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QR Code Tattoo On My Body?

Updated on April 13, 2012
Tattoo QR Code
Tattoo QR Code

The QR Code - Get Yours Today

What exactly is a QR Code? A QR Code stands for Quick Response Code. When you see a QR Code in an advertisement, or on a T-Shirt or even tattooed on a person, you can scan the code into your Smart Phone to reveal the hidden message. In most cases the hidden message is a link to a website, a text message with an ad and contact number, or a phone number where, with the push of a button on your cell phone, will call the number and connect you to the QR Code contact. Get used to them, they're here to stay.

QR Code on a T-Shirt
QR Code on a T-Shirt
Scan the QR Code with your Cell Phone
Scan the QR Code with your Cell Phone

How does the QR Code work?

The QR Code is a two dimensional matrix bar code that can be read by scanners and mobile phones. The context of the QR Code usually comes in several forms and when scanned will direct you to a specific website, will show you a written text message, or will display a phone number that can dial for immediate contact with the company or individual who created the QR Code. Most QR codes are in black and white, but they are now also available in other colors.

Most Smart Phones comes with a built in QR Code scanner, but if you prefer to download it, simply download the QR Scanner from Kaywa. Once the scanner app is downloaded, the app will display a screen and you center the QR Code, then click the button and it will read the QR Code and display the content or direct you to the website that is encoded on the QR Code.

Real Estate free advertising with the QR Code
Real Estate free advertising with the QR Code

How Can A QR Code Help Me in My Business?

Let's say you work in Real Estate and you are not only listing the house on Elm Street, but 10 others in the neighborhood. Use the QR Code on your "For Sale" signs. When a prospective buyer drives by, then can scan the QR Code and immediately go to your web page. There they have access to all your listings. The beauty of the QR Code is that it is now saved to the prospects cell phone. They can store it and have immediate access to it at any time. They can share your information with their own realtor, with their spouse or with their friend who is also looking for a house. Free advertising!

The QR Code is already a standard in Japan where it was created by a subsidiary of Toyota, the Denso-Wave in 1994. The QR Code is gaining popularity in the United States and other countries. The opportunities for individuals and businesses are endless.

How to Scan a QR Code

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How Do I Create My Own QR Code?

At this point in time, there are free QR Code generator web sites. QR Code Generator is a simple site where you can create QR Codes as a URL, text, phone number or SMS. The site also allows you to choose the size of the QR Code. There are small, medium, large and extra large type print that determine the size of the QR Code. Other websites, allow you to choose the color of your QR Code. QR Code Generator in Color allows you to go green, purple, orange, red, etc. This site also has more options such as linking to YouTube Videos, Google Maps, e-mail and more.

Sample of a QR Code in Color

QR Codes are Cool

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    • Vinsanity100 profile image


      6 years ago from Michigan

      I think it would a good idea to have henna tattoos of QR codes for your websites etc. I play in a few bands and I think people would find it interesting if they could scan my tattoo!

    • Mother Nurture profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie G 

      7 years ago from HubPages America - Southern California

      Dave..thank you for commenting. Tattoos have evolved lately and are seen everywhere. In the past, tattoos were associated with people with a rebel streak in them. Now individuals from all walks of life have them. I wanted to include in my hub that people are using these temporary tattoos as a means to show the latest craze in technology. Have a blessed day.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I find this interesting, but I feel these things unnucessary, and I especially find tatoos themselves unattractive, daking away from the natural beauty of the human form.

    • Mother Nurture profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie G 

      7 years ago from HubPages America - Southern California

      BizGenGirl, You are right in that it is evolving very quickly. I purchased a book the other day and the QR Code was on it which led me to a website where I could get additional information and the latest updates on the topic. Very cool stuff. You're going to be seeing a lot more interesting and creative uses with the QR Codes.

    • BizGenGirl profile image


      7 years ago from Lake Stevens

      Interesting... must be a new trend evolving, lol =)

    • Mother Nurture profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie G 

      7 years ago from HubPages America - Southern California

      I think most of them are temporary tattoos, so go for it! People are putting their business card info and resumes on QR Codes and placing them on their bodies. Thanks for commenting Simone Smith.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      You have no idea how tempted I am to get one of these, Mother Nurture! Perhaps I can get a bunch of temporary tattoos printed with a QR code so that I don't muss up my skin.


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