January 1st, 2011
I received this wonderful message as a posting on the Piercing Bible guestbook:
I really can't describe how good it feels to have found your website. I've
been interested in body modification for a few years now and though I have
only a few piercings, it's people like you who inspire me to treat my body as
a work of art. It makes me proud to have such a strong woman like yourself
representing the body mod community in such positive light.
Thank you so much for giving me such a positive role model. You give me
strength to remember who I am and not let society tell me what is and isn't
acceptable and normal. Perhaps one day you'll come to New Zealand and I'll
get the opportunity to be pierced by you.
Stay gorgeous, gorgeous.
Maybe some day I will come to New Zealand. I have some friends/colleagues at Streetwise Body Piercing and Tattooing in Auckland. I hope to visit and maybe do some piercings! If you want to stay up to date with my travels, sign up for my free newsletter (in the box in the left lower corner of this page).
December 30th, 2010
GREAT NEWS: MY PIERCING TRIP TO ATLANTA WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED!
Virtue and Vice in Atlanta, GA
FEBRUARY 11, 12, & 13, 2011
12:00 pm- 8:00 pm
2261 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Studio phone: 404.315.6925
Let me know which piercings(s) you'd like to get done. If you're planning to get a female genital piercing, please send me clear, close-up photos (as described here) so I can see if you're anatomically suited to the placement(s) you desire.
Also let me know which day you'd prefer and the approximate time of day.
December 29th, 2010
I got a great question from a colleague I know from the annual conferences for the Association of Professional Piercers:
Piercing question - Betadine leaves a brown mess, what do you clean it off with so people don't leave with a big yellow/brown patch on their face? Alcohol wipes?
No! Not alcohol--that could sting if it gets too close to the new piercing and is far too harsh for a fresh piercing. And removing the unattractive coloration isn't just an aesthetic issue. Iodine should be removed from the skin after the piercing is done to prevent any irritation.
I use these awesome sterile saline pads that come individually wrapped in foil packets. It is the BEST part of a piercing, because when you put it on, it cools the area and is very effective to help relieve any stinging or heat sensations. The pads feel almost as though they have been refrigerated, but that's just how they feel when they come out of the packet.
December 27th, 2010
A Facebook friend sent me a great question today:
Hiya Elayne, I was wondering if the book comes in an ebook format that I can buy for the iPad? I have the actual book but it becoming a bit dog eared now! I have looked on a few sites but am pretty new to using iPad so am not sure if I am looking in the right places lol! I hope you don't mind me sending you a message?
Love P xXx
No problem! Thanks for your interest. It is going to be available as a Kindle eBook soon. You can now pre-order the eBook of The Piercing Bible here. And the Kindle program is free for iPad at the Apple App Store, so you would be able to read it on your iPad!
I've been begging my publisher since the book first came out. It has taken a while, but I'm super excited that it will be available soon!
December 23rd, 2010
I received a message from a piercee who had a question about his Prince Albert (male genital) piercing. Here is our exchange of correspondence:
Hi I wonder if you could help me please. I got a PA done about 6 months ago and I think that it maybe moving up rather than staying in place. I changed to a smaller diameter of ring without a ball a few months ago and it seemed to be better. Its 2.4mm thickness. I'm also conserned about the lack of tissue that seems to be holding it in. I've had bad experienced with peircing before and I'd rather not take this out! Thanks, Jon
How much tissue is there between the end of your urethra (where the jewelry rests) and the placement of the piercing? If it is too narrow, that can cause migration. And once migration starts, it can be hard to stop it.
Feel free to send photos; I'd be happy to evaluate it for you.
Thanks for getting back to me. I think theres around 1.5cm between the piercing and the urethra. But it moves quite far over if you know what i mean so its less than that sometimes. Im worried about having sex with it in incase it comes through. I'll try and send some photos.
Yes, please send a photo or two. That doesn't sound like very much tissue. Does it seem that there is less and less tissue between the piercing and the edge of your urethra, or does it seem stable?
December 10th, 2010
I received a message about navel piercings (belly piercings) and pregnancy
I've recently gone deeper into thinking about getting my navel pierced, I know it will look cute, but I'm concerned about long term side effects. First of all, when you become pregnant, will it scar? And when you lose your baby weight will the hole shrink to the regular size or stay floppy? Also, what is the smallest gauge possible? I want to get the smallest gauge because I feel as though the larger the hole the more obvious it would be when no jewelry was in it, which is rather irritating. Respond as soon as possible! Thanks! S.
Nobody can tell you whether you will end up with stretch marks from a pregnancy, nor exactly what your piercing will do. Ordinarily the area stretches out and shrinks back down--like the rest of the abdomen. I haven't really seen any problems from piercings, and women usually go back to wearing their jewelry as before.
Here's a brief section about navel piercings and pregnancy from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:
Navel Piercings and Pregnancy
If your navel piercing is healed and does not cause any problems, simply leave the jewelry in place. However, dramatic alterations to the size and shape of your navel are normal; your innie can become an outie. Once the tissue begins to stretch, many women experience discomfort, inflammation, and sometimes migration. Switching to flexible plastic jewelry usually resolves these problems. If the piercing still doesn’t feel comfortable, you should abandon it until after delivery.
A 14 gauge is the thinnest size used by responsible piercers. With a smaller gauge, it is more likely you'll experience cutting or tearing and possibly other problems such as migration.
December 1st, 2010
I received this message about Prince Albert piercing through the contact form:
Picked up a copy of your book here in Canada last night. Holy Cow!! I didn't anticipate this much info--thank you. I have never been pierced before (hey, I'm a forty something)and am interested in a PA. You discussed retiring this piercing stating that there is the possibility it may not close up depending on the time you've had it and how large of jewelery has been used. You also indicated discussing with a surgeon/urologist about having it sutured up, and the pros and cons of doing this. Have you every been informed of what these pro's and con's could be?? I would like to know in advance of doing anything. Thanks, any comments would be greatly appreciated. V.
Here's the section from The Piercing Bible about retiring the Prince Albert Piercing:
Prince Albert Piercing: Retiring
Unlike most piercings, once the Prince Albert is healed, it is usually there to stay. Even if you abandon it, you can probably reinsert jewelry later. Depending on how large the piercing was stretched, the hole could remain open enough to leak after you remove the jewelry. Simply covering the hole with your finger during urination is an accept- able resolution for most men. If not, consult an understanding urologist or surgeon to learn about the pros and cons of a procedure to excise and stitch up your unwanted aperture.
Thanks so much for the positive feedback; I really appreciate it.
December 1st, 2010
I received this message from a woman who had questions about triangle piercings:
I've always wanted a triangle piercing, I had one once, but the jewelry fell out after just 3 days while I was asleep and of course I couldn't get it back in. I have type 1 diabeties, and was wondering if I should just give up the idea. I do heal more slowly now than before my disease.
It's just orgasms for me are so difficult. Plus I really like the ornamentation. I guess I'm asking about the potential ramifications. Healing times, risks, etc.
It depends on your individual circumstances. If you have a hard time healing other wounds, then piercing (anywhere on the body) may be inadvisable. Is your diabetes controlled through diet or are you insulin dependent? If the latter, then perhaps piercing should be avoided. Ordinarily a triangle takes 2-3 months to heal, but certainly could take longer in your case. It could be harder for your body to fight off infection and if you got one it could be more severe and harder to resolve.
You may want to discuss the matter with a piercing-friendly doctor to get his or her opinion. He or she will have a better idea of your medical condition and whether piercing is contraindicated.
Have you tried a Hitachi wand or an eroscillator? Those are types of vibrators many women find helpful in their quest for orgasms.
Best of luck,
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers