People have long used their bodies as a canvas to express themselves with body piercing, branding, and scarification. But the form of body tattoos has taken on a whole new level by scientists and tech geeks who are now using tattoos as a method of expression for their devotion to their scientific and technological passions.
Photo of Bug Lady From an entomologist. – Carl Zimmer
Take chemistry Professor David Anderson at the University of Colorado — who bears a tattoo on his back with a diagram of the chemical structure of diazepam and a depiction of the inner workings of glucose.
“Somewhere out there is a young lady with the same tattoo in smaller version on her ankle.” he blogged. “Alas, a lost love …”
Proffessor David Anderson’s workings of glucose – Carl Zimmer
The revelation to this latest trend all began when science writer Carl Zimmer posted a message on his website The Loom on a post titled Branded with Science when he asked readers for tattoo tales, reports the Metro.
Carl Zimmer was inundated with such a flood pictures of unusual tattoos that he had to redirect senders to his photostream on Flickr.
Some of the tattoos were rather reserved, more noteworthy to the scientists and geeks themselves, whereas others went to extreme body tattooing lengths.
Heart Flower Nerve – Carl Zimmer
Steve, owner of the Heart Flower tattoo wrote, “Growing from the heart is a seeding dandelion, from which are flowing, instead of seeds, nerve cells. I’m a second year medical student, so the nerves and heart I’m quite familiar with. The dandelion serves as a great way to tie the two together, and also adds a good element of motion to the tattoo. The stem of the dandelion is, essentially, the superior vena cava, and the roots are the pulmonary arteries (going off to the lungs). The dandelion leaves are all growing out of the aortic arch.”
Scott Pitnick, a professor at Syracuse University in New York, had his arm emblazed with a tattoo of a 12 inch (30 centimeter) long sperm up his arm. He wrote, “I’m an evolutionary biologist who investigates the evolution of sperm form, sperm female interactions and sperm competition. So, yeah, it’s pretty much about sperm.”
Site owner Carl Zimmer, from Connecticut said, “I’m tattoo-free. My pain threshold is just too low. But it is fun being the overseer of this collection of tattoos.”
“There is a new trend of geek chic. Being a geek is no longer the sort of thing people laugh at. There is something increasingly cool about it and I think these tattoos are part of that.”
Photo Heart – Carl Zimmer
Solar System – Carl Zimmer
If you’d like to see some other extreme body art, check out an earlier post on this site for Extreme Body Piercing, Branding and Scarification with some mind-blowing images.
Extreme Body Piercing, Branding and Scarification