Man’s prosthetic arm doubles as a tattoo machine

After losing his lower right arm 22 years ago, tattoo artist JC Sheitan Tenet from Lyon, France, can finally start to draw again thanks to a newly modified prosthetic arm that also functions as his tattoo machine.


The steampunk-style tool, which some are calling the first tattooing prosthesis, was created for Tenet by French artist JL Gonzal utilizing an old prosthesis he no longer used, sewing machine parts and a record player, according to Motherboard. The tattoo machine is attached to the side of the prosthesis, and the controls and cables run the length of the arm so they don’t get in the way while Tenet draws. 



Tenet showed off his new machine at the Tattoo Motor Show 8 in Devézieux, France, where Tenet says people were blown away, and for good reason. Seeing Tenet use the machine in action is incredible. 


“At the convention, people said ‘What the fuck is that!? That’s fucking cool!” Tenet told Motherboard. 


After losing part of his arm, Tenet was no longer able to use his right arm to draw tattoos. But the modified prothesis completely changed the ways he can now approach tattooing. 


When asked what it was like tattooing with the machine for the first time, Tenet told Mashable: “I had to relearn to use my right hand 22 years after the loss; it’s terrifying and amazing at the same time.”



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