February 26th, 2011
I'm back home after a long but successful trip. I attended a Board meeting for the Association of Professional Piercers, did piercings in Atlanta and Philadelphia, and shot a segment for The Learning Channel about erotic piercings.
In Atlanta I performed 53 piercings on 31 clients over 3 days. They came from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia (of course), and Ontario, Canada to be pierced by me.
In Philadelphia, I performed 71 piercings on 50 clients over 4 days. They came to get pierced by me from Connecticut, Deleware, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington DC, and of course, Pennsylvania, plus Ontario, Canada! Wow!!
As usual, I did primarily female genital piercings--LOTS of VCH piercings, and a good number of triangles, too. I There were quite a few women who got both, while we were at it. I also did a few inner labia piercings and a fourchette or two. I did some male genital piercings too, including an apadravya, some frenums, and a lorum. I did a number of nipple piercings, including one woman who had inverted nipples when she arrived, and very perky non-inverted nipples when she left. She was so delighted--I completely cured her inverted nipples!
I told a good friend of mine about my trip. She is a really great woman, a writer who is also an American living in the Yucatan. She wrote to me:
February 15th, 2011
I received this message from a FaceBook friend:
Stephen says, "Hello Elayne, I know I don't know you personally, however after reading your book.it seems like I do now. im a tattoo artist in ontario canada, and im currently apprenticing to add piercings to my repertoire. however im very pasonate about adding as much knowledge to any field that I persue. and I can honestly say your book covers it all. wow!!! seriously. well done , thank you for taking the time to put this amount of knowledge out there. this book should be standard reading before anyone even thinks of starting a carreer in the body modification industry. the reason for my message Elayne is that I take my job very seriously and care very much about my clients and want to give them my best. I.m always trying to add the best people in the industry to my list of friends as support to show that I'm always learning and helping them with their best interest. I would be very honored if you would add me to your circle of friends. perhaps we'll meet at a convention some day. thanks Elayne, you have really lit a fire under me to be great at this. take care... s.s."
February 4th, 2011
I got a fantastic message on my YouTube account:
I just wanted to thank you for writing The Piercing Bible, it has helped me grow as a piercer and develop a deep love for piercing. I started piercing as a way to get my foot in the door to the tattoo industry but my teacher put her heart and soul into teaching me how to pierce and always talked about you and your book. I have ordered two copies of your book, one for my home and one for the shop I work at. Thank you so much for inspiring so many people and for indirectly helping me find my first and second loves one being piercing and the second my teacher, we are now engaged to be married. thank you
Thanks so much for your message and congratulations to you and your fiance!
That sure gave me a warm fuzzy feeling! I'm thrilled to hear that my book has proved to have such a positive impact on your career and your perspective on piercing. I can't say I ever imagined that my book would ever be responsible (even indirectly) for a romantic connection. I'm so happy that you shared your good news with me.
Send my warmest regards and respect to your mentor/fiance. I wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness together.
February 3rd, 2011
Here's my new Public Service Announcement about safe body art:
February 1st, 2011
I just posted about my upcoming piercing visit to Infinite Body Piercing in Philadelphia on a site called Thumbtack (and it was free).
Here it is:
This is what it says about the site:
What is Thumbtack?
Why can you go online right now and buy any product you want but you can't do the same for tutors, handymen, dog walkers, or other local services? Thumbtack is changing that.
Thumbtack isn't like typical local search directories that simply return business listings with ratings and reviews, leaving you no better off than the paper Yellow Pages.
Instead, Thumbtack gives you the ability to vet, contact and book service professionals the moment you find them.
Seems pretty cool!
January 31st, 2011
I received this message from a reader in Malta!
Hi, my name is B. and I'm from Malta, since I've bought your book you have become my idol. I love piercings, something that you don't find very often in Malta due to a bad reputations, originating from piercees who haven't had a good piercing and weren't instructed properly on aftercare, this is because in Malta we do not have any real piercers, the ones we have are tattoo artists who took up piercing just for financial income.
I would really like to be a piercer one day, I've only had an apprenticeship from my girlfriend which is from Germany, right now I'm not able to go abroad to atend any courses or conventions due to financial difficulties as I'm using my salary to buy the necessary needs for a piercing studio.
I would really like to read a book wrote by you targeting piercers rather then piercees.
Kind Regards, B.
January 12th, 2011
I got some GREAT feedback about my book from a piercer:
First off i want to start by thanking you for everything you do for the piercing industry, i have been making piercings for almost five years, and i just wanted to tell you that you make me strive to be the best piercer i can be. ive read your book cover to cover like fifty times, it changed the way i pierce, and think about piercings. just wanted to thank you for everything.
Wow! Thanks so much for the fantastic feedback. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that my book has had such a big impact on your work! And I appreciate you letting me know.
If you have any questions that weren't answered in my book, feel free to ask!
Did you know I write a monthly magazine column too? There are free archives available of all the columns I've written for Pain Magazine (answering piercing questions) are here. My article is usually on page 16.
You can also get a free subscription to your studio by requesting it through that website.
Additionally, I have videos available if you want to see me piercing: http://clips4sale.com/10557 (They're not "how-to" videos, per se, but they do show a lot of information, too!) I think you would enjoy them.
I teach every year at the annual conference for the Association of Professional Piercers. You don't have to be a member to attend: http://www.safepiercing.org/conference/
March 26th, 2010
I received this message through The Piercing Bible website
First off I want to thank you for the wealth of information on your site and in The Piercing Bible. I have been researching female genital piercings for the last few months and have found a lot of conflicting and often just plain wrong information. Your site and book answered a lot of my questions and impressed upon me the importance of finding a piercer who knows what they're doing.
Secondly, I was wondering if you still evaluate peoples' photographs to see if they're suited to a particular piercing. I would love a triangle piercing, but I'm not 100% sure if I can get one, obviously. I intend to get a consultation once I find an experienced piercer, but if you're able to take a look at some photos and let me know if it would be a waste of time or not, it would help me out immensely. If you're able to do this, I can send you some pictures.
Thanks for your time,
Certainly. Just follow the instructions at the bottom of this page:
I'd be happy to take a look and let you know whether you appear to be suited to a triangle.
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers