I caught up with Jack Pierce to talk about piercings and the allure of a Prince Albert.
What led you to decide to get a PA?
I’d always liked the look of a dick with a PA, I still do. Even the initial small gauge piercing ring looks great on a cock. I’d been fucked a few times by guys with PAs, and it felt really good inside me. I wanted the guys that I had sex with to experience the same with me.
Were you nervous?
All the guys I’ve spoken with about it agree that it takes a while to pluck up the courage to visit the piercer to get the deed done. For me, it was a good six months between deciding to have a PA and actually getting it done. On the particular day I got it, I hadn’t planned to do it that day, I just decided during the morning at work to pop into town and get it done. A bad move as it turned out!
The piercer applied numbing spray to my uncut head, and we waited for 10 minutes. Nervous and anticipating the upcoming pain, I lied and told him there was still feeling there. More was sprayed on.
With me watching and holding my now semi-erect penis — apparently a common occurrence according to my piercer — the needle was swiftly pushed through the head and the ring followed it and was fastened. Painless, thanks to the numbness of my cock.
Back at work less than an hour later, my decision to have the piercing done in the middle of my work day was shown not to be the best idea — the bleeding started and the numbness wore off. I headed home early.
How long does it take to heal?
The healing process took about four weeks, with the easing of a month of pissing broken glass. It may have been sooner, but as with many recipients of this particular type of piercing I was keen to try it out. Learning to piss with an additional hole down there is also something I hadn’t planned for. Thankfully, I have a foreskin to help direct the streams.
The usual morning glory proved to be painful for the first couple of weeks, but that didn’t stop me from using it for its desired purpose within the first week. In retrospect, with the size of the ring put in it wouldn’t have made a considerable difference to the recipient, despite the ring being unencumbered by a condom. I had sex with the ring in before I had tried masturbating.
What size gauge have you currently got in?
I’m currently sporting a 0 gauge or 8mm ring. This has an internal diameter of 28mm, with a 12mm ball.
After the initial sizing up to a mere 4mm after six months, I had a period where I was satisfied with the size and didn’t feel the need to increase. I’ve had the PA for 15 years now, and had a period of a few years where I had no ring in at all thanks to a partner who didn’t like it. The things we do for love!
Once that relationship was over, I decided to try to reopen the piercing myself. I bought a new ring, and it went in without the need to visit a piercer. Thankfully, the hole was still open. Since this rediscovery, I’ve sized up from 4mm to 6mm to 8mm every six months. Will I size up again? Probably.
What sort of maintenance is required?
Maintenance during the healing process is vitally important to prevent infection, but it’s not rocket science.
After sizing up, it can be a good idea to apply a little lube every now and then to ensure the new, larger ring runs through the hole smoothly while the natural stretching takes place.
Once healed, very little maintenance is required. It just becomes part of your regular genital hygiene, and should always be washed after a sexual encounter to prevent a UTI. A larger ring on a big cock can reach the parts other cocks can’t reach, so this last post-sex procedure is pretty important.
Be prepared for the ring not to be as clean when it comes out as when it went in, especially after a rough session.
What sort of reaction do you get from guys?
Even today, this type of piercing doesn’t seem to be too common — lots of guys tell me that I’m their first. The presence of the ring can put some guys off, especially with the size of ring I have in at the moment.
Guys who are experienced with a PA are adept at taking the ring orally, without the fear of damaging teeth. The wearer of the ring must be prepared to have the frequency of oral sex decreased if, like me, they’re unwilling to remove the ring.
As an experienced top who isn’t accustomed to inflicting pain on a guy — unless requested — I always prepare a guy’s ass for the experience. Being girthy down there anyway, it’s something which is a part of my sexual routine. Once inside, I’m told that the ring adds to the experience and can be used to massage the prostate. A hands-free ejaculation from the recipient is a common occurrence.
Do you always fuck with it in?
I always fuck with the ring in. I won’t remove it — guys I meet are aware of the presence and size of the ring before we fuck, so I ensure that it’s not a surprise to them when the jock comes off.
There has been the odd occasion where my cock has had a lot of action during a weekend — especially where un-lubed holes have been involved — and I can be a little sore. To help this, I prefer to size-down the jewellery as opposed to go ring-free. It really does feel strange without a ring in there.
If someone was thinking about getting a PA, what advice or guidance would you give them?
I’ve never regretted having my piercing, the initial discomfort is soon forgotten. The benefits of having a ring in the end of your cock are many. The addition of a ring makes a good-looking cock look even better. The orgasm you get when masturbating is heightened considerably, so it’s something a guy who usually bottoms should also consider. The sexual experience for both the owner of the ring and the recipient is improved to the point that you will never want to fuck without it.
If you’re thinking of taking a needle down there, my advice would be to just go for it. What have you got to lose? Pay close attention to the healing hygiene process, which is as easy as dangling your dick in a glass of sea-salted water once a day for a few weeks. Plus, you should be prepared for the knowing wink you’ll receive at the airport metal detector.
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Photography that embraces naked men
“Stop comparing ourselves to strangers on the internet…”
I caught up with photographer Anthony Patrick Manieri to talk about his ongoing series of work known as Arrested Movement.
Why do you think this project has captured the imagination of gay men around the world?
Because we’re all the same really, except we don’t all look alike. We usually just see what society deems to be the ‘perfect’ body types, flashed across TV and social media all the time.
This project encompasses a wide variety of men that are photographed equally and beautifully. I feel that the variety of men and body shapes being highlighted are recognisable to most men. We need to see diversity represented more in the media. That, and also the idea of male body positivity is refreshing in a world where the media seems to only push female body positivity. In this day and age, where depression and anxiety are extremely commonplace, it’s nice to know that we’re not alone in the struggle.
Why are men so keen to be photographed by you for this project?
Because we all want to fit in. We all want to be accepted, and here is a photographic series celebrating all men, all body types, and showcasing them artistically. I think men look at this and can relate and identify with some of the participating models, because they see themselves in the photos.
Most of the men you’ve photographed for this project appear to be first-time models, most likely being professionally photographed naked for the first time. Was that experience confronting for many of your models?
From what I’ve seen, and from what some of my assistants mentioned to me, for most of the men that participate there’s a definite shift in their overall energy levels from when they first arrive at the studio to when they’re done. One assistant asked me — “What is going on in the studio? Because when they arrive they’re quite scared, some even shake with nerves, but when they leave they glow and have this sense of empowerment.”
I make sure that the studio is private and a safe space for them to try and feel as comfortable as possible. I brief them, and coach them with suggestions of possible body movement. I also stop periodically to show the gentlemen their progression so far in the shoot.
Most men, after seeing themselves on the screen during the shoot, are delightfully impressed by how they look. They look at themselves in a positive light artistically, and not what they usually expect to see. I talk to them about how their hands are positioned, their facial expressions, pointing of their feet, and the overall lines of their bodies in the frame.
When you’re not quite happy with your body, putting yourself out there is brave. I watch some men almost lose themselves in the moment and in the music. I’m grateful that I get to witness such a personal moment of self-evolution. For others, they’re determined to take an amazing photo, so they push themselves so that their final image is strong and unique.
Should everyone tackle a naked photo shoot at some point in their lives?
I don’t know if that’s the answer. What people should do is take time to appreciate and accept themselves, to put themselves first. Fill their own cups before extinguishing their energy with others. Uniqueness is special. It’s okay to look different on the outside, because we’re all the same on the inside.
How is the project continuing to evolve?
I’m currently working on the design of the book — I’ll be releasing a Kickstarter page this Fall. I’m also looking at gallery spaces to have the first of many shows.
Are you still actively shooting guys for this project?
I’m still actively photographing men. If it were up to me, I’d be in a different city every weekend photographing.
Since I’m funding this myself, I need to take breaks between cities. Travelling, studio costs, and hotels add up quickly. There are a few cities in the US, Canada, and Mexico that I’d like to do before heading back to Europe. Beyond that, there’s talk of Australia, and possibly some cities in South America for 2019.
How can we help each other feel better about our bodies?
I think we really need to be kind to ourselves, and each other — daily. Judgement and self-judgement is such a human flaw, it’s like a vibrational plague. We should be detaching ourselves from our smart-phones and social media regularly. Yoga and meditation are great ways to feel centred and grounded, to be in tune with our higher self. Eating right always makes for a happier body and mind. We need to encourage and validate each other to be the best we can be.
What do the images that you’ve captured through this project tell us about gay men and their relationship with their bodies?
Gay culture is meant to be inclusive, and we celebrate that inclusiveness. Though within the gay community, there’s such a divide between men. We’re labelled and put in categories, therefore creating almost a hierarchy of what’s acceptable.
Body-image and self-esteem start in your own mind, not on Instagram. We need to literally stop comparing ourselves to strangers on the internet. We need to make mental health a priority in the gay community.
I hope that when people see this project, they know their worth, they know that they’re beautiful, and that it’s okay to be different.
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