tattoos 15 Science Nerd Tattoos You Need a PhD To Appreciate  

Stephan Roget
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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.

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Change Over Time


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Sometimes, the simplest designs are the most evocative. This one definitely hits the mark, with the symbols for change over time.

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Phylogenetic Tree


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Phylogenetic trees show how organisms evolved from each other. This tattoo beautifully illustrates one such chart.

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Planetary Symbols


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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.

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Darwin's Tattoo Of Evolution


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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.

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