Friday, March 23, 2018

Why and how you can get a sound byte tattoo, if you're into that sort of thing

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Have you ever woken up from a week-long bender and found the word “Dusty” tattooed on your forearm — even though you don’t know anyone named Dusty — and been really pleased with yourself?

If that’s the case, then you’re the ideal target market for Skin Motion, an app that uses your phone’s futuristic AR technology to play a 30-second snippet of music (or that voice in your head or whatever) from a permanent sound-wave tattoo.

For this breakthrough, we can give thanks to a Los Angeles tattoo artist named Nate Siggard, who decided to market the audible body art concept after a friend asked him for a tattoo of a waveform from an Elton John song.

Ridiculous, you say? Well, you can watch a nine-minute video of CNET studio manager Bryan Vangelder explaining why and how he got a permanent sound byte of Dillinger Escape Plan tattooed on his arm:
 
Simply by using his phone to scan his attractive new indelible tramp stamp, Vangelder can listen to the sound snippet over and over, so long as he continues to pay $10 a year to keep it functioning. (Or until Siggard’s company goes under, whichever comes first.)

While there’s also a $40 activation fee, that’s just a bit more than it would cost to get a microchip implanted in your pet. And will that microchip play music? No. No, it won’t.

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