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Tattoos

Tattoo Artists Make Mistakes

Tattoo Artists Make Mistakes

You’d like to think that the person who’s about to permanently ink your body would have double-checked their drawing, Inked’s interview reel with 14 tattooers talking about their worst mistakes is proof positive you should check the stencil 10 times before they start.

Prinker Temporary Tattoo Printer

Prinker Temporary Tattoo Printer

Korean startup SketchOn’s gadget can print skin-safe temporary tattoos just by running it over a body part. Images can be selected from a library or uploaded from a smartphone app. At this point the device is only available for rental usage at events.

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ASCII Art Tattoos

ASCII Art Tattoos

Tattoo artist Andres Vrontis creates amazing images by generating ASCII computer art, then meticulously inking each and every tiny character in black to create the illusion of a greyscale image. We’re getting a hand cramp just watching him work.

Lili Mandrill Temporary Tattoos

Lili Mandrill Temporary Tattoos
$90/25pcs  Buy Comment

Artist Lise Grossmann of Lily Mandrill offers hand drawn portrait temporary tattoos. You submit a photo and she’ll turn it into a tattoo. They makes for a perfect gift or party favor for special occasions. Bulk orders are accepted.

Blackwork Cybernetic Tattoos

Blackwork Cybernetic Tattoos

Tattoo artist Georgie Williams specializes in making all black tattoos inspired by circuit boards and technology in general. From single lines to thick blocks of ink, her surprisingly versatile style looks like the mark of a society from the far future.

Parlor Tattoo Prints

Parlor Tattoo Prints
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Fans of American traditional tattoos and pop culture will love these awesomely illustrated prints inspired by everything from Taxi Driver to Totoro. LA artist Quyen Dinh of Parlor Tattoo Prints also offers designs on t-shirts and a limited-edition wall calendar.

Reel Peeps: Josh Herman

Reel Peeps: Josh Herman

(PG-13: Language) We sat down with artist Josh Herman from Chicago’s Mayday Tattoo Co. to learn what makes him tick, from his fun, spontaneous approach to new school designs, to his sources of inspiration, and his philosophy on pursuing your creative dreams.

Human Zoetrope

Human Zoetrope

We love tattoos. They can truly be personal works of art that we carry with us every day. An artist from animation studio Open the Portal recently collaborated with a tattoo studio to create a cool design which creates the illusion of movement as he twists his torso.

DuoSkin Smart Tattoos

DuoSkin Smart Tattoos

Engineers from MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research have developed a method to produce temporary tattoos using thin layers of gold leaf to transform the wearer’s skin into touch-based input devices for controlling devices, a color-changing display, or as an NFC tag.

Inkwell Tattoo Watches

Inkwell Tattoo Watches
~$136+  Pledge Comment

A new series of watches inspired by tattoo art. Each watch features an original design on both its face and leather strap, which is embossed with a technique that produces a look and feel that’s virtually identical to the coloring and linework of an actual tattoo.

Tattoo Coloring Book

Tattoo Coloring Book
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UK illustrator Megamunden’s 112-page coloring book is loaded with 120 of the artist’s unique and intricate designs in outline form so you can color them in yourself. If you dig this, be sure to check out his color-in postcards.

Ink Hunter for iOS

Ink Hunter for iOS

If you want to try out a tattoo design before committing to get inked, you can get a temporary tattoo, or you can use Ink Hunter. It’s an augmented reality app for iOS that lets you upload designs, project them on your body and edit and share the photo.

Momentary Ink

Momentary Ink
$15+  Buy Comment

Try out tattoo designs before getting real ink done. Send Momentary Ink an image of your design and they’ll send back a temporary tattoo kit that looks just like a real tattoo when applied. It lasts up to a week and can also be rubbed off with oil.

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Ink Mapping

Ink Mapping

Oskar & Gaspar show us the least painful way to get a full body tattoo, by projection mapping intricate designs onto the bodies of models who already had some real ink. The animations truly bring the tattoos to life, though some of them kind of creeped us out.

805 Million Names

805 Million Names

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović had the names of 50 people he never met tattooed on his body – each of whom are suffering from hunger. He hopes it will help raise awareness and support for the millions who are starving around the world.

Son’s Doodles, Dad’s Tattoos

Son’s Doodles, Dad’s Tattoos

Over the past seven years Keith Anderson has been getting tattoos based on his son’s drawings: a daisy, a house, his son’s handwriting and more. Props to the tattoo artists for preserving the spirit of the sketches. Photos by Chance Faulkner.

The Tattooed Motorcycle

The Tattooed Motorcycle

The Recidivist is a modded Harley Davidson Softail adorned with tattooed leather on its tires, tanks, seat, rear fender and more. Polish tattoo artists Tomasz Lech and Krzysztof Krolak spent a total of 250 hours inking the bike.

Tattooing in Slow-Motion 2

Tattooing in Slow-Motion 2

Smarter Every Day went to Timepiece Tattoo Company’s shop to learn about the basics of tattooing. Then at 3:15, there’s slow-motion footage of Tattoos Forever artists using multiple needles at work.

The History of Tattoos

The History of Tattoos

If you have a tattoo, you’re participating in one of mankind’s oldest traditions, rich with contexts both good and bad. TED-Ed presents Addison Anderson’s abridged history of tattoos, animated by Think Blot. Learn more here.

Mr X

Mr X

Alex Nicholson’s documentary about the inspiration behind tattoo art, as told by Duncan X, a South London tattooist, whose struggles are reflected in his own ink. The VFX by MPC were used to remove, and replace Mr X’s tattoos.

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Tattooed Figurines

Tattooed Figurines

Jessica Harrison’s Flash is a series of porcelain figurines of women in ball gowns with tattoos on their exposed skin. If you think that’s hardcore, check out her earlier work. Flash is currently on display at Galerie L.J.

Tattooing in Slow-Motion

Tattooing in Slow-Motion

Slow-motion footage of tattoo artist Gaëtan Le Gargasson aka GueT at work. It’s amazing how much skin and flesh vibrate because of the tattoo machine. The song is a sped-up version of Emmanuel Top’s Industriel.

Tattonomy Temporary Tattoos

Tattonomy Temporary Tattoos
$5/2-pack  Buy Comment

Like Tattly, Tattonomy is an online shop that sells temporary tattoos, except it offers minimalist designs with geeky themes. The shop also accepts bulk orders for custom temporary tattoos.

Oliver Sweeney Tattooed Goods

Oliver Sweeney Tattooed Goods
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British shop Oliver Sweeney teamed up with tattoo artist Henry Hate to add a unique personalization option for its leather shoes and other goods. Pick your product, submit your design and Hate will do the rest.

Go Beyond the Cover

Go Beyond the Cover

We knew there was makeup strong enough to cover up tattoos; this cool vid shows us that it’s Dermablend, and what Zombie Boy (aka Rick Genest) looks like without his ink. (Thanks Mario!)

Tattly Temporary Tattoos

Tattly Temporary Tattoos
$5/2-pack  Buy Comment

From the founder of swissmiss comes a hip new store for temporary tattoos. Since Tattly is online, people can easily submit designs, so pretty soon there’ll be something for everyone.

To-Do Tattoo

To-Do Tattoo
$3.50  Buy Comment

Add a semblance of order to the impromptu reminders you scribble on your hand, wrist or anywhere on your body. Comes with a washable gel pen so you don’t need a laser to remove them.

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