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Geeky Math Tattoos
Most people are clueless when they come across a math or equation tattoo, as they're definitely a part of the mathematics culture and just as difficult to figure out on the skin as it was in text books.
Interestingly, various math problems can speak to those that understand them, and can even come close to representing emotion to those who know what they're looking at.
To the rest of us it's a bunch of numbers and weird looking lines, but for those who are infatuated with them, it's the way they view their world.
Even so, the design of the tattoos, which are simply, in most cases, the way an equation is written out, is very interesting, and could be considered art.
But whether you see it that way or not, the math tattoos below are understood and appreciated by the experts, and are a fascinating look at one segment of our society.
- Sharp Dagger and Knife Tattoos
Knife and dagger tattoos are among the best themes to work with other props, or even as standalone when they look great by themselves. There is a recurring narrative of hearts with daggers, apparently with idea that someone had been stabbed their...
- Scorpion Tattoos with a Sting
The large variety and number of scorpion tattoos surprised me when I was looking for some interesting designs, as I had no idea they were as popular as they were, although I suspected there would be some fans of the subject matter because of the...
Okay. Here's the one math item most of us will at minimum remember from out school days. I like it because it is one that in fact looks like a piece of art from the nice looking font it's made of.
- Fascinating Bear Tattoos
I was really surprised when I started looking around for interesting bear tattoos how many there were. My thought was there would probably be a few out there, as not that many people would be interested in the theme. Was I wrong. There were so...
- Amazing Bat Tattoos
Depending on the part of the world you live in, bats can be considered bad omens or representative of evil, or in other places a sign of good luck, if you believe in it. Either way, bat tattoos are very interesting, and they can be inked on as...
- Geisha Tattoo Designs
Geisha are a fascinating topic for the westerner, as the history involves a wide range of behaviors, including everything from prostitution at one time, to well trained entertainers and hostesses. Fascinatingly, long ago the first Geishas were...
- Betty Boop Tattoos
Betty Boop was a wildly popular cartoon character from the 1930s, capturing the imagination of the men of that period during the difficult depression years; her persona became a welcome distraction in the early years, before her character was reined.
The person with this tattoo said the meaning behind it was math, but also the fact the numbers 0-9 include all other number combinations. She sees is as a representation of infinity and endless possibilities. Go figure.
- Lightning Tattoo Designs
The thunder and lightning accompanying a storm have generated worry for some, and for others provide a sense of awe and amazement at this powerful experience. It's no surprise then that those seeking new tattoo design ideas look to lightning in...
- Robot Tattoos
Robots have captured the imaginations of people for decades as a world filled with them serving in numerous capacities has been envisioned as the probable future. That has generated all sorts of interest from writers and artists, as well as those...
This is a pretty cool Pi tattoo, scrolling to form the heart shape. Just shows you numbers can be used creatively.
- Edgar Allen Poe Tattoo Designs
Edgar Allen Poe has become more of a fascinating individual after his death than he was during his lifetime. In fact, Poe was known in his day more as a literary critic than an author, and grew in popularity as an author after his death at the...
- Star Wars Tattoos
Star Wars' popularity never diminishes, and neither does the desire for fans to include it as a major part of their body art. There are no shortage of Star Wars characters to have inked on your body, as the rich universe offers an enormous number...
Who can ignore a cool Pac Man tattoo? Add to it the math problem about to be eaten and it's a pretty neat image.
Pac Man Math Equation Tattoo
- Lucky Dice Tattoos
When the idea of looking for inspiration from dice concerning tattoos, it amazed me to find the large number of design ideas and amount of creativity with the theme. The predominate thought was unsurprisingly luck in reference to dice tattoos, and...
- Libra Tattoo Meanings and Designs
Some followers or adherents of Libra in the Zodiac choose to have the symbol associated with the sign as a tattoo. The symbol for the astrological sign Libra is scales, which absence any human or animal image, is the only sign of the zodiac that...
This is a pretty bold tattoo, and speaks to a lot of people who worked on that little sucker when they were extraordinarily popular.
I like the partialness of it, making it appear as if it was in the planning and development stage.
Rubic's Cube Tattoo
- Razor Tattoo Designs
Straight edge razors have been around since the 17th century, eventually becoming a piece of art with the decorative handles that are still sought after by collectors to this day. In some parts of the world the straight edge razor was used up...
- Garter Belt Tattoo Designs
Garters or garter belts have been part of women's wear for a long time, and are a narrow band of fabric with an elastic element used to wrap around the part of the leg just below the knee in order to hold up stockings. In more modern times, they...
- Finger Mustache or "Fingerstach" Tattoo Designs
Although there have been conflicting ideas on where the source of the finger mustache tattoo (otherwise known as the "fingerstache" tattoo) originated several years ago, it caught on immediately, and very quickly became one of the m
As those in math will know, this is one of the heart curves. It was inked on in response to her mother getting cancer. It was done as a sign of love and respect. I told you math people speak a different language.
Heart Curve Tattoo
- Harley Davidson Tattoos
Harley Davidson motorcycles, and the brand itself, have become a way of life for many people, and represents, more than anything, freedom. Consequently, Harley fans are forever looking to express the lifestyle, and one of those choices are to get...
- Fire and Flame Tattoos
Tattoos incorporating fire or flame into the design look fantastic, and with the occasional exception, are part of a combination of tattoo themes, rather than a standalone image of fire. But even on those occasions, the tattoo is designed in such...
While simple, this is really a great looking tattoo, and one that wouldn't be as easy to ink on as one would think. I like the dark and light contrast and the vivid colors in front.
- Fishing and Fish Tattoos
Even though my days of fishing have, for the most part, fled behind me, that doesn't keep the fond memories of fishing in my youth from coming back over and over again, as the great battles with fish over the years I continue to recall with delight..
- Weeping Willow Tattoo Designs
The weeping willow is among the more unique and beautiful trees. They are placed near ponds and other areas to help stem erosion, as well as barriers to stop heavy winds. Add to that the amazing look of the tree, and you have a gorgeous and...
This is an amazing tattoo, if for no other reason the size of it, which takes up the full top of the back.
It won't mean much to most readers, but this is actually three different equations, one on each line.
The first is the Born Oppenheimer Approximation. Next is the same equation in the form of a 3-Dimensional Schrödinger Equation (if you don't know, don't ask), and the last line is the solution in the form of a Schrödinger Equation.
Good thing you understand all of that. Right?
Born Oppenheimer Approximation Tattoo
- Pirate Ship Tattoos
Anything nautical is of great interest to me, and much of the mythology and truth surrounding the history of pirates is fascinating; especially the ships they used to plunder their unfortunate victims. Picture being on a journey somewhere and...
- Zombie Tattoo Designs
There is no doubt one of the more popular themes of the entertainment industry over the last several years has been vampires, werewolves and zombies, among a variety of other roles and characters representing a number of bad creatures. Zombie...
This is an image of the golden ratio in rectangular shape. The ratios on the sides of the triangle is the golden ratio. Pretty cool if you understand all that.
I do think it's pretty amazing that what appears to be groupings of numbers to the viewer, end up being some very significant attributes of math.
Golden Ratio Tattoo
- Cool Bee Tattoo Designs
Tattoos with a bee or bumblebee theme are becoming increasingly popular among men and women, as the diverse personalities and meanings of bees can be incorporated into a number of fun and compelling looks and designs. Some of the meanings of bee...
- Bicycle Tattoo Designs
Bicycles, other than our knees and feet, are one of the first forms of transportation we use, and for many people that fascination has never left them, prompting them to get a tattoo with the bicycle or some of its parts as the center of the design..
This tattoo is the Zermelo-Fraenkel with Choice axioms of set theory. These nine axioms are the foundation for ZFC set theory. From these nine axioms, one can supposedly derive all of mathematics. I'm just going to have to take the person that is inked word for it.
As in other tattoo themes, this was a very passionate tattoo for the recipient. Again, most of us don't associate numbers and emotion too much, other than dates.
As with math in general, unless you're really into it, you can look through these math tattoos and let out a big yawn while scratching your head.
But the reality is, for those pursuing the segment, it is a very compelling subject, and extracts a lot more passion than one would think.