Sharps, needles, play piercings: these are games heading towards the outer limits of kinkiness. Some people are freaked by the whole idea of play piercing needles, or the whole range of play piercing designs available to buy, of course (one playmate of mine literally faints at the sight of needleplay being done by/to anyone else) and that’s OK. BDSM 101: don’t ever feel you have to do or put up with something that you really, really don’t like. If it appeals, though, MadameZ is here with some tips and tricks...

 

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Much of the pleasure we take in BDSM activities stems from the fact that so many of these things are taboo, and the deliberate breaking of a person’s skin is one of the bigger taboos to shatter. It’s riskier than spanking or fluffy handcuffs, obviously, so the first thing to do is inform yourself, thoroughly.

Anyone who’s going to participate in any needlework, whether giving or receiving, needs to be aware of their own health and willing to be completely honest about it. Some diseases are transmitted via contact with blood and, while people can choose whether or not to take this risk and be extra-careful, it’s extremely unethical to keep quiet if you have such a condition.

Reasons for enjoying play-piercing fall into two main groups – art and sensation. For some people, it’s about making a partner (or being made) beautiful in a challenging and unusual way. Needles are inserted to form particular patterns, and things like ribbons or feathers may be attached once the needles themselves are in place.

One concept you may have seen – at an event or in pictures – is a skin corset. Needles are placed up and down the back and then laced together with ribbon or cord. Experienced piercers might also use needles of different gauges or with different coloured hubs to make shapes on a partner’s body. You can get inspiration for different play piercing designs by checking out websites dedicated to this kink.

 

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Skin corset being laced up.

For some people, though, the visual side of needle play is less important than the physical and mental sensations it brings them. Make no mistake, this is a kink which involves pain and can be very intense. Submissives and masochists who are into play piercing talk of a huge rush, of combined fear and arousal, and of the particular thrill that comes from enduring a prolonged challenge at the hands of someone you want to give yourself to. Dominants who enjoy administering play piercing to their subs get off on the ‘out-there’ nature of the fetish, the knowledge that they are doing something edgy and extreme, or on the level of control that is needed.

 

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably starting to contemplate giving it a go yourself, so here is a brief rundown of the advice I have collected.

 

Do NOT get up and get clever with a bunch of sewing needles and no preparation.

Like all risky activities, play piercing needs the right equipment and a sound knowledge of what you are going to do.  Play piercing needles can be obtained from quite a few websites dedicated to this kink and, if you live near enough to any of the fetish markets (or like to visit them occasionally) there are often stalls selling needles, surgical gloves, sharps bins and other supplies you are going to need.

 

Get some education.

Play piercing and needle play are topics that get covered fairly often in workshops or classes at BDSM social events, so look out for one happening near you. Ask among your kinky friends if anyone knows anyone who is into it and can give you advice or recommend somewhere to source the all-important knowledge and skills. If you have a good understanding of human anatomy for non-kink reasons such as previous medical experience, then you have a bit of a head start, of course.

 

Go carefully.

You need a clean area with enough room to move: it’s not a good idea to start a needle play scene in a crowded club dungeon space with a sticky floor. There is going to be broken skin, which brings up the possibility of infection and far more pain and distress than could possibly be erotic. Do I need to tell you that using play piercing needles when you’ve been drinking or consuming other recreational substances is a stupid idea?

 

It’s not over till the cleanup is done.

Along with your play piercing needles and surgical gloves, have your aftercare kit handy: antiseptic wipes, disposal methods and quite possibly a plaster or two. The person who was pierced should probably have a sugary drink of some kind afterwards and might well need some cuddles and cosseting, particularly if it was their first time. If you were a first-time piercer, be aware that you might need a hug and a sweetie, as well.

 


Ultimately, as with any other kinky or kink-related activity, remember it’s supposed to be fun – or, if that’s not the most appropriate word, think about it being rewarding. If you try it and dislike it, you don’t have to do it again. But you may well find you get, er, hooked.

 

Have your own needle play stories you want to share? We want to hear them! Tell us the good, the bad and the ugly from your pointed experiences on the forum. Or if you’re new here, slide into the full world of Fetish.com and sign up for a free membership!

 

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