Science tattoo ideas…

I’ve been pondering the whole scientific tattoos thing. Because let’s face it, it’s just a really cool idea. Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics contain some pretty damn amazing concepts and visuals, but obviously I wouldn’t want a tattoo of something I’m going to find trivial and rubbish in a few years time. So I’ve been… mulling.

I have a shortlist of a few which I think would be pretty sweet. As with anything permanent, I figure it’s got to be a dumb idea to rush out on a whim. So these are a few ponderings of mine. Any and all feedback is more than welcome!


Radiation pressure is, in my opinion, one of the coolest concepts in physics. Pressure exerted by light itself. In massive stars, radiation pressure on condensing dust grains is the driving force for a stellar wind of around 2000 kilometres per second. I think this one might make a good upper back tattoo.


Dopamine is a phenylethylamine derived neurotransmitter. It plays a lot of roles in the brain, from learning and memory to pleasure and excitement. I’m not quite sure where would be best for this.


The Pleiades. My favourite star cluster, and probably one of the most widely known in human cultures, from Norse to Maori. A shoulder tattoo, perhaps?


Corona Borealis. A cool little constellation, which is home to a number of interesting objects, including a few variable stars, at least one solar twin, some exoplanets, a couple of circumstellar disks… And the small red star marks the location of R Coronae Borealis, a particularly interesting variable star with some interesting chemistry. I’ve written something about it before. This might look good as an outer shin tattoo.

So these are all still just ideas. One day, if I can find a good enough tattooist and don’t mind spending the money, maybe…

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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