The results were, in fact, astonishing, adding light play, depth and movement to a wide range of tattoo styles - creating spinning mandalas, flapping origami birds, supernovas, and even a winking, eyebrow-raising portrait of Salvador Dalí that recalled the "living pictures" seen in the "Harry Potter" movies.
However, the moving tattoos weren't born of magic but from the combined efforts of about 40 people working on model and setting preparation, image capture, lighting, content creation and projection. Each animation began with photographs of the tattoos, which were rendered as 3-D models and incorporated into a motion sequence.
Then, the human subject was positioned in front of a projector while video-mapping software was used to line up the animated media with the original tattoo and to get everything to fit within the projection area.
A demonstration that animated tattoos on both sides of a model's body took about two hours to produce, while other demos that focused on more isolated body regions needed about 45 minutes of preparation, the artists said. Then, the projector was activated, and shadows played across a gargoyle's face, and an origami bird flapped across an arm, leaving trails of ghost-birds behind it. In another instance, a tree grew, bloomed and shed its blossoms over someone's back.
Tattooing may be an ancient art, but the transformations at this event showed that they are still capable of generating plenty of wonder today.
You can see more Oskar & Gaspar projection-mapping projects on the group's Facebook page.
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