Sure, Why Not?: A $100 Gumball Machine That Dispenses Random Permanent Tattoo Designs

October 20, 2017


This is the Get What You Get gumball machine at Elm Street Tattoos in Dallas, Texas. You just pay a tattoo artist $100, and they'll give you a token to put into the machine. Whatever design comes out they'll permanently ink on you. (If you really don't like the design you can get another token for $20, but there are no refunds). Obviously, this makes the tattoo decision making process much, much easier except I already know what I want and it's a penis with dragonfly wings.

Boogie, a shop employee, told the Dallas Observer, "All of these tattoos I would price out between $160 and $180 ... maybe $250."

Tattoos will be completed on a first-come, first-served basis. If there's no line, you can get yours right away. If all of the artists are booked, you may have to make an appointment.

Interesting. This is perfect for the person who wants a tattoo, but doesn't particularly care what it is. The old 'I don't know, just give me something.' I still remember my first tattoo like it was yesterday. It wasn't yesterday though, it was actually next Friday, I just have a time machine.

Keep going for an Instagram video of somebody using the machine.

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Thanks to Linby, who just wants an anchor.

  • Turbojap

    Wild card: there's a chance you'll roll a penis

  • Its hard to tell, since they didn't take the image out of the container, but it doesn't look like the quality images my local tattoo artist would charge $160 - $180 for.

    Also, I'm guessing this is for people who are either drunk or just really into making expensive, spontaneous decisions with long-lasting results.

  • BurntSins

    The shop is co-owned by Oliver Peck; one of the judges from Ink Masters. It can't be that bad.

  • AGirlNamedMichael

    Just from the pic they look like a child drew them...not worth 20 much less 100

  • Seth

    They're just an outline. The details happen during the actual tattooing.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Tattoos are deeply personal and intensely meaningful, since they are a life-long commitment.

    Except for the ones that are totally random.

  • Gauthier Abel

    If you're convinced at heart that what can happen will happen, you've already got a 100% chance to get a meaningful one!

  • Kimberly J. Rosario

    tom hines, plano mom mary barrera made 146790 with

  • Bling Nye

    Jesus, are you spam bots even trying anymore?

  • Mike_Cowling

    I saw a shop in Toronto that had the same thing but theirs were $60.

  • Seth

    Not sure about the other tat places but Elm St. is owned and operated by Oliver Peck, one of the biggest names in tattooing, so there's going to be a premium. ;)

  • Clint

    Okey Doke Tattoo and Ink & Water Tattoo Studio both do this in Toronto, and have for ages.

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