Tenet, who tattoos out of Lyon, France, lost his arm 22 years ago, and up until recently had to use his left hand to tattoo. After meeting fellow artist and engineer, Jean Louis Gonzales, at a tattoo convention, the two put their minds together to create the awesome prosthetic tattoo machine seen in the photos.
Made from an old prosthetic arm that Tenet had lying around at home, their steampunk-themed creation allows the artist to use either arms to tattoo. The machine itself is attached to the end with an adjustable mount, using tubing to hide the power cable. The artist would still have to move their shoulder to guide the machine, but Tenet and Gonzales are currently thinking of ways to add a wrist joint to their invention.
On his Facebook, Tenet has stated, however, that the machine is currently not prepared for daily use.“The needles, grip tube, nipple and rubber are disposable. The tattoo machine and the prothesis are cleanable like a normal tattoo machine. Except that it is very, very long and meticulous, the ink slinger stated, adding, “That is why it is an exhibition kinetic sculpture and not my daily use tool.”
Although it is in its early stages, the prototype is still able to handle basic line work and shading quite well. Check out Tenet and his prosthetic tattoo machine arm in action in the video below.