Needle Play Tutorial
by Mistress Suzanne (SxySadist)
Play piercing is an S/m technique that involves consensually
inserting needles underneath the skin of another person for mutual
erotic pleasure. It is one of those activities that either fascinates,
appalls or frightens most scene players. Due to its invasive nature and
the risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens it is definitely an activity
that you want to have proper training in before you dive in for the first
time. Care should be taken to follow all appropriate safety precautions
when engaging in this activity in order to avoid infection or injury.
While I am hoping to provide complete & helpful instruction in
this article, I still strongly suggest that you have someone
experienced in this type of play available to help you during
your first time. Please keep in mind that all of these items
are suggestions based on my research, personal experience and
preferred style of play. Also, this is not meant to cover every
aspect of needle play, but rather is intended to be an introduction
for those of you new to this exciting area of play.
What do you need to get started?
Needles - Remember the higher the number the thinner the
needles. Common needle gauges for play piercing are 25
through 18: 25 gauge are thin, 18 are relatively large.
Different gauges of needles have different color hubs, but
these colors are not consistent across brands.
Latex Gloves (non-latex if you or the person being
pierced are allergic)
Alcohol swabs, Betadine or other cleaning supplies
for the skin surface
Band-Aids or Newskin
Sharps container (can be purchased in any medical
Also good to have on hand (just in case)
Towels, drop cloths or chucks to protect the table,
Cotton or gauze pads (for heavier bleeding)
Small corks or Styrofoam for capping off the point
of the needles
A battery operated light in case you need more lighting
Dental floss for lacing needles
A surgical pen for drawing more elaborate designs
A vial of smelling salts
Some sort of sugary snack & a cool beverage
Where to get needles
On the package, needles are commonly identified first by gauge,
and then by needle length (in inches). Therefore, a package
labeled "25 1 1/2" would contain 25 gauge needles
with a length of 1 1/2 inches. If & when you are ready to
place your order, needles are ordered by the box of 100. Ask
for the number of boxes by gauge and length. For example 1 box
of 25 gauge / one and a half-inches long. They typically run
between $10.00 & $15.00 a box, but expect to pay a premium
at "fetish friendly" dealers.
Note: I am able to order needles from these suppliers over
the phone & have them delivered to my house without a
prescription but laws vary from state to state. It is not
legal to posses needles in every state or country. Please
be aware of your local laws regarding this issue before
ordering needles, or before transporting them across state
Anatomy of a Needle
The sheath - the disposable plastic protective covering
over the needle
The hub - the plastic end of the needle that you hold
when inserting or removing. The color will vary according
to the gauge (thickness) of the needle.
The needle shaft- The business end that will be inserted
into the skin. The tip is beveled at the end to form a
very sharp angled point.
Do not use any needles that are not sterile & factory
sealed. They must be used once and then discarded properly.
Follow all safe sex guidelines with respect to body
fluids or blood, and dispose of any contaminated supplies
Be cautious not to break your own skin with the needle
after breaking the skin of another or vice verse.
Many people become faint or light headed after piercing,
watch them carefully and do not let them move about unaided.
This is considered edge play - even by most hardcore
players - and there are several dangers associated with
it. Please practice with someone who has experience till
you are sure you know enough to do it on your own.
Preparation & Procedure
Avoid sticking needles into
internal organs or bone
joints like the knees, elbows, wrists, etc
thin skinned areas like the sternum, shins, spine, etc
any area that has veins close to the surface like
inner thighs and inside of the elbow.
Clean the area to be pierced thoroughly with at least
alcohol (Betadine first then alcohol for extra precaution).
Start at the center of the area and wipe outward in circular
motion the area thoroughly clean. Iodine should not be used
on someone with shellfish allergies and alcohol shouldn’t be
used on anyone who is on antabuse.
Uncap the needle carefully and discard the sheath (do
NOT attempt to recap the needle). Please be careful to
NOT contaminate the needle while uncapping it. Sometimes
they can be a little tricky to open, if you have trouble
hold the sheath firmly & try giving the hub a twist
to dislodge it.
Pinch or stretch the skin smooth and taut. Rest needle
gently on the skin with the bevel side up or down it
doesn’t matter, but I prefer to have it up so that I
can see it enter the skin. Picture where you want the
needle to go in and come back out. You want to go deep
enough that you cannot see the needle through the skin
but not so deep that you are puncturing vital organs
and arteries etc. (Just teasing) Seriously though it
is not an easy or precise measure as to how deep to
go but keep in mind the closer to the surface of the
skin that you stay the more it is going to hurt and
the more likely it could tear out if you attach anything
to it in more advanced play.
Tell the subject to take a deep breath, wait a moment
and then as the subject releases the breath slide the
needle through smoothly, in one easy motion if possible.
You want to also try to remember that the slower you go
the more it hurts so depending on your objective you can
try to minimize or maximize the effect by varying the
speed and depth factors.
That’s it! Those are the basics to play piercing and
you can now continue to add needles into the body to
forms pretty patterns or play with it gently and carefully
by tugging, tapping or slightly twisting it in the skin.
Important! Please be very careful not to stick yourself with
the end of the needle once it has passed through the submissive’s
skin. That needle is now contaminated and you could pick up anything
in the submissive’s bloodstream or pass along anything you have as
you draw the needle back out through the skin.
If you and your submissive wish to keep the needles in
for awhile you may, but please remember that you and
others can be at great risk for infection and injury.
Many play parties have restrictions on where you can
go with needles in the body. Some that I have attended
will not allow you outside of the "medical area"
with needles in the skin while others let me move about
carefully as long as the tips are not exposed. This can
be accomplished by either burying the needle back into the
skin again or by capping off the end with a cork or similar
When you are ready, remove the needle gently by first
spinning it slightly in both directions (they can become
slightly crusty if they have been in a long time and
spinning will help dislodge them). Then slide the needle
straight back, and apply pressure to the puncture wound
with a cotton ball or alcohol pad until bleeding stops.
Place the needle immediately in a sharps container (a
capped bottle may be substituted for a sharps container
if necessary, but you are far better off investing a few
bucks in a legitimate container as it will ease disposal
and ensure safety). Dispose of any infected or contaminated
supplies in the sharps container.
More advanced techniques in brief
Once you get some experience with the technique you may wish
to start trying some more elaborate needle designs or other
things such as lacing, adding weights or working the needles
To add weights
Tie some dental floss gently around the needle and tug or add
a small weight to it. Dental floss is my preferred tying medium
since it stays clean within the package until you are ready to
If you do try lacing
Be careful that the needle is not so close to the skin
surface that it may rip out, if you can see it clearly
under the skin, it is too shallow.
Do not tie them off to anything unless the subject is
securely supported or lying down. If there is ANY chance
the sub could fall, trip or be bumped DO NOT tie off to
If you wish to show off or display your work, it is a
good idea to have the bottom sit in the position they
will be in while it is being viewed. The skin tends to
shift and move a fair bit when someone gets up and your
design might be totally different in the new position.
Gently wrap around the needles tips & hubs with
the string or floss but do not put a lot of pressure
on them or wrap tightly around the needles until you
are very familiar with the technique as it can cause
an intense burning sensation.
To remove the lacing, I generally find it easier and
faster to remove the needles and then pick up the string
rather than unlace them.
Play safely & have fun!
Mistress Suzanne (SxySadist)
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