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Piercing Fans International Quarterly
description Special interest magazine
Area of ​​Expertise Body modification
language English
First edition October 1977
Frequency of publication quarterly
Editor-in-chief Jim Ward
editor Jim Ward
Web link PFIQ, by BMEzine

PFIQ is the abbreviation for Piercing Fans International Quarterly , the world's first piercing magazine.


The first issue of the magazine was published by Jim Ward in 1977 and later published under the aegis of Gauntlet (US piercing jewelry manufacturer, Jim Ward was the owner). In December 1998, Gauntlet went bankrupt and that was the end of the PFIQ.

The first issues of the PFIQ were black and white and only a few pages thick. The magazine grew steadily and only got color in the middle section and cover (with issue 15) and later on a larger scale with high-quality printing. The publication was the most important medium in the field of body piercing of its time and had a formative influence on the development of this area. With numerous pictures and also the article series "Pierce with a Pro" (piercing with the professionals), it is a source to which many piercers can still trace their roots.


In addition to pictures, interviews and technical instructions and details on the process of piercing, the magazine also published short stories and works of art (cultural, especially in the early days from the gay scene). The magazine was financed through advertisements and, in the first issues, through a "Pin Pals" personal advertisement supplement.

The PFIQ was and is a controversial publication because of its open representation of genitals, intimate jewelry and the instructions for piercing. In some countries the booklet was classified as "obscene" and confiscated by mail.

PFIQ was only published in English, but was sent to subscribers around the world and international artists and personalities were also introduced (e.g. the German Horst Linienbach in 1978 ).


  • In 1982, a PFIQ report presented the genital piercings of Louie Rove, father of what would later become Presidential Advisor and White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove . Louie Rove's penis appeared on the front page.

See also


  1. Karl Rove's pierced family jewels, pt. 3: Fakir Musafar and PFIQ

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