Auto Ink Tattoo Machine

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Artist Chris Eckert uses the tattoo medium as a personal reaction against people being born into a religion rather than choosing one after research and reflection. This machine picks a religion at random and brands the willing subject with its symbol.

Auto Ink is a three axis numerically controlled sculpture. Once the main switch is triggered, the operator is assigned a religion and its corresponding symbol is tattooed onto the persons arm. The operator does not have control over the assigned symbol. It is assigned either randomly or through divine intervention, depending on your personal beliefs. - Via Book Of Joe

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Nobody is free, of course we are not able to choose what religion we subscribe to. Even when we think we are making a choice we are often acting out of disgust, fear, desire for control, arrogance, and so forth. For example; people who hate religions because they can't make any sense out of them.

It is often said "Free-Will" is the desire to do what one wants. But in the past, "Free-Will" has been the ability to want what one wants, and that is something that requires a lot of personal inquiry into self-hood. A lot of meditation and decision about what is ultimately true and just.

People who obey desires, are simply victims of desires, not free.
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Sooo . . . does the artiste sterilize the machine between uses?

If this were a real tattoo machine using real needles and tat ink, most of the users would become converts to the First Church of Hepatitis.
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The Dalai Lama has said that people should sincerely follow the religion in which they were raised.

A plurality of Hindus recognize the validity of other religions and see little point conversion to Hinduism for people who already have a perfectly good religion of their own.

Staying in the religion into which one was born and raised doesn't necessarily indicate a lack of thought and reflection. People who follow the religion they got from their parents still have to put a lot of thought into gaining a good understanding of their religion.
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