June 12th, 2010
I received this message from a Facebook friend:
A few years back I decided to go through a phlebotomy program at a local college. I was wondering (while I know one can not learn how to be a "piercer" through Phlebotomy, and that an apprenticeship is key, as I have done mine a while back) what you thought about the sterilization practices? Do you find the practices of a phlebotomist are condusive to the practices of a body piercer? Do you feel it could help, or hinder? (I know that a lot of the medical field is anti body modification).
Thanks again for your time,
Ah. Well, obviously you're already into piercing, so I'm not concerned that a medical education of any type would turn you against it. So that's not an issue.
My concern is how poor the cross-contamination practices often are in medical settings--especially phlebotomy. When I get my blood drawn, I almost always have to request a glove change following the phlebotomist touching the sharps container and then trying to touch the site my stick, or some such.... I can say with certainty that the procedures we followed in my studio for hygiene and cross-contamination control are clearly much stricter than what is put into practice by most phlebotomists.
So, if you're able to maintain the level of sanitation and hygiene required of a safe piercer, then I'm sure additional experience with needles and bodies can only be a good thing!
June 8th, 2010
I'm really excited because I've been asked to speak to doctors and nurses at LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans during my upcoming visit there this summer.
On August 3, I'll be doing a lecture with a PowerPoint presentation. The title is "Sociocultural and Healthcare Implications of Body Piercing." It is a kind of stuffy name, but I think it will be very useful to professionals who work in medical settings. It will help them understand who gets pierced and why--and hopefully increase their sensitivity to pierced patients, especially if they have any negative attitudes or preconceived notions about us. I'll also be providing practical information for those who work with pierced patients, especially in the Emergency Room and Operating Room.
It is free to hospital employees, but the public can attend for $10.00. Here's some info including a sign up form.
June 7th, 2010
I'm so thrilled! I just got an email from my fabulous editor, Lisa Westmoreland, at Crossing Press/Random House. She told me that my book has been reprinted for the second time. They are expecting 5000 more copies at the warehouse this month. That's the second reprint since the book came out in May of 2009. The book has been out for just over a year, and alread there have been two reprints! That's great news.
May 20th, 2010
For the first time in over a year, I'll be piercing on the East Coast in PHILADELPHIA!
August 13-17, 2010
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May 15th, 2010
I've answered literally thousands of questions about piercings, but this was the first time I've ever been asked this particular question:
Good morning ! I have a quick question. I am interested in having my navel pierced. I was told by a friend of mine that navel piercing would help reduce the overall belly.
I am really not sure of this & wanted to hear your expert advice. My current waist is 38 inches & if the above said info is true I am definately looking forward to have the piercing done.
Please let me know your thoughts on the same ....
If you are asking whether a navel piercing will cause you to lose weight or reduce the dimensions of your abdomen, the answer is no. There's absolutely no reason why a navel piercing would have that effect. Also, navel piercing can make it a little more challenging to be physically active, especially during initial healing, and that certainly wouldn't help with weight loss.
Should you be interested in getting the piercing for aesthetic reasons, here's some practical information from The Piercing Bible:
May 10th, 2010
This is the latest review that appeared on Amazon.com:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect advice before, during and after getting pierced, April 23, 2010
by E. Matsko
Elayne's advice and information is perfect for anyone considering getting a piercing. She tells you everything you need to know before you get pierced. Being able to email her after you have been pierced before reading her book is very profesional of her. She will guide you in the right direction and help you avoid making a mistake. I wish I had read this before getting my first piercing.
I'm sorry she didn't read it before getting pierced too....
May 9th, 2010
I just spent the last eight days in Las Vegas. Even though I am not a fan of that faux city, I had a really amazing time because I was with my colleagues and friends and that's what counts. It was the 15th Annual Conference and Exposition of the Association of Professional Piercers. I'm a long-time member, and I serve on the Board of Directors as Medical Liaison. It was held at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, in the newly renovated convention center. That part was great, but unfortunately the rooms in the tower near the center were not yet remodeled. Still, I sure didn't get to spend a lot of time in the hotel room, and the convenience of being near the class rooms and expo floor was great.
The banquet this year was the best ever. It was held in an old-school style Las Vegas theatre, and the theme was a formal masquerade. It was fabulous seeing everyone in their finery. One gal had such an elaborate costume and headdress, it took up an entire suitcase!
While I was there, I attended plenty of meetings (two meetings of the board of directors, a members' meeting, and an international meeting); co-taught four classes (anatomy of the body, oro-facial anatomy, male genital piercing, and one on the history of modern body piercing). I also had a booth in which I was selling (and signing) The Piercing Bible.
April 27th, 2010
I just saw a recent review on Google Books that just about made me blush:
To call this book "the definitive guide" is an understatement. This book shall remain the definitive guide for the next hundred years. As a piercee and a piercer I can say with honesty that there is nothing that I know that isn't in this book. Against it's intended use, this book is an invaluable tool for any body piercer to further hone their skills and gain a better understanding of many details that commonly get ignored in the industry.
Everyone considering a body piercing should read this book. Knowledge is power, and knowing better what to expect when walking into a piercing studio will ensure a quality piercing that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. The savvy acquired from reading this book will help you recognize good, clean studios from sub par, inexperienced ones, which could potentially save your life.