Steven Hawking: in bronze and in tattoo ink

The Great Beyond blog notes two interesting ways in which physicist Stephen Hawking is being honored as of late: A ten foot bronze statue outside his office at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. And a large tattoo on the right leg of Brighton tattoo artist Jack Newton. From The Argus:

HawkingtatatatThe text below the grinning image of Professor Hawking reads "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy".

The quote is taken from Monty Python's cult film Life Of Brian and is a nod to Professor Hawking's discoveries, which have given a scientific explanation for the beginning of the universe…

It has already caused a stir in the tattoo world, winning two trophies at conventions.

Jack, 23, said Professor Hawking, who suffers from a type of motor neurone disease, was one of his heroes. He has read the professor's best-selling book A Brief History Of Time but said he did not understand it all.

He said: "I respect him in quite a few different ways.

"He has worked on some groundbreaking scientific research and is an amazing example of how illness does not necessarily stop a man.

"He's an inspirational man."

Brighton tattoo artist has Hawking ink (The Argus), New bronze to honour Prof Hawking (Cambridge News)