Artist creates tattoos you can hear

16 May 2017

Tattoo artist inks audio soundwaves onto people's skin, allowing them to listen to a favorite piece of music or a loved one's voice any time via a smartphone app. Jane Ross reports.          This tattoo has a hidden secret. It's the brainchild of tattoo artist Nate Siggard. He came up with the concept of audible body art after some of his friends requested tattos of the audio waveform of an Elton John song.

TATTOO ARTIST NATE SIGGARD, CREATOR OF SOUNDWAVE TATTOOS: "As they were leaving after their appointment, my girlfriend Juliana suggested, wouldn't it be cool if we could play that sound back? And I realized that I could actually make that possible. So I built an example for them to prove that it would work and once I realized that it did, I had the tattoo myself and so I tattooed Juliana saying 'I love you' and our daughter on my leg."

Soundwave Tattoos work with a companion smartphone app. People record or upload a memorable piece of audio and the app generates a waveform image that can be taken to a trained tattoo artist to be permanently inked on the body. After the tattoo is done, a photograph of it is uploaded to the app, to be matched to the audio file.

Siggard's friend Josh Gallner recently lost his father to cancer.