As an art enthusiast, I want to stress the importance of being safe when getting body modifications in the same way you would participate in safe sexual experiences. Sexually transmitted infections can be contracted via skin-to-skin contact and through bodily fluids (like blood). Let’s focus on blood.

Participating in needle play and/or getting a tattoo, piercing, and/or scarification requires a needle to break through the surface of your skin. These artistic processes will probably result in you bleeding more often than not. Because of this, blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and even syphilis have been linked with these practices – more so through unsterile needles.

If you’re considering getting a body modification that will involve needles, please be sure to do your research on the person who will be altering your body. It is important to choose a shop that is clean and a person who has experience in their art. The best way to gauge this is to visit in person and meet your needle worker beforehand. Personally, I have a more positive experience altogether when I know that my tattooer is a super chill human who knows (and loves) what they’re doing.

If you’re considering having your friend add art to your body in your bedroom, please be safe about it. Though I wouldn’t recommend this method personally, I understand why someone would. I think the experience is incredibly intimate and unforgettable, but hopefully in the right ways. The last thing you would want is to get hepatitis B from a dirty needle that your friend accidentally forgot to throw away – all this while worrying about midterms/papers coming up.

TL;DR – practice safe art AND safe sex!

  • Sexpert Linda