Using A PlayStation As A Tattoo Gun

A man detained in the United Kingdom has had a PlayStation - or what was left of a PlayStation - confiscated by authorities after he was caught using it as a tattoo gun.

The man, from Brook House Immigration Removal Centre in West Sussex, had apparently been using the internal motor of a PlayStation 1 console (along with part of its external casing) to power a crude, home-made tattoo gun, which he was using to ink up some of the other inmates at the facility.

Brook House is a holding centre for foreigners awaiting deportation to their home countries, usually for breaking British law. As for how he got hold of a PS1, inmates are actually allowed to have one. They can have a PS2, too, if they want. Just no PS3, OK? Those can connect to the internet, and prisoners online is a no-no.

While this sounds a touch silly, it's actually a widespread practice, and has been going on in prisons around the world for years. Long-time readers will remember that American prisoners are fond of the small motor inside the Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak, for example.

Sony PainStation [The Sun]