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14th Oct '17 8:44:27 PM StevieC
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* While not a barcode per se, some cancer patients ''do'' have dots tattooed for use by radiologists to line up and aim the beams for radiation therapy to kill tumors.
** Another medical example of this trope, albeit not a barcode either, is to tattoo important medical information such as blood-type and any significant allergies, usually on the side of the body below the left arm (assuming the patient is right-handed). This type of tattoo is known among military veterans as a "meat-tag".
14th Sep '17 9:12:56 AM Milarqui
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* The slaves genetically engineered by [[EvilutionaryBiologist Mesa]] in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' have barcodes on their tongues. They're not tattooed there; they're a combination of natural pigment and patterns of taste buds. Even if you cut the tongue off and regenerated it, the barcode would grow right back; it is ''possible'' to eliminate the mark, but it takes way more medical resources than most former slaves could ever get their hands on.

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* The slaves genetically engineered by [[EvilutionaryBiologist Mesa]] in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' have barcodes on their tongues. They're not tattooed there; they're a combination of natural pigment and patterns of taste buds. Even if you cut the tongue off and regenerated it, the barcode would grow right back; it is ''possible'' to eliminate the mark, but it takes way more medical resources than most former slaves could ever get their hands on. It also becomes the mark of the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Audobon Ballroom]], who show their tongues to the slavers they fight as a sign of defiance.
18th Jul '17 2:45:44 PM xcountryguy
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* Late in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' [[spoiler: Prompto Argentum]] is revealed to have one on his wrist, a leftover from his origin as an [[spoiler: escaped Magitek Trooper]]

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* Late in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' [[spoiler: Prompto [[spoiler:Prompto Argentum]] is revealed to have one on his wrist, a leftover from his origin as an [[spoiler: escaped [[spoiler:escaped Magitek Trooper]]
29th Jun '17 10:24:33 AM greshnak
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* Hitman agent 47 film reincarnations.


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* Underground death metal band Anaemia utilizes it in their ''Stupidity of the Lambs'', with special highlight to certain letters - lettering out IDIOTA.
* All French hip hop group ''1984'' purveys bald foreheads with barcodes on sophomore release ''Le Theatre Des Pantins''.
* On the obscure punk band Wolfbrigade's ''Progression / Regression''.
19th May '17 12:57:48 PM Bense
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* In the early books of the ''Dumarest of Terra'' series, Earl Dumarest's credit account is tattooed into his forearm, to be read -- and altered as necessary -- by magnetic scanner.

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* In the early books of the ''Dumarest of Terra'' ''Literature/DumarestOfTerra'' series, Earl Dumarest's credit account is tattooed into his forearm, to be read -- and altered as necessary -- by magnetic scanner.
28th Mar '17 9:28:23 AM HakkyounoTenshi
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* Late in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' [[spoiler: Prompto Argentum]] is revealed to have one on his wrist, a leftover from his origin as an [[spoiler: escaped Magitek Trooper]]
14th Mar '17 4:45:23 PM Xtifr
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* The title character in [[RobertHeinlein Robet Heinlein's]] novel ''{{Literature/Friday}}'' describes AP's (Artificial People; in other words, genetically engineered designer humans) as being required to have identifying tattoos designating them as such. (Being a covert agent, Friday herself has had hers surgically removed.)

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* The title character in [[RobertHeinlein Robet Heinlein's]] Creator/RobertHeinlein's novel ''{{Literature/Friday}}'' ''Literature/{{Friday}}'' describes AP's (Artificial People; in other words, genetically engineered designer humans) as being required to have identifying tattoos designating them as such. (Being a covert agent, Friday herself has had hers surgically removed.)
12th Mar '17 3:42:56 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' you can buy a barcode tattoo for the forehead.

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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' you can buy a barcode tattoo for the forehead.forehead or bicep.
20th Nov '16 5:06:22 AM Morgenthaler
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This can be a TruthInTelevision: A lot of these people actually think that these tattoos look ''cool'' or BadAss. Anyone who's ever used an actual UPC scanner knows they sure aren't ''feasible''; even minor printing errors render barcodes printed on paper, plastic or metal unscannable, and tattoos tend to dissipate with age. Even fresh ones would be distorted whenever skin is stretched by movement.

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This can be a TruthInTelevision: A lot of these people actually think that these tattoos look ''cool'' or BadAss.badass. Anyone who's ever used an actual UPC scanner knows they sure aren't ''feasible''; even minor printing errors render barcodes printed on paper, plastic or metal unscannable, and tattoos tend to dissipate with age. Even fresh ones would be distorted whenever skin is stretched by movement.
12th Nov '16 6:17:45 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:330:Attention, UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}} shoppers: we have a blue light special on BadAss...]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:Attention, UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}} shoppers: we have a blue light special on BadAss...badass...]]
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