This Guy's Tattoos Come to Life When He Spins Around

By Andrew Liszewski on at

If you’re going to endure all the pain of getting a tattoo, you probably want to ensure that whatever’s being permanently etched on your body is unique and original. So instead of a heart with a dagger through it, why not get a series of animated figures that turn you into a living zoetrope?

First, a quick refresher: If you’ve ever visited a science centre, you’ve probably experienced a zoetrope — it’s one of the antique spinning contraptions that animates a series of still doodles on the inside as you peer through the side.

This artist from animation studio Open the Portal essentially created the same thing on his body with a sequence of animated stills tattooed all the way around his torso. It helps to have a video camera or a strobe light to visualise the animated results as he spins around, but as tattoos go, it’s an incredibly original idea (if a little obsessive). It’s just too bad he’s going to have to constantly keep taking his top off to show it to people. [YouTube via Likecool]