Science Tattoo

Carl Zimmer over at The Loom as a post titled Branded with Science.

So I’m wondering now–have I bumped into the tip of a vast hidden iceberg, or do I just happen to know the few scientists with tattoos of their science? If anyone wants to send me a jpg, I’ll post it. If you’re worried about tenure, just let me know how the tattoo represents the object of your study. The more personal the link, the better (i.e., not a generic tattoo of pi).

As DSN’s resident bad boy…Peter is the pretty one, you can guess I have a tat. Any ideas on what it might be? Below the fold…


The credit goes to Robert at 7th Street Tattoo in Little Rock, Arkansas who did an outstanding job. What should I get for the next one?

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

11 comments on “Science Tattoo
  1. The irony is… i have 8 tats, but 4 are of..(clears throat) vertebrates. I got these way before I was ever in science, or even knew the beauty and glory of invertebrates.

    I will redeem myself though and get my shrimp tatooed on me when the description gets published (in review now).

  2. Upper right arm. And although not as hairy as Robin Williams I am fully proud of my pelt which seems to have migrated from the top of my head.

  3. Since my pet octopus vulgaris (name: Bad Bad Leroy Brown) was tragically killed in an unfortunate tank-inking accident, I have considered having him (or one of his genus and species) tattooed on me. But then I thought, you know, if you’re going to have a tattoo, why not something really strking? Like a Humboldt, or a vampire squid? I’m still toying.

    Yours looks great. :)

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