Tattoos are great, and they're increasingly common--but how do they relate to BDSM, kink and fetish?
For some people, heavily tattooed partners are a turn-on in and of themselves. For others, getting a tattoo can be an erotic act--this is particularly true of some submissive people. There are also those who choose their tattoos as part of or to represent their kink; O-rings and handcuffs are common, as are certain words and names or perhaps a number from the online Slave Register.
In whatever way your tattoo interact with your kink, make sure you don't rush into anything. It will be with you for life, so it's a good idea to make sure that the tattoo design it represents is too!
Yes, it even has a name, stigmatophilia, which is an arousal from tattoos and body modifications. If you really love to see tattoos or love to get tattooed you might have a tattoo fetish. If so, you’re in the right place!
What can I have tattooed on me to subtly show my submission?
The triskelion is a universally recognised symbol for BDSM and is a popular choice for tattoos. Some form of chain or rope work would make a great, subtle nod to bondage without being to extreme. Locks (especially in the shape of a heart) can work too. Even a simple rose, with it’s thorns, can be a symbol of pain and love. Use something that means something to you, tattoos are very personal.
I get an erotic thrill from being tattooed, is it normal?
Pain can be pleasurable, maybe you have a masochist streak? Yes, it’s totally normal. The body produces loads of feel good hormones when you’re in pain, to help you cope. That can produce a feeling of euphoria which can be erotic. It’s totally fine to be turned on when you’re tattooed. You might even have a tattoo fetish. Just make sure you think before you ink!
I really want to tattoo my sub, is it safe?
It really isn’t advisable to get a tattoo from anyone who isn’t a qualified, professional tattooist. It is something that will be forever on your sub’s skin, you want to make sure that it’s something beautiful, right? And not only that, there are lots of health and safety issues with getting a tattoo, it really is best to get one done at a proper parlour. It might be a sexy fantasy to tattoo your sub as part of your tattoo fetish, but in reality it’s best to let a professional do it!
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