You Don't Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Ink Flows

By Carl Zimmer | March 22, 2009 5:17 pm

thunderstorm-web.jpgA meteorologist who asked to remain anonymous writes:

This tattoo is of a cumulonimbus (thunderstorm) cloud with bolts of lightning.   My childhood fascination with weather led to a career in it.  Storms are embedded in my psyche & soul, and during a stormy time in my life I decided to embed a storm in my skin.  I sketched a cumulonimbus cloud for the tattoo artist, and he and the other people in the parlor said something along the lines of, ‘Dude, we can make that tubular!’ … and this is how it turned out.  It retained meteorological accuracy via the bit of an ‘anvil’ in the upper right and is comparable in structure to the storm in this photo, but without any color.  That’s fitting since it represents personal storms as well as atmospheric ones, but perhaps someday I’ll get another tattoo that’s not so dark, to represent brighter days.

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(With apologies to Mr. Zimmerman )

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Comments (2)

  1. Chris TMC

    That is not particularly good ink, Im sorry to say. The cloud itself looks pretty good (much too stout, but acceptable.) The bolts however look… bad. Sorry.

  2. That is not particularly good ink, Im sorry to say. The cloud itself looks pretty good (much too stout, but acceptable.) The bolts however look… bad. Sorry.
    Forgot to write great post. Looking forward to reading the next post!

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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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