Eye of Newt, Oil of Meteorite [Science Tattoo Emporium]

By Carl Zimmer | April 13, 2009 12:03 am


From Rob Wesel, meteorite-lover and -purveyor.

For some time I have wanted to get a tattoo to depict my appreciation for meteorites.

On September 28, 1969 meteorites fell in Murchison, Australia.

On September 28, 2004 our daughter Christina (a.k.a. Pinky) was born.

As if wasn’t already a top-fiver for it’s amino acids, Murchison quickly moved up the ranks of my favorite meteorites and I had decided it would somehow be involved in the meteorite tattoo.

With a little help from friends Steve Arnold (IMB) and Jason Phillips I obtained a small capsule of Murchison crumbs to pulverize and one day add to the ink.

I ultimately decided on a carbon buckeyball, found in Murchison, unrolled and laid out flat. With Murchison fully represented in design and medium, I had the tattoo artist make one carbon atom bright pink in honor of Pinky. Although it’s only the size of the head of a pin, it means the world to her…and me.

More of Rob’s description here.

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Comments (4)

  1. This is brilliant on so many levels, but the one bright pink atom just seals the deal. Very nice!

  2. Very cool tattoo. I love seeing the creativity that people come up with to express what is important to them.

  3. Erm, is adding meteorite crumbs (or any similar substance) into your skin really a recommended thing to do?

  4. Jo

    @deep: Ha, thought the same thing!

    Beautiful, and I love the background story. And … it’s nice to see a tattoo photo that’s had time to heal up first!


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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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