The Piercing Bible
April 12th, 2010
I received this message today:
Can you tell me the grade of steel I want to purchase for changing my PA? Can you also recommend a site where I can get good quality jewlery?
Also, I just went from a 4 to a 2. It is unusual for there to be a little bleeding. It was very little for a very short period of time.
Any of the materials sold here at Body Circle Designs are excellent: http://www.bodycircle.com/
March 27th, 2010
I got this message today:
My wife loved her HCH. Although she took it out to visit the Gynocologist. She then forgot to put it back in and subsequently grew shut in about 5 days. My question is-- can she get it done again? Will it have to be in a different spot above or below the original to avoid the scar tissue? Does she now get a VCH instead? Thanks for any and all suggestions.
How long did she have the HCH? Sometimes a piercer can use a tool called an insertion taper to reinsert jewelry, even when you cannot get it back in yourself. The smallest taper available (usually 18 gauge) should be attempted first. If the channel is open, it may not go back up right away to the gauge that she was wearing previously. But it can be stretched back up over time.
This is a brief passage from The Piercing Bible:
Will It Close?
Depending on the size, age, and location of a healed piercing, along with the course of stretching, if any, it may not seal up completely. Most holes contract fairly rapidly and can continue to shrink over time. Over the ensuing weeks, the area will stabilize and the channel is apt to remain in whatever state it has achieved within a month or two— smaller, or fully closed.
If it really needs to be repierced, everything will depend on whether there is significant scar tissue or not. If not, then it can likely go back in the same spot. She will need to be evaluated by a comptetent piercer.
March 18th, 2010
I received this message from a reader:
Im From St. johns Newfoundland and Piercings and Tattoos arent a huge thing here, As well as Living on an Island we are fairly restricted to whats available in regards to good piercers. About 2 years ago I sent you an email regarding Clitoris piercings, and i would just like to Thank you for being so helpful at the time, and providing me the information I needed. I Must say that I did my own research into piercers here in newfoundland and I found one that is an amazing piercer, Very Professional and know what he is Doing, and I went ahead and had my Clitoris Pierced :) Vertically :) And I Absolutely Love it! I Could not have asked for a Better Piercing, Piercer or Information, Like i Said I would Just like to thank you! Although My piercer has only done a Handful of actual clitoris piercings I trust him and he did an amazing Job, Im Actually looking at Possibly introducing a "Magic Cross" Id Like to add in a horizontal Clitoris Piercing. Anatomically i think I can have it done, I Am going to see my piercer and see how he feels.
Once Again, a HUGE thanks :) Your Website is amazing in regards to information as well I would just like to say The local Book store here carries Your book :) Of which I bought and got a whole pile of great Information from That as well :D
Thanks for the positive feedback; I'm glad to hear that you found my book informative. I'm always happy to help whenever I can.
I'm thrilled to hear that your piercing experience was a good one, and that you're happy with the piercing you received. Let me know how the next one goes!
March 17th, 2010
I received a message from a woman who is interested in getting a triangle piercing. She had sent me some photos and I told her she appeared to be anatomically suited to a triangle piercing. Then she wrote:
I contacted a piercing studio and the receptionist told me a triangle is a ''nightmare piercing, not suited for someone who is sexually active, it's a horrible piercing.'' I was also told ''It'll stretch''. Is this actually true?
I feel really gutted because I've heard good things about the triangle and love the look of it but I've never heard this before. I know it's anatomy dependent but I thought it was a fine piercing for someone with the right anatomy, which I believe I do have after doing lots of research.
Can you please shed some light on this?
March 10th, 2010
I received this message from a piercer on the East Coast:
Thanks for all your great articles. I always skip right to your article first thing when I get a new pain magazine. I bought the Piercing Bible last year for curiosity and I must say, I was surprised at how well written and how much content it had. Can't say I agree with everything but I respect you for your work in this industry and appreciate the information you put out there. We had to fight over your book in the shop when we first got it. When we come across questions between ourselves as piercers we use your book to get your opinion. Thanks. K.
Thanks for your message and for your feedback. I know there will be an update to The Piercing Bible eventually, and I'm interested in hearing about what other piercers disagree with. If you'd care to share an of your thoughts on this, I'd take your input into consideration during my rewrite.
And that goes for any of you readers too. I am interested in the feedback of other professionals, so don't hesitate to contact me with your perspectives. It could result in a change in the first revised edition of The Piercing Bible.
March 3rd, 2010
I got my first (and so far only) one-star review. I read it over, and I have to say, it seems that the individual may not have actually read my book. The first statement in the review is:
"I'm little confused as to why this book exists."
That's pretty clearly addressed on page 2:
The Piercing Bible is primarily directed toward piercees, but it also contains a wealth
of information for the parents of children who want to get pierced or are already
pierced, teachers who work with pierced students, health-care professionals who deal
with pierced patients (whether treating problem piercings or performing unrelated
medical procedures), and piercers who want an authoritative reference work or an
educational tool for clients.
Why This Book?
Piercing can be dangerous, and it is far more complicated than most people realize.
The hazards range from tearing, scarring, migration, and rejection to localized bacte-
rial infections and, though rare, serious infections. Consumers need facts about the
risks, choices, and best practices involved. People who interact with piercees also need
to be informed about various aspects of piercing. Many myths have persisted, even in
academic and medical literature; they are finally dispelled here, too.
February 18th, 2010
That's the title of an article I was interviewed for that provides important information for parents about piercings their teens might get or have. The Piercing Bible was quoted and credited.
It starts off:
When done properly, piercing is safe. Elayne Angel is the author of The Piercing Bible – The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing and the Medical Liaison for the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) and recommends following standard safety precautions for a safe piercing experience:
• the piercing should be done in a hygienic facility by a trained, experienced worker
• sterile, disposable equipment should be used
• jewelry of the correct material, size, and style should be inserted
• proper aftercare instructions should be followed
Click here to read the rest of the article.
February 9th, 2010
It's finally here! The long-awaited website redesign that I've been dreaming about for so long. Huge thanks to Rich Rudzinski of Tragic Media for doing a great job and being patient with me while I asked a million questions. The site is done in Drupal, which is new to me, so please bear with me as I make the necessary corrections. I'm aware that the images from previous blog posts didn't get imported with the text, so I'm working on that. Thanks for your patience.
Feel free to let me know how you like the new design, and if you have any comments, suggestions, or corrections email me.