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For Those Scared of Getting Inked, Lovely Tattoos on Paper [Video]

Jacob Dahlstrup Jensen puts ink in places even uptight parents can get behind: on paper.

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Jacob Dahlstrup Jensen is the tattoo artist every 40-year-old lawyer with a smeary dolphin on her ankle wishes she met 20 years ago. He’ll give you ink, alright. But on a piece of paper.

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For “On a Sailor’s Grave (no roses grow),” shown here, Denmark-based Jensen (who’s trained in fine art) wielded a tattoo machine like an embossing pen, scratching up heavy watercolor paper to create a 3-D print that falls somewhere between a Hells Angels tat and a lace doily. Uh, rock “n” roll?

It’s awfully pretty in an as-close-to-needles-as-we’ll-ever-come kind of way. But who’d actually buy it? Maybe this lady.

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See more of Jensen’s boundaries-busting tattoo-dling, including “True Love” inked on a bloody pig’s heart, here.

[Images courtesy of Jacob Dahlstrup Jensen]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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