The Piercing Bible
August 5th, 2009
Yet another 5-star review! This one is from a piercer with a lot of experience. She said she's already used it to help her clients be better informed:
August 3rd, 2009
I received this message on my Facebook page from a reader who is hungrily devouring my book and finding it useful as well:
Hi Elayne Just a quick message to say a big THANK YOU for writing The Piercing Bible. I am still relatively new to the art and felt I wasn't getting enough information from my trainer. Needless to say, your book was a God-send. I'm halfway through and only got it three days ago! I have already applied some of your advice in my work with great success. Thanks again! TThat's absoutely wonderful feedback, but I feel concerned that her mentor isn't providing her with information that she feels she needs....
August 2nd, 2009
I got this lovely message on Facebook:
I bought your book at amazon and am on page 28. I am glad to say that I am already enjoying your book. Very well put together. Looking forward to being friends in here. Oh. I've been piercing for 4 years now and tattooing for 5.
How cool that he's enjoying my book already. He'd hardly gotten past the front cover when he decided to find me on Facebook. Nice!
August 1st, 2009
The subject of body jewelry as it relates to airport security was discussed on the Travelite Blog. This is what it said by way of introducing me as the expert quoted in the article:
One person who would know is professional body piercer Elayne Angel. Elayne is not only covered in various forms of ink and metal herself, but she is also one of the pioneers in professional body piercing, a field she personally helped expand decades ago. Elayne has served multiple terms on the board of the Association of Professional Piercers as an advocate for field safety, and her most recent project has been authoring The Piercing Bible, the definitive guide for consumers and professional body piercers.Check it out. There's lots of great information througout the site, and if you travel, be assured you'll find plenty of great tips and ideas.
July 30th, 2009
I received this message from a reader on my Facebook page. How amazing to hear that getting his Prince Albert piercing has drastically changed his self-esteem and perception of his body!
After doing a lot of reading and talking my co-worker Nycole, I decided to pierce my PA. (This was her first.) Much of the information we read and studied came from you. This piercing has drastically changed my personal opinion on my body view. Your work means so much to me and even more so now. Thank you 1000 times over.It is so validating to my work to get feedback like this (though I want to reiterate that the book is not intended as a "how-to-pierce" guide).
July 23rd, 2009
Signed copies of The Piercing Bible are now available in my old stomping grounds: New Orleans. You can pick one up at NOLA Tattoo at 8120 Hampson Street; Uptown New Orleans near the Riverbend. Call them at (504) 524-6147 if you have questions. If you're in the market for a piercing, I highly recommend Pat Roig. He apprenticed under me and pierced at my French Quarter specialty studio, Rings of Desire, (closed following hurricane Katrina) for over 10 years. He's an excellent, highly experienced piercer, and a heck of a nice guy, too. If you're looking to get tattooed, I highlty suggest NOLA Tattoo's own Walt Clark. He is extremely talented and also a super greaty guy. He inked the flowers that cover my hands--a miniature version of the floral vines that cover my arms. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="320" caption="Walter Clark's "Handiwork""][/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="320" caption="The other side"][/caption]
July 14th, 2009
How did you find this website?
I'm so excited to see a book like this being published. I was really impressed by how neutral it remained without leaving things out. Its really hard to write on this subject because so much of piercing is personal preference, but you did a fantastic job! xo- Cj
Cj makes a good point there, because primarily the book does share my opinions (due to a short supply of "substantive research studies, statistical analyses, and other definitive resource materials related to body piercing" as it says in The Piercing Bible. I feel proud to have expressed them while still seeming "neutral"--that's tricky to be sure! It is great to hear that.
July 4th, 2009
I gave a brief interview about starting over (after Hurricane Katrina) and it was posted here along with a number of other highly uplifting stories. Here's mine: Elayne Angel I had a successful business in the French Quarter of New Orleans for over 12 years. Unfortunately, it closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My husband and I spent a modest sum and moved into a home in the Yucatan of Mexico. In this new, quiet environment I applied myself to writing a book “The Piercing Bible” on my area of expertise. The book has been published (by Ten Speed/Random House) and now my job is promoting it online and via book signings around the US. I networked with everyone I knew to let them know that I was writing a book and I got lucky: I have a friend whose brother works in publishing. He heard about my project and took an interest in it. He was instrumental in getting my proposal and sample chapters to a few major publishers. Without his assistance, I'm not sure how long it might have taken to get published. http://piercingbible.com To give credit where credit is due, my friend mentioned above is Caitlin McDiarmid, the Administrator for the Association of Professional Piercers. And the instrumental help was given to me by her brother, Mark. Here's to the McDiarmids for all of their amazing support!