Lincoln’s Link of the Day: New Book, Science Ink, shows off the nerdiest tattoos you’ve ever seen

I’ve become a tattoo snob.

When I got my first piece last year, a half-sleeve based on John Tenniel’s original Alice illustrations, I immediately started judging those around me. It wasn’t a conscious choice, but suddenly I was noticing bad linework and faded color where before I would have just seen a tattoo. I came to realize that finding good tattoos is a lot harder than you’d think. And smart tattoos? They tend to be lost in a sea of Tweety birds and mermaids.

Carl Zimmer, however, has tracked down a lot of them for his new book. Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed is a brilliant tome collecting pictures of people’s beautiful skin art in which they flaunt their love for science. It’s a great nerdy coffee table book and kind of amazing to look through. You’d think there would be only a few ways in which someone could show their love of DNA, or display a tree of life, or express a fascination with mathematics. But this book proves that like anything else, science art is as varied, and as beautiful as any other thing out there.

Posted on November 6, 2011 at 22:55 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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