Watch This Tattoo Machine Pumping Ink in Slow Motion

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Opening in Quai Branly Museum in Paris, the exhibition ‘Tatouers, Tatoués’ offers an extensive overview of the tattoo art from around the world, tracing the history of this usually stigmatised art form from the 18th century to the present-day.

While the needle of the tattoo machine moves too fast for the naked eye to see (producing its characteristic buzz), slowing the whole process down creates a really dramatic effect, exposing all the details of just how the ink is pushed into the skin to create the permanent tattoo patterns. So if you were wondering why getting a tattoo sometimes hurts so much, now you know.

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