June 23rd, 2010
I got this message from a new friend I met on Fetlife. I just signed up there and I'm enjoying answering questions for people in the Body Piercing and Body Modification groups.
I know you must get so much mail such as the one I am writing you, but unfortunatly (hopefully not too much so) this is yet one more.
I wanted to personally thank you for the absolutly incredible work that you have done for the piercing community, though I cannot speak for any group as a whole, I can still thank you for all you have done for me. Your work and dedication to the art of body piercing inspired me at a young age. Reading your articles in magazines and buying my first copy of your book changed my outlook on what I wanted to do with myself.
I am aware that all of this seems rather deep (and understanbly creepy) But the chance to send you a message was one i simply could not pass up. In many places around the world your word is held in the highest esteem, and in my world more then any other this is so. I wont even go into the unarguable fact that you have done so much to make the art that I love what it is today. I have dedicated myself fully, in mind and body to following and growing and maybe one day leaving a mark on people much as you have.
If I manage to ever be half as skilled and artistic as you, I would be far above where I am today. Again, thank you for what you have done. Without a doubt I am one of your most avid fans, and being able to send you an email is undoubtably one of the absolute coolest things.
June 21st, 2010
I just got another great message from a Facebook friend:
Hello! I wanted to say 'thank you' for providing me with the most important tool in my apprenticeship....your book. My mentor was a great help, but many times I found myself seeing something that I just felt was not right. I use your book to guide me in those situations. As the author, I hope that it will make your day knowing that the pages are dog-eared and it has barely lasted the length of my apprenticeship. Thank you !
Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that my book has proved so useful to you. I really appreciate it!
If there are questions you have that weren't answered in the book, feel free to ask....
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers
June 19th, 2010
This is an email exchange I had with a piercer who had some questions about his own nipple piercings:
We spoke recently on facebook, I had just finished my piercing apprenticeship. I have a question regarding nipple piercing and since I'm not terribly experienced I figured I'd consult the greatest expert I know: you.
During my apprenticeship, I had my nipples pierced. I have larger nipples which are not very distinctive, ie my nipple blends into my areola creating the appearance of a very large nipple. Anyway, it's been 5 months and they are not completely healed- they still crust up and are a bit scabby at the fistula exit points. My new boss and I were discussing it and after examining them, he thinks that since the piercing goes slightly into my areola that they will never heal and that I might as well retire them.
I, naturally, having withstood the pain of having them pierced and dealing with healing for the past 5 months am not going to retire them without knowing for certain whether or not they are heal-able. After consulting your book and researching the issue a bit more, I disagree with my boss and I think I can heal the piercings. Perhaps this is just stubbornness/wishful thinking, but I really do not want to lose these piercings. As a trustworthy expert, I am asking for your advice. Thank you for your time.
June 17th, 2010
I received this message about nipple piercings:
I was given your book "The Piercing Bible" as a birthday gift this year, I love it! The information is great,and exactly what I have been looking for. I got my nipple spierced about 4.5 years ago after my divorce, a gift to self and I have no regrets, 12 guage rings.
I have 2 questions for you, first i do keep the nipple rings very clean use liquid antibacterial soap in the shower and cleam them well. But they are still constatly looking goopy, meaning there is a lot of really thick white gunk that smells bad. I had heard that perhaps Sterling silver or gold my not cause this effect.
If you have any thoughts that would be great. Also is it cool if a straight guy has a navel ring?
June 14th, 2010
I got this lovely message, which I guess I have to label "fanmail" from a Facebook friend:
Hey there, thanks for friending me. It's nice to see my biggest inspiration on Facebook. Love the book btw, I just bought another copy for my girlfriend who is starting her apprenticeship. You've helped me with so much in the past, and I feel to be so much more educated because of it.
I'm sure you don't remember viewing my photobucket portfolio, but the comments you responding to me in the return email helped alot, and the fact that you took the time to do it was awesome. Keep doing what your doing. I love it. Educate the world, this industry needs more people like you to go above, beyond, and inspire piercers like myself to do the same. Medical courses, the in depth attention to proper aftercare, and so much more.
It's sad to see some "piercers" that don't take that kind of initiative to achieve what you have. Keep in touch, you're a beautiful person, a master of the trade, and an asset to this industries growth and popularity. Thanks again for everything.
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.