Getting under the skin with temporary piercings, cuttings, and knives.
“Pierce the skin, pierce the soul.” Penetrating the skin and letting the blood flow can be an exploration of pain, submission, or just a form of body modification. Bloodsports refers to most activities that break the skin, including temporary play piercing, non-professional permanent piercings, scarification, cutting and bloodletting. There’s no better way to learn bloodsports than from an experienced player.
Remember, HIV is most easily transmitted from the body fluids of an HIV+ player to another through openings in the skin or through mucous membranes. However, the risk of HIV transmission can be quite minimized simply by making sure blood and other fluids are not exchanged. In short, this means using clean instruments, not sharing blades and needles between players, using gloves or other barriers to keeping blood and cum off broken skin and careful handling of all your gear. Licking or drinking your partner’s blood is not safe if your partner has any blood borne virus such as HIV or Hepatitis.
Before opening the skin, it is important to clean the skin to prevent infections later. Pushing a needle under the skin also pushes along any germs on the skin or needle. Cleaning your target area with betadine or another antibacterial solution is a good cleaning technique. Know that some folks are allergic to betadine, so plan ahead. While isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol is usually good enough to disinfect the skin for shallow temporary piercings, most piercers recommend using a stronger antibacterial solution for deep tissue and permanent piercings.
Temporary play piercing involves sliding single-use, disposable hypodermic needles under the skin. Some pierce to play with pain, some pierce to boost endorphins that create a sense of euphoria for the bottom. Obviously, care should be taken not to have needle sticks.
Temporary piercings can be done all over the body, but the fleshier parts of the body make really good pincushions. Needles can be left in the skin for hours, and there is a good chance of bruising afterwards. The most common piercings are shallow and parallel to the skin and vertical piercing carry additional risks. Learn from an experienced player who can teach you what you need to know about anatomy, and know your bottom’s body because you don’t want to accidentally pierce an implant of any kind.
Permanent piercings can be done, using sterile procedures and jewelry, and proper aftercare. Suturing items to the body is also a popular kink and safe if done with proper care.
Scarification, also known as cutting, is done with very sharp knives or single-use scalpels, which are available at medical and veterinary supply houses. An experienced player can teach you where and how deep to cut, and what to do in case of an emergency. Knives must be properly sharpened and sterilized to hospital type standards (like using an autoclave) to avoid infection or transmission of any disease. And as with any other instrument, knives should not be used on multiple players without proper sterilization in between.
Energy pulls are basically temporary piercings using larger needles and flesh hooks in a ritualistic manner to raise body energy and create a temporary altered state of consciousness.
Finally, bloodsports can be highly charged emotionally. This play literally gets “under the skin,” and proper care should be taken for the psychological and emotional well being of both Top and bottom during and after the scene.