August 10th, 2010
This inquiry (like so many others I post) was also from a Facebook Friend:
Hi Elayne,i got a question for u. I've got my nose piercing long time ago,a year...until now didn't heal,i always have this bump on top,red sometimes bleeding. All i use is H2Ocean and emu oil,but....nothing.This is my second time i've it done,and i use14k white gold .I have read in your book all about aftercare...but i guess something is wrong with my piercing or i do something wrong. Maybe i should take it out?
Have you ever tried a different material or jewelry style? Are you wearing a nostril screw? If so, was it custom bent to fit your nose? If it wasn't bent for you, then it is possible you're wearing a "right-bend" piece of jewelry on the left side of your nose (or vice-versa). Also, if the post is too short, or too long, that can cause problems with healing.
I'd strongly suggest you try a jewelry change before abandoning your piercing. Here's a section from The Piercing Bible about nostril screws:
July 19th, 2010
I received this message from a reader:
Hello Elayne, Picked up a copy of your book here in Canada last night. Holy Cow!! I didn't anticipate this much info--thank you. I have never been pierced before (hey, I'm a forty something) and am interested in a PA. You discussed retiring this piercing stating that there is the possibility it may not close up depending on the time you've had it and how large of jewelery has been used. You also indicated discussing with a surgeon/urologist about having it sutured up, and the pros and cons of doing this. Have you every been informed of what these pro's and con's could be?? I would like to know in advance of doing anything. Thanks, any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much for the positive feedback; I really appreciate it. Cons of going to a surgeon to close a PA would be expense, potential risk and discomfort (or pain) from surgery, and that you'll still end up with some form of scar. Also, it could be difficult to locate a physician who is open minded and non-judgmental. Pros would be that you are able to be rid of an undesired hole....
I hope that helps to clarify this for you.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
July 12th, 2010
I got this message from an apprentice who was given my book on her first day at work:
I am an apprentice piercing artist here in northern Michigan and I have to say your book has honestly become my bible! It is with me at all times at work. I have to thank you for writing this book and making it available. My boss handed it to me my first day of work when I was busy milling through piercing supply catalogs, by the end of that night I had read the entire book. I am currently reading it again actually!
I have just typed up all of my aftercare sheets, and they all have a simple comment at the bottom "This aftercare program contains information obtained from "The Piercing Bible" by Elayne Angel." I hope this little comment catches my customers interest to read your book as well :)
I am hoping to become APP certified and I am doing everything in my power to become the best piercer I can, thank you!
May 12th, 2010
I received a message from a concerned piercee who had recently received a triangle piercing:
I was wondering if you could give me some urgent advice. :(
I have had my triangle a week, it has slightly moved/torn forward about 2mm, but I was told to expect this.
But I am more worried about the fact I can see slightly red/shiny bumps coming up around both piercing holes. I am worried that this is scar tissue and that it won't go away? It's been exactly a week now since I've got it done and I am happy with it but I'm afraid if I leave this in that I'll have lumps of scar tissue which will develop and not go away.
My outer labias do cover the jewelry a bit when my legs are closed and I'm afraid this is what will continue the problem. I have only been using sea salt water soaks on my piercing. I am pretty sure that the CBB is titanium as I went to a well respected studio with a well known piercer.
Do I take out the jewelry now before the problem develops?
April 24th, 2010
Health inspectors in Ontario, Canada purchased 14 copies of The Piercing Bible (through the Association of Professional Piercers) to assist them in regulating body piercing in that province. Upon receiving the package, the health inspector who placed the order sent this message:
Our medical officer of health requires us to use evidence informed decision making.
This is a good thing. We ask a lot of questions and strive to make the right decision.
The Piercing Bible will go a long way to help us educate ourselves.
The pamphlets are very nice too.
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 23rd, 2010
I was interviewed for an article in Curve Magazine about piercing. They put it in the "Health Advice" column of their 20th Anniversary issue dated April 2010.
The article begins:
This year curve celebrates our 20th anniversary by looking back at the women who inspired us then. Twenty years ago, Elayne Angel was a master piercer at West Hollywood’s The Gauntlet, the first piercing specialty studio in the U.S. You may know her best as the woman who popularized the tongue piercing.
Here it is! (dowload .pdf)
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!