Science Ink: I want your skin! [Science Tattoo]

By Carl Zimmer | September 13, 2010 9:00 am

Dirac tattooMelinda writes,

I have attached a photo of my Dirac Equation tattoo, which I obtained a few months ago. I am really happy with it. In fact, it caused quite a stir at the Yuri’s Night celebration at NASA Ames. I’m a physics student and research at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I currently conduct research analyzing gamma ray radiation from astronomical sources (blazars and pulsars mainly) with Cerenkov detectors located in Amado, Arizona…Side Note: The equation was written up on a LaTeX document and stenciled from there. Doesn’t get much nerdier than that!

In case you missed my announcement over the summer, the Science Tattoo Emporium is going to become a book. Tentatively entitled Science Ink, it will be published next fall by Sterling. The images will be accompanied by some of my own reflections on the tattoos, in which I will unpack the inside jokes and strange histories of the science behind the pictures.

The ultimate purpose of the book, like the Emporium, will be to illustrate the passion that science can inspire. To that end, I also plan to donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to DonorsChoose, a great organization that funds science projects in the classroom.

To those who have already appeared in the emporium, and to those who have kept their sleeves tightly buttoned till now, I’d like to extend an invitation to submit your photograph. If you’re interested, please contact me for the instructions from my publisher. We will need the image and the paperwork back by October 1, 2010.

It doesn’t get much nerdier than that.

Click here to go to the full Science Tattoo Emporium.

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Comments (2)

  1. Lauren

    I also have a couple science tattoos and am researching the visible spectrum of quasars @ UC Denver, haha. I think there’s something to be said for collective consciousness.

  2. Jennifer

    I have a Hoplophoneus (Oligocene aged saber-tooth) skull that was drawn from an actual fossil found in South Dakota. I cannot contact you with the above link because I do not have MicroSoft Outlook. Is there some other way to submit? (I am a paleontologist and my friend, also a paleontologist and paleo-artist, drew it.)

    [CZ: Just email me at carl {at] carlzimmer [dot} com ]

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

About Carl Zimmer

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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