Special Final Works | Curs 2018/19

Phoenix Machine 4.0 / Enric París

Enric París / ESDAP Catalunya / Campus Llotja

Tattoos are undeniably the order of the day. There are more and more tattoo artists, more tattoo studios and also more machines associated with this art. However, there is still much room for improvement in the world of tattoos. It is a potentially booming industry in which there is much innovation to be done in the field of design.

In this project the tattooists, their machines and their history have been researched. Tattooists suffer physical problems because of their work and according to a survey one of the reasons for this is the tool they use: the tattoo machine, and its associated connectors. Different solutions were studied to make the life of tattooists healthier and more comfortable. It was concluded that the best solution would be to create a cable-free, battery-powered tattoo machine and to add an ergonomic adapter to improve grip. After researching the technological part, it was decided that a series of components should be used to make the machine comfortable and powerful but within a reasonable size for use.

A series of prototypes was then made. These gradually improved in shape, organization and optimization of the available space until a final, functional prototype was eventually developed and tested on skin by a professional and yielded good results. Lastly, a prototype for an autonomous, portable ergonomic tattoo machine was designed. It has a lot of market potential and mush potential for improvements in future versions. It will certainly revolutionize the world of tattooing as we know it today.

16 December 2019 | ESDAP Catalunya, Product Design