Results tagged “technology”

Mar201421
08:59 AM
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music tattoo 2.jpgThe intersection of tattoos and technology often reveal pretty fascinating results. Add another artistic element to it, such as music, and it becomes hard not to take a look and listen.

Using a tattoo as a music score, Dmitry Morozov, a Russian artist, musician, and engineer, has created "Reading my body": an instrument -- a sound controller -- that plays as it moves along the body over the tattoo.

Here's what Dmitry says of his project:

This is a special instrument that combines human body and robotic system into a single entity that is designed to automate creative process in an attempt to represent the artist and his instrument as a creative hybrid. The device consists of a railing with comfortable hand holders and two parallel, but offset from each other black lines' sensors that move along the arm using a stepper motor. It is equipped with a 3-dimensional Wii remote controller that uses the OSC protocol in order to give a possibility of additional expression achieved by moving hand in space.
The sound to me is eerie yet beautiful, almost like the soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic film. And the tattoo design itself is bold and interesting.

Check "Reading my body" in action in the video below.

::vtol:: "reading my body" from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.


(Source: CNET)
Jan201405
02:34 PM
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David Allen tattoo2.jpgI've been a long-time fan of David Allen of Pioneer Tattoo in Chicago. I began following his blog about 8 years ago when he started his tattoo apprenticeship after leaving his graphic design career. His site not only charted his progress from novice to the sought-after tattooer he is today, but also showed the tools and methods he used in his learning process. Expert use of technology has played a big part of that progression.

David will be sharing his tattoo process using Apple devices -- from iPhone, to iPad to Macbook Air -- on Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 6pm at the Lincoln Park Apple Store in Chicago. David will also be going over scheduling and sharing that information between tattooer, assistant and client. He describes the hour seminar as super geeky (which I love). Should be a great learning event for experienced and new tattooers a like, as well as collectors.

For more on David's work, check his Facebook page and Instagram.

We also profiled David in 2012 and featured his beautiful mastectomy scar tattoo in 2010.
Nov201311
04:49 PM
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Last week, Motorola filed a patent application for an "electronic skin tattoo" that "provides auxiliary voice input to a mobile communication device."  As PCMag.com put it, "Sweet microphone transceiver and power supply neck tat, man."

What the electronic tattoo does is transmits audio to a controller, which then sends it along to the accompanying mobile device, like your smartphone or tablet. Essentially it can be the ultimate in hands-free telephone calls or just voice commands for a device. Oh, and it could also act as a lie detector in monitoring voice patterns.

The patent application naturally came onto my radar because the use of the word "tattoo." As PSFK.com notes, "the company has a habit of being loose with their definition of 'tattoo'." And one would naturally think that we're talking about stick-on tech tattoos; however, when I quickly looked over the patent, I didn't find it specified. Even Engadget highlighted that the patent reads likes it's a permanent throat tattoo.

Should it be conceived as a permanent electronic tattoo, it won't be the first marriage of tattoos and tech. Here's a list of some posts that have also filled our cyborg tattoo fantasies:
Jul201105
10:00 PM


The intersection of tattooing and technology is fascinating and full of possibilities. We've seen scannable bar code tattoos, augmented reality tattoos, and even a CNC automatic tattoo machine. While these examples have a definite cool factor, they have tended to be less artful. And that's why I was very excited to see this use of tattoo tech that combines a custom tattoo by a respected artist and interactivity (beyond strangers trying to touch and ask its deep meaning).

Tattoo artist Karl Marc of the wonderful Mystery Tattoo Club in Paris tattooed a design incorporating a matrix code that, when scanned, presented an animation of the tattoo. The animated tattoo, which is deemed the first of its kind, is part of Ballantines' Human API project and their "Leave an Impression" promotion.

As you can see in the video above, Ballantines live streamed Karl Marc tattooing the work (on June 16th), and during the four-hour session, the artist discussed his process and also interacted with online viewers who logged into the Human API Facebook Page. You can see the text chat popping up in the video, as many offered suggestions for the work and made profound statements like "Ouch."

Another note on the tech:  As the code triggers online content and the URL associated can be changed, Karl's client, Marco, will be able to change the animation whenever he wants (he already has an additional animation on top of the one showed on the video).

The next Human API video will take place on July 14th with a graffiti artist "mixing spray and user interactivity." You can take part in that on their Facebook page as well.

For more on Karl Marc's tattoo work, check his online portfolio.

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UPDATE:  Some people have brought up hygiene issues in placing the smart phone on the fresh tattoo. Here's Ballantines response:  "It's been cut in the edited video, but during the actual session, Karl cleaned and sterilized thoroughly both Marco's chest and the device before triggering the code. [...] The last thing we (and surely Karl) want to do is to promote unprofessional tattooing."
Mar200906
01:11 PM
I was looking to download new photo apps for my iPhone yesterday and there was this tattooed baby staring me down, taunting me like a tattooed Barbie doll. So, like I did with Babs, I bought it. I will fork over $1.99 for you, dear reader, so you don't have to should the app suck. The problem is that I'm totally on the fence as to the suckage of this app, so let me list the pros and cons and you can decide.

First, Sonic Boom created the Tattoo Shop app for all phones supported by AT&T, Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon. This is a plus in itself. My review, however, is based on how it worked on my iPhone. Here goes:

CONS:

  • Not the biggest con but my biggest pet peeve is that ad language that sears my eyes as I read things like "show off your tats" or "legit ink." Seriously, I almost didn't download it for that outta principle. I liken the lingo to grey-haired CNN correspondents proclaiming "That's how we roll" when offering political analysis. None are cool.

  • Ok, now the biggest problem: the choice of artwork or lack thereof -- and I use "artwork" almost facetiously. SonicBoom partnered with flash peddlers TattooJohnny.com but instead of loading up on, say, the cool Bob Tyrrell and Tim Creed commercial designs, the app finds itself heavy on the old Cherry Creek-styled jammies -- aka tribal armbands abound and pin-ups with big 80s hair.

  • But maybe that's a pro. I do silently long for that Pam Anderson in Barb Wire look. The prob: the cheez is limited. There's just not enough designs to have a lot of fun with. While there are a bunch of categories like "Girl Stuff" [gag!] and "Pride" [huh?], the same designs show up over and over again. And don't get me started on how they decided what constitutes stuff for girls anyway.

  • Finally, the leafy panties on the female belly skin is just disturbing. It looks like lettuce is growing from her vulva to her waist. It did make me hungry for a nice Greek salad though. [They offer sample skins if you don't want to use your own photos. Check the screenshots on their tattoo app page.]

PROS:

  • The coolest thing about the app: using your own photos or being able to take one on the spot. I shot my non-tattooed sis to let her see what she's look like with a Tyson tribal on her face.
tattoo shop app test
  • Also, the lettering tattoos available are pure fabulousness. That's what I end up playing with the whole time. Lots of tattoo-inspired fonts to chose from in different colors. [I just took this crappy self-portrait to show you one of my faves.]
  • The layers feature makes cleaning up mistakes (and fixing certain "tats" without affecting all) super easy.
  • Especially for the iPhone:  Being able to move and resize designs with just a few taps and pinches is sexy.
  • And speaking of, the six packs on the sample boys' bellies are a def pro! slurp.

For almost two bucks, it's not bad for tons of ironic fun. You decide.
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