August 10th, 2010
This inquiry (like so many others I post) was also from a Facebook Friend:
Hi Elayne,i got a question for u. I've got my nose piercing long time ago,a year...until now didn't heal,i always have this bump on top,red sometimes bleeding. All i use is H2Ocean and emu oil,but....nothing.This is my second time i've it done,and i use14k white gold .I have read in your book all about aftercare...but i guess something is wrong with my piercing or i do something wrong. Maybe i should take it out?
Have you ever tried a different material or jewelry style? Are you wearing a nostril screw? If so, was it custom bent to fit your nose? If it wasn't bent for you, then it is possible you're wearing a "right-bend" piece of jewelry on the left side of your nose (or vice-versa). Also, if the post is too short, or too long, that can cause problems with healing.
I'd strongly suggest you try a jewelry change before abandoning your piercing. Here's a section from The Piercing Bible about nostril screws:
July 19th, 2010
I received this message from a reader:
Hello Elayne, Picked up a copy of your book here in Canada last night. Holy Cow!! I didn't anticipate this much info--thank you. I have never been pierced before (hey, I'm a forty something) and am interested in a PA. You discussed retiring this piercing stating that there is the possibility it may not close up depending on the time you've had it and how large of jewelery has been used. You also indicated discussing with a surgeon/urologist about having it sutured up, and the pros and cons of doing this. Have you every been informed of what these pro's and con's could be?? I would like to know in advance of doing anything. Thanks, any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much for the positive feedback; I really appreciate it. Cons of going to a surgeon to close a PA would be expense, potential risk and discomfort (or pain) from surgery, and that you'll still end up with some form of scar. Also, it could be difficult to locate a physician who is open minded and non-judgmental. Pros would be that you are able to be rid of an undesired hole....
I hope that helps to clarify this for you.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
July 18th, 2010
I received this message from a reader:
Elayne, the book was amazing! I always had a feeling that the old shop I was going to was not the cleanest or most knowledgeable place in the world, and now I am certain haha! You have really opened my eyes to a lot of things that I just didn't look at before. I plan on enrolling in my classes soon, and hopefully with what I learned from your book I will have a bit of a head start above my competition for an apprenticeship. Also, your aftercare section was great. I have heard a ton of varying viewpoints, but never any reason other than "it just works." The piercer who did my lip told me to use anti-bacterial soap and peroxide to clean my lip ring, and now I no longer have it because it wouldn't heal. I wish I would have found your book sooner! It probably would have been able to keep it!
Also, I found a video on YouTube after reading your book that you might be able to use as a "how not to pierce" guide. Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bYU4fLYIVk
Any way, thanks again for everything. You are the best. I am going to be far more picky when I get my septum pierced and when I look for my apprenticeship. Thank you so very much!
July 12th, 2010
I got this message from an apprentice who was given my book on her first day at work:
I am an apprentice piercing artist here in northern Michigan and I have to say your book has honestly become my bible! It is with me at all times at work. I have to thank you for writing this book and making it available. My boss handed it to me my first day of work when I was busy milling through piercing supply catalogs, by the end of that night I had read the entire book. I am currently reading it again actually!
I have just typed up all of my aftercare sheets, and they all have a simple comment at the bottom "This aftercare program contains information obtained from "The Piercing Bible" by Elayne Angel." I hope this little comment catches my customers interest to read your book as well :)
I am hoping to become APP certified and I am doing everything in my power to become the best piercer I can, thank you!
July 12th, 2010
What can you do if you like the look of a vertical labret, but like many individuals, you do not have the full, pouty lips required to support a vertical surface piercing safely and with stability?
This is not a vertical lip piercing--it is a traditional placement using a custom-bent circular barbell!
There is a likelihood of migration or rejection and a high risk of scarring with any lip surface placement. But a custom-bent C-ring or U-ring is a safe and comfortable alternative for many piercees who wear labrets. This is a small diameter circular barbell that is widened so that it is C-shaped (or U-shaped, depending on anatomy) rather than round. This will conform to your lip and help to avoid jewelry contact with your teeth or gums. There is a wide range of fit possibilities based on the way it is bent to accommodate individual anatomy. Sometimes an asymmetrical bend is used. This style may satisfy you if you like the look of a vertical lip (surface) piercing but don’t want to face its risks of scarring and migration. The jewelry can give you the same appearance (one ball on top of your lip and the other right beneath it), but with the versatility of a traditional labret.
It sometimes takes a few attempts with different styles and sizes of jewelry to deter- mine what works best for your labret piercing. The mouth is a dynamic area that moves and changes shape considerably when you speak, smile, and eat. No wonder comfort- ably accommodating a static piece of metal there is so challenging.
July 11th, 2010
Here's my exchange with a young man who plans to seek an apprenticeship for body piercing:
Can you tell me if there is anyone in the Kansas City Missouri area who might be taking on an apprentice? Also, I am 25 years old. Is it too late for me to start learning? I am committed to taking the CPR, blood pathogen classes, and I am going to buy your book as soon as I hear back from you. Thanks in advance for your time!
July 7th, 2010
I just got this great message from a satisfied customer:
Not sure if you remember me but you did my VCH in Texas. I flew down from NY on a business trip and when I heard you where there at the same time I could not pass on the opportunity to have you pierce me. The point of this email is to tell you that I LOVE my VCH you did and amazing job. I did as you instructed and it healed wonderfully. Thank you so much I really appreciate the work you did. I would go to you when ever you are around to get pierced by you. Again thank you. Have a great day.
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.