Art Graduate Designs a Personal Tattoo Machine

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Royal College of Art (London) graduate Jakub Pollág resolves to make tattooing at home an easier ordeal.

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We're all for hand poking as long as it's done in a sanitary and proper way by capable hands. Hand poking isn't only an aesthetic, it's part of culture that's been adapted by the younger generation to suit their own tastes. But this innovation has been created to replace hand poking as a means of auto-tattooing.

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Dezeen Tattoo

Pollág understands the struggle of knowing what you want for a tattoo and not actually trusting anyone to get it right the same way it looks in your head. That's one of the reasons that compelled him to make something like this. Jakub himself has gone through the experience of hand poke tattooing himself and thought it was a very tedious process. He liked the raw quality of it all, but he's looking for methods that don't take ages.

Personal tattoo machine
Personal tattoo machine

"Personal Tattoo Machine democratises the tattoo industry. It puts a tool used only by a limited group of people into the hands of enthusiasts, who are seeking an alternative and unique way to permanently mark their meaningful memories onto their skin," says Pollág.

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The improvised machines often used in prison inspired Pollág to create something similar, only safer and easier to use.

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While we think it's quite a clever idea, targeted at selected individuals who are actually quite capable to preserve memories in ink. But if they'd have it widely available commercially, people are more at risk of getting really shitty and, not to mention, to risk infection when precautions are ignored. That's because it's in our nature as humans to misuse things.

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If this drops on Amazon at maybe fifty a pop, prepare to witness the rise of new ‘tattoo artists’ and maybe even fourteen year old tattoo artists. As if buying a real kit isn't easy enough. The ‘Personal Tattoo Machine’ is supposed to be a self-administered tattoo kit, and we don't have much objections about that, but it's quite risky really.

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The creator, Jakub Pollág, is very aware of that though, stating“It’s there to offer a more personal option. If you want a realistic portrait of your, let’s say, cat, you should still go to a tattoo parlor and not use this machine.”

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All in all, we like the cause. Not so much the horrors that's eventually going to take place once this thing is a click away to a teenager's hands.

The PTM is currently not for sale. The team behind it is currently looking for investors and backers to fund the project. Do you think we're wrong about the Personal Tattoo Machine, or do you agree that it's quite a risk to take?

Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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