# Physics-related tattoo ideas

BKawka

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Physics-related tattoo ideas :D

So, I'm starting college in March - to major in Astronomy - and, as a tattoo lover, I'd like to represent my obsession over Astronomy and general Physics by getting a tattoo, as it has changed my life in many ways.

Thing is, I'm out of ideas. I am thinking of getting it as a birthday gift - I also turn 18 in March -, so any suggestions would be really appreciated. I was thinking of getting something related to gravity, as I think it's a beautiful and fascinating thing... Any formulas (I bet there is a obscure/more complex formula for gravity my high schooler self is unaware of - Kepler's won't do the trick), drawings, anything?

Thank you :)

P.S.: I'm sorry if there are any spelling mistakes or something like that - english isn't my primary language!

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So, I'm starting college in March - to major in Astronomy - and, as a tattoo lover, I'd like to represent my obsession over Astronomy and general Physics by getting a tattoo, as it has changed my life in many ways.

Thing is, I'm out of ideas. I am thinking of getting it as a birthday gift - I also turn 18 in March -, so any suggestions would be really appreciated. I was thinking of getting something related to gravity, as I think it's a beautiful and fascinating thing... Any formulas (I bet there is a obscure/more complex formula for gravity my high schooler self is unaware of - Kepler's won't do the trick), drawings, anything?

Thank you :)

P.S.: I'm sorry if there are any spelling mistakes or something like that - english isn't my primary language!
Welcome to the forums!

Forget the equation thing; everyone does that.

You should get a life-sized tattoo of a quark! It's probably going to be way cheaper than a supercluster, and if you don't like it there's no painful, expensive removal process!

moonwaking

think it better to what kind of tatoo you need... it takes a lot money if you want to get rid of a tatoo you don't like

lisab
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E=mc^2 on Uranus, you will become the coolest cat on campus.

BobG
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Seeing as how you'll need something to give you the stamina for doing homework until 3:00 AM, I'd go with a tattoo of a caffeine molecule.

But not on your forehead. Tattooing a caffeine molecule on a person's forehead is a way of warning the world that that person likes to steal the last cup of coffee without making another pot.

BKawka

I should've searched before creating a new thread. Uh-oh. My bad - I'm sorry.

Of course I'll think a lot before getting a tattoo - it'll be on my body forever, so I need to be cautious. I'm not that stupid, you know :tongue: By reading the other thread I realize most people here find tattoos stupid, and yeah, most are, I agree - people usually just look at a beautiful drawing of a rose or something and say "hell yes, I should totally tattoo this". lol. Well, I'm against meaningless tattoos, but it's really not the case.

Well, if I don't get any good idea than maybe the quark one would be nice! haha

dlgoff
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What happens if you find, after the tattoo, that the Sciences aren't really your calling?

Tattoo Free

So far I've seen a chick with pi tattoed on her arm. Then I've seen a really detailed tattoo of voyager 2 with the night sky in the background. I could imagine that one was painful!!!

Just tell people you may or may not have a tattoo of $$\Delta x \Delta p \le \frac{ħ}{2}$$ and save yourself the trouble of regretting it later!

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Can someone please fix Quark's tex? It has created an unresolved tension that won't go away until it's done.

Just tell people you may or may not have a tattoo of $$\Delta x \Delta p \le \frac{ħ}{2}$$ and save yourself the trouble of regretting it later!
What he meant to show.

BKawka

Yeah, I realize everyone hates tattoos around here and I really won't get a straight answer... Thanks, guys.

Any formulas (I bet there is a obscure/more complex formula for gravity my high schooler self is unaware of - Kepler's won't do the trick), drawings, anything?
G_{\mu \nu} + g_{\mu \nu} \Lambda = {8 \pi G \over c^4} T_{\mu \nu}.

Sorry, I don't know how to get Tex to work. It's Einstein's field equations, which is a obscure/more complex formula for gravity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_field_equations

BKawka
G_{\mu \nu} + g_{\mu \nu} \Lambda = {8 \pi G \over c^4} T_{\mu \nu}.

Sorry, I don't know how to get Tex to work. It's Einstein's field equations, which is a obscure/more complex formula for gravity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_field_equations
This is awesome :) Thank you! I'll study it and see if it applies to me.

BobG
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So far I've seen a chick with pi tattoed on her arm.
I'd date her.

Then I've seen a really detailed tattoo of voyager 2 with the night sky in the background.
This one could actually be pretty cool, just because of the significance of the Voyager spacecraft.

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What he meant to show.
Thank you for trying to help, KrisOhn, but it's still messed-up in his post.

E=mc^2 on Uranus, you will become the coolest cat on campus.
THAT is hilarious. Kudos to making the best science joke I've ever heard in my life.

$$G_{\mu \nu} + g_{\mu \nu} \Lambda = {8 \pi G \over c^4} T_{\mu \nu}$$

Sorry, I don't know how to get Tex to work. It's Einstein's field equations, which is a obscure/more complex formula for gravity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_field_equations
What he meant to show hah. Just use the tex bb tags.
Code:
$$G_{\mu \nu} + g_{\mu \nu} \Lambda = {8 \pi G \over c^4} T_{\mu \nu}$$
Thank you for trying to help, KrisOhn, but it's still messed-up in his post.
Haha, its fixed now.

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Yessssss! Thanks, Ryan!

Danger
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E=mc^2 on Uranus, you will become the coolest cat on campus.
I assume that you refer to Cat Sass, which is the name of a good band composed of my friends.

So far I've seen a chick with pi tattoed on her arm.
To how many decimal places, and where did it end? :tongue2:
On a more serious note, there are only two tatoos that I want to get. The first is a modification of one that an SF hero (I think that it was Theodore Sturgeon) used to write above his signature when autographing books or suchlike. It was a "Q" with an arrow through it. My modification is that I want a chrome-yellow "?" in the Adobe version of "balloon" font, with a crimson #3 draughting arrow through it. Either way, the message is the same: "Ask the next question."
I can envision that getting me into trouble in bars. Large guy asks, "What's that tat mean?" I respond, "Next question", whereupon I get thumped out.
The other one that I really want is in a serious and yet artistic font, such as Copperplate, and states: "Quondo Omni Flunkus Moritati." That is the motto of Possum Lodge. In fake latin, in means, "When all else fails, play dead".

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Have you considered a professional temporary "tat"? Some of the enhanced photos from the Hubble and the new telescope (brain fog) are truly gorgeous and you could do a new one every month with no worries about having it removed. the new black hole is seriously amazing.

BKawka
Have you considered a professional temporary "tat"? Some of the enhanced photos from the Hubble and the new telescope (brain fog) are truly gorgeous and you could do a new one every month with no worries about having it removed. the new black hole is seriously amazing.
It would be awesome! But I'm afraid it would get a bit too pricey :(

I bet you could learn how to do it yourself. Wonder what kind of ink they use?

Danger
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I feel obliged to mention as well that there are now programmable tats. I don't know whether or not they are approved for public availability, but I have seen laboratory tests. Unfortunately, I can't remember the specifics of how they work, but it is either LCD or electroreactive ink that is activated by a microchip. The chip itself can be reprogrammed from an external controller. At the very least, it will eliminate the pain and expense of removing an ex's name from your chest.

I think that it was "Daily Planet" on Discovery Channel where I saw it.