32 Smart Science Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

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.

Shoulder piece of a neural net.
Shoulder piece of a neural net.
British science teacher Hannah Rosas chose a moth from the endangered species and a quote of Charles Darwin.
British science teacher Hannah Rosas chose a moth from the endangered species and a quote of Charles Darwin.
Geologist Helen Malendas showing her geological cross section tattoo.
Geologist Helen Malendas showing her geological cross section tattoo.
Kevin Riley is a PhD in molecular biology. His chest piece shows the Tree of life with carbon, glucose, light, DNA and the golden rectangle.
Kevin Riley is a PhD in molecular biology. His chest piece shows the Tree of life with carbon, glucose, light, DNA and the golden rectangle.

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Genetician Kristin O'Malley went for the DNA helix on her leg.
Genetician Kristin O'Malley went for the DNA helix on her leg.
Science can be sexy, don't you think ?
Science can be sexy, don't you think ?
Side piece of Michael Raasch with amino acids encoded in codons of DNA.
Side piece of Michael Raasch with amino acids encoded in codons of DNA.
Chemist Paula Zelanko opted for an isotope ratio mass spectrometer.
Chemist Paula Zelanko opted for an isotope ratio mass spectrometer.
Biologist Scott Pitnicks is working on sperm. Hence the spermatozoon on his arm ! :P
Biologist Scott Pitnicks is working on sperm. Hence the spermatozoon on his arm ! :P
Based on a sketch of Charles Darwin.
Based on a sketch of Charles Darwin.
Based on an image taken by a CERN bubble chambers ... really nice !
Based on an image taken by a CERN bubble chambers ... really nice !
Patent drawing of an electromagnetic motor of the father of electricity, Nikola Tesla.
Patent drawing of an electromagnetic motor of the father of electricity, Nikola Tesla.
Mister Tesla himself, by tattoo artist Toko Lören.
Mister Tesla himself, by tattoo artist Toko Lören.
The mathematical equation known as the Euler's Identity.
The mathematical equation known as the Euler's Identity.
A zoologist sketch of a horseshoe crab (Lumulus) on a biology graduate student named Lauren.
A zoologist sketch of a horseshoe crab (Lumulus) on a biology graduate student named Lauren.
Science Tattoos
Science Tattoos
A schema for the reference point of electricity.
A schema for the reference point of electricity.
Craftz Berlin, Surgeon's Tools by Craftz Berlin Tattoo Shop.
Craftz Berlin, Surgeon's Tools by Craftz Berlin Tattoo Shop.
Math doodles by Jeff Palumbo.
Math doodles by Jeff Palumbo.
An impressive space chest and sleeve by tattoo artist Jon Clue.
An impressive space chest and sleeve by tattoo artist Jon Clue.
Darwin's evolution sleeve by Josh Payne.
Darwin's evolution sleeve by Josh Payne.
Impressive microscope back piece !
Impressive microscope back piece !
Anatomical sketch of a heart by Yann Black.
Anatomical sketch of a heart by Yann Black.
Biomechanical tattoo on the hand someone?
Biomechanical tattoo on the hand someone?
Science tattoo
Science tattoo
Science tattoo
Science tattoo
Albert Einstein portrait by Sake Karampetsos.
Albert Einstein portrait by Sake Karampetsos.
Rfid tattoo ...
Rfid tattoo ...
Girly symbol of Pi on the finger ...
Girly symbol of Pi on the finger ...
Science tattoo
Science tattoo
Or a tiny microscope behind the ear
Or a tiny microscope behind the ear

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