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Man puts magnets under his skin to hold iPod Nano

A tattoo artist has surgically implanted magnets under his skin in order to hold an iPod Nano. A strap might have been less painful.

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File this one under extreme fanboyism -- a man has performed his own surgery to put magnets under his skin in order to hold his iPod Nano in place like a watch. Evidently nobody told him they make straps that do the same job.

The bloke in question is Dave Hurban, a tattoo artist working in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Kreative. His background in all things pointy, ink-filled and painful means that he's at least used to foreign objects invading his person, but this really seems a step too far.

In the video below you can see Dave going through the painstaking process of measuring the Nano, marking out the spots on his skin and then setting about drilling into his own flesh in order to insert the magnets. It's frankly rather grim, so if you're squeamish and prone to fainting at the slightest sight of blood then I suggest watching it while lying on some cushions.

Eventually, the magnets are set in place and Dave successfully manages to clip the Nano directly onto his skin, which I'm sure makes him very happy indeed. In his defence, it seems to work quite well, with the player staying in place even when his arm is upright. On the downside, it will surely make it easy for people to quickly steal it from him on the bus and he might find himself accidentally picking up keys or loose paperclips.

The iPod Nano has arguably been made a little redundant by the introduction of the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, so I wouldn't mind seeing Dave try to implant an iPad stand into his chest in order to do an excellent impression of the Teletubbies.

If you too want an iPod Nano stuck to your wrist but don't fancy punching metal into your flesh then pick yourself up one of the wrist straps that let you wear it like a watch. They're only about 15 quid and you're much less likely to get septicaemia.

What do you think to Mr Magnet's efforts? Is it a step too far for Apple fans, or is it a great way to hold onto your gadgets without bothering with cumbersome straps? Let me know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.