Puncture Kit is a must-read new book for anyone considering getting a piercing or tattoo. These and other body modifications have soared in popularity but author Angela Llewellyn-Sare says that horrifying injuries can and do occur, many related to untrained and backyard operators.
"A piercing or tattoo may be cool, but the reality is that it's a risky business that often results in infections, allergy, scarring, nerve damage, viruses and even broken teeth,” says Ms Llewellyn-Sare, a nurse with 25 years' experience.
"Procedures include piercing of genitalia and nipples, branding and scarification and in many cases they are being performed on people under the age of 18. Until very recently there have been no laws to protect minors from having these types of piercings.
"Only three states have enacted any laws (QLD, NSW and VIC) regarding the piercing of minors. In addition there are no laws regarding the training of piercers - anyone can set up in business and they do."
Ms Llewellyn’s interest in the area arose from working with young adults with type 1 diabetes who had concerns and problems with their body art. In Puncture Kit, she offers sensible advice and tips including after care to ensure the best possible results.
This book may be the most useful purchase anyone can buy whether they are a jittery first timer, an experienced self enhancer or a bewildered parent.
"People are walking away with more than they ask for and are not being protected," the author said. "It's important to be able to express yourself but it's equally important to do so safely. That’s the aim of Puncture Kit.”
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Angela Llewellyn-Sare is a registered nurse with over 25 years' experience and practices as a specialist nurse in diabetes. She is well recognised in her profession with many works of research published in various professional medical journals. She has also won several awards for her work.
It was while she was working with teenagers with type 1 diabetes at Westmead Hospital in Sydney that she became aware of the problems associated with piercing and tattooing.
In an effort to help these young people retain their piercings and prevent infections she began to research the area and realized there was a greater need in the community for information.
Angela’s writing career spans the last decade. She wrote a regular health column for two regional newspapers in South Australia. In addition she has produced newsletters, brochures and educational material for various organisations. Angela has several non-fiction books she has been writing and researching including one on type 2 diabetes.
She is also writing a fictionalised account of her father’s life in the East End of London. Angela’s other passions and interests include amateur theatre performance, event management and public speaking.