Not only does it mark you for life, but imprints a religious symbol on your arm. So no vague tribal tats here, boys and girls. You can’t choose the ink design either cos it’s random. If you’re Jewish and the machine delivers a green crescent, just gulp and move on.
Although the whole concept is a bit too odd for comfort, the craftsmanship involved is top notch. Thank Chris Eckert for that. He’s the one who showcased his creation at Make. Here’s him explaining what the Auto Ink, its official name, does:
“Auto Ink is a three axis numerically controlled sculpture. Once the main switch is triggered, the operator is assigned a religion and it’s corresponding symbol is tattooed onto the person’s arm. The operator does not have control over the assigned symbol. It is assigned either randomly or through divine intervention, depending on your personal beliefs.”
Though the pic up north shows a human arm getting the treatment, we’re sure some nut will be susceptible to sticking his forehead in and getting an ink job on his noggin. Bad idea.
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