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Back in issue 236, we published an article entitled The Social Network. It looked at how technology, in particular social media, was influencing and affecting the culture of tattoos in the modern age. Paddy Vipond - the man we have locked into perpetual research - looks at it now through a different window.

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t is clear that technology is coming to play a greater role in our lives as time progresses. Long gone are the days of having to stay up to record something on a VHS, there is no more map buying and route planning before a journey, and school homework is being completed in record time thanks to broadband and websites such as Wikipedia. Technology is all around us, it is shaping and changing every aspect of our lives, and gradually creeping into areas we never thought it would be necessary. Brushing our own teeth for example, used to be a fairly mundane task but now electric toothbrushes do the jobs for us, clothing has the ability to include LED displays, and there are now pens that allow the user to listen to the radio as they are writing. My great-uncle has recently bought one of these, despite the fact he is basically deaf. A Forbes article I recently read used the term the "uncontrollable evolution of

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emerging tech", and that is the perfect description of what is happening. Technology is progressing, and, whether we like it or not, it will continue to grow and play an ever-larger role in our lives. If technology can, for want of a better word, "invade" the everyday activity of brushing ones teeth, then it will most certainly "invade" the business, and culture, of tattooing. Where is it likely to go? What innovations will occur that allow future generations to take tattoos to the next level? Are there businesses already looking to bring technology into this ancient art form? The famous saying goes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but this is precisely what some companies are doing in the modern age. If we take glasses as an example, they have been around for hundreds of years, designs have changed slightly, but the basic principles remained the same. From its original inception, up

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until now, the spectacle has changed very little. However, this is about to change as Google are set to unveil their product Google Glass. These are high-tech specs that are set to revolutionise the eyewear market. Technological innovations can go even further still, blending the lines between a

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