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October 17, 2012

I Sing The Body Adorned

I recently read the results of a Pew survey stating that forty percent of adults aged 25 – 40 years olds have tattoos. The statistic on piercings for that same age group is a bit less – about a quarter of them – but a healthy number nonetheless. With piercings and tattoos no longer relegated to scary members of society’s fringe, naturally it brings to mind the various interesting and arousing ways in which a body adorned with art and jewels is used in erotic romance.

There’s no doubt that a slow, seductive strip tease can raise the temperature in the room faster than a blowtorch. But add to that the surprise reveal of a tattoo  – near the curve of a woman’s hip, for example – and what was already sensual becomes mind-blowing erotic. The placement, of course, adds to the intimacy. A small butterfly tattoo on the shoulder can be nice, but that same butterfly emerging only when a woman slips off her skirt for her lover is like a surprise gift reserved exclusively for him (Or her. Or them. You get my point).

We humans have been adorning our bodies with tattoos and jewelry for thousands of years. The added element of piercings over tattoos is that they can be sensual for the touch as well as the sight. A tongue pierced with a small metal ball, rings hanging in unexpected places . . . I’m fanning myself in my office as I consider the endless  possibilities for fun, sexy scenes.  

I’m definitely seeing tattoos and piercings used more and more and erotic romances. As Madeline pointed out in her post the other day, she and I attended the New Jersey RWA annual conference this past weekend and heard from agents that the erotic romance genre is experiencing a rebirth of sorts. Variations abound, and I know that there are lines of erotic romance that have tattoos and piercings as prominent players in the story lines. Having recently lost my own tattoo virginity when I got myself inked last month, I’m excited about this trend.

How about you, readers? Do you get turned on by tats? Find piercings provocative? Do you feel that body adornments add to the experience, or are they just a great big yuk? Let me know what you think!

Happy Hump Day!


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  • madeline iva

    The tattoos I love the best are Maori tattoos — they are done on the face and inspire me with awe in a way that sometimes other tattoos don’t. A bottom lip that’s sensuous and tattooed black — oooh, it just gets to me.

    It’s also a funny new indication of taste. I keep noticing that Adam Levine on The Voice has really great tattoos. And I realize I love a guy (like Adam) that has ‘Mom’ tattooed on his arm. It seems so woman friendly. Amy Winehouse had great tattoos as well.

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    • Post authorElizabeth Shore

      Yes, she did have great tattoos. For me, though, overall less is more. I like the hint of them, peeling away the clothes to reveal an unexpected treat, but inking the whole body is a bit extreme and not at all sexy.

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      • LizEverly

        Ya know, I think they are pretty, but I would not say they are a turn-on for me at all. I’m really just a simple lusty wench! But it also would not be a complete turn-off if someone I was extremely attracted to had a tattoo. It’s just never happened. LOL. Maeve, the main female character in SAFFRON NIGHTS gets her nipples pierced with rubies and later gets hennaed. I understand the piercings are a huge turn on for folks. Once again, I don’t mind them, but have never really been attracted to someone with them.

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  • johncoyote

    A tattoo in the right places is very good. I believe each person had their limit. I followed the rules of my father. Put tattoos where if you are a professional. Can’t be seen. Upper arm, back and legs. A interesting blog.

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