People express their love of science, reason, and exploration in a multitude of ways. Some watch Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson on TV. Some actually get out there and perform experiments and conduct research. But others get science tattoos with funny meanings. Nerdy science tattoos are a great way to express your personality and show off your IQ at the same time. Sure, there are nerd tattoos you need a PhD to get, but that just makes them more fun.
Despite their heady topics, tattoos for science nerds don't need to be boring. Equations written out in flowing script make beautiful patterns, and pulsar maps are simply stunning. And then there's Schrödinger's cat - the infamous thought experiment makes for some pretty funny ink.
Science is having a cool moment. That could be because those once-obscure topics are now more accessible than ever, thanks to the Internet. Or perhaps that's due to the rising counterculture seeking to protect knowledge from government interference. Whatever the reason, rocking a nerdy science tattoo these days feels downright revolutionary.
Change Over TimePhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
Sometimes, the simplest designs are the most evocative. This one definitely hits the mark, with the symbols for change over time.1,037152Is this awesome?
Darwin's Tattoo Of EvolutionPhoto: boingboing.net / via Pinterest
During Charles Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos, he put together his theory of natural selection based mainly on observation of birds. This recreation of his sketches of various finches is both aesthetically pleasing and scientifically impactful.817166Is this awesome?
Planetary SymbolsPhoto: BuzzFeed / via Pinterest
This tattoo might look like a mysterious code, but it’s actually the planetary symbols for all of the planets in the solar system. Including Pluto, of course.914234Is this awesome?
We Are All Made Of Stars (And Acid)Photo: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
This scientific tattoo is a two-in-one. It’s an amino acid sequence, but it also spells out “IAMSTARSTUFF,” a reference to a famous and inspiring quote by science hero Carl Sagan.591129Is this awesome?