The Science Behind: Green Screen Tattoos

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Popular belief lies in the fact that any tattoo artist can pull off any tattoo in any form and of any style. And to an extent, this belief is not questioned whatsoever, as people recommend tattoo studios, and not the artists themselves. However, like any other art, this too has many different styles within which people specialize in and sometimes even create.

As time moves forward, it has become easier for people to be able to mix media and create tattoos that people have never seen before. With AI and software slowly becoming everyone’s friend, artists have leveraged this technological advancement to their advantage.

You can literally see anything through those eyes

One such innovative tattoo artist, Roy Lee Rowlett, came up with the idea of green screen tattoos. In the film and TV industry, green screens are used to insert backgrounds behind people through various software and post-production processes. If you’re from the ’90s and used photo booth on your Mac or iPod touch, remember how you would have to leave the frame for the added backgrounds to work. Green screens work the same way. Essentially, it is a process known as ‘chromakeying’. This means that one color, in this case, green is singled out, and it is made transparent during post-production. This allows the editors to superimpose backgrounds, props, etc. essentially wherever and however they want.

Is that astronaut really in space?

This artist made a piece representing Rick and Morty (from the show Rick and Morty), stepping towards the portal. Something they do often during the show. However, in this case, the portal is all green and through software, it can show many different elements on the other side. Further, the tattoo is done so well that if there wasn’t a quote below the tattoo saying that it is a green screen, you wouldn’t even know. Check out more of his work here.

This tech has also been seen to be used on pieces that include glasses or large plain spaces that allow for enough space to view content in and are not too complicated to program for. In the future, as technology progresses, we hope to see many more tattoos that have multiple green screen elements and the ability to show anything of choice on this kind of a background. This is the real motion tattoo.

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