Science Tattoo Friday: A Boing Boing Burst

By Carl Zimmer | December 21, 2007 12:00 am

human ruler.jpg“My right forearm has a 8" ruler on it that I use for everything from measuring PVC diameter to wire lengths. My background is in embedded hardware design, but I choose to spend my time doing experimental building, transportation, and energy these days. The tattoo gets used daily.”–Mikey

The science tattoo train started to peter out this month. But then Boing Boing unleashed a tidal wave of scientific ink in my direction. Now we’re up to 111 pictures, with over 296,000 views of the Flickr set. I don’t even know what those numbers mean anymore.

And the press’s fascination does not stop. The latest article appears in India’s Mail Today.

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Comments (8)

  1. You have unleashed a monster ;-)

  2. Obvious question–if the owner of this tattoo gains or loses weight, wouldn’t that make his measurements less accurate?

  3. Obvious question–if the owner of this tattoo gains or loses weight, wouldn’t that make his measurements less accurate?

    Posted by: dacrotty | December 21, 2007 11:10 AM

    Ya, that’s what I was thinking too! Hope he is done with puberty and bone growth and also doesn’t have to walk around with a lot of really heavy objects in his hands! LOL!
    Dave Briggs :~)

  4. Bob Finn

    If he were a real scientist, his tattoo would be in centimeters, not inches.

  5. …actually, shouldn’t that be divisions of a cubit?

  6. Ted Stern

    I’m waiting to see a slide rule tattoo — D scale on the left arm, C on the right, with half scale extensions on each side. Then you could set up currency conversion calculations by holding your arms together.

  7. This is the geekiest comment thread ever!

  8. Lou

    agree with you bob.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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