Delivering yourself into the hands of a complete stranger so they can brand you with an image that won't ever come off (sans laser) is a big ask, commitment-phobe or not. Just ask Royal College of Art graduate Jakub Pollag, who has set out to remove the middle man between tattoo and you with his Personal Tattoo Machine (PTM).
Sound dangerous? It probably is - especially if you're lacking either a steady hand or artistic talent. "There is a missing link from the idea that you have in your head - what kind of tattoo you want - to execution done by someone else," Pollag - who has over 20 tattoos himself - told Dezeen. Inspired by the DIY jobs done by prisoners, Pollag's PTM provides a safe and efficient alternative for tattoo enthusiasts to "permanently mark their meaningful memories onto their skin."
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Although it's currently not for sale, Pollag hopes to sell the PTM in the future but says he isn't out to put traditional tattoo parlours out of business. "It's there to offer a more personal option. If you want a realistic portrait of your, let's say, cat, you should still go to a tattoo parlour and not use this machine," he says.
Keen? Just keep it away from your friends if you're the type to have raucous house parties - we have a feeling alcohol and the PTM shouldn't mix.
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