Tattoos for the Visually Impaired

by on Jun.06, 2008, under News, Tattoos-Body Art

by Susan on June 6, 2008

Braille TattooThe Braille Tattoo, designed by Klara Jirkova (a student at the University of the Arts Berlin) is a series of implantable surgical steel, titanium, or medical plastic that’s placed under the skin. The tattoo can then be read via touch. Subdermal implants are nothing new, but using them to create body art for the visually impaired is an interesting idea. I am not a big fan of imbedding metal under the skin.  If it is a medical necessity, such as an artificial hip, then it’s understandable that there is not choice in the matter.  But to intentionally implant something so unnatural and foreign seems to hold the potential of causing medical problems down the road.

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