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My first play piercing experience.

August 16th, 2004

I'm one of these people who used to say that I'd never do play piercing but lately I've been very interested in it. I'm not sure what suddenly made me consider play piercing but I've been thinking about it a lot for the past few weeks. While looking through online portfolios to find a tattoo artist, I saw that ZePlace Tattoo Inc. offered to do rituals. I was quite happy to find out that the owner and piercer, Steve, is the one who performs the ritual. Two years ago I got my lip pierced by him. It was my first professional piercing and he really made me feel comfortable. A few days ago, I called him to have more information about the procedure and the cost, etc. He was very friendly and answered my questions. He also offered me to stop by to discuss which I did today. Again, he was very friendly and helpful. We discussed play piercing but also pulling and suspension. He even opened brand new packages to show me the difference between a 22g and 25g needle. I stayed there at least half an hour. There was a girl with him. I don't think he said her name, and if he did unfortunately I can't remember it. She did play piercing two days ago so she could also answer my questions as well. Steve told me I could bring friends, even if it was only to watch and that I could bring my own music.

August 31st, 2004

My appointment for the play piercing is in less than 3 hours. I'm very excited but also a little nervous. My goal is a minimum of 50 needles on my forearms I chose to bring a Sneaker Pimps and a Yeah Yeah Yeahs CD.


Well I did it. 50 needles in my left arm, 42 in my right arm, 26 on my back and 18 on my belly for a total of 136. He started by my left forearm, near my wrist. The pain wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be in fact it somehow felt good. He kept asking if I was OK and if I'd like him to go slower or faster. The closer he was getting to my elbow the more it hurt but it still was easily tolerable.When my two forearms were full, we decided to try on my back. He did the first one on the side on my lower back. It hurt much more than on my arms. He said that higher on my back it wouldn't hurt as much so he put 1 just below my bra. He was right. It felt much better so he put 12. Than he did the other side. Strangely enough the one on my lower back on the other side didn't hurt at all. Then he asked if I'd like to try it myself. I wanted to try on my arm but I didn't want to play close to the other needles so I decided to do it on my belly. I made some kind of Indian warrior design. Steve was telling me how it annoyed him that there wasn't the same amount of needles in each of my arm and I thought it was quite funny that he wanted everything thing to be symmetric but then when I started to do my belly I became completely obsessed with creating a design. I stopped because he didn't have any more 25G needles and I didn't want to use 22G needles. Not that time anyway. The removal of the needles wasn't unpleasant either. I kinda liked to feel the blood going down my arms. My skin feels a little tight but I love how it feels when I twist my arm I can still feel where the needles were. I've got bumps on my arms and it's pretty sensitive. I can't really feel the ones on my back. When I bend down my belly hurts a little but it's no biggie. Now, enough of the technical stuff. It was such a wonderful experience. I'd do it again in a heart beat. It's hard to explain just how it makes you feel. . I'm so glad I did it. I will definitely do it again but next time I think I'll go for some kind of design on my back.

September 14th, 2004

The play piercing left huge bruises on my arms and belly but oddly enough it left none on my back. It took two weeks for the bruises to go away. They weren't painful though. I work in retail so I had to hide them. That was a little annoying. I did tell a few people and I was quite surprised with the reactions. While people were far from being as excited as I was, they didn't seem that shocked.

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on: 24 Nov. 2004
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Artist: Steve
Studio: ZePlace+Tattoo
Location: Quebec+City

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