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ROME, ITALY - MAY 03: A customer is getting a new tattoo during the first day of the Rome International Tattoo Expo on May 3, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Rome International Tattoo expo is at its fourteen edition. (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

A team at Georgia Tech just invented PAINLESS TATTOOS.

Tattoos used to be a sign you were anti-establishment and definitely tough, because those suckers hurt.

But maybe not for long:  A team at Georgia Tech just invented PAINLESS tattoos that don’t use a needle they use a patch covered in tattoo ink.  Here’s what’s up:

Normal tattoos involve a small needle jabbing you over and over.  You go to the tattoo artist, sit in their chair and wince like hell, depending on what part of your body you’re getting ink on.

But the new technique doesn’t use needles at all, at least not conventional ones.

With this new tattoo technology, there’s a patch with thousands of microscopic needles on one side, so small you can’t even feel them.

The needles aren’t even metal.  They’re MADE of tattoo ink that’s encased in a material strong enough to get through your skin, then, once it’s delivered the ink under your skin… it dissolves.  But:  The ink stays.  And, they say, it’s just as permanent as tattoos delivered by a needle.

Each microscopic needle on the patch represents a single pixel.  And they can be arranged any way you want to create letters, designs and colors.

So instead of a tattoo artist, you could design it on a computer, order the patch online, and stick it on all by yourself.  Boom, no pain.  

They also say they’ll be cheaper than a normal tattoo.  And there’s a lower risk of infection, because there’s no blood.

So, what about this idea, Rat Rock Nation?  Would you order a “patch tat”?  Doesn’t that break up part of the coolness and culture of tattoos?  Isn’t part of the lure of getting a tattoo the fact that it does hurt?  And isn’t choosing the artist part of the whole thing too?  Is this just science taking away more of our joy?

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Carl Craft is studying here on earth for a short time and trying to make the most of it... with varying amounts of success. He's heard every morning on The Morning Rat Race. Sometimes he goes, "sock / shoe, sock / shoe" which we think is a sign of some kind of psychosis...