Snaking Rings

Gabriele of Maxart Body Piercing in Rome, Italy (ModBlog superstar) just did this wild play piercing scene using a just massive collection of captive bead rings, which appear to form a tube through which is drawn the soul of a flower — I particularly like the touch of the threading being pulled through a cheek piercing!

There are about 120 rings in all in this scene, and they took about three hours total to do, including some short breaks. The rings were taken out immediately afterwards at Gabriele’s insistence, I assume to keep scarring to a minimum (although it would make a cool scar to let these all reject!). I suspect that Gabriele must have been practically as sore as the client, after taking all those balls on and off.

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Pierced Wings Photoshoot

Speaking of Baz Black (Dundalk, Ireland), he also sent me these absolutely beautiful play piercing shots. They were taken at Red Tree Studios by Maik, with Baz having done the black wings on Suki Syndrome, and the white wings were done by Edel Walsh on Sara Tonin. It’s not uncommon to use feathers in play piercing photoshoots, but these stand out — I love the final tone of the images, they look almost like paintings, like the sort of thing I imagine hanging in some deviant Austrian art fan’s apartment at the start of the 20th century, perhaps next to their Klimt painting. Click to zoom in.

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Mixed-Mode Play Piercing

Of course we’ve all seen hypodermic needles used to perform play piercing many times, as well as captive bead rings in play piercing sessions (generally in the form of corset piercings), but it’s very unusual to see the two combined, as Aaron Thompson of Black Swan Southside (Lakeland, Florida) has done with this 35-piercing session on his friend Hannah. Also in the photo are a set of 14ga microdermals along the collarbone. I should add that the image has been Photoshopped by me to emphasize the heart. Click the picture to see the original as he posted it.

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The History of Play Piercing 1885-1940

Here’s an article I never thought I’d be writing — the history of play piercing and human pin-cushions, from 1885 through 1940, as collected from archival news clippings. I have spent the better part of the day reading story after story in historical archives about both sideshow performers who did play piercing, and people who seemed to do it for fun — sometimes with hilarious results — as well as the different ways that play piercing percolated into the mainstream via fictional prose and cartoons. It has been interesting to say the least. With the exception of cartoons, which I have placed at the very end of this article, I am presenting here, in chronological order a number of stories that caught my interest. You’d be amazed how many brief mentions and repetitions I’ve skipped over. I never would have guessed at how much the media of the time loved writing about this subject. It absolutely fascinated them! For all of these stories, if you want to see more than the excerpt that I have transcribed, just click on the scanned headline that starts the story to be taken to the original news clipping.

I hope you will find comfort and enjoyment in the fact that many of these stories could easily have been published today. We often fool ourselves into thinking we are the first people to have a set of unusual experiences, but a careful examination of history shows that even the oddest seeming things repeat themselves over and over ad infinitum.

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Note: This is a very long post, so it continues after the break. I hope it will be fun for history buffs, and that I have not made too many typos.
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Digging in

We see a lot of play piercings here on ModBlog, but we don’t often see flesh stapling being used for play (or in this case a photoshoot).  The result of using the staples give these photos an amazing aesthetic, one that I don’t think could be easily achieved with play piercing needles.  You can’t see them in the first photo, but if you read on after the break you’ll see that the shoot did incorporate some play piercings with temporary CBRs to create the corset.

Keep on reading to see the other photo.

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