March 2nd, 2011
In Running the Gauntlet pioneer Jim Ward provides a captivating in-depth narrative on the origins of the modern body piercing industry. I was completely spellbound by Ward’s uncensored personal history, and his account of establishing a unique business that has brought genuine change to contemporary culture. Prior to Jim Ward’s founding of Gauntlet Enterprises, piercing was a little-known activity practiced by people on the fringes of society. Now, as a result of his actions, there are piercing studios all around the globe and millions of pierced individuals. The quantity of “firsts” that are under Jim Ward’s belt (figuratively, and perhaps literally) is remarkable.
This volume would stand on its own as a text, but the phenomenal collection of historical images throughout the book transported me on a journey across time right along with the author. The rich visuals make the story accessible and wholly satisfying.
Even those who are not involved in body piercing would love this book because the tale itself is so intriguing, and so compellingly and candidly recounted. Don’t miss this must-read memoir!
August 24th, 2009
I signed up for a cool site called Library Thing. It is for people who love to read and they can interact with others who share their passion for books. There's all sorts of forums and groups and plenty of book reviews and all kinds of cool stuff. I set up a profile, and I was able to get an "author" button because some of the readers had my book in their "libraries." You can also connect with people who have the same books as you have in your library. Anyway, I noticed a review of The Piercing Bible that written by one of the members. It started off:
This book is awesome, whether you're a professional piercer, regular piercee, apprenticing or just academically inerested.I contacted him to thank him for the great review and he responded back to me:
Absolutely! I adore your book and will probably have to purchase a second copy, as I've managed to practically wear out the copy I already have. It was most useful on at least 2 of the papers I have to write for anthropology classes, this past school year! It's by far one of the most useful and informative books I've ever owned. Oh yeah! And kudos to Powell's Books, here in Portland OR, for having it IN STOCK when Amazon was still telling me that it was on order and not due to even be printed for another three months (that was back in March).