What are “Vampire Gloves”?
Vampire Gloves are a BDSM accessory used in spanking and sensation play. They are comprised of a standard glove (usually made of leather) and metal spikes or pins facing outward on the fingers. A Dom then uses them to spank, slap, or drag their hands along a submissive skin. This can result in anything from light abrasions to deep scratches, cuts, and puncture wounds.
Vampire Gloves are used in various spanking, pain play, and chastity scenarios. Gloves like these are usually made of leather but can be fashioned out of other fabrics such as neoprene and cloth. They share all of the same characteristics as common gloves save for the addition of sharp points. These points are usually placed on the inside of fingers and palm facing outward. This makes spanking or other touches by the Dom, to the sub, painful.
The kind of pain or punishment delivered by vampire gloves can vary. Sharp and longer spikes are used to puncture and break the skin. Dull and shorter spikes are used to cause pain and or abrasions but not directly cut a submissive. Using vampire gloves is simply another form of sensation play. Much like Wartenberg Wheels and certain kinds of knife play, the sensation can range anywhere from a prickly tickly sensation to very painful and cutting.
There is a variation on vampire gloves made specifically for submissives. These generally strap or lock around the wrist and are identical to ones worn by Doms. When a sub wears them it is usually for chastity play as they make masturbation extremely difficult or painful.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- Vampire gloves are designed largely to break or abrade the skin.
- Any time blood is involved in play proper first aid and fluid transfer protocols should be observed.
- Because of the blood involved vampire gloves should never be used on different submissives.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Vampire gloves are used in spanking and impact play. Many types of whips include hard or spiked inclusions in order to break or abrade the skin. Spikes or sharp points can be added to paddles as well to achieve the same effect. As mentioned, Wartenberg Wheels can achieve many similar effects on the skin.