Introduction: Fruit Tattoo Gun

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i know that there are loads of other tattoo guns on instructables, but i thought I'd upload this one as it runs from a mini fan, rather than a toothbrush.

this is my first instructable so please hold off on the 'non-productive' comments about how bad it is to tattoo with this.

iv only ever used this as a joke to tattoo my name on fruit as a way of claiming it.

disclaimer: i am not responsible for anything you do with this tattoo gun when its finished, as i said, its for tattooing fruit with food dye not people with anything else.

Step 1: Parts

you'll need

a mini fan - i got mine in a 99p shop

mechanical pencil

paper clip

needle - mine were from a diabetes home check system (the part that stabs your finger)


a ruler

also... i know its used as an excuse alot but my camera's broke so i havnt got many pictures (the ones i have got were taken long before i decided to make an instructable on it, hence, they are of the gun before i refined it)

Step 2: Take the Top Off the Fan

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Fans will probably vary, but i got the top off mine by just grabbing the soft 'blades' and pulling

you should be left with half the plastic top still attached to the motor. this should have two off center holes oposite eachother (if not you could drill them yourself)

Step 3: Ruler

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heat up an area of the ruler and bend it at a 90 degree angle by puttin part of it on a table and bending the other part down.

where you bend it is realy up to you, as long as one end can be taped to the fan, and the other taped to the mechanical pencil.

after it is bent, tape it to the fan so that the part sticking ut is level with the top of the fan. (in the picture, my ruler is a bit too low, and not very firmly taped)

Step 4: The Pencil and Paper Clip

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first of all, remove the ruber from the pencil and straighten out the paperclip.

now stick the paper clip throught the rubber and bend to secure.

on the other end of the paperclipleave about an inch and bend at 90 degrees. you can then cut off any excess after about an inch of the second bend, and put the rubber back in the pencil.

i feel like such a hypocrite because i hate it when people use paint drawings as picture but this mite help

Step 5: Needle

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you may have to improvise this bit depending on what needle you use the one from the finger pricker had a pice of plastic already attached so i just jammed that into the tube

Step 6: Final Assembly

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stick the end of the paperclip into one of the off center holes

now hold the mechanical pencil on the ruler and test. if the top gets stuck you may have to move the ruler a bit, or trim the part of the paperclip thats sticking into the top of the fan. when you have found the 'money spot' where every thing works well tape it onto the ruler as strongly as you can.

congratulations you have now finished!

p.s. i know that its impossible to sterilise plastic, and i hope i dont offend any actual tattoo artists. i also know that this is a very basic instructable and each individual machine will need to be tinkered with to get right - but if you cant figure out how to make it work please leave a comment and i'll help if i can.


MonicaT13 (author)2016-01-26

hey can you explain about the mechanical pencil when making the tatoo gun

GnomeMaster (author)2009-01-11

i also relised you could cover the needle with thread(so theres only a bit of neede left) and it would work as a blocker and an ink resevoir

GnomeMaster (author)2009-01-10

I'm going to make something like this, since you made it I'm hoping you can tell me this, how do you put ink in the thing so you can actually use it...

drummonkey92 (author)GnomeMaster2009-01-11

ye i just dipped it

GnomeMaster (author)2009-01-10

oh, never mind i figured it out, you just dip it

Kaiven (author)2008-10-15

That looks like something I would make! It would be helpful if there were mor images of the tattoo gun, or at least you could try making another one or another needle shaft, idk. I would like to try this though :D I'll rate only if you ever update this

nkosi (author)2008-08-22

Real sterilized tattoo needles with tube holders are about $1.50 over the internet.Just cut off the loop and bend it. Now you can do everything a so callled professional can. Use gloves and alcohol if your gonna work on others.

drummonkey92 (author)nkosi2008-08-24

cheers, but i realy wouldnt tattoo anyone with something like this! im hopefully geting a tattoo in febuary when im in florida and id rather wait till then tbh

Rishnai (author)2008-08-05

At least you have clean, neat, and helpful paint drawings.

neardood (author)2008-04-29

yeah, i dont think using that on yourself would be safe...

drummonkey92 (author)neardood2008-05-02

no neither do i tbh! i haven't avctualy tried this on myself and dont realy intend to either!!

carolyn walker (author)2008-04-01

I'm not capable, but Pyroelectroco or someone else probably could modify his "fruit tattoo gun" for use by kids. The commercial ones like I-Tattoo are hard to find in stock.

cool idea, thanks. this probably could be used by kids depending on their age, but i would definately recomend adult supervision!!!

luckypictures (author)2008-01-21

pyroelectro recommends tattooing fruit with this contraption. i second that notion! go to town, tattoo every bit of fruit you eat with food dye. it'll make for more interesting meals. DO NOT EVER TATTOO YOURSELF. Hep, Staph, losing a limb. Yah, those things sound like fun. Pyro, as a suggestion, you should change the title to "Fruit Tattoo Gun," I think it'll get more hits, and your idea makes the contribution more interesting.

thanks, glad you like the idea. i was thinking of changing the title anyway

lovejobworknomore (author)2008-01-12

heat that up and try SCAR TATTOO!!! scar tattoos are great! tribal look but painful at start.

you could also probly just do it without ink then keep picking the scabs wen it heals to get scars... but like i said, i am not condoning tattooing living things with this

trav13so (author)2007-12-30

the saint.hate guy is right i have a friend n hes fuked up for life dont used these machines

rustlabs (author)2007-12-02

get ready for lots of anger thrown at you.

drummonkey92 (author)rustlabs2007-12-02

i'm ready should i maybey change the title to 'fruit claiming device'? lol

saint.hate (author)2007-11-11

I hate covering tattoos done with these things. It's such a waste of skin, and India ink doesn't work. Plus, I do take offense- you could F someone up for life, with a bad tattoo and/or a disease. Just don't tattoo people, or yourself. There's a reason it costs a lot for a tattoo, and the reason is that we know what we're doing, and you don't. You will offend many tattooers- I work for an old schooler, and he yells and chases people out of the shop that come in asking for a job with these contraptions. One kid practically ran for his life. This is not a good machine to use, by a pro opinion. You will not get a good line off of this thing, or a decent shade.

drummonkey92 (author)saint.hate2007-11-29

as i said... i never have, and dont intend to, ever tattoo skin with this thing!!! this is just a cool little thing that's quick to make. to be honest, i only made this to show off to my friends! i understand your point about this, but seriously, if anyone actualy thinks that this is safe and a good idea if you want a cheap tattoo then they deserve to have a messed up mark on their arm.

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