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Geeky Science Tattoos Anyone?

12:14 am PHT

Update: Somebody actually got my tattoo!

Found via Kottke is this absolutely geeky blog showing off science- and math-related tattoos from scientists, mathematicians, programmers, and other academics. I find it to be a wonderful blend of the rebellious and the geek.

 Abstract henna tattoo.

To tell you the truth, I have not entertained the idea of getting a permanent tattoo. The only tattoo I ever got (that does not include those kiddie free transfer tattoos from junk food packets) was the henna tattoo pictured over to the right. I got it when I went to Puerto Galera in 2006. But seeing all these geeky tattoos made me think twice now about getting a permanent one.

 Stylized phi tattoo.

I actually like the Euler’s identity tattoo because I agree that it’s one of the most beautiful mathematical equations for it expresses nine basic mathematical concepts exactly once in the equation: 1, 0, π, e, i, addition, multiplication, exponentiation, and equality. But if ever I would get a permanent tattoo, I’d probably get the design pictured to the left. This is a stylized representation of the Greek letter phi, which stands for the golden ratio, my favorite number. Interestingly, the tattoo blog shows three people having golden-ratio-inspired tattoos which indicates that lots of other people like it as well: golden spiral shell, capital phi, and golden spiral. Anyway, if you rotate that logo of mine 90° counterclockwise, you’d see the letter ‘e’ which stands for my name. Cool, huh?  :D

How about you? If ever you would get a science- or math-related tattoo, what would it be and why?

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On 12:13 a.m., 27 Feb 2008, benj wrote:

I think the coolest would be getting molecular structures of complex proteins. haha. Ive seen someone with a capsaicin molecular model tattoo.

The Null Set Sign could also work—this is the most widely accepted sign for Atheism and the Invisible Pink Unicorn (the logo that Im using for my site) is inspired by that symbol.

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On 11:49 p.m., 27 Feb 2008, seav wrote:

@Benj, I’m not really fond of biochemistry so I’ll leave that to other people, hehehe. But those molecular diagrams actually look cool as tattoos too.  :) Come to think of it, the null set symbol also looks a bit like phi. Hehehe.

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On 10:03 a.m., 27 Dec 2010, Judd Kussrow wrote:

Where did you originally find that stylized phi image? I would like to contact the artist…

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