If you’ve seen such tv shows as OZ, The Wire or anything of the sort, chances are you’ve seen some brilliantly hacked together tattoo guns made from little more than approved items found in the prison commissary.

Needless to say, these prison tinkerers aren’t starting with anything close to a DIY Build Your Own Tattoo Gun Kit –– and more often than not, they likely don’t even have tools to build something even with the few parts that they may be able to scrap together.

More recently, A&E took a closer look at the build process that goes into one of these surprisingly effective DIY tattoo gun solutions made from parts stripped from otherwise innocent objects including a Walkman, paper clips, a pen, batteries and a few rubber bands:


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.