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April 22, 2012 - 6:54am
Somehow – can you explain these things, anybody? – I’d gotten interested in the idea of a second piercing, having gotten a PA from Elayne a year and a half ago, and been very happy with it. Of all the other genital piercings, only the ampallang really appealed to me, but 1. not many people seemed to get them, and why was that? And 2. it’s obviously a somewhat daunting procedure. And then again 3. it takes a while to heal and you’re not supposed to go in swimming pools! Or have sex! I convinced myself I could deal with these things, one way or another. I got on Elayne Angel’s email list and discovered she was coming back to Philadelphia in April – but I dithered about actually making an appointment. By the time I did email her, she was all booked up, every half-hour every day, with a waiting list; so I figured, ok, never mind, I guess that was not a good idea and I’m fine with that, whew! But – a few weeks later – Elayne told me she had a spot after all – “I guess it was meant to be,” she said. I kind of thought, uh-oh, maybe it really is, so I booked the spot on April 16 and paid Elayne and started taking vitamin K. This gave me quite a few weeks to ponder whether or not this really was a good idea. I think what kept me committed is that my life has been very unhappy for the last year and more and I liked the idea of having a sort of extreme experience -- to give me less time and energy to contemplate being miserable. And I knew it would not be a huge deal to cancel, if I really really didn’t want to go through with it.
But, reader, I did. I showed up and contemplated all the jewelry at Infinite Piercing for 15 minutes and then Elayne came bouncing (she does not literally bounce, but gives that impression) out, put my jewelry (12g) in the sterilizer, and off we went. It is really worth getting pierced just to meet this woman – she radiates positive vibes in all directions and after a few minutes with her your heartbeat slows down to normal and you really think this may not be such a crazy thing to do after all. Even though she’s so scheduled, she seems to have all the time in the world to figure out the correct placement of your jewelry; it’s an absolutely unique experience to sit there with this nice lady seriously considering the configuration of your penis, and pointing out where the natural folds etc. are – things that, however much time you have spent with your penis, you have probably never thought about. Finally –- the little Sharpie marks are made, erased, and remade, and we agree that everything looks right. Somehow I would be happy to talk about this for another, oh, half-hour or so at least, but it really is time to do it -- like when you finally have to jump into the cold ocean and swim. Elayne practices her grip and gets her little instrument ready. I’m trying to do my yoga breaths and not wiggle around a lot, since I certainly don’t want to throw her off. Her touch is gentle but very firm, like a very good, strong massage therapist. Finally the needle (or is it a scalpel?) penetrates on my right -- there is a sharp pinch, a lot of pressure, a then a short strong wave of pain when the needle comes out the other side – Elayne had asked me not to swing my legs but they straightened out anyway. I was there for all this, and yet not quite there. But it was done, except for putting in the jewelry, which she did very quickly; and there it was, my newly decorated penis, looking pretty amazing (and very bloody!) Elayne congratulated me, and we had a little philosophical discussion about things that are “meant to be” – how her business was destroyed by Katrina but she ended up in Mexico, her book got published, and she does guest piercings all over the country. I got dressed and hugged her, and went home, very much wanting to be there and cool out, and paying the strictest possible attention to driving, and not the sensations in my crotch. The piercing was about 3:50 and it’s now 5:13 – bleeding seems to be slowing down somewhat and there is a mild throbbing sensation on the left side of the penis, where the needle came out. Days later -- I still feel like a little kid with new cowboy boots, except I can't show them to everybody, of course. I've had some bleeding, on and off, less every day, most at night if I have sexual dreams, which I have more of, since this piercing enforces a period of very strict celibacy -- you won't even think about touching yourself, let alone letting anyone else touch you.( This is -- interesting -- I find it makes anyone who is even moderately attractive look absolutely gorgeous. I was in a little cafe this morning and all the waitresses looked like goddesses, really.) Sensations at night include a rather dramatic squeezing in the glans, as the tissue expands around the barbell. Another post-piercing thought was sort of wishing I had a video -- which would be nice -- except I find that recording an event changes it; I can't really be inside the experience in the same way if I'm recording it. So I'm ok with just remembering. Overall -- no big problems -- not too much blood -- and the piercing seems to me astonishingly sexy. But that's just me. Thank you Elayne!
April 19, 2012 - 6:35pm
Thank you Elayne! You are a wonderful person and an amazing piercer!
I love the VCH and nipple piercings! The "treatment" looks great and they all feel pretty good too:) I can't wait until they're healed!
You were so lovely and calming and kind and I'm so very glad that I was pierced by you on April 16th. I can't wait until I go back for my triangle!
Thanks again, N
April 18, 2012 - 12:27am
I had the pleasure of being pierced by Elayne in Philadelphia on of all the days of the year Friday the 13th. That did scare me a bit but it went better than expected.I am extremely needle phobic and if I could get through it anyone can. Elayne was very professional and gentle so I did not worry at all and felt completely at ease that I was getting my piercing done by the best person in the world. I got both a VCH and Triangle and I must say I am thrilled!!!!!! She was so gentle that the piercing I thought would hurt really badly, the triangle, did not hurt more than the triangle at all. If anything it was the same level of discomfort. Healing has been great, I am following all her instructions and a day later I had no major discomfort. I can't wait for them to heal completely and experiment with different jewelry. Elayne is simply the best and everyone should travel no matter how far to get their piercings done. You will have no regrets. It is so worth it!
April 17, 2012 - 8:43am
I am extremely pleased with my decision to be pierced by Elayne at Infinite. She is not only knowledgeable, but she is passionate about her craft and that is reflected in the quality of work. I came in, contemplating either a VCH or a clitoral piercing and after a brief consultation and feedback as to my expectations, Elayne recommended a VCH. She readied her tools while talking me through the process. "Deep breath, exhale, and you will be pierced. I do not count to 3". Well just as easy as that it was over. Similar to the sensation of an ear lobe piercing, only in your lady parts. As she tightened my jewelry, I actually was laughing because physically this is a low pain procedure. Any stress or discomfort stems from your own psychological inhibitions and horror stories of those pierced by inexperienced piercers. Elayne is the best of the best and I am honored to have been pierced by her.
April 16, 2012 - 7:32pm
It was nice meeting you yesterday! You, and the staff at Infinite Body Piercing, made me feel welcome and very comfortable! I was a little nervous about getting pierced but your inviting and friendly personality put me at ease! I am very happy with my VCH piercing. I have no discomfort and I honestly don't even know its there!
April 16, 2012 - 8:59am
Thank you so much for doing my VCH piercing yesterday. Getting my piercing done by you was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. Your tenderness coupled with your professionalism has me screaming "GO GET PIERCED BY ELAYNE!" from the rooftops. You are amazingly down to earth and while I was hopelessly star struck (and still am) you and the piercing were not in the least bit intimidating. I spent the rest of the day talking my boyfriend's ear off about how comfortable I was and how great the piercing feels already. I can't wait until it's healed, and neither can he ;-) Thank you for all of your hard work and if I ever decide to get anymore piercings, you will be the first person I think of.
April 7, 2012 - 7:31am
Thank you so much for placing Julie of Cold Steel in Camden, London UK on your referrals page!
In March this year I received an improperly placed VCH piercing. I had attempted to do some research beforehand and found some online reviews for a place in Croydon, London, which in actual fact I had visited years before to have my tongue pierced (although they were now in "new" premises and were not the same staff that had worked there previously).
The reviews were pretty glowing about the studios ability to perform proper VCH piercings, with one girl even saying how she went to see them with a botched VCH piercing herself which they fixed for her! Her comments incuded how "the staff at X piercing" only use nrt's, and her original botched piercing was performed with clamps which this studio never use etc.. Sounds like a good review so far possibly, right?
So off I went, and the female piercer did indeed use clamps. I should have known right away to just get out but I didn't. I thought surely if they have had some good reviews about proper procedures I should trust their experience. The female piercer herself said that she had a VCH so has been in my position, and not to worry etc...
I took home a surface piercing too shallow into my hood and to say I was crestfallen was an understatement. I even had a cry about it as I was £49.50 worse off and knew I had to go through the pain all over again, but with no guarantee I could trust anyones recommendation, seen as online views were all I had to go on, and they weren't worth believing in my experience so far!
Thank goodness I found your online page. Your descriptions on VCH piercings and how to spot if they are done improperly was amazing. It had only been 6 days since my piercing and after reading your page and blog, I knew i had to get a second opinion and get it done again.
After seeing your recommendations page, I duly went to visit Julie at Cold Steel in Camden the very next day for a second opinion. She was lovely on the phone and even lovelier in person. I told her what had happened and how upset I was over it, and when she took a look she agreed that it wasn't right.
She wanted to place an NRT into my hood to see if it would travel past the piercing and deeper into my hood, seen as she couldn't see that well due to a little swelling. And of course it travelled way up past where the exit of the jewellery actually was. I could feel the distance between my piercing and the apex of my hood and I was actually shocked.
She said I was fine to have a proper VCH and had no idea why someone would use clamps on my anatomy. On her advice I removed the jewellery that day and came back to see her 3 week later to have it done again.
It has now been 3 weeks since I have had my hood re-pierced and I can confidently say that I couldn't be happier with my result! She was lovely and spent a lot of time explaining the whole situation to me.
I will be messaging her separately to say thank you and to say how grateful I was to her for helping me. I wanted to wait these weeks until I knew things were fine before I said anything. But honestly the healing has been textbook, no discomfort at all and it's placed in a way that makes me very happy!
If you hadn't put her name on your recommendations page, I would have felt very unconfident about trusting anyone to pierce me again, seen as it's so common for them do be done wrong. I am just so thankful to you for letting me know about her, and wanted to let you know I have had a positive experience with her. You have done me the greatest service by having her name here for me to see. And to cap it all off, she charged less than the first studio did!
Of course I risk sounding like everyone who has ever seen your page after a botched VCH but I wish I had seen your page first.
I just thought that seen as you agree to put your name to their ability, you would want to hear that these individual piercers are still doing a good job, just like anyone on here that ends up doing a not-so-good job.
And to anyone else looking for online reviews on Piercing shops to help you decide where to go, please do BEWARE where you end up choosing to go, seriously. I found the best online reviews you could get and still ended up with a botched piercing. If you can get to any piercers named on Elaynes list, take the time and money to visit them even if it seems like hassle. I ended up paying twice the price and experiencing twice the pain, and even then some people aren't as lucky and you could come out much worse!
All the best XxXx
April 5, 2012 - 12:34am
Thank you for providing so much information about genital piercings. I used t think that genital piercings "weren't for me" but after reading through your website and doing some additional research, I have decided I want a VCH piercing. I am really hoping to be able to see you when you are in Philadelphia.
April 1, 2012 - 3:46pm
The Piercing Bible is fun, informative, and a pleasure to read! Anything and everything you need to know about piercing and body jewelry is in those pages. I was through it in two days, and sad there wasn't more! Thanks to Elayne for providing such a wonderful resource for both seasoned and newbie pierces!
Sarah Piercings: 6 lobe, 2 helix, navel ^^
March 22, 2012 - 9:05am
Admiring the dedication you put into your blog and in depth information you provide. It's good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same out of date rehashed material. Great read! I've saved your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.
March 21, 2012 - 1:29am
Thank you so much for providing such and informative website. I have always thought about getting my clit pierced, but it was one of those things just a thought, something that sounds cool, but that I would not actually do. Well, I finally got to a point where I said why not. Did some research and came across your website. It explained everything, and all the different types of genital piercings. After reading up on everything I was well informed, and was able to make a confident decision on the VCH.
I utilized your referral piercers page and made the trip to Seattle (nearest one to me) and visited Chuck at Pierced Hearts Tattoo Parlor. Really I checked out their website which was also very informative, then emailed Chuck to ask questions and schedule an appointment. She was very professional via communication, and during my piercing appointment. Chuck was amazing. Treated it just like any other day (which really is just another day for her), but for those getting a VCH, I was quite nervous and excited at the same time. She eased my nerves and explained everything she did before she did it and as she was doing it. My husband also came with me. She was very kind and made the situation very comfortable. The room was clean, and all of her tools were sterilized. The piercing itself was definitely a startling and sharp pinch, but after the initial pinch did not hurt much at all. It tingled a bit when the jewelry was placed, and a little after that when walking but it didn't hurt. I was very surprised at how quick the piercing healed. I got my VCH little over a week ago, and there is no pain at all to touch. I was worried about not being able to have sex after getting this VCH, and personally I was able to have sex the day after my piercing, with no pain at all. Of course taking the recommended precaution. I followed Chucks instructions of care to the t, and everything is healing wonderfully.
I am very happy to have made the decision to get my VCH pierced, and even happier to have come across the site, and partake in the piercer referrals that Elayne provided... I would definitely recommend using the referrals provided on Elayne's site! It was definitely worth the drive for me, to ensure safety. :)
Comment by angel
Congratulation on your new piercing. I'm so glad to hear that you had a great experience with Chuck in Seattle--she is wonderful!
People may notice my referrals list is rather short, but I am very selective about the piercers I recommend. The link is in the right column navigation "Piercer Referrals."
March 12, 2012 - 12:50am
Thank you so much for your informative site!! I often reference it & refer others to it also. I recently had the opportunity to be pierced by Becky of Cold Steel in San Francisco. This was back in Sept. at the Folsom Street Fair 2011. I decided to go big & get both my nipples & a VCH piercing as my first body piercings!! I had a wonderful experience with both Becky & Paul. They were both very personable and informative. They made the experience safe, clean, and comfortable despite the fact that I was pierced in a tent at a street fair of all places. Your website has also provided me with the knowledge I needed to find other skilled, professional piercers closer to home. It is very comforting to know that you are in good hands, esp for those intimate piercings. Thank you for your book & your contributions to the piercing community. :)
March 11, 2012 - 12:06am
I just wanted to comment on how great and helpful the referral page was! I went to see John C. Johnson in Long Beach for a VCH. He's one of the closest referrals to me (an hour's drive) and I'm not sure I could have found a better person close to me. I've been looking into the VCH for over a year now and I was not about to let just anyone near me with a needle down there! But after looking at his website I felt really confident about him- he is currently the elected VP of the APP, so you know he's up to date on all safety and health stuff. I wasn't going to bring anyone with me (or really even mention it to anyone since I got it for me and not anyone else) so it was very important to me that I feel comfortable to go by myself. He was very nice and polite and the pain was over before I knew it. I got lost on the way there making my trip there a total of a 3 hour drive, but when I called him he gave me directions and even offered to look up my location on the computer.
Because of this site, I was able to ask all of the right questions until I could find someone who gave me all of the right answers (if you find someone who doesn't use a NRT for the VCH, then you need to run away and find someone else who does- try the referrals page here!). Because of that, my piercing is a great success! Looking at it I'm confident that it was done well and right (it's straight and placed correctly). I've only had it since this past Thursday (which to my surprise turned out to be International Women's Day- what a fun way to celebrate!) but it's doing great. I haven't had any issues.
Everything worked out great because of this site and the referrals page! If you're looking for a piercer in your area, try the referrals page. John is an hours drive from me, but it was well worth it. Even when I got lost driving there AND home making what should have been a 2 hour trip 5 hours in total... but that was my fault. And it was still worth it!
P.S. If you're thinking about a hood piercing, personally for me it hurt less than the navel piercing did but was obviously in a more sensitive area and was more abrupt. But it's been worth it.
March 9, 2012 - 1:36pm
I can only echo the value of The Piercing Bible. It is recommended reading for everyone interested in piercing.
March 8, 2012 - 11:03pm
I just wanted to leave some notes about my experience with Eric at Obscurities in Dallas!
The piercing room was clean, he wore a surgical mask, made sure that I was clean and ready. He autoclaved everything AND my VCH jewlery (he had to take it out to examine me and pierce me). He made sure I knew about how intense the Triangle piercing was going to be compared to my VCH but also allayed my fears. The entire piercing process itself was a breeze. I wouldn't even consider it pain - it was just INTENSE. But the intensity only lasted maybe two seconds before I was back to normal. I will almost venture to say that my Triangle was less painful than my VCH! I already felt back to normal when I was on the piercing table, and he made sure to tuck it for me and explain sex, oral sex, and aftercare to me.
Although it was the first time I had ever been to this piercer, I trusted him with my lady bits. He was knowledgable, experienced and easy to talk to. You even came up in our conversation! He let me know about what he was doing and why. It was a wonderful experience. I can honestly say I would get a triangle over and over again with no fear. I plan on coming back to him for any of my future piercings!
March 5, 2012 - 10:19pm
As I was beginning my apprenticeship, I noticed The Piercing Bible sitting on the book shelf in our shop. I began reading through it on our downtime, and quickly decided that I needed to purchase my own copy for home. I took notes, I tagged pages, and I read it through twice! To this day, I will still go back and check my notes to make sure that I am giving the right advice to my customers. I am so thankful for this book, for helping me become comfortable, confident, and even more passionate about work. I have had so many customers thank me for educating them about a specific piercing, and for even telling them when the piercing that they want just isn't practical for their body (and suggesting to them what may work better!) I recommend this book to anyone thinking about being pierced, and for anyone aspiring to become a safe and educated body piercer! Elayne, thank you. You are truly and inspiration.
Comment by angel
Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback. I really appreciate it! I'm so glad my book has been helpful to you and your clients!
March 2, 2012 - 9:26pm
I recently visited Tiffany Diamond at Lady Luck Tattoo in Waterford, Michigan. I found her on your piercer referrals tab. I drove an hour to have her pierce my nipples. She was professional and considerate and very knowledgeable. I had gotten a VCH from somewhere else and had a feeling it may have been in the wrong spot and I asked if she would take a look and she did confirm suspicions. I knew I should have went to her in the first place. She used a drawing to show me the placement it should have been in. I removed it and I will be visiting her again in 4 weeks to have that redone. I couldnt have been more pleased with her. Very nice shop! I highly recommend if you are in Michigan visit Tiffany Diamond at Lady Luck! She Rocks!
February 29, 2012 - 10:00pm
Hi Elayne, I was recently pierced by a piercer named Allison who was taught by you in a class you gave as well as she had a personalized autographed copy of your book. I am in Northern Ohio and never dreamed I would find a piercer that knew you personally by acccident! My regular piercer was out on maternity leave and Allison is there in her place. After learning she was taught by you and she showed me her (well used) copy of The Piercing Bible, I felt very comfortable!
I got the VCH piercing and let me say, it's been 8 days and I am in love!!! I can't thank you enough for your website which I have been on almost constantly since having it done and all the information in your blog. You are an amazing woman!!! THANK YOU!
February 22, 2012 - 5:40pm
This "Bible" is a MUST read for any and all that are either piercing now, future piercees, or those that have any questions or just a desire to learn more about the wonderful, exciting world of body piercing.Written in a straight forward style by the Maven of body piercing, Elayne Angel. Specifically the genitalia applications. I was very impressed with all aspects of the publication. Well organized, very informative. Written in a manner, that most anyone will be able to understand. Anyone that has any comprehensive reading skills at all. I have no doubts that it will find it's way onto the shelf of any reputable piercer and/or his shop.
February 20, 2012 - 9:10am
I was so excited to learn that Elayne was going to be in Atlanta that i planned this visit for more than 2 months! This visit went smooth, was very pleasant and informative and I got to see a true professional in action. I'm so thrilled to see Elayne has encouraged so many to step up to the plate and be proactive with education and sanitation. What an inspiration she is! Wonderful woman with a beautiful personality and an absolutely comforting bedside manner. Thank you Elayne!
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