In the past month I have been involved with a few strange yet exciting photo shoots. While the concept in all three was very different they had an important point of similarity. All of them were play piercings. For those of you scratching your heads wondering what a play piercing is, it is a needle, hook or other tool is pierced through the skin for an event or experience rather than for permanent body jewelry.
The first of these shoots was a tribal themed shoot. It was done with Tim Nguyen of Citris Photography, Errin Amanda Ricketts as our model and Valon Oddity did the piercings. In this shoot the makeup was done first so the model could spend a minimum amount of time with the 39 needles in her chest. In the below picture you can see the piercing in progress.
A tribal look was the final result
In the second shoot I took part in we did something a little bit different. The concept for this one involved a flesh pull. Where the previous shoot used small needles this one utilized large hooks that are often used for suspensions. The first task of the day was to apply corrective makeup and concealer over a number of large tattoos on our model LilMissPUKEfce. After that she was painted white and red from the hips up
Following a full paint job her back was cleaned off and the hooks put in by our piercers Doug Smode and Matt of The RISE: Calgary Division
The final product was captured and edited by Jes of Run Rabbit
For the most recent shoot the theme of cherry blossoms came into things again. Once more with the team at citrus we created a look using play piercing needles to stick cherry tree branches to our models back.