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Skynet Alert: You Can Now Get a Tattoo from a Robot

Skynet Alert: You Can Now Get a Tattoo from a Robot

Like any rational human being, you probably long for the day when a machine can stab you hundreds or thousands of times while you’re strapped to a workout bench in an industrial warehouse. Fortunately, that day isn’t too far off.

The Verge is reporting that design team Appropriate Audiences (Pierre Emm and Johan da Silveira in human speak) has improved on Tatoué, their earlier tattooing robot triumph built by adding a needle arm to a 3D printing machine, to bring a sci-fi-esque tool to tattoo shops. The new project involves an industrial robot that looks like it would be more at home sliding a Buick door into place than doing the delicate work of depositing an inky spiral into a man’s skin without, say, ripping his entire leg off. But here we are.

Check out the video below from the Vimeo channel Pier 9:

Okay, so, the downsides are as obvious as the duct tape burn that guy’s about to experience, but the upsides are fantastic. As these robots advance, they should be able to work faster and longer than human artists, although it’s hard to say that they’ll be able to create more intricate work if you’ve seen some of the fantastic stuff artists are churning out these days.

Still, it’s no wonder why Appropriate Audiences is planning to turn their robo-inker into a commercial venture.

“It was not the goal in the beginning,” they told The Verge. “But many of the tattoo artists and studios we have worked with along the way are impatient to get their hands on these machines.”

Of course they are. You can just imagine formerly annoyed artists pointing drunken idiots toward the tattoo bot when they request the standard Peeing Calvin off the wall. Want Kanji symbols that may or may not mean “Happiness”? Lie perfectly still and let the robot take over.

Featured Image: Pier 9/Vimeo

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