November 9, 2015
Here’s a fun question for you to think about: do you trust yourself enough to self-tattoo something on your own body? I ask because Dazed & Confused Magazine writer Thomas Gorton published an article this morning about a “personal tattoo gun that lets you ink yourself at home“.
If I’m being honest, I want one of these because I love tattoos. However, in that same spirit of honesty, ten times out of ten I wouldn’t trust me to use this on me. It’s not that I couldn’t do a straight line, I just don’t trust my innate artistic ability to tattoo something cool, good looking, or remotely passable onto any part of my body.
Jakob Pollag, a student at the Royal College of Art in London, is the creator behind the Personal Tattoo Machine and Gorton quotes him as saying it’ll effectively democratize the tattoo industry while potentially encouraging more meaningful results. Long term Pollag wants to get his invention to retail markets, and it’s estimated they’ll cost between $53.79 and $64.53 (£50 and £60). Sound like something you’d be good at? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
You have to admire Pollag’s entrepreneurial spirit with the work he’s put into the Personal Tattoo Machine. At a base level, he’s decreasing the barrier to entry for people interested in getting into the field, but he’s also making a statement about the stigma surrounding tattoos in our society.
Sometimes you don’t need a perfect reason to get a tattoo, and sometimes you don’t need a perfect reason to follow your passion. Sometimes you simply have to move fast and break things, and people will respond. Here are some photos from the website of people who have given it a go on their bodies:
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