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When artist Georges-Pierre Seurat painted his famous A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, he painstakingly added every dot of paint, one by one, until his masterpiece was complete. It was a technique that's come to be known as pointillism, and thanks to this vibrating electronic pen, the process is now far less excruciating.

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Video: People in prison are so damn resourceful that they can turn a pen, a Walkman, a couple of paper clips, a few rubber bands and a set of batteries into a fully functional tattoo gun. The motor, battery pack and switch come from a Walkman that's been torn apart, the ink obviously comes from the pen, the needle is made from the paper clip and the rubber bands hold it all together.

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Your next tattoo could also be used to control your computer. A new technology called DuoSkin, developed by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research, allows anyone to create customised gold metal leaf print tattoos that can be worn directly on the skin. The temporary tattoos can be used as touchpad inputs, display outputs and wireless communication.

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There is a certain intimacy that comes with getting a tattoo. Not only are you decorating your own skin in a unique way, but you're also sharing that experience with the artist who is essentially making you bleed over and over again.

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An Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) investigation just revealed an awfully Orwellian fact: the FBI is working with government researchers to develop advanced tattoo recognition technology. This would allow law enforcement to sort and identify people based on their tattoos to determine "affiliation to gangs, sub-cultures, religious or ritualistic beliefs, or political ideology".

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If you're attending this year's SXSW, you can get tattooed by Harley Quinn.... or at least her marketing team. There's some kind of "Harley's Tattoo Parlor" event being set up to promote the Suicide Squad movie; we don't know if it's offering real tattoos or temporary ones, but I do know that it's given each of the film's cast members their own tattoo design — and some of them are actually pretty awesome.

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Everyone who doesn't have tattoos says that you're going to regret the tattoos you get right now, when you get old. Not exactly! This short documentary by Angie Bird interviews those types of older people with tattoos and finds out that as silly as some tattoos are, they all carry meaning and have an interesting story to them.

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The thing about tattoos is they're inked on your skin for life, unless you want to undergo an expensive, time-consuming and potentially scarring laser-removal process. But now, a tattoo-removal cream could be the destroyer of a thousand unwanted lower-back butterflies and a saving grace for their owners.

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An opportunity to hear many of your favourite bands isn't the only reason to attend a music festival. There are other recreational activities to enjoy, but they don't always leave you in a state where you can remember who's performing next at which stage, where you left your schedule, or even your first name. So a temporary tattoo that puts the event's lineup right on your forearm is a great idea.

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Video: Your body is constantly throwing off dead skin cells — a million every day. So how come tattoos don't fall off with them? It turns out, your body's immune system tries to get rid of the ink under your skin, but in the process, it makes those marks permanent, as this video from TED-Ed explains. Funny how that works — your body tries to get rid of something, but only succeeds in making it hang around for the rest of your life. Joke's on you, dermis!