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Math or physics tattoo?

  1. Aug 14, 2007 #1

    chroot

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    Hey guys,

    I had an idea a long time ago for a tattoo involving some kind of math or physics symbolism that I would actually like to have... and then promptly forgot what it was. Years later, I still cannot remember the idea for the life of me. (Apparently it wasn't really that good?)

    So, I'm appealing to the rest of you for ideas. Here are the requirements:

    1) It needs to look, at least on a first glance, to be nothing more than an abstract artistic design. I don't want people to look at it and go "what a dork, he has an equation on his arm." I know a good artist can "abstractify" almost anything, but I'd prefer a genuinely artistic-looking subject rather than something simply dressed up to look artistic.

    2) It needs to be relatively small. I don't want some sprawling design. Something that would fit comfortably in a 3" x 3" square would be great.

    3) I don't want any large patches of any solid color.

    4) I don't want anything overly pictorial or diagrammatic. No plots or fractals or otherwise photographic-type images.

    5) I want it to be something can genuinely be explained to another person who is not a physicist. This means no equations from the bowels of m-theory that even I won't understand.

    Any ideas?

    - Warren
     
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  3. Aug 14, 2007 #2
    possibly something like a Calabi-Yau manifold or a Mobius strip?
     
  4. Aug 14, 2007 #3

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  5. Aug 14, 2007 #4

    chroot

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    Hmmm, good idea. :cool: A decorative, prettied-up Mobius strip might look quite good.

    - Warren
     
  6. Aug 14, 2007 #5

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    Nothing like this then:

    [​IMG]

    :biggrin:

    EDIT: beaten to it
     
  7. Aug 14, 2007 #6
    The coolness of the tattoo will depend completely on the artist's particular rendering of it so just pick your favorite, and one you don't mind explaining over and over, and let him unleash his imagination. F=ma, for example, would make a great tattoo, or not, completely depending on how it's rendered.
     
  8. Aug 14, 2007 #7

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    Yeah, I don't really know anything about the artistic process. From what I can tell, most people walk into shops and have the artist design something, but then they almost always accept whatever the artist comes up with. I can personally imagine myself rejecting quite a few designs. (I assume you still pay the artist for time either way.)

    - Warren
     
  9. Aug 14, 2007 #8

    Kurdt

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    I like the mandelbrot set one. Quite a good tattooist to get that down.
     
  10. Aug 14, 2007 #9

    chroot

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    Of course, I would demand infinitely small features.

    - Warren
     
  11. Aug 14, 2007 #10

    Kurdt

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    Now that would be a party piece if you could keep magnifying infinitely.
     
  12. Aug 14, 2007 #11
    Please no, dont fall into this tattoo craze Chroot!
     
  13. Aug 14, 2007 #12

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    cyrus,

    I honestly doubt that I will. I have never come across anything so deeply personally meaningful that I want to have it permanently stenciled on my skin. I suppose if I ever come across an idea or design that just screams "that's me," and I still think so a few weeks later, I might be tempted, though.

    And no, Maxwell's equations are pretty much right out!

    - Warren
     
  14. Aug 14, 2007 #13

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    Yeah, I second that.

    Btw, I think I'd rather wear a nazi tatoo then some kind of science-related tatoo, if one pointed a gun at my head and forced me to choose.
     
  15. Aug 14, 2007 #14

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    Is that yours Kurdt?

    The next thing chroot would be asking is where to get a piercing :bugeye:
     
  16. Aug 14, 2007 #15
    I honestly find almost all tattoos to be ugly. The only one that I really like is the tribal samoan artwork. I saw on TV that you get them when you enter manhood and become the captain of a boat. (Boat being a small wood canoe).

    [​IMG]

    I think these are nice because they have real meaning to them. There not barb wire or some cheap thing on a girls lower back. I think these tattoos are nice, provided that your a samoan.
     
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  17. Aug 14, 2007 #16

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    Well said, Cyrus.
     
  18. Aug 14, 2007 #17

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  19. Aug 14, 2007 #18

    chroot

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    So all I have to do is work on becoming samoan?

    - Warren
     
  20. Aug 14, 2007 #19
    :rofl: Well, I mean I see people getting tattoos left and right and the only reason I can think why is because all their friends have one. But I really dont see why anyone would have the need to put something on their body like that if its not part of their custom/culture. I see very very very few people with nice tattoos. Id honestly say that 90% of them look bad- really bad.
     
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