Microsoft Research partnered up with some PhD students from MIT Media Lab to create a “smart” temporary tattoo that can be used as a touchpad for your smartphone. It can also be used to share data using NFC, or simply look cool with changing colors and LED lights.

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A user can design the circuit with readily available graphic software and stamp the tattoo out in gold leaf (which conducts electricity). Additional bits are added to make the tattoo interactive. See the tattoo in action in the videos below. [click to continue…]

robot tattoo

We’ve seen tattoos from 3D printers and we’ve seen tattoos from a cyborg. But damn…watching this guy get the “world’s first tattoo by an industrial robot” made me squirm a little.

Actually, this is a continuation of of the 3D printer project by Pierre Emm and Johan da Silveira mentioned above, only the stakes are a bit higher. I mean, what if the guy moves? What if the robot presses too deeply? These are the kinds of things that will run through your mind as you watch the video from Pier 9 below. [click to continue…]


Tattoo artist Andrey Lukovnikow specializes in creating pieces inspired by multiple exposure photography. It’s like Photoshop for the skin!

Absolutely gorgeous.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to travel to Poland to get inked by the man himself. Check out more of his work below. [click to continue…]


Would you let a cyborg do your next tattoo?

That’s the question you’d find yourself asking if you went to France-based tattoo artist JC Sheitan Tenet, who lost his arm 22 years ago. Recently artist JL Gonzal, also of France, provided him with a prosthetic arm that features a built-in tattoo machine.

It looks awesome and, if the video below is anything to go by, it works great. [click to continue…]


Tattoo artist Mirko Sata specializes in black-and-white snake designs. Simple—yes, but once you see Mirko’s work, you’ll see that he’s actually elevated the tattoo game. The contrast and patterns make his work truly stunning. Check out more examples below…

otaku tattoos

Otaku-themed tattoos (or “Otattoo”…Ha!) are starting to become quite popular in Japan. This comes after a long history of mainstream society associating tattoos with criminals.

However, thanks to artists like Aki-Bonten, that mentality is beginning to change. As you’ll see below, the work coming out of this movement is quite stunning. [click to continue…]

disney princess sleeve

Go big or go home, right?

Katelyn Crane of MD Tattoo Studio in Northridge, CA is the artist behind this fantastic Disney Princess sleeve, and she notes that a villains sleeve is next.

Can’t wait to see it.

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ephemeral tattoo

If temporary tattoos are a one night stand and regular tattoos are a successful marriage, Ephemeral Tattoos are that relationship that started of strong and fizzled after a year because you “need space”.

Indeed, Ephemeral is developing a tattoo ink that specifically engineered to last about a year and then fade. That fading process can also be sped up with a special (and painless) removal solution—and both the tattooing and removal can be done by the same licensed artists that do permanent tattoos.

Ephemeral is still in the testing phase, but they’re planning to launch in August of next year.

And who knows? Maybe after that trial period of living together you’ll decide to take the relationship to the next level. That’s when you can put a real tattoo on it.

(via The Science Explorer)

disney tattoos

These glorious tattoos are the work of @tattoosbyjaclyn. As you’ll see below, she’s a go-to tattoo artist if you need anything Disney-related.

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There are a billion-billion tweets sent on Twitter each and every day, but most of it is fluff. What we had for lunch, what we did on Friday night, which TV show we’re… well, not watching, because we’re too busy tweeting about it to pay attention to what’s on the screen.

But on May 11th, Harry Potter fan Kate, aka @AlwaysJLover on Twitter, sent a tweet to J.K. Rowling that was, well, very personal…

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