Clever Popeye forearm tattoo

This very clever Popeye tattoo has unclear provenance -- apparently the artist is Russian tattoo artist Alina Fokina from Ufa, Russia, possibly with help from Jaksic Milan.

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Resistor-code tattoo, with free/open design

Jimmie P Rodgers shows off and describes the thinking behind his new tattoo, which provides a crib for resistor code, symbolizes the rainbow queer pride flag, and is also five inches long and can be used to measure lengths in fractions of that measure. It was designed in Processing, and Jimmy's posted the source so that you can replicate it, learn from it, tweak it and share it:

So in summary, it’s a resistor color code chart, it’s a rainbow, it’s a ruler, it’s got both the golden ratio and Tao built in, and it was written in a programming language. So it’s a meaningful tattoo that’s also useful for me beyond looking great.

New Tattoo

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Kids' librarian literary sleeve tattoo

Today I stopped in at the Whitman Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library to participate in the Field Family Teen Author Series, which distributes books to teens, then brings their authors in to speak about them. The kids' librarian at the branch was the brilliant Heather Warren, who's overseen a total overhaul of the way kids' services are provided at her branch. She also has a completely awesome kids'-literature-inspired sleeve tattoo (done by Bird of the Black Vulture Gallery, which she graciously allowed me to photograph and post here. Thanks, Heather! (And thanks to the Aurora and the folks from the Fields Series and the kids who came down, too!)

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Stormtrooper with wellies and umbrella tattoo

Amy didn't want just any stormtrooper bicep tattoo: "I am a HUGE geek. I collect comics. I can quote Firefly. I am my friends’ and family’s personal tech support. I live my life by lessons I learned in Star Wars. In fact, I recently decided to get an epic Stormtrooper tattoo. Although I have several fantastic pieces already, I really wanted to show my geek side off to the world."

Stormtrooper in the Rain Tattoo [Pic]

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iPod Body Mod: magnetic wrist piercings become mount for Apple iPod Nano

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Tattoo artist Dave Hurban displays an iPod Nano which he has attached to his wrists through magnetic piercings in his wrist in New York, May 14, 2012. Reuters has an interview with him here.

"I just invented the strapless watch," he said on Monday of his Apple Inc device, set to display a clock.

Hurban cheerfully recounted how he mapped out the four corners of the iPod on his arm and then inserted four titanium studs into his skin. Once the incisions healed, he popped on his iPod, which is held in place magnetically.

"It's way simpler than you think it is," said Hurban.

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Permanent Converse

An unsourced/unidentified photo of a man's (?) foot with a very good, detailed and shadowed Converse All-Stars tattooed upon it, in stylish red. No mention if he has the other foot done, nor why he left off the toes and soles (that may be a limitation of tattoo technology, I suppose).

Converse Shoe Tattooed on Foot

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Meet Mexican tattoo diva "La Mujer Vampira," Maria Jose Cristerna

Mexican tattoo star Maria Jose Cristerna, better known as "La Mujer Vampiro" (Female Vampire), poses during the Venezuela Tattoo Expo in Caracas, January 27, 2012.

She is a 35-year-old attorney. 98 percent of her body is covered in tattoos. She also has prosthetic fangs, and platinum implants in her forehead.

"The 'Vampire Woman' was not something I thought of, it was a name that one of Mexico's major television stations baptized me with," she tells ABC News in one interview from the tattoo expo. "It doesn't necessarily bother me because it has helped me transcend to a new level. Yes, I do like vampires but they are only a dream, a fantasy."

She says the body modification project was a form of self-expression she sought after being the victim of domestic violence in a former marriage.

There's a fun video interview with her on Telegraph TV here, ABC News has another here, and ITN News has a segment from the con here.

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The "random tattoo"

Every time you scan Fred Bosch's QR code tattoo, it'll take you to a different picture, video, weather forecast or favorite tweet. [Random Tattoo] Read the rest

Slideshow: science tattoos from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

Here's a slideshow of images from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed, a new book collecting Carl Zimmer's favorite science-y tatts.

I still think the Euler's identity brand I photographed a few years back is the most committed science body-art I've seen.

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