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Tattoo Ideas: Geeks (Video Games, Math, DNA)

Updated on July 31, 2007

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines geek as: "an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity". Wikipedia, on the other hand, offers a slew of definitions, particularly focusing on the difference between the words geek and nerd (a nerd is someone who is unusually intelligent, whereas a geek has an eccentric interest towards a certain topic.) Typically, geeks are people of any gender who are interested in technology, particularly computers and gaming. They care little for social status, material wealth or financial gain, choosing to focus instead on the pursuit of subjects they find fascinating. Another beloved subject among geeks is math. Infinity, pi, points of latitude and longitude, even geometric shapes and calculus are all concepts that garner great interest. Geeks are some of the only people in the world who can apply the ideas learned in math class to real life situations. Geeks come in all shapes and sizes and are interested in a variety of topics including science fiction, engineering, history, drama, literature, movies, Japanese animation and manga, biology, physics, chemistry and more.

Perhaps the idea of a tattooed geek sounds like an oxymoron, but there is a whole gallery on BMEzine devoted to geek tattoos and the geeks who have them. Self-identified geeks define themselves as "one who is primarily motivated by passion." According to Wikipedia.com, "Geeks do not see the typical ‘geeky' interests as interesting, but as objects of passionate devotion." If this is true, then it makes sense that even geeks would want to modify their bodies by tattooing their beliefs and ideals on their skin. Biceps are adorned with DNA helixes, molecular structures representing caffeine atoms and lines of binary code. Video game characters like Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Zelda and Pacman make frequent appearances, along with computer keys and the directional pads on video game controllers.

Scroll down to see the photo galleries showcasing some of the best geek tattoos on the web. Images courtesy of BMEzine.

COMPUTER TATTOOS

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Motherboard tear-outPower buttonHTML for "Begin love, end hate"Computer circuitryBroken image
Motherboard tear-out
Motherboard tear-out
Power button
Power button
HTML for "Begin love, end hate"
HTML for "Begin love, end hate"
Computer circuitry
Computer circuitry
Broken image
Broken image

VIDEO GAME TATTOOS

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8-bit charactersPlaystation buttons
8-bit characters
8-bit characters
Playstation buttons
Playstation buttons

MATH TATTOOS

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Pi + InfinityEquals signEscher's knotGeometric seed of life
Pi + Infinity
Pi + Infinity
Equals sign
Equals sign
Escher's knot
Escher's knot
Geometric seed of life
Geometric seed of life

CODE TATTOOS

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"free your mind"Windows 98 DOS screenMoon phasesMolecular codeNew Age DNA code
"free your mind"
"free your mind"
Windows 98 DOS screen
Windows 98 DOS screen
Moon phases
Moon phases
Molecular code
Molecular code
New Age DNA code
New Age DNA code

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      vein-shadow 

      8 years ago

      i can't wait to get my sonic and shadow tattoos done. hope they look as sick as some of them do XD

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      me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

      8 years ago

      those tattoos are so stupid,I cant watch them.BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      shnukie 

      10 years ago

      i love the DNA code

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      starrkissed 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      I love the mario sleeve!

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      Charnii3 

      10 years ago

      gae as tatoos

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      ren is a lotus 

      10 years ago

      boo, pics hate me. but it's atp on my arm.

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      ren is a lotus 

      10 years ago

      <img src="http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa157/kitsune__...

      adenosine triphosphate rocks my socks.

      this article made me pretty happy :]

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      Sindicut 

      11 years ago

      Those Nintendo tattoos are amazing!

      And the one where the guy has all the characters on his back will look great when they are all colored and finished.

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