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Apparently, it's not too hard to rig up a DIY tattoo machine if you have nine-volt batteries, a pen, a toothbrush, a needle, masking tape, parts from a DVD player, and a little ingenuity. Famed tattoo/fine artist Scott Campbell (his ink is on Marc Jacobs, Courtney Love, Sting, and Orlando Bloom, among others) and filmmaker Casey Neistat recently did a very scary thing and built their own makeshift tattoo gun.

They document assembling and using the gun in their new short film dubbed Prison Tattoo, which takes them all over New York, from a convenience store to garbage cans and finally to Tompkins Square Park, where Campbell gives a friend a real tattoo using the contraption. It's pretty fascinating to watch, and also disquieting to think about people making these for themselves. Kids, don't try this at home.

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tichrissie tichrissie 5 years
Wooooow, I would never use that on myself (if I was ever planing on getting a tattoo) or wouldn't recommend it either, I'd be afraid of catching an infection! He's already a pro tattoo artist, so he may know what he's doing, but there are always others out there who'll try stuff without taking the necessary precautions...
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
Just wow...
poudeez poudeez 5 years
My first attempt didn't post? Anyways...just like the title says, he's making Prison tattoos. My boyfriend's tattoo looks better than a lot of artwork I've seen people got from legit shops. His friends' too. The tat in the picture doesn't look that good. Looks like he punctured the skin too hard. I wonder what Mr.Campbell used for ink since they use stuff like chess pieces in prison since you obviously can't use pen ink.
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