“Tech Tats” Turn Tattoos Into Body-Monitoring Devices

Chaotic Moon—an Austin-based software design firm—is giving body art more than just aesthetic appeal. Their latest project, called “Tech Tats,” is a set of temporary tattoos made from electromagnetic paint and an ATiny85 micro-controller that can provide real-time health stats—like temperature, sweat conductance, heart rate and hydration level. Though the technology is still in the prototyping phase, Chaotic Moon believes that these tiny, circuit-like tattoos …

100 Years of Tattoos

The NSFW visual history tracks the ever-changing nature of body art, from marks of protest to mainstream obsession

While last year’s Artbook/D.A.P. book “Tattoo” explored the art form’s global beginnings and its many cultural expressions, a new book, “100 Years of Tattoos,” focuses the lens on the recent history of body art. The meaning of tattoos—and the attitudes and perceptions surrounding them—has shifted rapidly as different generations experience changes in politics, beliefs and fashion, and author David McComb has put together a captivating …

We Are Ink’d Temporary Tattoos

Bristol-based contemporary publisher Urban Graphic taps their favorite artists for non-committal body art

We’ve come a long, long way since the times when getting a tattoo was the exclusive prerogative of those on society’s fringes. Getting inked is still a pretty big decision however, so trying it out beforehand can oftentimes seem like a good idea. Step forward We Are Ink’d, a British temporary tattoo company (similar to Tattly) offering some of the quirkiest and most original designs …