Medusa [Science Tattoo]

By Carl Zimmer | March 14, 2010 7:56 pm

CROPPED JELLYDave writes, “Following my degree in Zoology, I worked in public aquariums for several years before becoming a lecturer in Animal Science, so I’ve always has a bit of a ‘fishy’ background! I’m also studying stress in marine fish for a research degree. I’ve always been fascinated by evolution, and to reflect this, I decided to get inked with a Haeckel – this is a medusa from ‘Art Forms in Nature’. Haeckel was clearly a proponent of evolution, and although his ideas weren’t 100% correct, the man could draw!

“The tattoo is courtesy of the always-brilliant Jon Nott of Guildford, Surrey (U.K.).”

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  1. duxallinarow

    If I could find a tat artist of that skill near me, I’d get my first tat tomorrow.

    ;) Nurse Dux

  2. Brilliantly done. Very original and creative. This totally exemplifies the spirit of the Science Tattoo Emporium! Not only has Dave gone “all in” with a huge tattoo, he braved the needle on the ribs, one of the most difficult places on the body to get tattooed. Was this from one session or were there multiple sittings involved?

  3. Dave

    Wow, thanks! This was completed in one two-hour session, and it was pretty darn painful – I can vouch for the ribs being a difficult bit to get inked. Totally worth it though – no pain, no gain and all that. And the tattooist, Jon Nott, totally rules… Thanks guys! Dave

  4. Hey Carl,
    Have you ever considered getting tattooed with an ink that is not metabolically inert, so that you can watch it get eaten up and moved around the body?

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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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