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It must be your skin, cause i'm sinkin' in

I had been flirting with the idea of play piercing for a while. I would get the urge but never had the money to buy needles, or the drive to go through with it. Then, a few weeks ago, I got my tax refund. I was in a really high point in my life, I felt wonderful, and so I decided to go for it. I ordered 100 27g needles from BME shop. I decided to go with the 27g out of inexperience and fear.

They arrived a week later. I had a cold at the time and was upset about that fact. I really didn't want to try it while I was sick.

Today I had a somewhat bad day, but a wonderful night. I went to a movie that had a profound effect on me. I felt wonderful for no apparent reason. Even after receiving some bad news I still felt happy. I got some encouragement from my friends and I felt like tonight was the right time. I was wary of the fact that I am still sick, but I couldn't ignore the feeling that it was right.

I set up my materials carefully. I got out a box of gloves, alcohol wipes, Band-Aids, and the box of needles. I wiped down my bathroom floor with bleach, and laid down a fresh towel. I put on a CD, one of my favorites, and set it to repeat one of my favorite songs. I washed my hands with antibacterial soap several times and put on gloves.

I sat on the floor and took a few deep breaths. I was shaking a little by this time. I really wanted to try this on my forearms but due to the recent change in temperature, I knew that this was out of the question. I didn't need questions from people about the marks on my arms. I decided on my right calf instead. I wiped my leg down with an alcohol wipe and opened the needle package. I took a few more deep breaths. I took out the needle, uncapped it, and stared at it for a moment. I focused on the song for a few breaths and pinched the skin on my calf. I took a minute to decide exactly where I wanted to do this. I tried to find a place that didn't give me too much resistance. When I found it I lined the needle up where I wanted it and pushed.

It didn't hurt at all. I was a little surprised by this and paused for a moment. When I pushed again I could feel the needle sliding beneath my skin. When I got to the other side it started to sting. I took a breath and told myself I just had to get it through. I pushed again and it went. It felt like a pinch but nothing more. I let go. It stung a little as the skin relaxed on the needle.

By this time I was shaking. I could feel the rush. My calf muscle was twitching some as I watched it. I just stared at the piercing and listened to my song. I decided that one was enough. I didn't feel like I needed any more than that. I took a few pictures and decided that I was finished. I pulled the needle out slowly, recapped it, and set it aside. When I looked down again I could see the small drops of blood forming. I took a few pictures of these as well.

I wiped them with an alcohol wipe and covered them with a Band-Aid. I cleaned up my supplies, stashed the needle, and removed my gloves. I stood up and stretched. My calf was a little sore, and my legs were weak.

This happened a few minutes ago and I am still shaking. I feel proud of myself for doing this. I know I will do it again, and I am excited by the possibilities. The rush is wearing down now but I think it was worth it.

I will say this though. I didn't find enlightenment, I didn't have dreams, and I didn't feel overwhelmed. These are all things I have read in play piercing stories. I only point this out to show that everyone's experience is different. I think going into this type of thing without any expectations is better than going in expecting enlightenment, etc. Then the experience is truly yours.

As always DIY is dangerous. Going to a professional is always preferable to doing things your self, but if you feel the need to remember this: Please be careful and take all the precautions you can when doing procedures by yourself. Buy the proper materials and try to keep everything as clean as you can.

Find yourself in whatever way you see fit, just be safe doing it.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 11 March 2006
in Ritual

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