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Newton's Tattoo

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A simple computer programme to digitally simulate what your tattoo will look like when you're old and wrinkly (ridiculous, probably).

Fighting against 9.78 Newtons for 40 years will change the shape of your body, and distort your tattoo.

As well as alerting potential tattooees to the posibilities of looking stupid in old age, it could help avoid other obvious problems. For example, a roll of middle age flab could obscure important parts of your tattoo:

I love Ang[ela for ev]er

It's unlikely that tattoo 'artists' would want this kind of advice available in their parlours, but it could be made available in health centres, and maybe even online.

Fishrat, Oct 20 2003

Tattoo Warnings http://www.halfbake...a/Tattoo_20Warnings
by [sdm]. Not quite the same but it does propose a computer generated future image //depicting the person, their tattoo, middle-age spread//. [calum, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Here's your problem. http://tattoopgh.com/zimages/texrowe.jpg
Justin, age 17, as seen through the Newton's Tattoo device... [Fishrat, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       I would think that by the time you are that old how your tattoo looks is not that important. I mean its not like the wrinkles look that great either. But now that I think about it, this probably is a good idea.. specially for the areas where you get folds with age.
Aluxe, Oct 20 2003
  

       Might take some of the impulsiveness out of getting a tattoo. Make sure what you're getting is really what you want to be looking at for the next number of decades. I think it's a fine idea.
BayRatt, Oct 21 2003
  

       //I mean its not like the wrinkles look that great either.//

I have to tell you [Aluxe], my girlfriend has tiny creases, like wrinkles, just behind her ears. They're the most beautiful things ever.
Fishrat, Oct 21 2003
  

       An interactive add-on could be developed which located where your piercing will end up in 40 years time, presented as a kind of "spot the ball" competition.
Fishrat, Oct 22 2003
  

       Good idea, but as we all know teenagers are invincable and live forever, they'll never get old.
HalfwayHebrew, Oct 22 2003
  

       What would have happened if Dorian's portrait had been tattooed on his back?
Don Quixote, Oct 22 2003
  

       Interesting idea. The real challenge however, would be to get an unintelligible tattoo that will appear correctly for the first time 40 years after you got it.
Brummo, Oct 22 2003
  

       In primary school, they had this computer software, which would take a digital image of you and "age" you 40 years, one image if you did not smoke, an one if you did.
xylene, Oct 22 2003
  

       [Don Q] Obviously the inky black tattoo would, after 40 years, fade to... Gray.   

       [HalfwayHebrew] I'm sure you're thinking of vampires.
Fishrat, Oct 23 2003
  

       Brummo was on to something. You would need to be able to put your perfect tatoo on the 40 yr later arm and reverse the process to see what it would have to look like at the beginning in order to look right later.
raisin, Oct 25 2003
  

       +1
po, Oct 25 2003
  

       Tattooists could practice [brummo]'s idea on balloons, which could be slowly deflated. This would also work as a low tech solution for worried parents to show kids how their tattoo's will shrivel over time. Draw "I love mum" on a balloon, leave it in the airing cupboard for a week, depress your kids.
Fishrat, Oct 27 2003
  

       zzz...BAM! zzz...BAM! zzz...BAM! ...
Tiger Lily, Oct 27 2003
  

       This would be especially useful for those youths planning on getting tattooed on body parts that tend to be ... well, really effected by gravity.
Being one of those tattooed types I waited until I was old enough not to need to worry about what sagged or wrinkled. Course I didn't get my breasts tattooed either.
soundman, Nov 26 2003
  

       Newton's tattoo should really consist of an image of an apple just above the belly button, and an image of Newton’s head just above the knees. As the wearer's belly gets bigger and starts to sag the apple progresses downward toward the Newton-head thus commemorating the formulation of the theory of gravity.
dobtabulous, Nov 27 2003
  

       Thank you!
bspollard, May 27 2004
  

       How about software that shows you what your tattoo will look like when you sober up?
ben_krak, May 28 2004
  

       I'm not an expert, but doesn't being repeatedly stabbed by a needle sober you up?
Fishrat, May 28 2004
  

       it might be good for working out alterations to a miguided tatoo in retrospect as in Johnny Depp's Classic "Winona Forever" getting the laser treatment after their split and becoming "Wino Forever." Genius.
etherman, May 28 2004
  

       Don't all tattoos look stupid after 30 years?
macrumpton, May 30 2004
  
      
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