was very shocked to hear that, but it helped me comprehend that the circumstances of a normal genital piercing, which involve touching and manipulation of the genitals, could result in a misunderstanding. That said, I'm sure I don't have an explanation for the part where the piercer (allegedly) put his hand down the pants of a girl who was getting body art on her hip?! But what was she doing getting work in a studio at the age of 16 anyway. Sounds like some strange behavior all the way around. Here's what the article said:
A French body piercer has been acquitted on charges of inappropriately touching two female Nelson clients. Vincent Jean Delebecque, 25, was facing three charges of indecent assault, two involving one woman and a third involving another.
He was last night acquitted by a jury after a two-day trial. The Crown had alleged that Delebecque touched the women inappropriately while working as a body piercer at Gizmos in Nelson. The Crown said Delebecque put his hand down a 16-year-old's pants while she was getting a piercing done in a tattoo on her hip in March, and that he indecently assaulted a 24-year-old woman who went to Gizmos to get her genitals pierced in April.
October 19th, 2009
I received this email from a woman who obviously found her piercings to have a great impact on her quality of life and self esteem:
October 17th, 2009
I received this question about Dolphin Piercing:
October 16th, 2009
I recently contributed an article about nipple piercing to a great website called the-clitoris.com. Previously I'd let them post information I'd written about female genital piercings. You can find the nipple piercing article here, and for convenience it is reprinted below:
The contrast of metal jewelry through the flesh of a nipple is truly exotic and striking. Nipple piercing defines the region, frames the tissue, and makes the nipple stand at attention (though it doesn’t necessarily cause the nipple to remain erect at all times). Prior to the early 1990s, when navel piercings became popular, nipples were the most prevalent location for body piercings. Modern piercing enthusiasts—particularly in the gay and SM subcultures—explored the erotic potential of their bodies and started what has become the current style of nipple piercing. These days, people from all walks of life are experiencing the delights of this piercing. For some, it is simply an aesthetic preference or fashion statement; for others it reigns as a favorite in the realm of sexual and sensual pleasures.
Female Nipple Piercing with Barbell, and Tattooed Areola
Nipple Piercing: Placement and Choice of Jewelry
October 15th, 2009
I just saw the latest review of The Piercing Bible on Google books:
User Review - Johnny T This book is the best! I have been piercing for three years and i thought i knew a lot, but i recently picked up this book and it opened a whole new world for me! If you like body art it is an amazing ... More book to read and if you are learning how to perform body art then it is a must have! I have introduced all of my co-workers, friends and family to this book and all of them agree that it is great!
I also noticed that I have a total of 11 reviews there that have 5 stars, and none of them have any less than that, which is pretty wonderful and exciting!
October 14th, 2009
I was out of town for the past week in Mexico City for the Association of Professional Piercers Seminars. It was the 4th annual seminar there, but the first one that I attended. Following the seminars, the Board of Directors had a meeting. It was a great trip and I really enjoyed Mexico City. I taught two classes there and participated in a round table discussion on piercing techniques (forceps vs. freehand). The first class was on Male Genital piercings and my co-instructor, Danny Yerna, led the class. I'd created a PowerPoint presentation for the class, and he and I had translated it into Spanish. I'm super excited and proud that I led the second class on Female Genital Piercings, and it was the first time I've ever taught a seminar in Spanish. I know my vocabulary is pretty good, but having learned from immersion (rather than in a classroom), my verbs are not conjugated properly, and I'm lacking a lot of the small connective words. But the important part is that the students said that I was clear and easy to understand. I'd sent 20 copies of The Piercing Bible to Mexico City, but between the shipping costs and duties that had to be paid, the cost came out higher than the cover price! Still, Danny (the APP International Liaison who organized the seminars and owns a studio in Mexico City) had sold them all before I even arrived! I wish I had a Spanish language version, as I know it would have sold very well there. Hopefully someday there will be versions in multiple languages!
October 4th, 2009
I just received an email from a woman in Australia and my book has had an effect on her:
Dear Elayne, I have been reading a preview of your book on google books. First, thank you for allowing the preview to be posted. From what I have read, I know I need to go and purchase the book! I am a 25 year old girl (woman?), who, after much soul searching and deliberation have decided to put my nursing degree on hold and pursue body piercing as a career. Through my research I have realised I have much to learn before I can even set foot in a piercing studio as an apprentice. I stumbled upon your book after a recommendation to visit safepiercing.org. I found your writing to be clear and concise, and explained everything in detail without rambling. By reading your book I have become more confident in my desire to become a body piercer, and you have helped me understand the link between the piercer and the piercee. I know I have lots (and lots) to learn, but I think that I may be able to follow my dream. Without ever meeting me, you have played a part in this. And for that I thank you. Leah NSW, Australia
My response: Hi Leah, Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm thrilled that my book has proved helpful to you. I wish you all the best. Sincerely, Elayne