The Piercing Bible

Supportive Parent

I got this email today from the parent of a girl who wants to be a piercer:

 

Dear Angel, My adult daughter Rachel is very keen on getting into the Piercing profession.  She has worked at a couple of places that provide tattoo services and piercing services.  The work has strengthened her resolve.  Recently she asked if I could see about getting your book for her – she really wanted it signed by you.  I know she would really be pleased if you addressed it to her and signed it. We live in near Vancouver Canada but have a mailing address in Lynden Washington. Would you mind addressing a book to “Rachel” and maybe wish her well?  She is a fan for sure and I do my best to support my daughter – I love her dearly. I would be happy to send you a cheque or whatever method of payment you prefer. Thank you for considering my request. Sincerely, Neil

This is my response: Hi Neil, Thanks for your email. How wonderful that you are such a supportive parent! I'd be happy to personalize the book for her, but I now live in Mexico and I don't stock books here or have any means to accept payment. The Piercing Bible is being sold by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), and when you purchase from them, you do receive a book that I signed, and 25% of the proceeds go to the organization. In any case, the APP is an organization she should definitely know about. Here is the link where my book can be found: http://www.safepiercing.org/publications/the-piercing-bible/ They do ship internationally, so you can have it sent to whichever address you prefer. She may wish to sign up for my email list in the top right corner of this site.

 

Over 100 Libraries

I was excited to find that The Piercing Bible is now available in over 100 libraries (104 as of today, to be exact). I found the information here. I think it should be available in ALL community libraries, and in all College and University libaries. Certainly, it should be in all schools with a focus in the Health Care fields. There's SO much valuable information in it that should be standard fare for anyone who might end up dealing with pierced patients.

Props from a Piercer

I found this great review on a blog by a Montreal body artist

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The Piercing Bible!

I have to admit that anyone interested in piercings or in becoming a piercer or who already works in this profession and has not yet read this book, you must read this! I have been aware of Elayne Angel since I began my career in 93′ and have worked on clients that she has pierced and I have great respect for her dedication and knowledge. This is the most straight forward and informative book on Piercing I have ever read and I reccomend it to anyone who enjoys piercings and all that goes into it from start to finish.

UK Forum Discusses The Piercing Bible

I ran into a UK-based forum about piercing. (You can tell from their slang, which is quite different from the US.) The members were discussing The Piercing Bible and below are the comments I found there: • Brilliant book alert! Hi piercers & piercees, theres a bloody great book I've just bought & I think everyone would benefit from having a copy, its called "The Piercing Bible" by Elayne Angel, the incredible piercing guru responsible for Rings Of Desire Its got plenty of info for us piercers to chew over, & a lot of info for anyone wanting to receive safe & professional piercings. Its not a how to pierce book, but its a mine of info. I've not finished reading it yet, but so far so fabulous!

Amazon.com Rankings

My publisher said I shouldn't put too much stock in the Amazon.com rankings for my book because they change continuously, but I can't help but feel a little excited to see that I'm within the top 20,000 books as of today (given that they have several million titles for sale)! And, The Piercing Bible is #3 in one book category, and #5 in another:

Great Nipple Piercing Articles

If you're interested in the subject of nipple piercings, I highly suggest you take a look at this post called "Let's Talk about Nipples" on The Pierced Consumer, and this one called "Nipple Piercings and the Long Haul", which is the second part of the article. The blog is written by Cloud, and she's the woman that The Piercing Bible is dedicated to (and if you open your copy to the dedications page you will learn why). Here I am, posting about these great blog articles, when I noticed that The Piercing Bible was actually mentioned in one of these posts. Cool!

VCH Piercing Jewelry Problem

Here's an email I received from a woman who was experiencing a problem because the jewelry that was placed in her VCH piercing was too short:

Hi there, I've contacted my piercer too, but I'm looking for some guidance and hoping you can help.  I had my VCH pierced a week ago.  It was initially healing very nicely with no issues.  However, when I had it pierced, I was told that my hood was very long and he probably could have used a longer barbell (I have a straight barbell in now).  This morning when I was cleaning it in the shower, I noticed that it was uncomfortable and found out that the bottom ball on the barbell has retreated into the piercing hole.  I tried to manually push it back through but it is stuck and very uncomfortable. What should I do?  Will my piercer be able to remove the jewelry and hopefully put a longer barbell in? I'm worried that it's healing around the ball and will be very difficult to remove. Thank you for any help you can give, Amanda

Amanda, Go see your piercer immediately! You MUST have a longer bar put in ASAP! If you allow jewelry that is too small to remain in place then it is likely to end up embedded. As the ball sinks in, your tissue grows around it, and soon you'll need the assistance of a doctor to remove the embedded jewelry by making an incision or two near it! Wearing ill-fitting jewelry is dangerous, especially when a piercing is so new. A curved bar gives you the advantage of some extra space without adding extra length--I usually start VCH piercings with them. This excerpt from The Piercing Bible explains proper VCH placement and jewelry:

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