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Tattoo artist's prosthetic inking arm is better than a real hand

Engadget Engadget 13/06/2016 Jon Fingas
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If you wanted to be a tattoo artist but lost your drawing arm, what would you do? JC Sheitan Tenet has an answer: get a prosthetic arm that's better than flesh and bone. He teamed up with artist Gonzal on a steampunk-inspired limb that integrates an inking needle, a pressure gauge and piping. It's a makeshift combo of a regular prosthetic, a sewing machine and a turntable, but it's reasonably light and easy to use -- so much so that you might prefer JC's mechanically-assisted output over that of a good conventional artist.

As JC explains, this prototype isn't something he could use every day at a tattoo parlor. Just cleaning it is a "very long and meticulous" process, he says. With that in mind, he and Gonzal are planning a second prototype that would be much more practical. Is this a niche device that won't be useful for most amputees? You bet. However, it's further proof that artificial limbs can have their advantages in the right circumstances.

JC Sheitan Tenet (Facebook 1), (2), (3)

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