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    Skin Cyanotype Tattoo

    Has anybody tried to print a cyanotype on skin? I mean, the original formula does not seem to be too toxic, so i was wondering if the sensitizing solution would make a nice layer on the skin after dried, enough to have a medium format negative contact printed on to it. Just wondering.

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    I wouldn't suggest it. It's not very toxic and probably less toxic when processed but the prussian blue will probably very easily come off.

    And you might get an odd tan mark tattoo from the UV + negative instead...
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    Would this mark be indelible?

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    Wouldn't you have to put the sensitiver actually under your skin to make it a tattoo? Not sure how you would do that. And err how would you keep good contact with the negative?

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    You might want to look into either a spray-on tattoo (using an airbrush), or even better: henna-base "Mehndi" tattoos.
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    I think that's a cool idea.. GO FOR IT.

    You could also tape some negatives on your body and go suntanning. I think I'll try that next summer...

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    You might want to watch before doing any large contact prints...

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    Cyanotype tattoo sounds like a volunteer for the Darwin awards. Would you like me to send you a dull rusty knife so you can castrate yourself and save the world from your gene pool?
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    I like the idea of going for the tan.......wonder how many days I'd have to have a 5x7 negative taped to my bald head....(:

    Regarding the cyanotype....I can't comment on the toxicity, but I can say that I seem to have blue stains all over my darkroom even though I don't do that many cyanotypes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    I think that's a cool idea.. GO FOR IT.

    You could also tape some negatives on your body and go suntanning. I think I'll try that next summer...

    avedon used the sun to tatoo a negative on himself.
    he seemed very proud of this accomplishment when interviewed many years later.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Cyanotype tattoo sounds like a volunteer for the Darwin awards.

    i worked for the igNobel awards back in the 1990s,it was A LOT of fun.
    some of my portraits appeared in "The Scientist" magazine.

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