February 17th, 2013
This piercer had thoughtful questions about piercing babies ears:
I have your book, The Piercing Bible, and I consult it before I perform any piercings. I appreciate your cautious yet sensible attitude.
At the moment I'm looking for some information about piercing a baby's ears and I can't seem to find it in the book. Would you mind answering a couple of questions?
Is there a minimum age that you recommend the piercee should be? What gauge needle is optimal and is there a particular jewellery style which is preferable? Also, do you have any tips on how to hold the baby?
Thanks for the positive feedback about my book; I appreciate it! Perhaps you'd be willing to post a review somewhere, or some comments on my guest book? If so, the entry form for a new posting is at the bottom of this page:
I've never pierced an infant or anyone too young to consent. If you plan to do it, I would suggest looking for some online forums to get input from piercers who do pierce infants.
If you check in The Piercing Bible on page 251, you will find my perspectives clarified (though directed to parents rather than piercers):
Infant and Child Ear Piercing
February 7th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who was concerned about the placement of her nipple piercing:
I had my nipple pierced a few days ago and it seems to me that the piercing is wrongly situated. It goes through my areolas, and not my nipple. I'm wondering how dangerous this is because I like it. I'm sending you a picture.
I'm sorry to say this but I considered asking if your piercer was blind. I've never seen a more poorly placed nipple piercing on anatomy that is so perfectly suited.
You really should go and ask for your money back and remove the jewelry. That is not where your nipple should be pierced. And the bar is dangerously short.
I marked with arrows where it should have been placed at the base of your nipple.
January 20th, 2013
I received a message and photo from a woman who was concerned about her nipple piercing:
I've attached a picture of my nipple piercing. Ive had it for roughly about 3 months.
A bump has appeared and sometimes puss/blood leaks out of it. I think this is because I became less strict with salt soaking it daily, because I assumed it healed already. Do you have any ideas for getting rid of this bump and do you know if this is just simply and infection or is it worse e.g. Migration/Rejection.
Nipple piercings can take 6-9 months or so to heal on women, so you will need to keep up with aftercare, including saline soaks, for some time. The excerpt below is from my book:
January 19th, 2013
I received a message from a piercee who couldn't figure out why her old, established piercings were acting up:
I have several piercings all different ages some for as many as 10 years or more and not had any problems. Recently they have all began to migrate and reject and I don't understand why. Can you tell me why this would happen all of the sudden and at such volume after years of no problems at all?
Are you experiencing some kind of excessive stress right now? That can cause problems with healed piercings. If not, I'd suggest a visit to a doctor for a thorough check up. After a long history of stability, if your piercings are acting up that could indicate a health problem of some sort. Here is some information on how stress can affect you.
Please keep me posted!
She did just that, and contacted me again about three months later:
I emailed you a while ago regarding my migrating piercings. After some observation and doctor visits it was in fact due to high stress levels as you suspected.
December 31st, 2012
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year and also to thank my clients, customers, readers, and supporters!
There are plenty of you out there who sing my praises, suggest my book, and promote my services by encouraging your friends and family to get pierced by me. I appreciate all of your support and will always work hard to earn your trust
Well, 2012 was a busy and super fast year, but really amazing, too. I got to travel to many different cities and meet and pierce so many wonderful people!
Truly I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world to have a job that is so rewarding and fun. I also feel amazingly fortunate to be married to my wonderful husband, to have dear friends, our adorable dogs, and to live in our beautiful home. I'm also grateful to have 2 loving families: my parents and also the family we "inherited" when we moved to the Yucatan. Last but not least, I'm so thankful for having my health, feeling good, and having the energy to do all of the things I want to do!
One highlight was that the TV show "Strange Sex" interviewed me and included me as a piercing expert in their show about erotic piercing!
http://piercingbible.com/blog/2012/03/elayne-angel-appears-tlcs-show-str... and that was really cool!
Another highlight was the release of The Piercing Bible jewelry measuring application, inGauge.
November 28th, 2012
I'm so excited about the Pain Magazine "Spotlight" on inGauge, my awesome body jewelry measuring mobile app. It is in the December 2012 edition on page 28. You can view it on their site. I just had to share a glimpse of it here.
Pain Magazine Spotlight on the inGauge App
by Scott Hove
In an effort to further enrich the ongoing relationship between piercers, their clients, and jewelry manufacturers, world-renowned author and piercer Elayne Angel has recently developed inGauge—a new mobile application designed specifically to aid members of the pierced community in sizing physical pieces of body jewelry.
November 26th, 2012
I received a message from a gal who had ear lobe piercings done with an ear stud gun and she experienced complications:
About 4 weeks ago I gor my ear lobe pierced with a piercing gun, and just recently one of my piercings has started to become very sore, and then today I went to clean it with a spray the piercing place gave me but as soon as I rotated it it starting oozing a lot of green pus, and then bleeding. I don't understand why this has happened as I have followed all instructions on cleaning the piercing, and I can't find any information on why the piercing is bleeding. What should I do? H.
Piercing guns do NOT meet the Association of Professional Piercers guidelines for safe piercing in terms of hygiene nor jewelry style and material. This page of the APP site has information about it: http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns
Go to a competent body piercer immediately for appropriate jewelry!
All of my piercer referrals are posted on this page of my website: http://piercingbible.com/piercer-referrals
If I haven't personally worked with or trained any piercers in your area, you can check the website for a member of the Association of Professional Piercers who is local to you:
They can insert jewelry that is higher quality and a more appropriate style for healing. You may need to see a doctor but let a professional piercer get a look at you first.
These are the care instructions I suggest: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
November 4th, 2012
My left nipple has been pierced the EXACT same amount as my right and it still leaks, nearly every morning I have crustys that I must clean off, and a bit through out the day. Nothing excessive, though sometimes in the morning I find dried blood. I have had to go up in size on my left nipple slightly when the nipple got a bit bigger but only on one side. I have pictures that I would gladly send, however I saw no option on your website for me to attach :( I want to know is there way to get my left nipple back to regular without having to take the piercing out? Is it rejecting at a very slow rate? Will my nipple be this way forever?
You definitely do have some scar tissue formation going on there.
Do you feel like it is continuing to grow, or if it has stabilized?
I don't know if perhaps that side was pierced a little deeper than not he other one? In any case, I have some suggestions from my book for dealing with excess scar tissue (called hypertrophic scarring) and I posted it here on this website.