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A curated collection of contemporary tattoos from my point of view.
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First Ever Animated Tattoo - By K.A.R.L.

On June the 16th, 2011, Paris based tattoo artist K.A.R.L. realised the first ever animated tattoo. Streamed live on Facebook, users accessed his mind through the Human API, shared his thoughts and influenced the tattoo. When the QR code is scanned using a smartphone, a video opens up which shows an animated cartoon face singing opera against a background of the artwork.


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Infographic: 45 Million Americans Have Tattoos

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45 Million Americans have tattoos, 24% have none, 22% have one, 18% have two, 18% have three, 11% have four, 7% have five or more. Tattooing has been practiced worldwide. In 1891, Samuel Riley invened the first tattoo machine. 7.6 million Americans have regrets about getting inked. Top three reasons for regret because of the person's name in the tattoo, don't like the way it looks and it was stupid. Women are more likely to seek tattoo removal than men. The most popular tattoo design on Americans: butterfly, tribal star and flower. The machine moves the needle up and down to puncture the skin between 50 and 300 times per minute. More than 100 types of ink are used for tattooing today.


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How To Tattoo Online Lessons

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Virtual Apprentice Will Eliminate Your Need to:

Find a good local tattoo shop
Relocate to a new city or state
Find an expert tattoo artist who is willing to teach you
Invest thousands of dollars in apprenticeship fees
Work full-time for ZERO pay
Be on someone else's clock
Mop floors, setup stations, scrub tubes, answer phone calls, etc, etc

 

With Virtual Apprentice You Get:
Guidance from a professional in the business
Over 120 HD quality videos
Convenience of learning on your time and at your pace
Convenience of learning at home or anywhere with internet access
Massive amount of technical knowledge and tips
Ability to reference your video library whenever you need


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moodINQ - Programmable Tattoo System

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It’s easy to think of the human body as a canvas for tattoos. Now think of the human body as a digital canvas for tattoos. With programmable tattoo system moodINQ, you can implant an E ink grid on any spot on your skin and switch displays as often as you like.

 

How many people do you know who regret their tattoo? Maybe you picked a tattoo "artist" that learned their craft in prison using ballpoint pens and a sharpened paper clip. At that point, your choices are: deal with it, get it covered up, or get shot with lasers to take it off. Body modification discrimination is a sad fact of life.

 

What do you do when you want a tattoo but don't want the commitment of permanent ink? The moodInq system is a breakthrough in tattoo technology, using a skin-safe proprietary E ink encapsulated pigment system that lasts a lifetime but can be configured to display any design (or none!) to suit your mood.


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How to tattoo an ant in the name of science

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This is the most endearingly strange thing you'll watch all day. Andrew Quitmeyer, a PhD student at Georgia Tech, has alerted us to his handy video tutorial on painting ants for scientific experiments. If you ever need to open an ink parlor for a six-legged clientele, this is your huckleberry.

 

Here's how Andrew described his present pursuits to io9:

 

Here's a video I made as a design meditation for an automatic ant painting device that I am working on. This video works as an instructional video for painting ants that also demonstrates difficulties faced by social insect scientists [...] Also it's just pretty weird to see how scientists have to actually paint with little tiny paintbrushes and microscopes onto ants.

I can't wait to see what his "automatic ant painting device" looks like. I'm picturing a carwash the size of a matchbox. Sorry, all you artisanal formic body painters, the march of technology stops for no one.


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Secret Skeletal Tattoo Glows Under Blacklight

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Redditor Kconn04 has an ultraviolet skeletal tattoo on his arm, but you can only see it when you shine an ultraviolet light on it.

 

According to his Reddit post:

"So if anyone is interested in getting one I just have one thing to say. Mine is almost completely faded by now and you can see a couple of the edges of the bones and that’s it. So be prepared for a couple of touch ups on it. I’ve have it for 5 years now and no health problems … It was just like a normal tattoo except there was no ink so it looked weird. You can’t even tell now, no scars or anything."


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Digital Tattoo

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What is a digital tattoo?

 

In short, it is your digital identity. Just like a tattoo, your digital reputation is an expression of yourself. it is formed and added to by you and others over time. 

 

Search yourself. Use pipl.com to find out what comes up about you. Try spezify or Personas for a visual representation of your identity or (more importantly) how the internet sees you.
Consider your tattoo. Your Digital Dossier demonstrates how identity is formed online. Be Findable is an example of how your online identity can help you.


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Barcodes, QR Codes & Crazy Tattoos?

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Maple North has been working with a great company for the past number of months called Wasp Barcode based out of Dallas Texas. These guys have some really cool technology to help small and medium business’ track assets and inventory and save money. I was admiring a friends barcode tattoo the other day and it got me thinking about some crazy barcode tattoos. My biggest question was if they actually work when you scan them in a grocery store… and obviously, how much are you worth!


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Superior Court rules tattooing is protected speech

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Arizona's Supreme Court, stepping into a zoning dispute over a tattoo parlor, ruled on Friday that tattooing was a constitutionally protected form of free speech, the first such decision by any state high court in the country.

 

The Colemans filed a lawsuit in 2009 alleging violations to their rights to free speech, due process and equal protection under both the U.S. and state constitutions. The suit was dismissed by the Maricopa County Superior Court.

 

Recognizing that tattooing involves constitutionally protected speech, we hold that the superior court erred by dismissing the complaint as a matter of law," the state Supreme Court said in its ruling.


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Stop Motion Camera Tattoo

Tony got the idea from another artist to do a stop-motion video where it looks like the tattoo does itself. The artist in a single alienbee and softbox, plus a handy new remote, and they got to it.

 

Some things about the tattoo:


-The actual time of the sitting was 4 hours
-This video is comprised out of 1054 shots
-"ROZWÓJ" is Polish for "development"
-The numbers on the film canister reflect the date I took my first serious photograph
-Yes, the film is 35mm, but it's not going into any of the cameras, just wrapping around. I'm well aware that it looks odd having it next to medium format cameras, but it will make sense when the rest of the sleeve is completed. :)

 

Song: Helen of Troy by Telefon Tel Aviv

5d Mark ii
24-70mm f2.8
Final Cut Pro
www.flickr.com/bearandyeti


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Augmented Reality Tattoos with the Nintendo 3DS

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The arists says, "It’s jittery… the way I was having to hold my arm and hold the 3DS and look through the viewfinder of the camera meant that my arm was at a slight angle and the 3DS was trying to place it on a flat plane. Also, a couple things to note if you want to try this. Right now, the tattoo doesn’t always work in really bright light, like sunlight, but it works fine in dim-ish light. I think I need to go back and get an outline around it, because I think the 3DS is looking for the edge of the card and can’t find it in bright light. In the manual, it says to never obscure the white border around the card when you’re using the 3DS, something I didn’t notice til later. I thought the black border around the “?” would be an issue, but it doesn’t seem to be at all. When the 3DS recognizes it, you can clearly see the black outline, and I tested with a color printout of the card, and the issue does seem to be not seeing the edge, which is easily fixable.

The tattoo was done by Colby at Blue Flame Tattoo in Raleigh, NC."


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Tattoo Art Culture

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An excellent article from Tattoo Temple / Unique Living Art Org. 

 

In the tattoo world there is a common phrase, “tattoos are addictive”. Once received the freshly inked are said to start envisaging other potential designs, placements and projects. Perhaps this propensity could be simplified into economic terms and, considering the highly detrimental lasting effects of bad tattoos, rightly be classified as an addiction.

 

Outside of genuine cultural practices popularized tattooing trends can broadly be considered as a post-modern, flattening of heritage. It is now perfectly common to see those of clear Caucasian descent with full traditional Japanese sleeves. Non-Buddhists covered in Thai temple writing they couldn’t read or translate if their life depended on it and Polynesian armbands on Americans that haven’t left the country. The intent is not to restrict or judge their choice simply to state that the markings themselves have now frequently been reclassified as stylistic preferences.


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Guy Has over 10,000 URLs Tattooed on His Body

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Pat Vaillancourt is the current record holder for the most web addresses tattooed on his body, with over 10,000 URL’s inked on his back and shoulders. That sounds like a lot, but he’s not stopping until his body is covered by 100,000 website addresses.

 

In 2010, 30-year-old Vaillancourt, from Quebec, Canada, decided he wanted to set a world record of his own, and because he wasn’t an athlete and he couldn’t do extreme stunts, he chose tattooing as the way to leave his mark on the world. ”I want to break a Guinness World Record, but more importantly, I want to help others. And this is my way of doing so,” he said back then. People and businesses can pay $35 to have their URL tattooed on Pat’s body and listed on his website, Back2thelight.com, with half the proceeds being donated to help the people of Haiti and Somalia. Vaillancourt says the other half is used to pay for his tattoos and promote the project. If my calculations are correct, he hopes to ultimately raise $3.5 million, 


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FBI Wants a Database of Your Tattoos

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The FBI is consulting local police and vendors about technology currently in use that can spot crooks and terrorists by interpreting the symbolism of their tattoos, according to government documents.

 

The inquiry follows work already underway at the bureau and Homeland Security Department to add iris and facial recognition services to their respective fingerprint databases.

The FBI on Friday issued a request for information on existing databases “containing tattoo/symbol images, their possible meanings, gang affiliations, terrorist groups or other criminal organizations.”

 

The mass collection of multiple biometric markers, potentially including vocal tracks and handwriting samples, has upset immigrant communities who say the FBI and DHS are misusing the technology to deport innocent people.

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15 Horribly Nerdy Tattoos I'd Never Get

15 Horribly Nerdy Tattoos I'd Never Get | Hoolie investigates contemporary tattoos | Scoop.it

The author says, "It's really shocking what people are willing to do to their bodies. Getting any tattoo relating to computers or video games pretty much solidifies your status as a complete and total nerd. If that's your thing and you're proud of it, then that's great, but I'd never get any of the horribly nerdy tattoos in this gallery."

 

This is a collection of tattoos that are related to technology or nerd culture which reflect the modern and exponential times we live in.


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