What the Tech? App of the Day: Ink Hunter

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(ABC 6 News) – Ink is in. The next time you go to the gym, a restaurant or a ballpark just look around to see how many people have a tattoo on their arms, shoulders, leg, or neck. Whether you want one or not, you may have at least wondered how a tattoo would look on you. It isn’t one of the things you can just try. Ink is forever unless you get expensive and painful tattoo removal.

Ink Hunter is a smartphone app that uses your phone’s camera, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence to show you exactly how you’d look with a tattoo.

Here’s how it works:

• Draw three lines on the spot where you’d like the tattoo to appear. The lines should be in the form of a smiley face.

• Browse through a long list of designs from tattoo artists and select one.

• Aim your camera at the smiley-face lines will make the tattoo design appear on your skin.

• Snap a photo within the app and you can move it around to get it sized and shape just right.

• The app also has filters so you can see what the tattoo will look like in a few years when it’s faded and slightly blurred.

• Save a design you like and take it to a tattoo artist as a guide. It’s much better than trying to describe it.

• Ink Hunter will even help you find reputable tattoo artists in your area.

Even if you’d never considered getting a tattoo yourself, Ink Hunter is a fun app to play around with.

There are Ink Hunter apps for iPhones and Android devices and it’s only 99 cents, no subscription is required.