The Lizardman (or the origin story of a proto neo human) [VID]

Posted by on October 2nd, 2012

Sorry, are my mechanical bits showing? (TATTOO)

Posted by on March 20th, 2012


Nokia’s haptic tattoo ink patent

Posted by on March 18th, 2012

From Phone Arena:

Nokia has filed for a patent that offers a new and interesting take on mobile notifications. The patent, dated March 15, 2012, is for a ferromagnetic ink tattoo that is able to vibrate based on signals sent from a phone.

Nokia first describes a material that can attach to the surface of the skin, not to dissimilar to a sticker or a “patch”. The material would be able to be paired to a phone and emit various vibration patterns. In essence, a user could give a contact a specific pattern, which would enable them to be able to know who is calling without looking at the device, much like a custom ringtone.

Taking things to a new level of dedication, Nokia also describes the same technology being deployed in an actual tattoo. The process would involve demagnetizing the ink before administering the tattoo. Once it is in the skin, the ink would need to be magnetized by an external magnet. This technique would allow for enhanced sensitivity.

Just the tech I was thinking my latest ink needed too.

via Ales Kot

AR Ink

Posted by on January 22nd, 2010

I know, you’re probably sick of AR this and AR that by now, and the technology is only in its infancy, but this?  Too awesome not to post.

Implantable Silicon-Silk Electronics

Posted by on November 16th, 2009

Scientists of the University of Pennsylvania are creating electronics that almost completely dissolve inside the body, through the use of thin, flexible silicon electronics on silk substrates.

While implanted electronics must usually be encased to protect them from the body, these electronics don’t need protection. The whole process is pretty much seamless: The electronics on the flexible silk substrates conform to biological tissue. The silk melts away over time and the thin silicon circuits left behind don’t cause irritation because they are just nanometers thick.

To make the devices, silicon transistors about one millimeter long and 250 nanometers thick are collected on a stamp and then transferred to the surface of a thin film of silk. The silk holds each device in place, even after the array is implanted in an animal – so far the technique is tested on mice – and wetted with saline, causing it to conform to the tissue surface.

In a paper published in the journal Applied Physics Letters, the researchers report that such circuits can be implanted in animals with no adverse effects. And the performance of the transistors on silk inside the body doesn’t suffer.

The researchers are now developing silk-silicon LEDs that might act as photonic tattoos that can show blood-sugar readings, as well as arrays of conformable electrodes that might interface with the nervous system.


Branded Pigs

Posted by on July 9th, 2009

Created by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, his tattooed pigs can grace your home! The pigs are treated humanly and given sedatives before being tattooed with their intended design. A person can pick and choose which pig or skin to purchase by visiting his website.

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Tattoo Barbie or How you should be like everyone else

Posted by on March 26th, 2009

I dislike the Barbie concept – so perfect, perky, likable and pink. Gah. I’d be the last person to support anything Barbie, but the recent parental uproar over the “Tattoo Barbie” reminded me very much of what Doktor Sleepless was saying to the grinders:

“That stuff’s just fake.”
“Don’t get idea above your station.”
“Take that shit off”
“Dress properly.”
“Why can’t you be like everyone else”

Sure, these are dolls marketed towards children – but not every parent was upset about this doll. Reading bits and pieces across the interwebs, some parents felt this was their child’s’ generational image, much like how Elvis was controversial during their time. Still others thought it showed a greater respect for tattoos. Some people felt it was wrong to encourage children to get tattoos because real tattoos don’t wash off with soap and water and that children wouldn’t understand the difference.

Yes, because children would never ask their parents about the tattoos they have. They wouldn’t never noticed they don’t wash off with soap and water. They would never ask why they had gotten them in the first place. Tattoos aren’t proper creativity.

World Builder

Posted by on March 12th, 2009

Created by Bruce Branit, who shot in it a few days.World Builder involved two years of post-production work to bring it to this moment.

Sent to me via twitter by heresybob.

birthmark tattoos

Posted by on March 9th, 2009

From NextNature:

As the name suggests, Birthmarks Tattoos, are fake – but permanent – birthmarks that you can add to your body. Aside from its decorative potential, Birthmarks Tattoo makes it possible for you and your partner to “exchange” birthmarks or to imprint your body with a secret message in braille.

I like it!

thanks for the tip-off Cat Vincent!

DIY Biohacking Lives

Posted by on December 25th, 2008

I just got sent this in an IM message and have not been able to stop saying “Holy Shit” ever since:

Amateurs are Trying Genetic Engeneering at Home.

Many of these amateurs may have studied biology in college but have no advanced degrees and are not earning a living in the biotechnology field. Some proudly call themselves “biohackers” — innovators who push technological boundaries and put the spread of knowledge before profits.

In Cambridge, Mass., a group called DIYbio is setting up a community lab where the public could use chemicals and lab equipment, including a used freezer, scored for free off Craigslist, that drops to 80 degrees below zero, the temperature needed to keep many kinds of bacteria alive.

Co-founder Mackenzie Cowell, a 24-year-old who majored in biology in college, said amateurs will probably pursue serious work such as new vaccines and super-efficient biofuels, but they might also try, for example, to use squid genes to create tattoos that glow.

    A quick trip over to DIYbio’s site will reveal a group of people with a wide range of interests from self-mods to biomapping to creating labratory tools for “citizen scientists” – but all seemingly with sights set on the democratization of biotechnology.  They already have a wide array of tools available, it seems and are looking for more participents and volunteers.  

(Thanks, Matt.) 


Papua mulls chips for HIV victims

Posted by on December 1st, 2008

From the BBC News:

The bill proposes tracking the movements of HIV-positive people who behave in what some MPs describe as an irresponsible way.

The proposal is the most controversial of a swathe of programmes to tackle the spread of HIV in Indonesia.

Papua has one of the worse infection rates outside Africa.

As well as proposing to use microchips to track people’s movements, it also suggests tattooing as a way of alerting health officials to carriers of the virus.

It recommends mandatory testing for all Papuans, with special ID cards issued to those who test positive.

Proposal is the first step to implementation.

Connect the Dots Tattoo

Posted by on October 14th, 2008

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Tattoo your Teeth

Posted by on April 8th, 2008 is an online tooth tattoo parlor. Yep, you heard me, you can tattoo your teeth. Well, kinda. Just choose the design you want (Elvis, a howling wolf, and ex-presidents are a few options, but they will recreate any image you would like for a price). After your dentist sends a mold of your tooth to Toothartist, they will send a custom-tattooed crown back in a few weeks

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the bio-mechanical tattoos of Guy Aitchison

Posted by on March 31st, 2008

Guy Aitchison is not just an incredible tattoo artist, but also a tattoo theorist; author of Reinventing the Tattoo:

Each book comes with its own serial number which entitles the owner to online support, upgrade packages and participation in a global community of like-minded artists. In this book we discuss many elements of successful design, plus particulars of technical execution, such as macines and pigments. We also go into detail about cutting-edge design methods using modern technology.

As Guy describes himself:

My work tends to focus on natural geometry and organic structure. I have keen interests in science, science fiction, religion and religious art & architecture, and all types of psychedelic & transcendental art, which all filter down into my personal vision. I tend to avoid recognizable icons in favor of trying to focus on the underlying flow of ideas. I believe that there exists a family of archetypal forms, non-iconographic images which nonetheless convey their meaning to the viewer simply & directly, at a level possibly deeper and more universal than that accessible through the use of cultural iconography. I feel that much of our art is an effort to access these archetypes, possibly by lining up those known icons which most closely emulate the intent of the underlying universal form. Whether or not these universal images can be captured in their naked form and rendered as art pieces remains the single largest question in my life.

Let’s see some that work now, here’s just a selection from his gallery:

Simply amazing stuff. It’s got me thinking about a trip Stateside, with a little detour via Hyperspace Studios.

Anatomy Tattoos

Posted by on March 26th, 2008

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