What is Play Piercing?
Play piercing is the use of body piercing during a BDSM session or as a fetish. Piercings done during this kind of play are usually temporary and done with very small gauge needles.
Practitioners of Play Piercing usually engage in the activity to enjoy the experience of the piercing process rather than having a permanent body decoration. It is also done by some as a form of self-expression, meditation, discovery and sexual pleasure. All types of body piercings can cause pain, leading to the production of endorphins—a chemical released by the brain to cope with stress or pain. Extreme physical pain can lead to overproduction of endorphins. Natural endorphin high can last for hours and induce intense sexual arousal and orgasm.
Common tools used in Play Piercings include forceps, hypodermic or small gauge medical needles, on up to larger needles and hooks for suspension play. The piercings are generally temporary and are usually removed from the body after a scene. Play piercers may allow the wounds to heal first before engaging in another performance.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- Play Piercing is a consensual activity that is done with the help of professionals and experienced practitioners.
- Some performances and scenes use intricate and visually aesthetic designs.
- The needles can be modified to form a number of designs or done at random.
- Some prefer the needle to be pierced through the skin in such a way that both ends are visible.
- The ends that are sticking out can then be used to pull or stretch the skin, providing a more painfully pleasurable experience.
- Piercing the skin can be a very dangerous activity, especially if done haphazardly or poorly.
- Underutilized tools may lead to bacterial or viral infection.
- The excessive practice of Needle Play can cause hypertrophic scar and keloid formation due to the alternating process of healing and piercing.
- There are types or kinds of tools that may cause irritation and allergic reaction.
- Reusing needles can increase the risk of bloodborne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and viral hemorrhagic fevers.
- It is important to clean and sterilize all tools and equipment to prevent the risk of infection and bloodborne diseases.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Some needle play or play piercing can be done as a form of torture or sadomasochistic punishment. Play piercing can be done in body suspension scenes along with much larger sized body modifications.