The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing

The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing

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By (author) Elayne Angel

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  • Publisher: Crossing Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Freedom, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1580911935
  • ISBN 13: 9781580911931
  • Illustrations note: 15 photographs, 35 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 30,939

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This is a one-of-a-kind manual that covers everything piercers and piercees need to know about the process, from the woman who brought tongue-piercing into the mainstream and has performed over 40,000 piercings.

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ELAYNE ANGEL has been a professional piercer for more than 20 years and has performed over 40,000 piercings. She was awarded the President's Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Professional Piercers in 2006 and is a contributing writer for PAIN Magazine. She lives in Merida, Mexico. THE AUTHOR SCOOP Have you ever met a famous person? I was acquainted with a piercing customer from the Gauntlet in West Hollywood, and later we became fast friends. One day he asked me if I'd go "on tour" with him to be his "tour piercer." Not knowing precisely what I was getting into, I agreed; it sounded like fun. I arrived just in time to watch him at work. From my vantage point on the side of a gigantic stage, I saw a stadium full of 50,000 screaming fans. That was the moment I realized that my friend Lenny (Kravitz) was a famous rock star! During my two-week journey with them, everyone got a piercing at his urging: all the members of his band, his bus driver, sound engineer, motorcycle mechanic, and others in his entourage. He is a huge fan and I have performed many piercings on him. After I pierced his nipples, which he clearly enjoyed, Lenny Kravitz announced, "I wish I had ten nipples so I could have you pierce all of them." What's the history of your last name? Because of the large angel wings I have tattooed on my back, many people had taken to calling me "Angel." Eventually I started to use the name myself because it was easy for people to remember after they saw my tattoo. Do you have any unusual or special family traditions? My mom loves to give multiple birthday cards. This year she gave me one that made me laugh so hard it almost brought tears to my eyes. Cover image: a punk-rocker gal with tattoos, piercings, and a spiked Mohawk. Her dialogue bubble: "Know how to tell you're getting older?" Inside: "Your nipple rings clang against your belt buckle. Happy Birthday." Any unusual hobbies? In my first career, I was as a sign language interpreter at a university. It always surprises deaf people when they find I can communicate with them so well-particularly when they remark on my appearance before becoming aware that I can understand what they're signing. What do you like to make by hand? I love to crochet-especially in public. It utterly confuses people to see a heavily tattooed and pierced woman engaged in such a grandma-type craft. I once crocheted a round queen-size bedspread that was a stunning replica of a large pizza.

Table of contents

Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Piercing 101 1 PART 1 The New Piercing 1 Motivations 6 2 Piercing Past to Present 11 PART 2 Groundwork and Preliminary Considerations 3 Risks, Myths, and Warnings 20 4 Is Piercing Right for You? 28 5 You and Your Piercer 34 PART 3 Piercing Preparation 6 Picking and Preparing 44 7 At the Studio 49 8 Piercing Procedures 56 9 Jewelry 101: Sizes, Shapes, and Materials 65 PART 4 The Holes 10 Holes in Your Head: Ear, Nose, and Facial Piercings 82 11 Kiss of the Needle: Tongue and Oral Piercings 105 12 Torso Piercings: Nipple and Navel Piercings 121 13 Below the Belt: Female and Male Genital Piercings 134 PART 5 Healing and Aftercare 14 Healing 101: Standard Aftercare 180 15 Alternative Aftercare 196 16 Trouble and Troubleshooting 201 PART 6 Living with Your Piercings 17 Upkeep and Stretching 218 18 Advanced Jewelry and Practices 232 19 Special Situations 246 20 Sex! 255 PART 7 Piercing in Modern Culture 21 Piercees and the Establishment 262 22 A Career in Professional Piercing 266 23 The Future of Body Piercing 270 Appendix A: A Piercee's Bill of Rights (Association of Professional Piercers) 273 Appendix B: My Piercings and Jewelry Chart 274 Appendix C: Gauge Conversion Chart 275 Appendix D: Minimum Healing Times Chart 276 Notes 277 Glossary 287 Select Bibliography 299 About the Author 301 Index 302