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August 1951

MEDICAL TATTOOING: AN EASILY CONSTRUCTED ELECTRIC MACHINE

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(2):210-211. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570080094020
Abstract

Dermatologists are called on to repair unwanted professional tattooing or accidental implantation of pigment into the skin.1

Hand tattooing with either a single or multiple needle technique is slow and painful. It is also an inexact method, since the depth of puncture is uncontrolled. Dental drills have been used but with much scarring.

"Tattoo artists" construct their own machines of brass tubing and needle rods attached to the clapper arm of a small doorbell type electromagnet operated through a transformer. At times these machines may be bought from their individual makers, but the parts are not standard and the apparatus has an unprofessional appearance.

METHOD  A compact handicraft tool is readily available.2 It is light in weight, neat in appearance and operates directly from any 110 volt alternating current source.This tool has a rapid reciprocating action with adjustable stroke and can be converted easily for medical tattooing (figure). Parts and

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