March 3rd, 2005
so I'm seriously considering getting a tattoo.
(mom, if you're reading this, it's oooooo kay... deep breaths.)
I'm considering the Glider.
It's got the geekly, it's got the simple aesthetic, and I like it.
Other possiblities are:
A diagram of the Golden Ratio (too many thin straight lines, would change shape and look like crap if I gain/lose much weight)
A fractal, probably a Mandlebrot set (marginally personally meaningful, really fucking pretty, downside: it would have to be larger to be neato)
Something from a sci-fi novel that I like, lots of material there (Niven or Brin probably)
Caffiene molecule/diagram (overdone)
Barcode (waaaay overdone, but I had the idea first when I was like 10. so there.)
Something from Astronomy (Pulsar diagram, galactic spiral, etc.)
Something comic-y (Dr. Manhattan's tattoo (aka Hydrogen molecule *edit*atom*/edit*))
But I'm open for opinions.
Give me a geekly idea. (no video games, prosicated would leave me and that would suck.)
As you can see from above, I'm thinking relatively small, somewhat abstract, and geeky/nerdy.
If I actually use your idea, I will send you something really cool.
A framed print, that rare book you've been lusting for, etc.
Comment away! Links to pics would be good too, or sketch it quick *cough*oceanic*cough* and e-mail it to me.
tattoo at cybertrash dot net
And feel free to pass it on to friends to send me ideas, the more the merrier.
|Date:||March 3rd, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)|| |
oblig. geek joke
Skip the Mandelbrot tattoo, it's a real bitch to get the edges _just_ right.
Re: oblig. geek joke
The 3 laws?
Or is it bad to have rules permanently etched on oneself?
Enh, not too big on text.
Good thought though, thanks.
|Date:||March 3rd, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)|| |
I really like the Mandelbrot set. It would be gorgeous as a tatoo, but you're right, it would have to be bigger to work. And where you put it would really matter.
yup. There's some gorgeous ones out there though, but I'm definitley not going to get one that large.
|Date:||March 3rd, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)|| |
The glider is cool.
I think so too, thanks. drew one on in pen last night, I'm diggin it.
|Date:||March 3rd, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)|| |
Why not ditch the barcode and get an RFID chip
? It's the wave of the future...
because it's intended as a commentary on the commodification of humanity, and the intransience of the human existance.
Plus, a tattoo is visible. =P
I have always liked binary myself. Which is what I have on my arm.
yeah, I've considered that too.
I wouldn't get text, and binary is really just coding for something (usually text).
Looks pretty, just not my cup of tea.
Hmm, good thought.
The edge being a perfect triangle is a bit vexing to me though, but it's a good fractal, you're right.
in the running.
Wow, that's some pretty nerdy options ;-)
Way to express yourself though. You can always do Pi. It's a letter, it's a number and it's a dessert! What more can you ask for?
How about a mobious strip? It's like a never ending tattoo.
Oh, speaking of never ending, how about infinity. It's like an 8 but sideways.
thats a twofer if you ask me.
Infinity is way overdone. Pi has no special meaning to me, and is a tad math-geeky for me. Mobious strips are neat, but it'd have to be large to distinguish it from an infinity loop.
Looking for something a little more obscure basically.
I once heard someone say they were thinking of getting their name in ascii-coded binary spinning around their arm like one of those tribal tattoos. I thought THAT was a cool idea.
It's a little overdone, and I'm not really into the binary thing.
thanks for the thought though!
Maybe something from the face of the Voyager Golden Record
? Speaking of which, I still need to send you a copy of the sound recording I've got. It's on two CDs. If you send your snailmail to theresidentgeek at gmail dot com, I can ship it off to you. No cost.
you da geek!
Good images on there, and good history behind it too...
snail-mail addy on the way! I'm psyched to hear this thing...
I also was/am thinking about the glider. Cause I'd get it small, back of my neck or something, it'd cost 30 bucks. Heh.
I have a tattoo of Bob's guardian symbol from Reboot
...definitely not overdone :)
What about wires or circuitry? Done enough so that the artist probably knows what you're talking about, but still not seen that much.
wires/circuitry could be nifty, but it would totally depend on the design. and again you have the problem of those lines needing to be crisp and straight, weight gain/loss would make it all distorty.
$30 is cool. ^_^
I have a tattoo of Bob's guardian symbol from Reboot...definitely not overdone :)
lol, definitley not overdone, that's for sure. very nice.
I think circuitry tattoos (especially with the ripped away skin) are tacky and overdone.
Did you know BME has a geek tattoo gallery? A lot of these ideas are already there, but you can see implementations of the golden ratio, for example. http://www.bmezine.com/tattoo/geek9.html
When I was working as a lotto jockey, I met someone with Euler's rule on their forearm.
Now, as I have an alchemical symbol (and I'm considering getting another) I would go with the glider or the Hydrogen atom because it is simple, scientific, and the epitome of a symbol (can you tell I've been doing semiotics?)
Go browse symbols.com if you want some overload.
yeah, I love the bme geek gallery, I browse it often. ^_^
Thanks for Symbols.com, looks like a good way to spend my day. *grin*
Ordinarily I wouldn't bother discussing, since I think tattoos are about as dumb an idea as exists, but...
I would hate for you to get a glider and find yourself unintentionally tagged as a follower of ESR: http://www.catb.org/hacker-emblem/
I'm fully aware of that connotation of it too, but thanks.
|Date:||March 3rd, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)|| |
I see so many Mandelbrot sets these days that it pushes the "trendy" line for me, but they are damned pretty, no doubt.
I used to play Life when I was a kid. Yay! I would sketch the glider for you, but it seems pretty basic. Any alterations you wanted to make to it (color, outline, glider in the middle of a mini-fractal, whatnot?) I'd do it negative on a black square, but that will really only work on pale skin, and your skin is pretty naturally tan. Where were you thinking of putting it?
I thought the Mandelbrots I saw on BME looked like a mole gone very, very bad. But that was just my perception. They seem so fiddly to me.
|Date:||March 3rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)|| |
I always wanted a barcode on the back of my neck. Yes, I completely ripped the idea off of Dark Angel. So sue me :P