The latest tattoo craze is an incredible blend of art and technology.
Soundwave tattoos have exploded onto the scene in 2017, and people are queuing up to get one.
The design is based on an audio signal, and with the corresponding app, you can turn your new ink into sound.
The soundwave tattoo allows you to record up to one minute of sound in your design. It all started when two friends got the opening line from Tiny Dancer tattooed by Nate Siggard.
As they were leaving after their appointment, Nate’s girlfriend Juliana said “wouldn’t it be cool if you could listen to the tattoo?” and Nate realized that he could make that happen. Nate decided he needed one of his own, with Juliana and their 4 month old baby saying “I love you” which he filmed to share online.
After the video went viral, messages from people from all over the world started pouring in, and Nate realised he had a great marketing idea.
People are wanting soundwaves of their children laughing, their dogs howling, and lines from their favourite songs.
How does it work?
It works by a person uploading the audio they want into the app or website, and Nate and his team generate the soundwave from that.
After that, you can take the generated soundwave to a tattoo artist from their Artist Network.
Once the artist completes the tattoo, a photo of the tattoo is uploaded to their platform, which then processes the audio and tattoo and adds it to the app.
When a user then opens the app and points their camera at the tattoo, it recognizes the shape of the Soundwave and plays back the audio.
It’s a nice idea, but the problem is the tattoo will only work for that specific app. If the company goes bust, or their servers go down… then it won’t work.
But it’s a risk many seem to be willing to take, with a long waiting list already forming!