Re-Discover the Science Tattoo Emporium

By Carl Zimmer | July 30, 2008 1:14 pm

SerotoninIf you’re new to the Loom, you may not be aware that I have a thing for science tattoos. It’s been exactly a year since I noticed a tattoo on the shoulder of a friend who’s a geneticist at Columbia. The tattoo was DNA, and it spelled his wife’s initials in the genetic code. So I wondered aloud if there were other scientists who had inked themselves with science, and the answer was a shockingly loud yes. In fact, I was soon inundated with so many pictures of tattoos (and enlightening stories behind them) that I had to separate them from my old blog to keep them organized. The tattoos have become fodder for stories in places like New Scientist and Wired. Now that the Loom has arrived at Discover, I’m bringing them back into the fold.

Right now you can look at them here as a gallery, or as a category of blog posts. We’ll be fine-tuning the interfaces, and all comments on them are welcome.

I’ve got a backlog of tattoos that I’ll be posting here, but if you’ve got one, please send it along with some explanation. (And let me know if you want to be anonymous for tenure or other reasons.)

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Comments (10)

  1. The new RSS feed embeds the photos too, Those clickthrus were a huge pain. Excellent work Zimmer!

  2. I can’t figure out how to subscribe to just the tattoo posts. Is there a separate RSS for it?

  3. Sorry, “Is there a separate RSS for them?”

  4. Carl,

    Thanks for compiling all this, here is the link to my large DNA tattoo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandon-condrey/2718303183/

    I also have a series of photos showing the progression here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandon-condrey/sets/72157606464350385/

  5. Bladerunner

    Thanks for posting not just the pictures, but the stories behind them. The “why” is at least as fascinating as the “what”.

  6. Sofi

    I love this science tatoo emporium! I always check if there are new pictures and it’s stories are great!! I hope this re-discover science tattoo emporium is as good as the original. Sorry for my poor english, I’m writing from Argentina.

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

About Carl Zimmer

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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