LSD Redux

By Carl Zimmer | July 9, 2008 4:51 am

LSD Redux

An anonymous reader writes:

D-lysergic acid diethlyamide…what a strange, wonderous, and downright amazing molecule. Having a background in biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology, I have long been fascinated by this enigmatic chemical. I initially planned on getting the regular simple stick molecular structure, and sat on that idea for close to 7 years. One night, fairly recently, a tattoo artist friend mentioned to me over lunch that the “ball and stick” model would look much better…what a simple, yet absolutely brilliant idea of which I have no earthly clue why I didn’t think of first. I had to let him tattoo me! It’s better than I ever could have imagined. The picture was taken within a few hours of completion, and there is tattoo ointment over it, making it glisten and giving the appearance of “spots” on certain atoms.

Carl: Takes the LSD theme up a notch, I’d say.

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Comments (7)

  1. rhett

    Absolutely beautiful

  2. burro

    Very, very cool. I feel a slightly elevated awareness just looking at it. : ) Well done.

  3. sp4zzj4zz

    Diggin’ this one up from the grave, but I just couldn’t resist…

    VERY Lovely!

    <3 INK
    <3 LSD

    While thinking of my next tattoo, I've decided on a full inside the arm piece with a graffiti style signature of sorts on my forearm. The real meat of the piece, though, as I said, will be inside of the right arm, and will center around two LSD and DMT molecules, morphed, in a kaleidoscope, new school 3D graffiti type of pattern fading outwards. Hrmmm…much hard to explain, but let's just say this…


    …and everyone who' is "in the know" will be sooooo jealous! LOL ;~)

  4. great! im also considering putting lsd under my skin, however im going to get the “regular simple stick molecular structure” : )

  5. Stive

    I have been thinking of the EXACT same thing. Well not exact, I want the stick structure and…OH YA, BLACKLIGHT. It’s gonna be crazy, I can tell already.

  6. Nimo

    Very nice!! love the artwork.

  7. Halcyon

    awesome idea :)
    I’m working on a design for a mushroom


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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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