Henk and the COVID Vaccine Tattoo Band-aids

I met Dutch tattoo artist celebrity Hank Schiffmacher (aka Hanky Panky) in 2012, when Joost van Praag Sigaar and I were freelancing as advertising creatives, and pitched him a few creative campaign ideas for the Tattoo Museum.

It was an exciting opportunity. Hank is considered an expert within the field of body decoration, having curated exhibitions, written books, and presented television shows on the subject. He has tattooed members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, as well as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Motörhead’s Lemmy. So when we had the opportunity to develop some concepts for a summer campaign for the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, we went all out.

It’s been nearly ten years since that meeting, and it’s awesome to see he’s still doing great work, and being as relevant as ever, this time as designer of the coolest band-aid for those who got their Pfizer vaccine in Amsterdam! Funny how things from the past pop-up where you least expect them.

The pitch, down memory lane, here. Now I have four band-aids designed by the King of Tattoo!

Arduino: Processing, et tu?

I remember tinkering with Processing when it came out; and sometime around 2002-2007 I joined a workshop with world-renown Tomato Design Collective to create ‘reality scanners’, in which we turned webcams into ‘life scanners’, and eventually held an exhibition about it. (it was a while back, I can’t find pictures of it!)

Anyways, turns out Arduino uses Processing as its language, and it’s the language in which the electronics of the Cubesat is being programmed by team-mate Mikelis Putnieks. So perhaps, it’s the right time to pick it up again.

Arduino / Processing

3D Cubesat Structure designs

I have no patience, so when it was time to get my 2D designs into 3D, I was looking for something fast.

Many years ago I knew how to use Maya, and I had started learning Blender, Solidworks, CATIA and Fusion360… but today I just didn’t have the patience to start the learning curve for a fully-flung 3D software.

For now, TinkerCAD seemed the fastest way to upload my 2D SVG’s to create an approximate visual of the two structure designs I’m working on.

Check them out!

HAB Model (Plywood, stratospheric). On the right, with PCB and batteries.
ED Model (aluminium, space-grade). Shown with four rods and spacers.