I think the wings are superfluous, though

Wouldn’t some variant of this image make for a most excellent tattoo?


(I expect the Trophy Wife will come screeching into the parking lot any minute now, to tell me no, no, no while hitting me with a rolled up newspaper.)


  1. #1 Carlie
    February 27, 2008

    “Hey, honey, I made a little stop on the way home from work tonight…”

  2. #2 Holydust
    February 27, 2008

    That is oddly ten-million-times cooler than I would have expected a tattoo mockup of a winged cephalopod (sp!?) to be. o.O

  3. #3 Dan
    February 27, 2008

    If Trophy Wife&trade loves you, she’ll let you get that tattoo (at least, that’s what you should tell yourself).

  4. #4 rjb
    February 27, 2008

    Maybe you should suggest that you get matching tattoos. Perhaps that’s why she’s resisting… she wants one too!!

  5. #5 Random Guy
    February 27, 2008

    Can someone explain the Trophy Wife joke?

  6. #6 negentropyeater
    February 27, 2008

    I’m tattooed 5 times and I agree that it makes a nice design. But it depends a lot where you’re thinking of getting it done… on your butt ?

  7. #7 Kilgore Trout
    February 27, 2008

    Agreed, lose the wing and its a bad ass tattoo.

    But I actually came here to show this to PZ, you mentioned the trophy wife, then I read this Comic. hehehe. Hope you enjoy.

  8. #8 Rey Fox
    February 27, 2008

    I suppose as long as you get it in such a location that all but the top is never covered. Because when this image first loaded up below the headline and before I scrolled down, it looked like a winged penis.

  9. #9 Troy
    February 27, 2008

    If I see this as a tramp stamp on a lady, I’m fairly certain I’m legally obligated to hit on her….

  10. #10 Lee
    February 27, 2008

    With the wings spread out across the shoulder blades, and the tips of the braided tentacles just touching the tailbone – yes.

    Needs some more color, though.

  11. #11 Ric
    February 27, 2008

    That is bad ass. I might have to get that myself.

  12. #12 True Bob
    February 27, 2008

    Best name for a tattoo joint:

    Sorry Mom Tattoo

    (he’s still working his business website)

  13. #13 Dan
    February 27, 2008

    Can someone explain the Trophy Wife joke?

    Posted by: Random Guy

    Trophy Wife&trade can usually be found sitting beside PZ as they tool around The Greater Metropolitan Morris, MN area in their shiny, convertible sports car. They’re big in all the clubs, and Trophy Wife&trade has been known to drive even the healthiest of supermodels into a life of cocaine abuse and eating disorders. They are the “beautiful people,” and they make Morris, Minnesota look like Rio de Janeiro instead of Fargo, ND.

    Honestly, though, I can’t remember the post where the Trophy Wife legend was born, and I don’t have time to look. It’s a funny one, though.

  14. #14 SpotWeld
    February 27, 2008

    If a sci-blogger biker gang is ever formed, I think you just found thier club colors.

  15. #15 Meng Bomin
    February 27, 2008

    Random Guy, here is the background on the “Trophy Wife” joke.

  16. #16 Ferrous Patella
    February 27, 2008
  17. #17 DSK Samways
    February 27, 2008

    Isn’t that the inlay art for the second album of the seminal, but little known metal-industrial-tekno-ska quartet, Screaming Death Punk Squid Monster F****r?

  18. #18 Noadi
    February 27, 2008

    Another addition to my ever growing list of tattoos I want. Actually I’m adding this to the top of the list.

  19. #19 ...tom...
    February 27, 2008

    #10: ” …before I scrolled down, it looked like a winged penis. ”


    As a …’cut’ male (TMI, I know) perhaps I am missing some crucial personal experience here, but I sure do not see a ‘penis’.


  20. #20 Ginger Yellow
    February 27, 2008

    I’m not a tattoo person myself (don’t mind them at all on other people), but I would love it on a T-shirt. It would go nicely with my “squid overlords” shirt.

  21. #21 Abby Normal
    February 27, 2008

    Oh, it’s a Histioteuthis rüppellii. Never mind.

  22. #22 Brownian, OM
    February 27, 2008

    Though some species have a different number, most squid have eight arms and two tentacles.

  23. #23 Steve_C
    February 27, 2008

    I want a blue ring octopus tattoo.

  24. #24 Abby Normal
    February 27, 2008

    Or is it a loligo vulgaris? I’m just making myself confused at this point. Obviously I’m woefully uneducated in this important subject.

  25. #25 Dave Eaton
    February 27, 2008

    The wings look kinda, er, angelic. Replace them with pterodactyl wings.

    Someone design a tattoo/t-shirt, and sell it on Cafe’ Press or somesuch, and then donate the dough to some educational foundation. Cause I want one.

    (I imagine myself at a concert, wearing this on a black t-shirt, throwing the horns, and yelling “Freethought!” Drunk out of my mind, of course. And probably fist-fighting with the nearest Skynyrd fan…)

  26. #26 tikistitch
    February 27, 2008

    Haha, check out the tags on the original art: “deep”, “fry,” “food.” I can’t have that tattoo – it just would make me hungry!

  27. #27 Art
    February 27, 2008

    Lose the wings. Also the squid’s body is entirely to monochromatic and flat. I’m thinking an intricate grey-scale hatching deep black and grey tones to make it go from a flat cutout to a three dimentional depiction. Sort of what was done with the wings that aren’t going to be there.

    To make it authentic you could look into using genuine squid ink. Has anyone ever tried it? Can it be done without poisoning yourself? Would it hurt more/less, last longer and how would the color be? What is squid ink made of anyway?

    A squid depicted in detailed grey-scale done in squid ink. Everyone else would drop dead from envy.

  28. #28 Bob
    February 27, 2008

    Come on, PZ, just get it. You’re already tenured, and your wife already tolerates you blogging all the time.

    (Where’s the mid-life crisis, dude?)

    A tat’s nothing. Plus, you’d look really cool. And in the end it dies with you, which kinda rocks…

    Nah, on second thought, I don’t think you’re the tat-type…

    But it’d still look cool on you, I think…

  29. #29 jeh
    February 27, 2008

    Wouldn’t this rad artwork look better on your tricked out Camaro?

  30. #30 Zarquon
    February 27, 2008

    If a Suicide Girl got one of these tattoos would it be a Suicide Squid?

  31. #31 JM
    February 27, 2008

    I expect the Trophy Wife will come screeching into the parking lot any minute now, to tell me no, no, no while hitting me with a rolled up newspaper.

    What’s this??? Your body, your choice, I say.

  32. #32 Kevin L.
    February 27, 2008

    You know, I’ve been considering getting a tattoo for awhile now, but I couldn’t think of what I might want for a design. I think I finally have my answer.

  33. #33 KiwiInOz
    February 27, 2008

    Transitional species, anyone?

  34. #34 mk
    February 27, 2008

    Those are definitely NOT bat wings. Look more raptorish to me.

  35. #35 Crudely Wrott
    February 27, 2008

    I don’t care much about tattoos. If you have some, fine. Just don’t expect me to ask you about them. I have none and I don’t miss them. But for this image to be a great tat it needs one thing. Wet wings.

    Now some starving artist can create a dynasty! You’re welcome.

  36. #36 cicely
    March 3, 2008

    Thank you very much! :)