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New Tattoo Makes Sweet Music

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This tattoo also makes music (Image credit: <a href="http://vimeo.com/89323190">::vtol::</a> Vimeo screen shot)

Tattoos are all about self-expression, and now one artist has taken that body modification to an extra sensory dimension: A new project allows the musically inclined to make music from their bicep body art.

The project, called "Reading my Body" was created by Russian visual artist Dmitry Morozov. The project uses rail-mounted sensors that crawl across the skin to read a tattoo that resembles a chunky barcode. The "notes" and instructions for the sensors are inked into flesh.

Luckily, the sensors can move on their own or be controlled manually, meaning each tattoo isn't limited to just one score, Ubergizmo reported. So even though the tattoo may be forever, anyone getting inked won't be forced to listen to the same song for the rest of their life.

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Tia Ghose
Tia has interned at Science News, Wired.com, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.