December 29th, 2011
I recently had an exchange of correspondence with a piercer who asked some interesting questions:
I have been piercing for 10 years now in a shop where my husband is the awesome tattoo artist. I just want to be yet another one to thank you for all of your tireless dedication to this industry. I just had a quick question about surface piercings done with polytetrafluoroethylene. At first when these surface piercings became the thing to do around here, I would perform them with the traditional bars for hips, clavicals, Madisons-you name it. I stuck them all with bars. Now this new material seems so much better for healing and does not leave the same scars that the bars do. I just wanted to get your opinion on it. Which is better, the polytetrafluoroethylene or the traditional surface bars?
December 28th, 2011
I got a brief question that needed a rather lengthy answer:
Does it matter about the size of your ear in order to get an industrial or conch piercing? Thank you, Y.
December 23rd, 2011
I got a message from a fellow piercer who had asked me some questions about performing "Duke" piercings. This is the term I coined for Princess Diana piercings when they are performed on a Female-to-Male transsexual. Yes, they've been done on more than one. You can find more information about them here. There's also another photo and more description about the Princess Diana piercings here.
Hey Elayne! Thanks for the tips on the duke piercing. Here's how it turned out. I used 14g 9/16 sbb and the back side of a 10g needle as a receiving tube. Left one went no issues, right one I did 2x bc lost connection on insert. You can see where the initial incise was. I changed the positioning bc I thought it was too low, but now it seems too high. :/ either way, he was stoked and I was stoked to do them for him! Thanks again for your insight. Happy holidays to you an your family!
December 22nd, 2011
Argh! I'm SO frustrated. I loathe it when women contact me for advice and information, and I supply it to them, and they STILL end up with botched piercings. That's exactly what happened....
I received a message:
I've been doing research on VCH piercings and have tried the Q-tip test but i'm not certain if I'm doing it correctly. The plan is to have it done as a Christmas present to myself but I want to be certain on whether or not I am built properly for this piercing. Attached are the best photos I could capture while trying to do the test. Thank you in advance for any information/suggestions that you may have.
December 17th, 2011
I just got a VCH piercing and I know bleeding is normal and so is swelling but this is my vagina and it's kinda scary to pierce it and not really expect it to swell and bleed, when I was told it shouldn't be that bad, that spotting was normal. But I'm not really spotting it's pretty consistant but it's not a lot. I can't really explain it. I've attached some pictures because like I said before it's kinda scary.
Sorry the pictures arent the most attractive. But I don't feel like it looks right and I've been reading your responses, so I sent them.
I really hope this lady didn't screw up. I'd hate to have to take it out...
Thank you for your time.
It isn't the bleeding that concerns me. This excerpt is from The Piercing Bible:
December 14th, 2011
I recently received a great message from a gentleman who got his first piercings at age 50. He wrote to say how much he likes emu oil, and how well it worked on his piercings and stretches:
December 12th, 2011
This is the second time I've noticed this. I've had a few piercings since I was young. I got a batch of piercings a while ago and the old, established piercings started to ache and ooze along with the new piercings. All seemed to be better and I got a few more piercings recently. Now all of my piercings, including the last batch are sore and crusting. Can my new piercings cause my older piercings to be irritated? Thanks, S.
December 7th, 2011
I received a wonderful message from a woman who visited The Piercing Bible website, read my book, and became well educated about piercings.
She has a medical condition called vulvodynia and when I looked it up, I was quite surprised to find this information:
A recent study found that one in four women experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lives, making vulvodynia a very common disorder affecting women and girls of all ages and ethnicities.
The good news is that she made sounds decisions about getting pierced and wrote to me about her highly successful VCH piercing: