October 4th, 2009
Part of my volunteer work for the Association of Professional Piercers involves updating the website. I've been trying for days to figure out how to post the code to make it easy to share our banners, but I'm having a hard time with it. So I'm testing it out here. Does the banner work?
October 4th, 2009
I just received an email from a woman in Australia and my book has had an effect on her:
Dear Elayne, I have been reading a preview of your book on google books. First, thank you for allowing the preview to be posted. From what I have read, I know I need to go and purchase the book! I am a 25 year old girl (woman?), who, after much soul searching and deliberation have decided to put my nursing degree on hold and pursue body piercing as a career. Through my research I have realised I have much to learn before I can even set foot in a piercing studio as an apprentice. I stumbled upon your book after a recommendation to visit safepiercing.org. I found your writing to be clear and concise, and explained everything in detail without rambling. By reading your book I have become more confident in my desire to become a body piercer, and you have helped me understand the link between the piercer and the piercee. I know I have lots (and lots) to learn, but I think that I may be able to follow my dream. Without ever meeting me, you have played a part in this. And for that I thank you. Leah NSW, Australia
My response: Hi Leah, Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm thrilled that my book has proved helpful to you. I wish you all the best. Sincerely, Elayne
October 3rd, 2009
I know this isn't along the lines of my usual piercing-related topics, but I wanted to share this with you. Since I live in the Yucatan in a Mayan pueblo, it is definitely of interest to me, and hopefully you will find it interesting too. The Shift of the Ages film is a docudrama: a timely, artistic and inspiring expression of ancient wisdom and prophecy proclaimed by our Indigenous Elders. The Shift of the Ages is a true account of the Mayan prophecies, the life and mission of Grandfather Cirilo and the momentous evolutionary shift currently underway in our cosmos.
October 2nd, 2009
I got this email today from the parent of a girl who wants to be a piercer:
Dear Angel, My adult daughter Rachel is very keen on getting into the Piercing profession. She has worked at a couple of places that provide tattoo services and piercing services. The work has strengthened her resolve. Recently she asked if I could see about getting your book for her – she really wanted it signed by you. I know she would really be pleased if you addressed it to her and signed it. We live in near Vancouver Canada but have a mailing address in Lynden Washington. Would you mind addressing a book to “Rachel” and maybe wish her well? She is a fan for sure and I do my best to support my daughter – I love her dearly. I would be happy to send you a cheque or whatever method of payment you prefer. Thank you for considering my request. Sincerely, Neil
This is my response: Hi Neil, Thanks for your email. How wonderful that you are such a supportive parent! I'd be happy to personalize the book for her, but I now live in Mexico and I don't stock books here or have any means to accept payment. The Piercing Bible is being sold by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), and when you purchase from them, you do receive a book that I signed, and 25% of the proceeds go to the organization. In any case, the APP is an organization she should definitely know about. Here is the link where my book can be found: http://www.safepiercing.org/publications/the-piercing-bible/ They do ship internationally, so you can have it sent to whichever address you prefer. She may wish to sign up for my email list in the top right corner of this site.
September 30th, 2009
I ran into a brief but interesting interview with Douglas Ferguson in Media Post Magazine - Art, Science & Everything In Between and it mentioned body piercing and body modification in reference to technological advances of the future! The question was posed:
Will people ever consent to having communications devices implanted? Ferguson: Gradually. Thirty years ago, the only people with tattoos were sailors, gang members, bikers, and circus people. Piercing was even less popular. The tipping point on permanent body changes was reached years ago, and I predict implantation will catch on among young people and diffuse slowly into the general population. It matters not at all how repulsive we find the idea today, any more than it mattered thirty years ago with tattoos and body piercing.
Interesting stuff and he has a good point! The other two questions of this brief interview were also very interesting.
September 29th, 2009
I was excited to find that The Piercing Bible is now available in over 100 libraries (104 as of today, to be exact). I found the information here. I think it should be available in ALL community libraries, and in all College and University libaries. Certainly, it should be in all schools with a focus in the Health Care fields. There's SO much valuable information in it that should be standard fare for anyone who might end up dealing with pierced patients.
September 23rd, 2009
September 19th, 2009
Here's another awesome review. I'm excited to see that The Piercing Bible is the thing that kept him from buying a piercing kit and experimenting on his friends!
The piercing bible, September 18, 2009