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Social Freakout

June 8th, 2011 by

Facebook has literally changed the world that we live in.  It’s a social phenomenon that has been the subject of much debate regarding privacy, it has been the subject of lawsuits, it’s been transformed into an award winning film called The Social Network and it even played a rather vital role in the Egyptian revolution this past February which saw the removal of President Hosni Mubarak from power.  With all these varied forms in which Facebook has made an impact on society, it’s hardly surprising when yet another one bubbles to the surface and gains instant media attention.

An unnamed woman has now uploaded a video on to YouTube of her being tattooed with a full arm sleeve of 152 of her Facebook friends.  The tattoo shows the tiny profile photos of the friends, but unfortunately, the video doesn’t get in close enough to actually see what sort of detail the profile pics were tattooed with.  If I had to guess – and I’m really not just trying to be a cynical jerk here – I’d say that up close the detail is probably pretty weak.

‘A brief description accompanying the video reads: ‘Of course I gave it a lot of thought. These are not all my friends. Just the people I care most about. I got their permission and they were very proud to be on it. To me it represents who I am right now and the time we live in. And of course I love the looks [sic] of it.

‘The Tattoo is designed by Pretty Social and the tattoo artist is Tattoo Dex.’’

Obviously the question that has been asked a million times over is what if she unfriends someone or what if someone unfriends her?  I guess that’s just the risk you take when you tattoo that many people to your arm at once.  I tend to be skeptical of tattoos like this because they always come off as a desperate attempt for 15 minutes of internet fame, but that’s probably just me being a cynical, cranky bastard yet again…

Enjoy your tattoo (and your 15 minutes of internet fame), whoever you are.

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