Tech | Witness The World’s First Tattoo Inked By An Industrial Robot

August 11, 2016  |  Culture, Tech

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It was only a matter of time before that headline became reality, and now the giant robot arms that build our cars, toilet seats, & iPhones (while quietly plotting our Skynet-fueled destruction in the background) have proved their utility in the world of tattooing. Artists Johan Da Silveira and Pierre Emm of design studio Appropriate Audiences were inspired by the almost total lack of technical innovation in the world of tattooing in the last 100 years and the challenge of getting a hulking robot arm to apply a tattoo without shredding an inferior human in the process. “To be tattooed by a robot represents for us the accomplishment of a step in the development of our process which we have worked towards,” explains Emm. “Behind the machine is a lot of human involvement. The tattoo also represents the connection between the tool and the person piloting the machine… Whether software or hardware, the problems involve many unknowns and therefore are equally challenging in a way. The body is full of surprises—there are no flat parts to be found there.”

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