Okay so I’ve got an idea that being going around in my head for some time now, and I’d like the opinion of a bodymod, or someone in the know.
I’d like to create a longitudinal skin tunnel somewhere near my wrist, roughly where a watch would sit if I wore a watch, that’s at least an inch long and half an inch wide.
I could use that “pocket” to insert and remove small objects at will, such as RFID transponders of course, but also USB fobs, and small battery-powered gadgets of my own design. Hell, if it stretches enough, possibly even a coin-sized RFID fob.
It would be close enough to a real implant functionally, yet a lot safer if the gadget goes wrong, and easier to rework the gadget or plug something to it while I wear it. And I could very easily vary what things I put in it, or try new implants without going to the piercer and committing to a permanent implant.
As it happen, I already have a small version of what I have in mind on my, ahem, gentleman’s appendage, because I was circumcised at an age when, well… skin tends to stretch unattended there if you catch my drift. Long story short: I had a suture there that got stretched repeatedly over a few weeks, and it left a small, thin skin tunnel when it was removed. It’s still there decades later, and it’s easily long enough to insert a grain of rice in and cover it entirely.
So if I wanted to create a bigger version of that skin tunnel on my wrist, as I see it, there are 3 ways to do it:
Gather up an inch of skin laterally, pinch it into a fold, and pierce the fold longitudinally at the base with a very short barbell. Let it heal. Once a healed up hole is created, remove the barbell, then progressively insert larger and longer stainless steel tubes through the hole until it’s wide and long enough. The problem with that is, I don’t think I have an inch of skin to fold in the first place, and it’ll take forever to heal, like any piercing.
Make two inch-long longitudinal incisions about half an inch apart, gather up the skin in-between around a small diameter stainless steel rod, and somehow suture the two incisions on top of the rod. That sounds unsafe, and something only a medical profession should do (and would refuse to do).
Then my idea: gather up as much skin as possible laterally around a small stainless steel ball - like, say, a quarter-inch in diameter - fold it forward around the ball and tape the fold closed to my wrist. As the skin stretches around the ball, insert larger diameter balls, then longer and longer rods under the fold, until I get a closed-end skin tunnel. Then get a piercer to pierce the closed end through and install a barbell there to open it up - or not, if I’m happy enough with a closed-ended skin tunnel and it remains stable. If it works, I minimize, or even eliminate the bloody, messy bit. But it’d take months or years for the skin to stretch that much, and I’d have to be careful with hygiene.
Anybody knows if that’s even doable?