tattoos
A Woman’s New Tattoo Led to Three Years of Chronic Pain, Doctors Say

There are plenty of bad (and cool!) tattoos out there, but few might ever be as regrettable as the one that apparently caused an immune disorder and years of chronic pain in a UK woman. The bizarre medical tale, detailed by her doctors Monday in BMJ Case Reports, is apparently the first recorded instance of such a thing ever happening. Read More >>

science
This Tattoo Only Becomes Visible When It Detects Early Signs of Disease

In the future, tattoos may no longer be mere decorative statements for the body, but useful biomedical devices that can alert us when something’s not quite right. Read More >>

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Why Tattoos Last Forever, Even as Your Skin Cells Die

Your skin cells are constantly regenerating, so how is it that a tattoo can last for decades? Read More >>

archaeology
5,000-Year-Old Mummy Is Earliest Known Tattooed Woman

A new analysis of two ancient Egyptian mummies has uncovered the earliest known examples of “figural” tattoos on human beings—that is, tattoos that are meant to represent a real things, rather than abstract symbols. What’s more, at around 5,000 years old, it’s the earliest evidence of tattoos on a woman. Read More >>

science
This Temporary Tattoo Is Made From Living Cells

It’s a little more high-tech than the tattoos you might remember from your school days. Read More >>

humour
Man Who Got the Same Neuter Tattoo as His Dog Doesn’t Care About the Haters

Chris Mendiola loves his dog Bear so much, he decided to get the same tattoo the dog bore when Chris adopted him six years ago. When he shared his mark of devotion with the internet, he knew he’d get some heat, but he had no idea just how far the images would go. Read More >>

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World’s Greatest Trucker Tattoo Makes This Guy Look Like a Tiny Person Driving Another Human

If you’re going to endure all the pain and discomfort of getting a tattoo, you might as well ensure you’re getting inked with a memorable design. Truck driver Kenny Ollerenshaw raised the bar with a tattoo that makes him look like a tiny pilot controlling a humanoid robot. Read More >>

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This Guy’s Tattoos Come to Life When He Spins Around

If you’re going to endure all the pain of getting a tattoo, you probably want to ensure that whatever’s being permanently etched on your body is unique and original. So instead of a heart with a dagger through it, why not get a series of animated figures that turn you into a living zoetrope? Read More >>

wtf
Tattoos Are Pizza Hut’s Latest Silly Thing

Pizza Hut has done a silly thing again to win the favour of the silly people on the internet. The ones who aren’t Italian, anyway. Read More >>

design
This Vibrating Pen Would Be Great for Prison Tattoos 

When artist Georges-Pierre Seurat painted his famous A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, he painstakingly added every dot of paint, one by one, until his masterpiece was complete. It was a technique that’s come to be known as pointillism, and thanks to this vibrating electronic pen, the process is now far less excruciating. Read More >>

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How a Tattoo Gun is Made in Prison

People in prison are so damn resourceful that they can turn a pen, a Walkman, a couple of paper clips, a few rubber bands, and a set of batteries into a fully functional tattoo gun. The motor, battery pack, and switch come from a Walkman that’s torn apart, the ink obviously comes from the pen, the needle is made from the paper clip, and the rubber bands hold it all together. Read More >>

research
The Best Tattoo Turns Your Body Into a Controller for Any Computer

Your next tattoo could also be used to control your computer. A new technology called DuoSkin, developed by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research, allows anyone to create customised gold metal leaf print tattoos that can be worn directly on the skin. The temporary tattoos can be used as touchpad inputs, display outputs, and wireless communication. Read More >>

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If You Hate People, Get a Tattoo From a Robot

There is a certain intimacy that comes with getting a tattoo. Not only are you decorating your own skin in a unique way, but you’re also sharing that experience with the artist who is essentially making you bleed over and over again. Read More >>

gadgets
MC10’s Wearable Sensors Are a First Step to Bioelectric Tattoos

The digital tattoos of the future have for years remained just that. But now a company called MC10 has announced two new commercial wearable devices that will stick to your skin to keep an eye on your health. Read More >>