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At Maker Faire Bay Area last weekend, a group of editors were talking about the “maker tattoos” feature we’re working on for MAKE Volume 35, and someone wondered aloud when we might see the first iconic Maker Faire robot tattoo. Then, two days later, lo and behold, Instagram user @maiden_merica posted a pic of his shiny new ink! The bearer happens to be musician, carpenter, and MAKE community member Tyler Wilkinson, who had flown out from the East Coast with his fine lady, Liz Lirakis of Tracimoc. Inspired by his weekend at the Faire, Tyler got the tattoo the Monday after in Berkeley at War Horse. Maker Faire for life! Tyler says, “I was kinda surprised there wasn’t a featured tattoo artist at the Faire. That’s the only thing I think I didn’t see there!” He plans to add a landscaped storyboard around the bot.

Liz makes awesome art out of old comic books. For the past couple of years at the Faire, she’s hosted a collaborative, robot-based art piece at her booth and gifted us the end results. Last year we a rad collage, which hangs at headquarters, and this year, she made the robot form out of foam and folks collaged over it. The back needs to be finished, but we’ve set it up in the office for folks to add to when they need a break from the glowing screens. Thanks Liz and Tyler!

liz and form

tracimoc collage

tyler liz and lil bot

Is Tyler’s Maker Faire robot tattoo the first or just the first we’ve seen? Let us know in the comments!

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Tyler says:

    Wow, maybe it is the first!

  2. remyocleire says:

    I bet many Makers have considered it. After having American Steel Studios stamp my arm with their moveable-type maker robot block (took it right of the press for me), I began daydreaming about having my wrist permenantly aadorned with the beloved mascot!

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