Failhacker: The To-Do List Tattoo

Failhacker is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we highlight DIY projects that either didn't quite go according to plan or were horrendous abominations from the get-go. Today: a permanent "To Do" list tattoo for your arm. Oh dear.

One of the best things about DIY projects is that they give you a sense of accomplishment; but only if you succeed. Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew and end up in a worse position than we started in. This series takes a look at attempted food-, furniture- and gadget-hacks that failed spectacularly to come together. If at first you don't succeed...

Okay, I can see how this "life hack" may have been vaguely sensible in the pre-smartphone era. But when you consider the hundreds of To-Do List managers currently available on every conceivable platform, it's just a bit silly.

Presumably, the idea is that you can quickly check off items on your "To Do" list by glancing at your (permanently marred) arm. If it's supposed to be a joke, it's not a particularly good one. On the plus side, I suppose an arm can't run out of batteries. Mind you, the same holds true of paper notepads.

You can check out more photos of this bizarre "functional" body art over at Flickr.

For a more sensible organisational tool, download one of our Top 5 to-do list managers.


    I'd laugh if she were right-handed...double-fail!

    I hope she's a southpaw.

    Not the worst tattoo i've seen. Although i hope shes left handed.


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    I can't imagine she'll have much room left for all the other things she needs to get done.

    What is it with lifehacker and its obsession with To-Do list managers?!

    Every week there's another "check out this awesome notepad app" or "read our reviews of todo list managers"

    Should we reword the title text to read "Lifehacker - Sponsored by Evernote!"

    I think it is clever. I still write my to-do list on the back of my hand because I look at it more than my phone. You have to look at your phone to remember, your and is constantly in front of you.

    Like any relationship we're not in and can't possibly understand from the outside, a meaningful tattoo doesn't have to make sense to anyone else.

    Live and let live. I hope it works for her more than smartphones do. Try and get out of your ivory tower. I like my dumb phone. When I leave my house, I like to be cut off from the distractions they bring. I've seen much, much worse than this turned into body ink.

    Also - 'when DIY goes badly or goes wrong' would have been better English. If you're going to be judgemental and condemn strangers who probably have their own perfectly legitimate reasons for making their own decisions; at least get your grammar right or expect to be judged yourself by other strangers.

    Epic fail, life/failhacker. I'm really starting to wonder why I keep coming back.

    (And dammit Chris, I thought you were one of the good ones.)

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