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Science Tattoo

Carl Zimmer over at The Loom as a post titled Branded with Science.

So I’m wondering now–have I bumped into the tip of a vast hidden iceberg, or do I just happen to know the few scientists with tattoos of their science? If anyone wants to send me a jpg, I’ll post it. If you’re worried about tenure, just let me know how the tattoo represents the object of your study. The more personal the link, the better (i.e., not a generic tattoo of pi).

As DSN’s resident bad boy…Peter is the pretty one, you can guess I have a tat. Any ideas on what it might be? Below the fold…


The credit goes to Robert at 7th Street Tattoo in Little Rock, Arkansas who did an outstanding job. What should I get for the next one?


  1. #1 Rick MacPherson
    August 6, 2007

    that’s one hairy cephalopod…
    let me guess… upper back pelt?

  2. #2 Kevin Z
    August 6, 2007

    The irony is… i have 8 tats, but 4 are of..(clears throat) vertebrates. I got these way before I was ever in science, or even knew the beauty and glory of invertebrates.

    I will redeem myself though and get my shrimp tatooed on me when the description gets published (in review now).

  3. #3 Bekkah
    August 7, 2007

    I have an octo-tattoo as well!

  4. #4 CR McClain
    August 7, 2007

    Upper right arm. And although not as hairy as Robin Williams I am fully proud of my pelt which seems to have migrated from the top of my head.

  5. #5 Kevin Z
    August 7, 2007

    Your next one should be a kraken. Or architeuthis wrapped around you leg…

  6. #6 Kevin Z
    August 7, 2007

    All right, I joined in. I posted my kraken and biohazard on my blog, click here.

  7. #7 wÒÓ†
    August 7, 2007
  8. #8 John B.
    August 7, 2007

    And when I saw this one at the Loom I was ready to bet it was PZ Myers.

  9. #9 Sharyn
    August 8, 2007

    Nice! I have an octo-squid tattoo myself, shown here.

  10. #10 Kevin Z
    August 8, 2007


    Wicked cephalotat!

  11. #11 Angela
    June 9, 2008

    Since my pet octopus vulgaris (name: Bad Bad Leroy Brown) was tragically killed in an unfortunate tank-inking accident, I have considered having him (or one of his genus and species) tattooed on me. But then I thought, you know, if you’re going to have a tattoo, why not something really strking? Like a Humboldt, or a vampire squid? I’m still toying.

    Yours looks great. 🙂

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