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07:17 AM
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I've spent a few hours fiddling about with the Art and Skin app and I have to admit that I've very, VERY impressed by their product.

Art and Skin has done some amazing stuff with 3D photography, allowing you to virtually "revolve" around their featured artists and models. Imagine the "bullet-time" shots in The Matrix but apply it to a tattoo shop/artist/model - it's pretty awesome and insanely beautiful. Hopefully more app developers will continue to head in this direction (and more tattooists will continue to embrace non-standard technology as a means to promote their work).

Do I think their UX/UI (User Experience / User Interface) could use a bit more work? Yes. Their navigation isn't always intuitive - which can be fun if you want to "explore," but that's not always the case on a mobile device. Their sans-serif/ultra-thin typeface choices don't always render well on a phone, either, making the content hard to read at standard resolution. I got lost a few times in the app instead of discovering new content, but...

That said, hot holy Scooby Snacks this is cool!

Save the $4.99 you were gonna spend on some crap tattoo magazine this week and download the Art and Skin app - if anything, you'll have fun spinning Eddy Deutsche around in his studio.
10:25 AM
My iPhone and iPad are littered with tattoo apps, from portable art references to fun photo games where I give my mom big tribal face tattoos. Today's technology can keep an ancient art thriving with educational offerings and digital creative tools. It can hit hit the mark with apps like the art of Horiyoshi III & Sailor Jerry or it can be a bit creepy with fetish galleries of tattooed feet (don't Google it).

The new Instattoo iOS app is neither awesome nor creepy. It's meh.

The app is largely designed as a creative tool but with little creativity. Billing itself as "The World's First Tattoo Design Generator" (which I doubt), Instattoo gives you a bunch of squiggly lines and let's you morph the patterns in a kaleidoscope-like fashion with a few swipes across your iPad or iPhone screen. "No need to draw!", their headline says! Once you create your "unique" work of art, you can then broadcast it to thousands of your closest social networking friends ... and even better, bring it to a tattoo shop where of course no one there will laugh at you.

[You may think this is just ugly blogger sarcasm, but what's uglier is that someone actually did get a tattoo from this app, as shown in the video below.]

Snark aside, I don't completely hate it because digitally manipulating patterns to create custom tattoos is often used by top artists today and has great potential. Granted, an app like this is too simplified, but it could be a way to play with ideas on the road and then flesh them out in a more sophisticated program or on paper. Or even skin. The idea is there with Instattoo but not the execution, especially with such limited and banal patterns available. It's also worth repeating, although obvious, that a design on a 2D surface doesn't always translate on skin; for example, lines not properly spaced can blur together.

When considering your next tattoo, sometimes it's best to put the tablet down and just talk with a good artist. 

01:22 PM
I had such a blast talking to Zane Claes and Mark Shore for their "Let Us Present" podcast, where they invite a variety of bloggers, musicians, podcasters, etc. from across the web to join them for a conversation. I talked about top tattoo art, scratchers, Leviticus and the law, among other things. Surprise, surprise.

You can listen to me blah blah for 30 minutes(!) here or subscribe to their Podcast on iTunes. [It says "explicit" in the description but I said nothing salacious, I swear.] The podcast is delivered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Zane and Mark are the brains behind Streamified, an iPhone and iPad app that takes all your social streams and puts them in one sweet journal. It's not just a reader, however. You can update your status, capture pics, retweet, bookmark your favorite posts -- like me talking for a half hour? -- and all those wonderful time wasters.

Learn more about Streamified on iTunes. Also check them on Facebook and Twitter: @letuspresent, @streamified, @inZania, and @markshore12.

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