Students may wear them as a badge of honour, but the vast majority of adults avoid love-bites like the plague.
Unless of course, you identify as a vampire
Fetish model Lea Dragonborn, 20, and tarot-card reader Tim Doyal, 31, have been sucking each other’s blood and faces for the past two years, and can’t get enough of it.
The fanged beauty and the father-of-one are real-life ‘vampires’, from Austin, Texas, who have a passionate relationship based on blood sucking and satanic rituals.
And they say it’s actually better than $ex.
Lea and Tim, or ‘Countess Lea of House Van Doorn’ and ‘Count Tim of House Van Doorn’ met at a vampire festival in 2015, and felt an instant ‘connection of darkness.’
They quickly fell for each other and began their blood-sucking relationship.
Tim told the Daily Mail: ‘When I feed via blood it is it just as good as $ex because as I feel this rush of life, their essence, their energy is coming into myself and I am taking it in and I feel empowered.’
And Lea couldn’t agree more.
‘I actually prefer drinking blood to having $ex. You are taking the essence of a person and that to me is ecstasy. There is no better feeling.’
To draw blood safely, Tim and Lea use a sterilised needle and make a small incision on each other’ wrists before sucking their blood right from the source.
Now the pair, who care for Tim’s three-year-old son, Daedric, are planning to tie the knot in a vampire-themed wedding ceremony next year.
While church bells and vampires don’t really go together, blood play, or haematolagnia – is nothing new.
The international vampire community has been undead and thriving for generations, and more often than not, it is characterised by haematolagnia – a $exual fetish for blood which evokes arousal when present on the fetishist’s $exual partner, especially if nude.
While some stick to private bedroom antics, others go further, attending vampiric festivals where guests all exchange blood.