The 3D-Printing Tattoo Machine: Yay or Nay?
The 3D Printing Tattoo Machine is now capable of making some very advanced tattoos - will it help artists or hinder them?
Tattoodo has been very lucky to feature two exclusive interviews with the guys behind the 3D-Printing Tattoo Machine. This time, we got to meet the makers in person and see the incredible machine on display at Trailerpark Festival in Copenhagen.
When our first article was released, the machine, which is simply a 3D printer with a tattoo machine as a nozzle, was in its early stages of development. By the time the second article came out, improvements had been made to the machine such as adding a haptic sensor, used to help the machine interact with the body - its movements and curves.
The latest version of the machine is capable of tattooing very advanced designs and color gradients, which could prove quite challenging for a human to execute. Tattoodo caught up with the guys for an exclusive interview and captured some amazing photos of the machine-made tattoos.
"The idea is not to replace the tattoo artists, it's a tool for them"
The goal of the machine is very simple -- as the guys explained to us "the idea is not to replace the tattoo artists, it’s a tool for them. So we’re not trying to copy what’s already been done. It’s trying to find new niches and new areas where this may exist."
In this way, artists determine the style and the limits of the 3D tattoo machine: "the idea is for a tattoo artist with their own style to use the machine and appropriate the technology into artwork."
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On display at the convention was the '3D Arm', which has been used to try out different techniques with the machine. The arm sure felt a hell of a lot like a human arm!
"The goal is to offer a more diverse array of tools, enabling the possibility of having more options"
The image below is an example of the gradient that the 3D tattoo machine is capable of creating. As the guys explained, this shows how the machine could help expand tattooing's possibilities . Sebastian explains that the gradient below would be almost impossible to do by hand, due to the placement of the ink: "The problem is that you cannot see where you were going if you were doing it by hand."
According to the guys, a great example of ways the machine could actually collaborate with artists is within the realm of Japanese tattoos. Pierre explains that a possibility could be to combine the use of the 3D tattoo machine and regular electric machine for unique results. He repeats, "the goal is to offer a more diverse array of tools, enabling the possibility of having more options."
Three of the inventors, pictured below, were super keen to show us their awesome machine-made tattoos and tell us about their personal experience with tattooing. Find out more in our upcoming article!
You may want to check out our first two articles which followed the progress of the development of the machine: