Ever wonder about the increasing popularity of body piercings,  don’t miss this informative and surprising view of the art and science of body art by Elayne Angel who wrote the definitive guide The Piercing Bible.  With over 40,000 piercings in every imaginable place,  Elayne shares her unique perspective of how body art ritualizes important life passages as well as how it has been practiced throughout the world since recorded time.  Her’s was the first piercing shop in the country and she remains the leading voice for improving it’s education and safety.  I promise you will not look at piercing the same…


Elayne Angel is a world-renowned professional body piercer and author of The Piercing Bible–The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing (Random House, 2009), the only comprehensive book in English that is exclusively on the subject of body piercing.

She’s performed over 40,000 piercings in her career since the 1980s when she managed Gauntlet, the first piercing specialty studio in the United States. She was founder and President of Rings of Desire, the only licensed body art studio in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where she pierced for over twelve years. She helped legislators to promulgate the regulations on body art for the state of Louisiana. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, she closed her business and relocated to the Yucatán in Mexico.

Mrs. Angel guest pierces in fine studios all around the US and she is a monthly columnist for the body art industry trade publication, Pain Magazine. Now serving her fourth elected term of service on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Piercers, she is the current President of the organization.