Artists and researchers are elevating tattoos beyond ink on your skin.

Over 45 million people in the US have at least one tattoo, so it’s safe to say that tattoos are a mainstream form of self-expression. Nevertheless, PSFK has witnessed a rise in tattoos that go beyond body art, as people seek to differentiate their body ink from the slew of Chinese symbols and butterflies that adorn many peoples’ skin. We are seeing a new wave of ink counterculture – read below to find some of PSFK’s favorite examples.

Cyborg Instrument Reads Tattoos Like A Musical Score Media artist Dmitry Morozov has created an instrument that uses tattoos as musical notation. The Tattoo Sound Controller uses black lines’ sensors that are mounted onto a railing that the wearer attaches to their arm. Morozov’s aim is to ‘represent the artist and his instrument as a creative hybrid’, transforming his tattoo from merely abstract lines to a musical instrument. 3D Tattoos Jump Right Off The Skin Like the shift from medieval paintings to Renaissance onces, so is the shift in tattoo art a lesson in perspective. There is currently an ongoing rise in three dimensional tattoos, that cleverly use shadowing and contrast to create the illusion of an image literally coming off or out of the skin. Adding a new dimension – both literally and figuratively – to tattooing, injects the genre with a renewed sense of wonder.

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