"What's in the box?"

"Pain." He felt increased tingling in his hand, pressed his lips tightly together. How could this be a test? he wondered. The tingling became an itch... The itch became the faintest burning... It mounted slowly: heat upon heat upon heat... . The burning! The burning! He thought he could feel skin curling black on that agonized hand, the flesh crisping and dropping away until only charred bones remained.

This excerpt from Dune exactly describes the feeling of getting a tattoo burned into skin using a laser cutter; however, this is just the feeling. When sight, smell, and sound are added, the process turns out to be quite an experience.

The sound by itself (meaning no body parts in the cutter), is probably the easiest thing to deal with. It is just the normal whine of gears, belts and cooling fans. When that sound is mixed in with the sensation of burning flesh, it turns the laser cutter from a simple machine shop tool to a futuristic torture device.

The sight is not too bad, just a light tracing its way back and fourth across the body. As long as you don't think about the fact that the small wisp of smoke trailing the light, is actually vaporized skin, everything will be fine.

The smell is bad. It does not travel far, but when you catch a whiff of the burnt flesh stench, it is quite nauseating. The thought that you have just inhaled some of those vaporized skin flakes, and they have settled on the bottom of your lungs, is the worst.

I am leaving a disclaimer out of this, because any person with access to a laser cutter who is dumb enough to try this, deserves what they get.

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients

1. Laser Cutter
2. High Tolerance for Pain
3. Aloe

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Kclay1019 days ago
Purposely inducing 2nd degree burns smart

Ouch! I don't think I'd be able to hold still for this! Interesting laser application for sure!

DaddysGal2223 days ago
I don't really want skin cancer so nah
grannyjones2 months ago

I can't believe you did that! Please check out the SURVIVAL rates of melanoma. Please.

Tetranitrate (author) 5 months ago

7 years later


is that a faint robot shaped scar I see?

Tetranitrate (author)  weish3 months ago
The robot was on the left hand, so probably not.
kmroue3 months ago

congrats! now you have SKIN CANCER :)

deanmatthews5 months ago

Oh my. If my mate sees this it will end badly, lol, he loves a laser but isn't very bright.

I imagine this is very permanent
It's not permanent at all it goes away like a normal scab

looks permanent

How long will it last??

is it safe?

no idea


zao931 year ago
but his I is not thinking. be clear of tattoo can longer day (s) will have its turn to be on 50 50 ailing by case
zao931 year ago
it can be seen that the tattoo is done with extreme precision. but the major problem (if not especially (s) infection (s)) but cancerous diseases related to laser.'s made 1% good point against 99% of bad point
Skin cancer yayyyyy
Choco CNC1 year ago

This is actually therapeutic for horses and is called pin firing. Equine vets actually burn the horse flesh with a soldering iron instrument (used to be done by a blacksmith) points over an injury in the shin of the leg to ramp up the healing process (apparently minor strains/sprains/fractures weren't enough to trigger a full-blown immune response). Some vets use freeze burning with LN2 but the hair grows out white later. Thoroughbred race horses used to have this done - locally anesthetize the region first with a needle in many places - although this guy was braver (no local anesthetic was listed under step #1 in ingredients).

nwlaurie1 year ago

Fortunately Darwin rules...

Gabeuse1 year ago

humm ouch?


MustangGuy2 years ago
This is AWESOME!, I will try it if i ever get a hold of a laser cutter.
The_Tinker2 years ago
Yeah.....don't want to do that.
Plo Koon2 years ago
why? WHY!?!?
Plo Koon2 years ago
u must want that little robot REALLY BAD.
ap0kal1ps32 years ago
You should probably not put anything on it to heal except for a bandage. This is because unlike a tattoo, you are trying to cause a scar. The aloe or polysporin or vitamin E ointments prevent scarring. I would also like to add that you should begin this process by disinfecting the area that you are lasing with dettol or 99% isopropanol. If you do use anything to soothe the area afterwards, make it vaseline or lotion. I'd recommend vaseline for your purposes, as it will soothe the burn without preventing scarring.
Ikotoo7 years ago
I have heard be exposed to lasers for long periods of time can give you skin cancer.
I have heard that exposure to lasers for very short periods of time can remove appendages:
someone is a tv addict
This has become a very long conversation.
If you got a super strong laser (future?) then it's possible, but how do you make a laswer that strong only last about a metre? (light sabers, I laugh at you!)
go to unitednuclear, then go to their death ray parts category on their site
my grandma heard that sweetened iced tea is a liquor.
But everything causes cancer. Geez ive heard from someone that Meningicoccal vaccines cause cancer. I HATE EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES THIS BULL about cancer, just because its scary doesnt mean you can get everyone to not do something or buy something.
AMEN! and who cares you gotta live your life anyway :D
I recently heard that some sunscreen can give you cancer.

What is happening to the world?
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