The Posing Snake [Science Tattoo]

By Carl Zimmer | May 9, 2010 8:20 pm

womanwithsnake440An anonymous reader writes, “I am a computer programmer and amateur herpetologist. On my leg is Henry, a North Brazilian Boa constrictor — rare in captivity at the time. I brought him in for photos before we began, and again after it was completely healed. As you can see in this photo, his colors were altered in the tattoo to stand out better. It took 20 hours over the course of 14 months to complete and was done completely freehand. Each scale was drawn individually. This photo is so special, since he’s posed very much the way he came out on my leg, tongue and all. It’s not like I could give him instructions on what to do.”

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Comments (10)

  1. That is pure brilliance. Please let us know who the artist is.

  2. Amy

    Yes, PLEASE inform me as to who the artist is as soon you find out. This is truly remarkable!

  3. kris

    This is beautiful!

  4. isa
  5. alex carlson

    anil gupta is the artist.

  6. Tom Bauserman

    Who is the artist on this? It’s gorgeous. I’m going to get a tokei gecko looking over my left should with one set of claws on my bicep and the other my should and his tail wrapped around my arm just above the sleeve line. I haven’t found an artist good enough to pull this off yet. It looks like whoever did this would be able to.

  7. sam

    love the shadow from the tounge


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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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