November 15th, 2009
I recently got a message from a Tribalectic Community friend:
I wanted you to know that when I was thinking of getting a frenum piercing, I visited your website. I was sitting on the fence about getting the piercing. I bought a couple of your genital piercing video clips to see what exactly I could expect if I decided to go through with it. You made the experience look relatively painless, professional, & quick. Those videos (and your expertise) calmed my nerves and help me decide to go ahead and get it done. I got my piercing and have no regrets (fact is, I'm thrilled with it), so a big thank-you and hug from me.
My response: HI there, Oh that GREAT! Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm glad that I was able to be helpful to reassure you and support your decision and to get pierced. I saw the photo and your piercer left room for a Prince Albert, if you ever decide you want to get one.... Who did your piercing? Sounds like it must have been a good experience. I'm so glad! Heal well and enjoy, Elayne
November 11th, 2009
If you're not familiar with the vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, you should check out the amazing photos here. People participating in the ritual go into deep trance states and endure incredible feats of piercing! Should you desire to learn more about this festival, the Association of Professional Piercers has a video on the subject. In fact, I'm the narrator! Check it out here. Here's some information about the video:
November 10th, 2009
I found this review on Barnes & Noble.com
A Book Every Piercer And Piercing Enthusiast Should Have In Their Collection.
Posted 11/07/09: I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Piercing Bible" and I constantly refer back to it whenever a question in my mind arises about anything regarding piercings as it is a great resource to me. My background as a Piercing Apprentice has taught me many things, but having this book has helped me to understand even more all the details that go into each type of piercing available as all subjects are well covered. This book is easy to read, follow and understand whether you are just starting to explore the world of Body Modification or have been exposed to it for years. It is complete with illustrations and detailed explanations of the types of piercings for all parts of the body for both Male and Female. Included with each piercing description is details of what to expect from a Piercer if you're going to be pierced, which is an excellent guide for anyone who might be confused or worried about what the proper procedures are. This is a book that you will find yourself referring to over and over again for answers to questions about any piercing you want to get or already have. Highly recommended!
November 9th, 2009
Here's another lovely comment about The Piercing Bible from a Facebook friend:
I just wanted to say I really like your Piercing Bible... I currently let my younger sister use it to research a navel piercing. I also used it to research the princess diana piercing...I have read it from cover to cover and found it to be a huge help.... There need to be more books like this for those of us who are fans of piercings. Again thank you for making the information available in such an informative manner. Jennifer
November 8th, 2009
I ran into an article positing the question: "What Will Our Descendants Think of Body Piercing"? Part of it reads:
But what will the archaeologists of the future think, when in 1,000 years or so, they start pulling up embalmed bodies and the like with pierced eyebrows, nipples and bellybuttons, from lots of different locations around the planet, and probably having no record of what it was about or why it happened at all? Just considering the amount of details that we’ve lost from an era less than 100 years ago has got to make you wonder exactly what those descendants will think of this society where tribe members are scattered across the earth with only body piercings to tie them together.
It is an interesting concept to consider. Though, of the pierced individuals I know who have passed on, their body jewelry was removed prior to burial. I am not sure if that is standard practice or not. My friend who was cremated willed his body jewelry to his good friends, and they had it sterilized and wear it in their bodies so his memory and “part of him” lives on inside them. That’s pretty cool! Moreover, in 1000 years, hopefully they’ll still have the record of my book, The Piercing Bible, which explains all about every aspect of modern body piercing. Or maybe not.... Elayne Angel
November 6th, 2009
Below are three different positive reviews of The Piercing Bible from readers in the medical community:
Doctors and nurses educate yourself! The Piercing Bible, Definitive Guide is excellent source. As a RN, I have worked in our emergency department and I prepare patients for surgery. I educate my patients and colleagues regarding body piercing. I have found Elayne Angel to be my educator. Her extensive knowledge and professionalism have given me the tools to better teach others. I quote from her book, and try to help remove the stigma associated with people who choose to adorn their bodies. I HIGHLY recommend this book to ALL, but also encourage my fellow healthcare professionals to be informed!
November 4th, 2009
I had an exchange with a reader about cheek piercings:
Hello im Jessica from the UK. I have recently had my cheeks pierced by my partner who is a proffesional body piercer for purely piercing in the UK. We read your story about your cheeks and i took it all into account. I did lots of other research especially on BME. We understood the complications but i have wanted them done since i was 12 im now 18. He pierced them perfectly no further back then the first molar like you said. I picked up your book today to have a snoop at how long they will stay swollen i had them dont on halloween they've already started to go down :). But i was quite annoyed when i looked into your book and all it said was cheeks are unrecomendible and your worst story. this was NOT the information i expected from someone as good as you. Please get in touch with some information you didn't place in the book. thank you,
I replied: Jessika, After what happened to me I can't recommend that cheek piercings be done. If your piercings in front of the first molar, then you can consider them lip piercings and refer to the information in pages 111-117. The bulk of initial swelling should be down in the first 2-4 weeks, though some swelling could remain for longer. If you have other specific questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them. What did you want to know. Elayne Her surprised and much more pleasant response to me (admitting that she didn't think I'd respond):