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.
May 22nd, 2009
This great 5-star review was just posted yesterday on Amazon.com on the page where The Piercing Bible is sold. I love his comment that you're bound to learn something from it, no matter how much you know. That's in contrast to my first review that didn't get 5 stars. The 4-star review (also below) feels kind of like a punch in the gut after all of the 5-star reviews. I know 4-stars is still good, and I've already admitted that being a perfectionist is a suitable trait for a career in piercing, but for a writer: not so good. Still, I have to wonder, if experienced piercers have told me they've learned from The Piercing Bible, then it doesn't make sense that an apprentice didn't....
May 21st, 2009
I just got an email from a gal who purchased The Piercing Bible. Apparently she found it to be quite a page-turner!
I bought your book yesterday at Barnes and Noble and it is amazing. I was up until 1am last night reading and could not put it down. Thanks again for all your help.
May 20th, 2009
May 19th, 2009
I'm back home in Mexico now and catching up after being in the US for the past two weeks. My visit was a delight and a smashing success. The final night of the trip, I had a book signing for The Piercing Bible at the Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood. I signed plenty of books, and enjoyed the company of my friends and family. In attendance were several dear friends from high school, my parents, and many more. It was wonderful! If you were there: thanks for coming! If you missed it--I hope to catch you next time.
May 17th, 2009
I got an email that made me feel that my book doing what it is supposed to do:
HI, my name is N. I'm 21 years old and I'm interested and fascinated with piercing. So I asked my self, "why not become a professional piercer?". After reading Elayne Angel's book titled "The Piercing Bible", I decided to stop watching videos at you-tube of how to pierce and not buy a piercing kit on-line.I want to become a professional, I want to make people have a great first or second or eighth-ten time piercing experience great. So, can you please help me find a mentor in L.A, CA? PLEASE!!
May 14th, 2009
I spent a fantastic day yesterday piercing at Anomaly Body Piercing in Pasadena, CA. It was a blast, and everyone was really great. My first appointment of the day (and the first piercing I performed in several months!) was a 10 gauge ampallang. It went very smoothly, and this is an email I just received from the piercee:
Elayne, I just wanted to let you know how excited I was to have you do my ampallang yesterday. I have got so much out of your book as well as getting a feel for the person you are, someone quite intelligent, passionate and dedicated to her craft. Upon meeting you it's easy to see that you are all of that and a lot more. I love the piercing, I think it looks totally 'hot'. I haven't been able to stop looking at it!! And your placement was 'exactly' where I wanted it. It has been bleeding just a bit but otherwise it feels fine. I could not believe that it didn't hurt nearly as bad as what I was anticipating, but I can imagine that having this piercing done with someone not as skilled could indeed make it much more traumatic. Thank you again!!!! Mike