Tattoos today are a lot more than just a pretty picture.
Are you one of the 45 million Americans that have a tattoo?
If you are, would you ever consider getting paid to have a brand logo tattooed on your body? Or what about letting a robotic arm do the honors of inking you?
If you do not have a tattoo, would you consider getting a medical tattoo that monitors your health or even unlocks your phone?
Keep reading to learn about these extreme trends in tattoos.
Print Digital Content Into A Tattoo
Your digital content is making its way into the real world and onto your body.
In France, a team of design students hacked a 3-D Printer to do the detailed, perfectionist work that tattoo artists spend years to master.
They started with tattooing a perfect circle design, a skill very hard for human tattoo artists. Several people have already successfully undergone the robotic tattoo process.
Tattoos today have lost their traditional, cultural meanings and are mostly aesthetic.
But recent advancements in technology have released functional tattoos. Not a traditional tattoo per se, functional tattoos are actually implants embedded under the skin that mimic a tattoo. These embedded tattoos can display videos and even act as a phone or computer. You do not need to worry about powering these devices either. These implants are blood-powered, which means they convert the glucose and oxygen in your body into electricity.
As an alternative, Harvard developed bio-sensitive ink that changes color or even glows depending on your the fluid levels of the body. Some people are comfortable with this idea and have already implanted a functional tattoo that unlocks their phone or monitors their glucose-levels.
Content Creators Paid For Brand Tattoos
This one is for those of us who are completely comfortable with tattoos, their body, and making a few extra dollars. This tattoo trend involves people being paid to tattoo a company logo or website url on their body.
In 2005, Kari Smith earned $10,000 for tattooing the website GoldenPalace.com on her forehead. Again in 2005 (it may have been a popular year for paid tattoos), Andrew Fischer created an eBay auction that offered the winner a temporary tattoo ad on his forehead. The company Green Pharmaceuticals won and paid him $37,375.
Your Online Identity Is A Digital Tattoo
Tattoos are not always imprints on your physical body. Digital tattoos can refer to the digital identity you create for yourself every time you release any kind of personal information online, whether that be a photo you post, write a text, or like a video.
Because everything you do online creates content, you inadvertently create an online identity for yourself no matter if you are conscious of it or not. Because of this, it is important to be conscious of what you do online, reflect on how it will shape your digital identity, and how that identity will be perceived by others.
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