BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - JULY 15: Victor Peralta prepares his tattoo machine before a job in his tattoo studio called âQuerubinâ in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 15, 2022. Víctor Hugo Peralta (Uruguay) and his wife Gabriela (Argentina) hold a Guinness World Record for the most body modifications in the world. These modifications in their bodies consist of 50 piercings, eight micro dermals, 14 body implants, five dental implants, four ear expanders, two ear bolts, and one forked tongue. The Peralta family's love of body art continues to motivate them to make more modifications and today they have around 98 in all bodies. They travel the world promoting the culture of tattooing and body art as a way of life. (Photo by Pablo Barrera/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

If you’re tough enough to rock a tattoo but ironically not tough enough to bear the thought of a tattoo gun needling ink under your skin, you may soon be in luck.

Georgia Tech researchers have developed a painless microneedle technology inside a Band-Aid-like patch that can give you a cool tat without any of the pain, bleeding or risk of infection associated with the usual tattoo tech.

Because the needles are so small — smaller than a grain of sand, according to the researchers — you won’t feel them. The tiny needles are filled with ink and dissolve once the patch is applied, leaving only the design into which they’ve been rendered in ink.

What’s more, you could even opt for temporary ink if you’re not ready to commit. “Because the microneedles are made of tattoo ink, they deposit the ink in the skin very efficiently,” says study co-author Dr. Song Li, a senior research scientist at Micron and former postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech.

Just like those Cracker Jack temporary tattoos we grew up with, you could actually ink yourself using the high-tech patches, say the researchers.

You’ll likely have to wait to get that boss flaming skull, however: The tech is still in its testing phase, and wide-scale commercial application is ways away.

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