Thursday, December 8, 2016

Temporary Tattoos Are Not Just For Kids

By: Owen Moore

Throughout the years many societies have used tattoos and body art for various purposes such as religious beliefs and rites of passage as one comes of age. Tattoos have existed for thousands of years, and date back to as early as the ancient Egyptians in 300 B.C. According to the Japan Times, during the 17th century the Japanese used tattoos as a form of punishment to mark their criminals (Mitchell). During the time of the ancient Greeks, they used tattoos to communicate among their spies. Tattoo markings helped in identifying and ranking the spies ("History & Future"). When tattoos evolved to Europe and the United States, electric tattooing was created. In 1891, Samuel O'Reilly patented the first tattoo machine. According to Joe Capobianco from the Huffington Post, "Tattooing was most popular in the ranks of the military where many a soldier, sailor, or pilot found themselves marking their skin to commemorate that time in their lives with a USMC badge, a battleship, a hula gal, or a nautical star" (Capobianco).  Related image
Nowadays, tattoos are not only used as a form of art, but they are used for fun. You can find temporary tattoos at places such as a birthday party or Fourth of July celebration. But what is really cool, is that now, with the advancements in technology over the years, you are able to create your own temporary tattoos. You can use things such as the Silhouette Printer (located in the Hack Shack) to print and design your very own tattoos.
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On top of all this, students at a design school in France have successfully been able to re-engineer a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer into the first ever 3D printer tattoo machine! Students Pierre Emm, Piotr Widelka and Johan Da Silveira re-designed a MakerBot Replicator as part of competition run by France's Cultural Ministry. They hacked the 3D printer, replaced the filament with a ballpoint pen, and then designed an image which they had the printer trace onto an arm. Even after the challenge was complete they decided that they wanted to make it so that they could actually tattoo a permanent tattoo on one's forearm. So, they did just that (Hu).
To see a short clip of the printer tattooing a permanent tattoo on a "volunteer's" arm click the link shown here:
Works Cited
Capobianco, Joe. "The Evolution of Tattoo Art." The Huffington Post., 26 Mar. 2012. Web.
"History & Future - How Tattoo Evolved?" History & Future - How Tattoo Evolved? The Human Touch of Chemistry, n.d. Web.
Hu, Elise. "Weekly Innovation: Turn A 3-D Printer Into A Tattoo Machine." NPR. NPR, 2 Apr. 2014. Web.
Mitchell, Jon. "Japan Inked: Should the Country Reclaim Its Tattoo Culture? | The Japan Times." The Japan Times. N.p., n.d. Web.
Rainier, Chris. Maori Facial Moko. Digital image. Baxter's Blog. N.p., 08 Oct. 2010. Web.
SilhouetteAmericaInc. "Temporary Tattoo Paper 101." YouTube. YouTube, 03 May 2012. Web.

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