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Comic artist sports an incredible augmented-reality tattoo


Last year, Australian artist Sutu launched a Kickstarter campaign for Modern Polaxis, an innovative comic about a paranoid time traveler whose private journal is brought to life in augmented reality, with readers using an iPhone or an iPad and a free app to uncover his hidden secrets and conspiracy theories.

However, Sutu didn’t stop with the comic. As spotted by CNET, he recently had an image from Modern Polaxis tattooed on his forearm, and discovered the process had no affect on the app; it still reads the augmented reality layer from the comic. The effect, as you can see in the Instagram videos below, is pretty amazing, resulting in a tattoo that can be appreciated on two levels.

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‘Modern Polaxis’ travels through time, augmented reality

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If your standard comics-reading experience, whether in print or online, has gotten a bit humdrum, perhaps Modern Polaxis is the solution.

The brainchild of Australian artist Sutu, it’s the story of a paranoid time traveler, presented as his private journal, brought to life in an augmented reality comic book. Polaxis hides all of his secrets and conspiracy theories within its pages — in the “augmented reality layer” — which can be discovered by readers with an iPhone or an iPad and a free app (a beta version is available from the iTunes store).

Sutu has finished about 20 pages of illustrations and animation, and now he’s turning to Kickstarter to help complete the project.

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