Thought I'd make a little quiz for those who are into tickling. Of course, neutral parties are more than welcome to to join in, it's always interesting. EDIT:
Guess it's time to add my own answers now.
1) What got you into tickling in the first place?Definitely getting tickled by my older siblings at a young age - they would tickle me constantly while I grew up. I sometimes would get back at them. I also had friends during my childhood that would play tickling games occasionally, it was a fun thing to do. Eventually, my interest for tickling grew when I started seeing tickle scenes pop up in cartoons. Gummi Bears, Talespin and TMNT were the prime factors of this. And when the internet started to become popular, I actively started searching for the topic, especially cartoon tickles (because I found the concept so utterly adorable, ie. Pokemon). This led me to sites like Kyle Dragon's, Ximon's, some of the Yahoo groups (including Seraphon's old group)... then eventually DA. This is where I met other people who shared my own interest, the first time that showed me I was not alone. In fact, it seems more commonplace than I first thought! Also, having a relationship with a woman who shared the same interest was a bonus.
2) What do you like and hate about tickling?I like the playful aspect of tickling the most - it brings laughter and depending on the situation, it is lots of fun to participate in. I like the fact that something so innocuous and simple such as wriggling fingers over skin reduces someone to giggling hysterics, there's always something very humorous about that. If there's a positive reaction from the ticklee, then that positive reaction is absorbed by the tickler because it is true when they say that laughter is contagious. Tickling brings stress levels down too, but that entirely depends if the person has a playful personality. Trying to cheer up a grouchy personality that way would most likely result in more anger.
What I hate the most about tickling is when it is inappropriately used, or viewed in the wrong context. It can be sexualised to the point that any mention of it seems abnormal or creepy. I see a lot of art where tickling is used in a pornographic nature, with no mature tag... which I think is a big mistake from the owner's part because it makes something relatively innocent into something dirty/sexual/kinky. People who aren't really informed about the tickle fetish can misinterpret it quite easily. I can understand that tickling has a place in foreplay (been there myself), but just because someone has an interest in tickling does not mean it is purely sexual. To be really honest, I am not a big fan of "tickle porn" because I do not see most tickling in that light. It mixes up with fun childhood experiences with friends, those two ends of the spectrum should never mix. Which is why "porn tickling", at least for me, is reserved in RL actions with a significant other.
3) Are you ticklish? That's a definite yes.
a) If yes, whereabouts?My feet, belly, sides, ribs and back - in that order of ticklishness. I am not ticklish anywhere else. My arches especially drives me crazy, tickle me there and perhaps the ball of my foot too, I'd probably start crying in laughter in no time. I'd say I'm durable and can hold it in for a while, but it's quite hard. It's actually been a while since I was last tickled IRL, so the durability might differ.
b) If no, do you envy ticklishness?Hypothetically if I wasn't ticklish, then yes I would envy it, because I'd be missing out on an experience that relishes on curiosity, adventure and the inducing of deep laughter. I like having to laugh, this is just simply one of the outlets. It is quite rare to see an unticklish person - usually if they claim to be that, they're either lying through their teeth, are unsure where they are or are in very specific spots (usually that means not in the traditional places, but somewhere strange like the forehead). Generally non-ticklish people can be, but are just extremely good at holding it in. One doesn't have to laugh to be ticklish. Also, mood can play a big factor - I've seen people not respond to tickling at all in a neutral or poor mood only to laugh their lungs out when they're a little more loose/happy. Additionally, it can also depend on the person tickling them. If a stranger tried tickling me, I'd freak right the fuck out... would be going defensive then. With a relative? My mental defences would drop because there's no potential danger.
It's also worth noting that the method might be the difference - for example, some people will spaz out all the lightest tickle, but not give a giggle with a heavy one.
4) Who would you like to tickle the most (this can be a fictional character or a real life person)?There's a actually a few RL people from here who I'd like to tickle the shit out of (not going to mention names) who'd also like to have that happen to them. Mainly out of curiosity because they either don't know if they're ticklish or don't really have anyone to share that interest with them. My most preferred tickle target is still Charmander... because the cuteness of it would have me melt into a puddle if its fire doesn't do it first.
5) Where is your favourite place to tickle?The feet/paws.
a) Why?Because they are usually the most ticklish spot on the body, having many nerve endings. They also generate the best reactions - which generally involve the whole body too if ticklish enough. There are many muscles on the sole of the foot, so you'd see every little twitch, every curl and flexing of the toes. You can armlock them, too. Not to mention that their sudden vulnerability makes it more special, because feet are either hidden in footwear or planted on the ground - kicking legs makes it harder, than say, a tickle to the ribs. So I would say that to tickle feet is perhaps the gold medal of tickling due to their difficulty of access, their general sensitivity and general reflexes when tickled which makes them so fun. Besides, paws are absolutely adorable... I'm sure many people even not into tickling had an inclination to tickle exposed paws at one point.
b) What would be your tickling tool of choice?My fingers. Tools like toothbrushes are good, but with fingers... you can make a better sense of the ticklee's weak spots because you can actually feel them. You have more control over your fingers in terms of direction and speed - they are more precise than something like a paintbrush unless you wanted to work in a very small area like in between the toes.
6) What is the most ticklish implement you can think of?I'd say something with a very small surface area that can dig in... like a fork or a pen. That is because you are using more pressure at specific points, rather than diffuse, broad pressure. Sometimes nerve endings are a little deeper than usual.
7) Does your interest in tickling extend to RL?Yep. I've tickled my friends, siblings, nieces, and girlfriends IRL. Horsing around with people who have a playful attitude is fun.
8) Which Pokemon do you think is most ticklish, Charmander or Pikachu?It might surprise some when I say this, but Pikachu. Because a Charmander is a lizard - it has scales. Scales are tougher than mammalian skin, it'd require heavier tickles and more effort to induce hysterics. A few might mention the fur on Pikachu. but fur is easily bypassed.
9) Assuming Pokemon existed IRL, would you tickle one?Of course!
a) If yes, which ones would it be?Too many to mention. Charmander, Pikachu, Shinx, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Buizel and Mew would be the main ones.
10) What is your general attitude towards tickling?Just some playful, innocent fun for the most part. Note that I said most, not all... because tickling is excellent foreplay if your partner enjoys it as well. Aside from that, tickling is a good way to have a bit of fun, and in some circumstances extremely adorable.