If you or someone you know is looking to become a professional piercer some time in the future, a lot of commitment will be needed to commit this goal.
As well as needing all the correct certification, you will also need to do your studying and gain some knowledge in the meantime.
Your best plan of action would be to read up on body piercings and everything there is to know about them. You can find a lot of information online but you would be better off buying yourself a body piercing book. You will be able to learn everything you could possibly need to know if you get your hands on the right book!
To help you out I would like to share with you my personal favourite book on body piercing. Here we go!
The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Kindle Price: £9.31
Author Name: Elayne Angel
Publication Date: June 2009
Number of Pages: 304
The Piercing Bible is an absolute must have for any one who is interested in the art of body piercing. This book is the holy grail of information all piercers and piercees should know.
This book was written by piercing pioneer Elayne Angel in June 2009 and is 304 pages in length. Elayne Angel is a highly regarded piercer who has performed over 40,000 piercings since the 1980’s. She is also responsible for bringing the tongue piercing to the mainstream public.
The Piercing Bible is the most thoroughly informative book I have ever read on body piercings. It covers all different aspects of body piercing. This book is written from the angle of both the piercer and the person getting pierced. You could either read this book from cover to cover and absorb all the information in there or you could just flick through to the bits which are relevant to you.
Let’s take a look at what you will be learning from this book.
Piercings and their placements for a vast array of body parts and body types
The Piercing Bible covers just about every type of piercing a person could possibly want done. Each piercing type has a good few pages of information on it. This book seriously goes into more detail on individual piercings than any other book or publication I’ve ever read (and that’s quite a few!).
Even if you don’t want to become a professional piercer, if you are into the piercing scene you will find this information fascinating and may also find inspiration for you next piercing!
Terminology, tools and techniques used in body piercing
For a professional piercer, knowing your tools is crucial. After reading through The Piercing Bible you will be reciting the names of all different forms of piercing tools and memorizing piercing techniques you never even knew existed!
Aftercare and troubleshooting for all types of piercing
Whether you’re piercing someone else or getting pierced yourself, I really must stress the importance of making sure that you pay close attention to hygiene.
You will find extensive information on standard and alternative aftercare, which is guaranteed to clear up any confusion or misinformation on this vital topic. This section of the book is not just for piercers, but for anyone who enjoys getting pierced on a regular basis.
Body jewelry designs, shapes and materials
A large part of this book is dedicated to describing all the different styles of jewelry and the materials used. There is extensive detail on this topic. Knowing about body jewelry is important for piercers and piercees and this book covers this topic thoroughly.
There is also a portion of this book explaining gauge sizes, ear stretching plus the safest and most hygienic way to change your jewelry.
Piercing maintenance, stretching and tapers
This part of the book is all about looking after your piercing in the long term, after your piercing has finished healing. You will also be able to learn the safest stretching techniques and how to use tapers properly.
Piercings and modern culture
There is a chapter at the end of this book which talk about the future of body piercing and also how it fits in with modern day society. This includes piercings in the workplace. An important thing to consider if you get pierced.
Let’s Summarize the Contents
Within the pages of the Piercing Bible you will be able to find all the information you could ever need to know on the topic of body piercings. I would like to briefly tell you about all of the chapters and parts in this book:
Chapter one – The New Piercing: It has two parts in it which are titled ‘Motivation’ and ‘Piercing Present to Past’.
Chapter two – Groundwork and Preliminary Considerations: There are 3 parts to this section. They are called ‘Risks, Myths and Warnings’, ‘Is Piercing Right for You?’ and ‘You and Your Piercer’.
Chapter three – Piercing Preparation: The 4 parts of this chapter of the book are as follows: ‘Picking and Preparing’, ‘At the Studio’, ‘Piercing Procedure’ and ‘Jewelry 101: Sizes, Shapes and Materials’.
Chapter Four – The Holes: There fours parts in this chapter: ‘Holes in Your Head: Ear, Nose and Facial Piercings’, ‘Kiss of the Needle: Tongue and Oral Piercings’, ‘Torso Piercing: Nipple and Navel Piercing’ and last but not least ‘Below the Belt: Female and Male Genital Piercings’.
Chapter Five – Healing and Aftercare: The names of the 3 sections in this chapter are ‘Healing 101: Standard Aftercare’, ‘Alternative Aftercare’ and ‘Trouble and Troubleshooting’.
Chapter Six – Living With Your Piercings: In this chapter there are 4 parts. The names of them are: ‘Upkeep and Stretching’, ‘Advanced Jewelry and Practices’, ‘Special Situations’ and ‘Sex!’.
Chapter Seven – Piercing in Modern Culture: The names of the 3 parts of this chapter are ‘Piercees and the Establishment’, A Career in Professional Piercing’ and ‘The Future of Body Piercing’.
In My Humble Opinion
This book really is essential for anyone who is really into piercings. Whether you are training to be a piercer or just have an interest in piercings and enjoy getting pierced, The Piercing Bible is a must-have.
Not only is this book jam packed full of useful knowledge, but Elayne explain everything very clearly and with plenty of detail. Her expertise and passion for body piercing shines through in her writing. Just by the way she explains everything so well you can tell that you are reading the writing of a highly experienced piercer.
The only thing I would say I am disappointed with about The Piercing Bible is the lack of images. I feel that body piercing is a very visual concept so it would have been nice to see some example photos of the different piercings and the processes. There were images of the different types of jewelry but not much else.
What I like about this book is the fact that it is easy enough to understand for the average person who just wants to increase their knowledge on body piercing. The author does not use any unnecessary jargon or overcomplicate things.
Don’t let the lack of images bother you though as the positives far outweigh the negatives. I could sit here and type out everything little I like about this book but I think you get the picture by now.
My final opinion on The Piercing Bible is that it is an interesting read and useful guide for anyone and everyone who is into the body piercing scene.
For those of you who would like to pursue your passion for piercing and become a professional piercer, this book really is a must-have. Half of my knowledge of body piercing comes from this book!
To put it simply, if you would like to increase your knowledge on body piercing, pick up a copy of The Piercing Bible!