Is Tattooing Digital?


Is the presence of a machine, digital? A photographer may capture a moment and, through machine, further materialize it into other form(s); print, screen, etc. A tattoo artist illustrates a moment (in this day and age, mostly, digitally), and through machine, further materializes it onto the skin. In a general sense, does the use of electricity, in the making of art, suggests it being digital? Does the use of a digital medium need to be obvious, and refer back to itself? Or can it, in its transformation to material (off-screen), communicate in a different way~?