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Tattooing: Up-Close And Slow-Motion

The Iceman—the oldest body in existence—has tattoos. He has a black cross on the back of his left knee, and straight lines on his lower back, legs and wrists. Scientists discovered joint disease under each of his tattoos, which suggests the tattoos were meant to relieve pain. Watch this stunning video of a tattoo machine puncturing skin in super slow-motion.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. There are two types of tattoo machines: coil and rotary. 00:39

  2. Watch here to see tattoo needles penetrating the skin in slow motion. 03:14

  3. There are five needles used to draw lines, and seven to fill in color or create a shading effect. 04:51

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