The Piercing Bible, Revised and Expanded: The Definitive Guide to Safe Piercing

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The Piercing Bible, Revised and Expanded: The Definitive Guide to Safe Piercing

The Piercing Bible, Revised and Expanded: The Definitive Guide to Safe Piercing

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You must be very gentle during sexual activities while you are healing because the dydoe generally frames the widest part of the anatomy. Wrapping sterile gauze around the jewelry when the piercing is fresh can be helpful to diminish jewelry movement during initial healing. Since 1996, I have been a member in good standing of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), a non-profit health, safety, and education organization. In my ongoing involvement to advance the field and to promote safe piercing, I served a three-year term on the APP Board of Directors as Outreach Coordinator. Following that I was elected to a second term with the organization as Medical Liaison. After a three-year hiatus, I repeated another term in that same position. From June 2011 to June 2014, I served as the Association's President, and I remain a "Business Member at Large." I was honored in 2006 with the President's Award for a Lifetime of Contributions to the industry.

I'm happy to continue taking appointments with the understanding that this might happen. I will allow you to remain penciled in (without making a deposit) until the path forward becomes much clearer. If you see migration (the jewelry moves from its original position), keep a close eye on your piercing. More than a slight amount of migration will frequently result in loss of the piercing. Additionally, along with a great team of other volunteers, I headed-up the rewrite and revision of the APP Procedure Manual, 2013 Edition, which is still used throughout the industry as the definitive guide for safe, sanitary piercing practices. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, the chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, the bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, the rings, and nose jewels, the changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, the glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils. Isaiah 3:18-23Unfortunately, I have decided that it is just too risky to pursue traveling and piercing until the pandemic situation is under control. Below is an excerpt from the message I sent to the clients who were in my schedule to be pierced during my remaining 2020 trips that were scheduled for Atlanta and Detroit: My picture has appeared in a numerous books such as The Illustrated Woman and Modern Primitives. My image has also been seen in virtually every tattoo magazine known to humankind. I have been interviewed in many varied publications from The National Enquirer and Sun, to Rolling Stone and Us magazines. I've been interviewed on many television shows including news broadcasts like CNN, shows such as Inside Report and After Hours, and various cable television shows as well. I have even been a guest in a segment about piercing on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." As many people are not aware of the spiritual dangers in such practices, this article is not meant to condemn any that may already have this done. However, we would urge you to seek the Lord as to any further involvement in this practice. The Lord loves everyone, no matter what we are currently doing however, His desire is to show us a better way. Bible Verses Concerning Piercings and Tattoos Several factors can help you and your piercer decide whether the piercing should be placed to the left or right of the web if it can’t go in the center. The piercer should look for visible blood vessels and, obviously, select the other side. He can also see if one side lines up better with your urethra; the jewelry will sit straighter when the piercing aligns with it. My love for body art is still going strong! I've lived in the Yucatan in Mexico since 2006. Since then, I traveled and pierced by appointment on tours all around the US, working in quality studios meeting the requirements of the Association of Professional Piercers. I am a proud Business Member at Large of the Association.

Am I drawing undue attention to myself? Any item of clothing, accessory, or jewelry worn simply as a fashion statement runs the risk of feeding pride in that it draws attention to the wearer. Bringing public focus to certain body parts, pushing boundaries, or creating a flashy display is not a godly reason for a body piercing, especially when we have this command in Scripture: “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility” (1 Peter 5:5). Am I stressing appearance over substance? The Bible clearly emphasizes the inner spiritual qualities of a person and downplays the “outward adornment” (1 Peter 3:3–4). The majority of our effort should be directed at increasing in godliness, not grooming a particular look.

Where do I draw the line? According to Guinness World Records, the record for total body piercings is 453 (male) and 462 (female). Those considering multiple piercings should be able to answer the question “how much is too much?” with specificity. At what point does body modification become extreme? How far can Christians go and still “honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:20)? Beyond piercings, questions should be asked about scarification, branding, facial flesh tunnels, skin implants, split tongues, pointed ears, sharpened teeth, and other things promoted within the modern bodymod community. I had been thinking that I'd be willing to travel to a place where community transmission levels are below 10 cases per 100,000 population as mentioned in my prior update from November. (That's the level the CDC describes as "low" transmission/risk.) Then I realized that many of my clients fly or drive in from other areas. Sometimes, most of my clients are from other regions. I remember one Atlanta trip where I pierced people from 21 other states and 3 other countries (as far away as Israel)--and only a handful of locals. So, really, it makes sense to wait until there are sustained levels of transmission throughout the US are at that low level. I hope you are well, acting with an abundance of caution, and following the guidelines of the experts, and your local and federal authorities. I live in Mérida, Mexico, and normally do guest piercing tours around the United States, specializing exclusively in nipple and genital piercings. (Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I am piercing only twice in 2023. I'll be working in Detroit.) I'm the author of The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing, the only mainstream reference book on the subject. I pen a monthly Q & A column on body piercing for Pain Magazine, a body industry trade publication. I provide online (photo) consultations for anyone with piercing questions or concerns, and also offer online one-on-one piercer coaching, providing customized continuing education to industry professionals.

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