The Four Finches [Science Tattoo]

By Carl Zimmer | November 8, 2009 5:55 pm

Four finch tattoo-600Duygu writes, “I am a developmental biologist by training. Actually, my Ph.D. thesis does not really have an evolutionary focus because I study joint regeneration in embryonic chick limb. However, I have been an evolution enthusiast and also an activist for educating public about the theory of evolution for a long time. I could not imagine a better tattoo: Darwin’s finches arranged to look like a butterfly…I got it in 2009–Darwin’s 200th anniversary and On The Origin of Species‘ 150th anniversary. I spent last few years reading and writing a lot on evolution, as well as playing the “editor-in-chief” for translating UC Berkeley’s Understanding Evolution website into Turkish (Evrimi Anlamak – a completely volunteer work by our group called Hard-workers for Evolution). All in all, I am a biologist and ‘nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution‘… So, I celebrate it with four finches on my shoulder!”

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Comments (20)

  1. Love the work and story but who is the artist who did the tattoo. Equally as important as the rest.

  2. Cris

    Wowwww that’s gorgeous! It just comes at you! Now that’s a great tattoo!

  3. Jonathan

    Stunning. Well thought out and executed.

  4. Mark

    Merhaba! Beautiful art, thank you for sharing.

  5. Kitty'sBitch

    As an artist I must say, brilliant. I wish I’d thought of it.
    Great idea, beautifully executed.

  6. This is absolutely stunning. Those are the best finches I have ever seen. Great design.

  7. The tattoo was done by Henry Rhodes at the tattoo shop called Electric Ladyland (, New Orleans.


  8. Gorgeous tattoo! Wonderful story, and great artistry by Mr. Rhodes.

  9. A Dost

    I did not like it, it is ugly!

  10. arpat


  11. Way to go, Duygu! Great tatto! :-)

  12. Berna

    Lovely! Very cool idea and amazing work of the artist.

  13. Jo

    Absolutely GORGEOUS. Wish I’d thought of it myself — this design is incredible! Loves it.


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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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