June 6th, 2009
Today I was asked a piercing-related question that I didn't know the answer to:
My partner and I both have a PA, frenum ladder, and scrotum ladders. Our piercings are now at a stage were we have resumed a lot of our activities but when we were getting these piercings we did not think to ask this. Is it safe with these piercings for electric play or is the jewelry to much of a conductor? Any info you can give me on this would be appreciated. Thanks, TonyMy reply: Thanks for your email. To be honest, I'm really not sure. I think it might be best to contact the manufacturer or vendor of any toys or equipment you plan to use to get their recommendations. My guess would be that it shouldn't be a problem since the piercing (and the jewelry in it) has an entry and an exit. So, perhaps electricity might conduct through the jewelry, but not be sent deeper into the body? But I'm guessing here. Please let me know whatever you find out so the next time this question comes up, I'll have a more informed answer. If your supplier knows much about this and has any questions I might be able to answer (about body jewelry, for instance), feel free to put them in touch with me. Good luck and enjoy, Elayne
June 3rd, 2009
The Association of Professional Piercers is now offering The Piercing Bible on their website. They are charging the cover price of $20.00, but you get a signed copy of my book, and 25% of the proceeds are donated to this worthy non-profit organization! To order cal 888-888-1APP or email [email protected] I serve on the Board of Directors of the APP as Medical Liaison. Our mission is to disseminate vital health and safety information to piercers, piercees, medical professionals, and the general public. And there's no doubt that my book, The Piercing Bible, falls within the scope of that mission!
June 3rd, 2009
I just received this message from a piercer:
Your book is incredible. you have done an amazing job. I am expanding my shop in July and we are hiring 2 counter people. I bought each of them a copy so they could study up for questions when I am not there. They both commented how well it was written. Great job.
May 30th, 2009
I just received email from a reader who had a question or two about VCH piercings:
hello angel, I have emailed you before and I have your book--great book! I have been thinking about getting a VCH in a couple of weeks. I know you said in the book that you do not have to be stimulated in the clit to have this done. My question is would it be better to have this done so that I know how big the jewelry should be? I would like go as big as I can in size. Also, can this be done without a receiving tube (free hand)? I have checked this out with a piercer and he said that it can. I would like your comments on this please. P.S. might be fun too....................karen in paHi Karen, Different piercers use different techniques. I favor the receiving tube, but if your piercer is trained and experienced at freehand technique, then that should work fine. Because the piercing passes through so little tissue, the proper measurement for the jewelry is the distance between where the piercing will be placed and the edge of your clitoral hood. A skilled piercer will be able to determine the appropriate measurement with no problem. The hood area may actually shorten or draw back when you're stimulated, because it is primarily the clitoris that enlarges during arousal. (Think of how a foreskin works on a penis.) My principle is to start at a minimum gauge (14 or 12) to preserve the maximum tissue in the area and if desired, stretch later as your anatomy allows. The jewelry should fit properly when your piercing is fresh (the way it looks in the illustration in my book) and then you can go larger after healing, if you like. Good luck and let me know how it goes. Sincerely, Elayne
May 29th, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars NoThInG CoMpArEs!!!, May 26, 2009 By M. Garabedian (Duarte, CA and Mesa, AZ USA) This is the most well put together collection of one persons knowledge and talent, I've ever seen. She hits on every point (no pun intended) you could think of to ask/know about. This is a must buy for anyone and I mean anyone looking into personal body mods or even for the person wanting to learn to appreciate the art of Piercing. Again MUST BUY!!!
May 25th, 2009
Yes, another review just came in. The woman who wrote it emailed me to tell me she'd posted a review:
I just posted a review of your book on Amazon and Google. I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your book from start to finish. Oh, I am adding "salesperson" to my resume... I was chatting with a friend of mine in the UK this afternoon and telling him about your book. He is in the process of getting a 7 bar frenum ladder; he has 3 in place so far. Somehow, he wasn't aware that The Piercing Bible was available - while we were talking, he checked Amazon and made his purchase. His cost was 15 pounds sterling so it is a great bargain there also! You know, I have learned so much from you. As I read chapter 8, I realized why my first piercing didn't work; and I understand the look on the face of my second piercer (a member of the APP) as I described my first experience much better now! She was so kind and made sure that she emphasized to me that I had done nothing wrong to make my original piercing reject.
May 24th, 2009
I just received this email from a piercer:
I am a regular reader of your advice in Pain Magazine and I am a huge fan of your recent book. You have made me a better piercer...
I'm one of the only piercers in my area not looking for a quick buck. My question to you is, how do I stop all this negativity in the profession in my area? I believe that what really matters in this is our clients. I want to see them get the safest best piercing the first time around. I am often fixing many of these piercings these guys are doing and coming to find out that I'm being bad talked about, but in the end, I'm the one who is fixing their work. I appericiate your time and again your book was an amazing source of information that all piercees should read prior to getting pierced. Thanks again, JeffThis is my reply: Hi Jeff, Thanks for the positive feedback--I appreciate it, and I'm glad to know that my work has been helpful to you. Unfortunately, the problem you describe is very common. I actually had a nearby piercer telling people that my studio reused needles and didn't sterilize anything, and that we were filthy and didn't know what we were doing! He told people that if they'd been pierced in my studio, they probably had AIDS and Hepatitis from it! My "bad neighbor" piercer had actually maligned me so much that I had people who had been fed the slanderous statements sign affidavits about what he said, and contacted an attorney who issued him a "cease and desist" letter! When people came in--sometimes concerned about what they'd been told, I simply behaved my usual professional way and educated them about the hygiene and sterilization procedures that were used in the studio.