March 2nd, 2011
In Running the Gauntlet pioneer Jim Ward provides a captivating in-depth narrative on the origins of the modern body piercing industry. I was completely spellbound by Ward’s uncensored personal history, and his account of establishing a unique business that has brought genuine change to contemporary culture. Prior to Jim Ward’s founding of Gauntlet Enterprises, piercing was a little-known activity practiced by people on the fringes of society. Now, as a result of his actions, there are piercing studios all around the globe and millions of pierced individuals. The quantity of “firsts” that are under Jim Ward’s belt (figuratively, and perhaps literally) is remarkable.
This volume would stand on its own as a text, but the phenomenal collection of historical images throughout the book transported me on a journey across time right along with the author. The rich visuals make the story accessible and wholly satisfying.
Even those who are not involved in body piercing would love this book because the tale itself is so intriguing, and so compellingly and candidly recounted. Don’t miss this must-read memoir!
March 1st, 2011
I received this message through my website:
About five months ago I got my waist pierced. The piercer did not perform the piercing right neither did he use the PTFE in the piercing and it rejected within a matter of weeks and left a really unattractive scar that has slightly faded but is still there.
Three months ago I went to another piercer and I got my belly button pierced & also a surface piercing below my belly button. My piercing did not reject but I still had dark circles around the piercing and ended up taking it out.
attached are pictures of the scars.
March 1st, 2011
I received this message from a woman I pierced:
Hi Elayne, first off I would like to say thank you again for my VCH piercing I love it! I got the piercing 2/18 and I am due to make an OBGYN appointment soon I was wondering if I have to wait until the 4-6 weeks is up or if it would be ok to make the appointment a little earlier than that? Thanks again, A.
Just so long as you're clear on the need to leave in your jewelry to preserve your piercing, and you feel confident that your practitioner follows appropriate hygienic precautions (hand washing followed by proper application of gloves), it should be fine to have your appointment any time.
Unfortunately, I frequently find that medical professionals are lax in their practices in ways that could put your healing piercing at risk. For example, I commonly see doctors and nurses who fail to wash their hands and then grab a glove from the box and/handle it by the exterior of the glove fingertips (thereby contaminating the glove). Just something to watch out for regarding your health and well being--regardless of whether you have a healing piercing!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers
February 26th, 2011
As of February 16, the eBook for The Piercing Bible is available!
You can find it here on Amazon.com
or here on the Sony eReader eBook store
or here for the Barnes & Noble Nook eBook
Chances are, whatever eBook reader you have, there is a version available wherever you usually download books!
Now enjoy The Piercing Bible in eBook format or traditional paper!
February 26th, 2011
I'm back home after a long but successful trip. I attended a Board meeting for the Association of Professional Piercers, did piercings in Atlanta and Philadelphia, and shot a segment for The Learning Channel about erotic piercings.
In Atlanta I performed 53 piercings on 31 clients over 3 days. They came from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia (of course), and Ontario, Canada to be pierced by me.
In Philadelphia, I performed 71 piercings on 50 clients over 4 days. They came to get pierced by me from Connecticut, Deleware, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington DC, and of course, Pennsylvania, plus Ontario, Canada! Wow!!
As usual, I did primarily female genital piercings--LOTS of VCH piercings, and a good number of triangles, too. I There were quite a few women who got both, while we were at it. I also did a few inner labia piercings and a fourchette or two. I did some male genital piercings too, including an apadravya, some frenums, and a lorum. I did a number of nipple piercings, including one woman who had inverted nipples when she arrived, and very perky non-inverted nipples when she left. She was so delighted--I completely cured her inverted nipples!
I told a good friend of mine about my trip. She is a really great woman, a writer who is also an American living in the Yucatan. She wrote to me:
February 15th, 2011
I received this message from a FaceBook friend:
Stephen says, "Hello Elayne, I know I don't know you personally, however after reading your book.it seems like I do now. im a tattoo artist in ontario canada, and im currently apprenticing to add piercings to my repertoire. however im very pasonate about adding as much knowledge to any field that I persue. and I can honestly say your book covers it all. wow!!! seriously. well done , thank you for taking the time to put this amount of knowledge out there. this book should be standard reading before anyone even thinks of starting a carreer in the body modification industry. the reason for my message Elayne is that I take my job very seriously and care very much about my clients and want to give them my best. I.m always trying to add the best people in the industry to my list of friends as support to show that I'm always learning and helping them with their best interest. I would be very honored if you would add me to your circle of friends. perhaps we'll meet at a convention some day. thanks Elayne, you have really lit a fire under me to be great at this. take care... s.s."
February 4th, 2011
I got a fantastic message on my YouTube account:
I just wanted to thank you for writing The Piercing Bible, it has helped me grow as a piercer and develop a deep love for piercing. I started piercing as a way to get my foot in the door to the tattoo industry but my teacher put her heart and soul into teaching me how to pierce and always talked about you and your book. I have ordered two copies of your book, one for my home and one for the shop I work at. Thank you so much for inspiring so many people and for indirectly helping me find my first and second loves one being piercing and the second my teacher, we are now engaged to be married. thank you
Thanks so much for your message and congratulations to you and your fiance!
That sure gave me a warm fuzzy feeling! I'm thrilled to hear that my book has proved to have such a positive impact on your career and your perspective on piercing. I can't say I ever imagined that my book would ever be responsible (even indirectly) for a romantic connection. I'm so happy that you shared your good news with me.
Send my warmest regards and respect to your mentor/fiance. I wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness together.
February 3rd, 2011
Here's my new Public Service Announcement about safe body art: