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Mole arrangement

For the natural look
 
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Tattoos are increasingly popular. However, tattoos are made by artificially introducing pigment into the skin, creating unnaturally sharp lines and vivid colors. Tattoos are the Mount Rushmore of body design - beautiful, but created by harshly imposing manmade geometries on organic shapes.

Many fair-skinned folks have grown various moles and freckles by the time the come to the age where they are considering tattoos. Only rarely do these home grown pigments sprout in patterns reminiscent of a design - although, like Polonius, it is sometimes possible to see a pattern very like a whale or other critter.

I propose to help nature along by a freckle / mole harvest and rearrangement. Pigmented spots would be cut free then grafted back to form a pattern. In peoplel with many moles it might be possible to create pointilist art, with landscapes and battle scenes only visible from a distance. Folks less mole-blest could content themselves with spiders, aliens, whales, "Mom" and other typical tattoo topics.

bungston, Mar 20 2004

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       Ew.
Baker^-1, Mar 20 2004
  

       I have 6.023*10^23 of these.
RayfordSteele, Mar 20 2004
  

       It occurs to me that rather than gather dozens of moles, one could dissociate a single large, scaly mole into its constituent cells then replace them with a needle. This would make a more homogenous line as the cells regrew to full moledom, rather than a hodgepodges of various shaped and sized moles.
bungston, Mar 20 2004
  

       Include hairy warts in the procedure, so that sailor can have can have a real beard.
kbecker, Mar 20 2004
  

       But why the surgery? Couldn't you just inject melatonin in the desired spots? (Sort of the opposite of the Michael Jackson process.)
DrCurry, Mar 20 2004
  

       Those of us who freckle when we tan could get there with custom mask designs to wear outdoors.
normzone, Mar 20 2004
  

       If you are going to inject pigments, you are right back to tattooing. As for melanin, I am not sure if it would persist outside of cells. Macrophages might come, gobble it up, and leave.
bungston, Mar 21 2004
  

       3D textured tattoos. In any colour you like as long as it is brown. Yuck.
Ling, Mar 21 2004
  

       More nipples. Aarrf!
FarmerJohn, Mar 21 2004
  

       I'll look in to this if it progresses to the point of being able to uniformly redistribute freckles. Not that a fair-skinned redhead living in the desert would have freckles...
half, Mar 21 2004
  

       Story from a 1965 episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show"   

       Odd But True   

       It's a typical Saturday afternoon with Rob taking a nap on the couch, from which it is impossible to wake him. That is why Ritchie and Freddie, looking for something to do, are able to play connect the dots with the freckles on Rob's back. Laura, Millie and even Rob (when he awakens) are amazed at what Freddie was able to draw by connecting Rob's freckles - a picture of the Liberty Bell, crack and all. Despite the friends and acquaintances whom they tell, all anxious to see Rob's freakish freckles, Rob draws the line when Millie submits photos of it for the newspaper's "Odd But True" column. Regardless of the $500 that goes along with it, he would be embarrassed by the whole world knowing about it, but Buddy and Sally convince him to do it, if only for the experience, whereby Rob finds out how odd he really is, at least in the eyes of the "Odd But True" people.
a1, Jun 08 2021
  
      
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