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Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium Answered

Underneath their sober lab coats and flannel shirts, scientists hide images of their scientific passions.

Writer Carl Zimmer wondered aloud whether many scientists have tattoos that reflect their science or other geeky interests, and the response was an emphatic yes. He's posting the photos and stories of scientific ink up at the Science Tattoo Emporium. Today's is a gorgeous backpiece of the tree of life, belonging to a grad student in zoology at the University of Melbourne.

Of course, now I'm curious -- do any of you makers, builders, tinkerers, and crafters have geeky tattoos? If not, what would your tattoo be?

Carl Zimmer writes a fascinating science blog called The Loom along with other science journalism.

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Boowiggins
Boowiggins

9 years ago

If you consider anime tattoos geeky, yes.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 13 years ago

bandwidth bust... I got 300GB bandwidth for free and 8GB storage...

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reno_dakota
reno_dakota

Reply 13 years ago

Aww, bandwidth-exceeded error, I can't see the image.

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Sinster
Sinster

13 years ago

I have ink.. but wouldn't put anything on my forearms like that.

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reno_dakota
reno_dakota

Reply 13 years ago

...But do you have science ink?

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Sinster
Sinster

Reply 13 years ago

Isn't everything science..

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reno_dakota
reno_dakota

Reply 13 years ago

Well, eventually, yes. But I might argue that some things are more science than others. :)

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

13 years ago

When I was trying to learn the quadratic formula, I asked my teacher if it would be considered cheating to just tattoo it onto my arm.

She said no.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

My teacher has a tattoo of the chemical formula for natural sugar.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

*Science teacher.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Which natural sugar?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Hmm, maybe C12H22O11 ?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

That's table sugar (sucrose). Others are glucose, fructose, maltose, galactose, xylose, lactose etc...

Example link

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I picked sucrose because I thought that would be the more likely pick, but then again, maybe he picked something more out of the ordinary ?

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

Er, glucose or fructose, I think.

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Patrik
Patrik

13 years ago

Wow - there's LOTS of great tattoos there. I've never seen the need to get poked with needles a few million times, but some of these might actually persuade me...