August 12th, 2014
Amazing review on Google Books that I hadn't seen before:
To call this book "the definitive guide" is an understatement. This book shall remain the definitive guide for the next hundred years. As a piercee and a piercer I can say with honesty that there is nothing that I know that isn't in this book. Against it's intended use, this book is an invaluable tool for any body piercer to further hone their skills and gain a better understanding of many details that commonly get ignored in the industry.
Everyone considering a body piercing should read this book. Knowledge is power, and knowing better what to expect when walking into a piercing studio will ensure a quality piercing that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. The savvy acquired from reading this book will help you recognize good, clean studios from sub par, inexperienced ones, which could potentially save your life.
The author has a very straight forward presentation of her decades of accrued data. There are no frills or fluff in this book. She lays everything out directly with a subtle wit shining through that made me chuckle dozens of times.
July 11th, 2014
A woman wrote to me for a consultation about her failed nipple piercings. She'd been told that her problem was "rejection" but I disagree with that assessment.
Here's how they looked, and what she said:
June 2nd, 2014
I've booked piercing tours in two new cities! Click the images below for more details and to learn how to make an appointment. (Hint: I'll need to know your preferred date and approximate time of day to come in, and a seecond choice. Plus I need to know what you wanted to get pierced.)
Don't delay! I often book up weeks or sometimes even months in advance of the actual piercing dates. So it isn't too soon to let me know if you're interested in making an appointment. You can use the Contact page to get in touch with me.
Note that I specialize in nipple and genital piercings (exclusively).
If you have questions, just ask!
May 26th, 2014
I received a message about a piercing issue that was a little different from most of the problems I get concerning Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercings or triangle piercings:
June 20th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who has an unhealed navel piercing that is showing signs of developing granuloma:
Hi! My navel piercing is about 2 and a half months old. I irritated it at first from playing with it (I know-big no no) but it cleared up when I stopped touching it and cleaned with H2Ocean. I quickly ran out of the solution and stopped cleaning it about a month ago. I ocassionally do sea salt soaks but only when it flares up. I've been taking my ring out a lot lately (another no no) and I recently (about 2 days ago) noticed this pink/red fleshy bubble/growth coming out of the bottom hole of my navel piercing. It is squishy, moves easily, doesn't hurt, but bleeds easily. It looks a lot worse than it feels. It secretes lymph and often sticks itself to the bottom ball on my ring. I ordered some H2Ocean and tea tree oil the other day to try and get rid of it. For now, I put 3% hydrogen peroxide on it 2x a day and do a sea salt soak. I just don't know whether it is a granuloma or hypergranulation? It freaks me out because it's kind of large. Probably half the size of a pea. What can I do to make it go away? How long will it take? Will I have to abandon my piercing? I love it and I don't want to take it out!!! I have attached quite a few pictures!
Thank you so much! -A
June 19th, 2013
I received a message from a wheelchair user who is considering genital piercing:
Hi Elayne, I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and I use a power wheelchair so I sit 16-18 hrs a day. I'm in my early 50's. My Dr is against tattoos let alone piercings, but I want both. I've just had several surgeries and I expect to have more surgery in four months. I want to know the risks of getting my clit pierced and whether it is a bad idea for me. I'm a currently single lesbian with a healthy sex life. I'm a disability rights advocate, and I usually find a way to do the things I want to do. But I like to know what I'm getting myself in for and whether it's possible. Any help you can give me will help.
Thanks for your message and your interest.
There are a few considerations as to whether genital piercing is appropriate in your circumstances.
One of the most important deciding factors is the configuration of your local anatomy. Have you read about the different genital piercing options?
Compared to the range of other female genital piercings, clitoris piercing is very rare:
Another is whether you have any issues with incontinence? That could potentially cause healing problems for a genital piercing.
If not, and you're anatomically suited to the piercing you desire, and you are able to provide consistent aftercare as explained here:
June 16th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who had questions about nipple piercing placement on small anatomy:
I've read your blog for quite some time now, and I've found it to be very informative and interesting, and has given me enough knowledge to get some genital piercings, all of which have turned out great. I've wanted to have my nipples pierced for quite some time, but I'm concerned about the risks involved with doing so on less than ideal anatomy. As you can see in the pictures, my nipples are quite small and not well-defined. Even when they do become "hard", they hardly stick away from the rest of the areola. I know that piercing even inverted nipples is possible which gives me some confidence, but I'm still wary of having it done.
My main concerns are:
-Would this end up having the same risks as a surface piercing (namely in their tendency towards rejection)?
-Would the standard 14 gauge be appropriate in my case (not sure if it would be too large)?
Thanks for any help! Please feel free to use the pictures/message on your website if you feel it might be of assistance to others in the same situation.
I'm so glad to hear that my information has been helpful to you!
June 13th, 2013
I received a message from a man who was experiencing healing problems with a new frenum piercing:
I'd like your input on a piercing. I got a 8g frenum piercing done 3 weeks ago by a fairly reputable piercer in Washington DC. I had some personal references and saw some of her work.
In any event, I have been having some healing problems. While the marking was spot on, once the piercing was done it was slightly crooked. That wasn't much of an issue for me, but the bigger issue was that one side (the exit side) appears to have been done shallow. Looking at the piercing, the side that is healing fine you cannot see an outline of the piercing, but on the "bad" side it seems like the bar passes close to the surface for the last 1/8 inch or so before it exits. From the first day it was pierced you could see an outline of the bar (as if about a 2-3mm tube of skin was surrounding the bar just before it exited), and the skin has since the day it was pierced felt taut there. A few days later it was raw around the outside of that side while rest of the piercing felt fine. That side has in the past few days taken to crusting and emitting a lot of milky goo when I give it salt soaks (2x daily since I got the piercing). It also has started to feel a little prickly (a pinching sensation every now and then).
The little red area by the silver ball end is the skin area that has always felt taut/raw. I have also tried to show how the area behind/around the "bad" side looks.
Besides the regular see salt regimen, I have tried vitamin E and switching to a larger ball (the blue one) on the opposite end of the bar in the hopes of taking pressure off of the irritated area.