November 9th, 2009
Here's another lovely comment about The Piercing Bible from a Facebook friend:
I just wanted to say I really like your Piercing Bible... I currently let my younger sister use it to research a navel piercing. I also used it to research the princess diana piercing...I have read it from cover to cover and found it to be a huge help.... There need to be more books like this for those of us who are fans of piercings. Again thank you for making the information available in such an informative manner. Jennifer
November 8th, 2009
I ran into an article positing the question: "What Will Our Descendants Think of Body Piercing"? Part of it reads:
But what will the archaeologists of the future think, when in 1,000 years or so, they start pulling up embalmed bodies and the like with pierced eyebrows, nipples and bellybuttons, from lots of different locations around the planet, and probably having no record of what it was about or why it happened at all? Just considering the amount of details that we’ve lost from an era less than 100 years ago has got to make you wonder exactly what those descendants will think of this society where tribe members are scattered across the earth with only body piercings to tie them together.
It is an interesting concept to consider. Though, of the pierced individuals I know who have passed on, their body jewelry was removed prior to burial. I am not sure if that is standard practice or not. My friend who was cremated willed his body jewelry to his good friends, and they had it sterilized and wear it in their bodies so his memory and “part of him” lives on inside them. That’s pretty cool! Moreover, in 1000 years, hopefully they’ll still have the record of my book, The Piercing Bible, which explains all about every aspect of modern body piercing. Or maybe not.... Elayne Angel
November 6th, 2009
Below are three different positive reviews of The Piercing Bible from readers in the medical community:
Doctors and nurses educate yourself! The Piercing Bible, Definitive Guide is excellent source. As a RN, I have worked in our emergency department and I prepare patients for surgery. I educate my patients and colleagues regarding body piercing. I have found Elayne Angel to be my educator. Her extensive knowledge and professionalism have given me the tools to better teach others. I quote from her book, and try to help remove the stigma associated with people who choose to adorn their bodies. I HIGHLY recommend this book to ALL, but also encourage my fellow healthcare professionals to be informed!
November 6th, 2009
I received this message from a Facebook friend who lives in Russia. He managed to get a copy of The Piercing Bible there, but it wasn't easy:
Subject: Greetings from Russia Yeah, it's really hard to bring ANYTHING from ANY country to Russia because of famous russian stupid customs and their idiot rules... jewelry, books, t-shirts, silicone implants - everything they could mark as "illegal enclosure" and send back... sometimes - just for fun : ( Your book is amazing! I know many people in US and Europe who read Piercing Bible as reference book, and I do the same. That's great for professionals (and hope for "normal" people too : )) because you could open it on any page and start read from any point! I like your book very much : ) One day I will visit my friend Jason Pfohl (from Gorilla Glass) in Mexico, so I think it wouldn't be a problem to meet each other! : ) Have a nice day, Elayne! --------------------
Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I really appreciate it! And after hearing how hard it is to get things there, I'm happy it arrived at all. I hope to meet you some day. If you have any questions that aren't answered in The Piercing Bible, let me know.
November 4th, 2009
I had an exchange with a reader about cheek piercings:
Hello im Jessica from the UK. I have recently had my cheeks pierced by my partner who is a proffesional body piercer for purely piercing in the UK. We read your story about your cheeks and i took it all into account. I did lots of other research especially on BME. We understood the complications but i have wanted them done since i was 12 im now 18. He pierced them perfectly no further back then the first molar like you said. I picked up your book today to have a snoop at how long they will stay swollen i had them dont on halloween they've already started to go down :). But i was quite annoyed when i looked into your book and all it said was cheeks are unrecomendible and your worst story. this was NOT the information i expected from someone as good as you. Please get in touch with some information you didn't place in the book. thank you,
I replied: Jessika, After what happened to me I can't recommend that cheek piercings be done. If your piercings in front of the first molar, then you can consider them lip piercings and refer to the information in pages 111-117. The bulk of initial swelling should be down in the first 2-4 weeks, though some swelling could remain for longer. If you have other specific questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them. What did you want to know. Elayne Her surprised and much more pleasant response to me (admitting that she didn't think I'd respond):
October 29th, 2009
I just received this wonderful message from a Facebook friend who is a piercer:
We've met a few times, usually after a class you taught at APP [Conference]. i have a ton of respect for you. i think your willingness and ability to teach (and at such an amazing level to reach so many people) is really admirable. thank your for being such a positive force in our industry!! keep rockin it elayne!
That was very sweet and lovely that she took the time to tell me. So often people take the time and energy to write something when they've got a complaint rather than a compliment, so I really appreciate it!
October 27th, 2009
I just found out from my editor, Lisa, that The Piercing Bible was reprinted last month! She said,
"The fabulous news is that we reprinted the book last month. Not only does this mean that your royalty statements will be revving up, but also it’s good news for sales levels in general since it means we sold through the first print run in under a year."
Well, not only did we sell out the first print run in under a year, it was actually under half a year: The Piercing Bible came out in May, and it was reprinted in September! She also told me that less than 25% of those copies have sold through standard bookstores and over 75% of the sales came through alternative venues like online or specialty shops. She encouraged me:
"So all of your efforts are helping to contribute to the main piece of the sales—whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!"
I'm so delighted!!!
October 27th, 2009
I found that The Piercing Bible had been quoted in this article in The Daily Cardinal, the University of Wisconsin online newspaper. I was delighted to see that a great deal of factual information was included and that the piercers were quoted in the piece were knowledgeable and provided accurate facts. For example, this part, where I'm quoted:
Elayne Angel, the author of The Piercing Bible who estimates she has performed over 40,000 piercings, echoes this last point: “I have had more than one client confide in me that she had never had an orgasm ... until after I had performed her [piercing]!” However, every one of these experts is quick to note that the clitoris is usually not what’s pierced in a “clit piercing.” Instead, it is the clitoral hood that is bedazzled. The clitoral hood is the fold of tissue that covers the clitoris. Since the clitoris itself is so highly innervated, Ziebell cautioned, “If one false move is made, all feeling is lost forever, and I don’t want that on my conscience.” Indeed, Piercer X explained many women who come in requesting “clit piercings” are actually looking for a clitoral hood piercing: “I sometimes spend part of the time going through the names of the hills and valleys down there so I’m sure I know what [a client] wants,” he said.
The piercer mentions how frequently women requesting "clit piercings' actually want hood piercings. I've definitely found that to be the case. Also, the piercer said that he does 95% vertical clitoral hood piercings (VCH), and that is similar to the percentage I do (vs. horizontal hood piercings). I'm not sure why he or she didn't want to be named, preferring to be referred to as "Piercer X," but at least the information was sound!