As someone who not only has tattoos, but greatly appreciates the tattooing art form, the idea of a robot tattoo machine is very difficult for me to digest.
I can’t say that I’m initially opposed to the idea, because if you look at it logically, the benefits completely overshadow the cons. For example, no more crappy tattoos. There are a lot of bad tattoos out there, and a lot of tattoo artists doing bad tattoos. Assuming a tattoo robot could match the skill of the best artists, you would eliminate the possibility of bad tattoos. That alone makes the prospect appetizing.
There’s also the cost associated with tattoos. Frankly, good tattoos cost money. Fair as though that price may be (except for jerk artists who overcharge), one can’t complain about cheaper tattoos on demand.
But then there’s the artistry. We’ve yet to invent robot musicians that can compose music at the same level of skill and artistry as human composers. I don’t know if you would ever be able to replicate the creativity and skill of human tattoo artists. While a tattoo machine might be able to put in some perfect ink, could it add those subtle highlights and extra shading that really makes great tattoos pop off the skin?
In yet another example of robots inevitably replacing humans in the workforce, the robot tattoo artist, while an unexpected advancement, doesn’t seem too outlandish to become commonplace. But would the art of tattooing benefit from this? I have to believe the answer is no. I’ll gladly pay a human artist whatever they ask for a custom tattoo applied with passion and care!