Video of the Day: Woman Covers Her Arm With Facebook Tattoos

By Rebecca Greenfield

There's something ephemeral about the Internet. Too ephemeral. One day you have 152 Facebook friends, the next you might have 151. To infuse some permanence into the quickly changing world of the Web, one Danish woman decided to ink her most beloved Facebook friends on her arm. She calls it her "social tattoo."

The woman had artist, Tattoo Dex, draw 152 default photos. Of course, she has more then 152 friends, these just represent those she cares about most. "Of course I gave it a lot of thought," she explains in the caption to her YouTube clip. "To me it represents who I am right now and the time we live in. And of course I love the looks of it."

We love the looks of it too. Watch the full process below.

Update: Artist Tattoo Dex confessed to a Dutch paper that the tattoo sleeve isn't real, but part of a publicity stunt. It's not real ink, but a temporary substitute that washes off after a couple of days.

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