The Companion Molecule [Science Tattoos]

By Carl Zimmer | May 2, 2010 12:54 pm

Scicurious caffeine440Scicurious, a blogger at Neurotopia with a PhD in physiology, writes,

The molecule is caffeine, and the tattoo itself was designed by artist Glendon Mellow of The Flying Trilobite.  I got it to celebrate my PhD.

Why caffeine, you ask?

1) I had a friend once tell me that my friendship was like a hot cup of coffee.  Warm, vivacious, stimulating, and comforting.  It was one of the best compliments I ever received.

2) I have spent the last six years of my life studying drugs in various forms.  Caffeine always spoke to me as a stimulant, because it is so different from other traditional drugs classified as stimulants.  I’ve always been a little different myself.

3) I also spent the past six years studying various neurotransmitters.  I will spend more years studying different neurotransmitters.  Which ones I study and why will change over time, but caffeine will be with me through all of it.  :)

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Comments (2)

  1. LP Graham

    Awesome…career and tattoo…best of luck! :)


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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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