I love watching things in slow motion because it makes everything look way cooler. As a big fan of tattoos, I recently stumbled upon a video that blew my mind. The Slow Mo Guys, Gav and Dan, decided to show us what a tattoo needle looks like when it’s beneath your skin. They filmed it up close and personal, using a camera that can capture up to 20,000 frames per second. Trust me, it’s pretty awesome!
To pull off this experiment, Gav and Dan used a clear ballistic gel as fake skin. They used a fancy camera called the Phantom TMX 7510, along with a cool lens called Laowa 24mm T8 2x Macro Pro2be. Even though they bought a cheap tattoo gun from Amazon, it worked just like any other tattoo gun.
Typically, tattoo artists use fake skin to practice their skills before working on real human skin. However, using fake skin wouldn’t give us an idea of what it looks like under the surface. That’s why Gav and Dan used tiny pieces of ballistic gel. I should mention that it might not be an exact replica of what’s under our skin, but it gives us a glimpse of how tattoo guns work and how the ink looks beneath our tattoos.
First, the guys tried tattooing the ballistic gel without using any ink. This allowed them to understand how the needle moves on its own. Then, they experimented with different types of needles and used both black and red ink. I have to admit, it might be a bit disturbing for some people, but personally, I found it absolutely amazing!
Now, if you have a fear of needles, you might want to skip watching this video. But if you’re like me and don’t mind them, I think you’ll enjoy it. And just to put things into perspective, I’m someone who faints when getting my blood drawn, but I didn’t have any issues watching this video.