There Are More Painful Things [Science Tattoo]

By Carl Zimmer | March 27, 2010 12:00 pm

fulvic440Corey writes, “I got this tattoo as an homage to the pain of my graduate work.  It’s a model of fulvic acid which is a representation of natural organic matter in the soil. I work with this molecule for my grad work and I figured I might as well get it etched into my skin so I can look at it and say, ‘Well, at least it hurt less than grad school at Cornell.'”

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Comments (8)

  1. Link to Science Tattoo Emporium is a dead-end.

    [CZ: Thanks. Link fixed]

  2. Daniel J. Andrews

    Well, at least it hurt less than grad school at Cornell.

    lol! Many things hurt less than grad school! :-))))

  3. kevbo

    …looks like you tattoo’d its enantiomer.

    Oh. Wait…

  4. ohai

    lulz. it satisfies me that I am one of the 0.01% of people who get that. science elitism ftw!

  5. Crystal

    I have been considering getting oxytocin tattooed on me for the past 2 years…I intern in a la studying pairbonding and the neuroendocrinological mechanisms underlying the hormone… I LOVE that you got it tattooed on you! I was suggested to wait 5 years to see if I still felt the same way as to ensure making a rational decision, but the more I see others in the science field get science tattoos, the more willing I am to consider getting it sooner! I am all for cool small tattoos that you do research with!

  6. Crystal

    cool science tattoos* not small** it’s late

  7. Obie

    Awesome science tattoo!

    Unfortunately the molecule I worked on during grad school is too complex. Luckily there are many other interesting molecules out there!

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

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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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