Not too long ago vinyl wraps were a popular way to customize vehicles. They made it easy to put your own designs onto a car and create some contrast to the standard look of the vehicle. Unfortunately those wraps wear out quickly and go from looking nice, to looking old and low quality. So by and large, vehicle customization, other than custom paint jobs, has gone away. That is until now. Audi figured out a way to create custom tattoos on vehicles. These tattoos are protected by the protective coating that keeps paint in good shape, unlike those vinyl wraps, and they are expected to be long-lasting and highly reliable.

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How They Work

The tattoos are actually little abrasions on the surface of your vehicles clear coat. Audi puts a template over top of your vehicle in the spot you want the image to go and then applies a powder over the surface. The powder rubs away a tiny bit of the clear coat and leaves behind an image.

Adding Tattoos to Your Vehicle

While Audi has the process down, that doesn’t mean that you can customize any vehicle that you want to with a tattoo. Right now you can only customize the Audi R8 in this way, so you’ll have to be ready to pony up some serious cash in order to try this feature out. If you are planning on picking up an Audi R8, you’ll be able to add symbols right onto the side blades of the vehicle. Audi is willing to put anything you want there, as long as it doesn’t infringe on any copyrights in the process.

Coming to More of the Lineup

Even though this technology isn’t offered on most Audi vehicles just yet, that doesn’t mean that it won’t be in the future. Audi is very likely to begin offering these tattoos on more of its vehicles later on as the technology matures. So you may not be able to afford these modifications at the moment, but you’ll be able to take advantage of them sometime in the future.