32 Smart Science Tattoos
If you are a scientist who loves ink, or just a tattoo collector who loves science, here is a selection of educated and brilliant tattoos.
In 1876, Thomas Edison obtained a patent for his electric pen, paving the way for the first tattoo machine. But do you know that Edison himself had a tattoo? He had a quincunx, a geometric pattern of five dots inked on his forearm. But he is far away from being the only scientist with nerdy tattoos … Science fiction writer George Orwell got his knuckles tattooed too. Indeed, scientists have a surprising yet real penchant for tattoos, especially those of a cerebral nature. From medicine to astronomy, geology to chemistry and computing to genetics, it is a whole world of opportunity to express passion and sometimes a real creativity.
There exists even a book called ‘Science Ink’, written by science journalist Carl Zimmer, who has collected photos of tattoos worn by students, doctors and scientists from all over the world. If you have science tattoos too, you can send him a picture.