I think I killed a hamster the first time I tried to post this (I anticipated a low number of responses, but I didn’t expect it to be that low). Anyway, here it is, hopefully it will actually work this time.
I know people get tattoos for diverse reasons, but my favorites are ones that are totally nerdy. Ones that only fellow nerds would recognize, thus drawing you together in tacit brotherhood. As the Dope is populated by ner–er, intelligent people, I’m confident there are lots of us with nerdy tattoos. I want see them!
First, here’s mine. Yeah, it’s dorky, I know.
One of my good friends in college (a math major) got some infinity symbol tattooed on her ankle. Not the normal “sideways 8” version, but a version from one of the Norse countries. It’s basically a square, but the left edge goes up a bit beyond the square, and the right edge continues below it. A normal infinity isn’t that nerdy, since it’s pretty popular, but an obscure foreign version certainly qualifies.
Another friend has the Rebel Alliance symbol on one ankle, and the Decepticon symbol on the other.
Oh, and I’ve seen on the [adult swim] messages boards and in one of their promos that someone got a Meatwad tattoo. Hardcore.
All my tattoos are kinda nerdy, in a way (wish I had pictures, didn’t think to bring in my camera today ).
1st, Wiccan symbol with alchemic writing, on my chest. I’ve actually met nerds other than me that can read this.
2nd, Negativland symbol and “Seat Be Sate” across the back of my neck. Fellow Negativland fans are the only ones who get it, everyone else thinks I’m off my nut.
3rd, Tim Burton illustration on the small of my back. Probably the most widely recognized of my tattoos.
4th, NailBunny on the back of my right shoulder. Have only met one person who recognized it, everyone else is like “You know you’ve a rabbit nailed to your back?!”
5th, “Gonzo” symbol (raised fist and dagger) on my right forearm. For Hunter S. Thompson. Not many people recognize it, but it did nearly earn me the tap handle for the Gonzo Porter at my favourite pub!
Ok, this is the only picture I can find as I don’t have a camera with me - but does a Tolkien dragon such as this one count as nerdy/geeky? Maybe Tolkien is too mainstream now. I don’t know. What’s a girl to do? I love my dragon.