Getting a tattoo might sound harmless, or at least for those with a decent pain threshold, but seeing the process in super slow motion just might change your mind. Paris-based tattoo artist Guet captured the process in super slow motion with a Phantom HD camera. Modern tattoo machines use electromagnetic coils to move an armature bar up and down. Connected to the armature bar is a barred needle grouping that pushes ink into the skin. Continue reading for the video.

Most modern tattoo machines can control needle depth, speed, and force of application, which has allowed tattooing to become a very precise art form. Such advances in precision have also produced a style of facial tattooing that has attained mainstream popularity in America called dermapigmentation, or “permanent cosmetics” creating results such as addition/removal of freckles, beauty spots and scars.