Although I have none of my own (and this is when my friends would call me out for being all talk and no action about getting one), I’ve always been a little fascinated with people getting inked. My mom got her first and only tattoo sometime when I was in middle school, a goldfish on her ankle with some little blue bubbles, and asked me to be her tattoo artist. I also got a request from my sister to sketch a sunflower to use as a guide for her tattoo on her back. And now I’ve been sitting on my plans to get a fleur de lis somewhere on my ankle for about two years but just can’t manage to take the plunge just yet.
But I digress. Instead of stepping up to the plate, I get a big kick out of seeing other people’s tattoos, especially ones that take a step out of the box and hold a lot of personal meaning. I don’t mean family names written in old english, or crosses, or tribal tramp stamps.
One of my favorite blogs recently is Carl Zimmer’s Science Tattoo Emporium, which lets readers with a scientific background who’ve got ink to go with it share their photos and passions for their profession. I bet the tattoo artists who are approached by these guys get really excited to take a break from coi fish, lotus flowers and chinese symbols to bring these peices of art to life. Check some out.
Carl Zimmer is a “science essayist,” and according to his own bio,
Zimmer contributes articles to the New York Times, as well as magazines including National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, Science, and Popular Science. He also writes an award-winning blog, The Loom. From 1994 to 1998 Zimmer was a senior editor at Discover, where he remains a contributing editor.