The End Nears: Industrial Robot Performs Tattoo

August 5, 2016


This is a video from France of an industrial robot severing a man's calf giving a guy a pretty shitty spiral tattoo on his leg. I mean the spiral is fine, but the actual ink job is questionable at best. It looks like it'll last a couple years, tops. Basically the team 3-D scanned the dude's leg so the robot understood the geometry of its surface, then let it get to work. Better not move your leg unless you like bleeding! Honestly, I'm surprised they didn't implement some sort of real-time 3-D scanning so even if you did move your leg, the robot can respond appropriately and not try to tattoo your bone. This doesn't really seem that sophisticated. Me? I'm ultra sophisticated. The smallest fork at fancy restaurants is for picking your teeth.

Keep going for the video, but skip to 0:42 to see a 3-D printer tattoo, and 2:32 for this one.

Thanks to Gavin, who agrees an industrial robot ain't shit if it can't tattoo a pirate ship or naked lady.

  • Meh

    Although a spiral makes it clear when a mistake is made, i was hoping for something a little more complicated.

  • TalonDesigns

    Not too sure how interested the robot would be in hearing the story of why I am getting the tattoo that I am there for. Part of the experience is getting to know the artist.

    I get it? But I hope the idea of automated robotic tattooing doesn't last.

  • palpable ovaltine

    I'm hoping not too. Maybe for really basic tattoos it could be okay, but for me most of the point is the art and the individuality of it. Robots can duplicate very well, but don't imagine anything. So even if a robot were to do the tattoo, there would have to be an artist that creates the idea.

  • TalonDesigns

    I have a rule... Which keeps me from treating tattoos like Doritos (You can't stop until the bag is gone). I draw all of my own art and find a different artist with every new tattoo I get.

    Even so, the artist and HIS tools add their own flair to the design that would not exist with robotic art.

    I wholeheartedly agree though - it's about the art, the talent and the individuality of what you are having done.

  • Jenness

    I think it's a good thing it won't last long. Judging by the other tattoos the dude has seems like he must be one of those people who's more about the experience or meaning and not actual quality or aethestics

  • Emmitt Morgans

    * A E S T H E T I C S

  • Andrew Newton

    I imagine a Blade Runner-esque future with tattoo machines next to vending machines, with breathalyzers built in prior to credits being able to be transferred.

    As for this particular tattoo he received, it's pretty cool done by a machine, but it will seriously be faded out in 5 years.

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