A reader writes:
Just wondering if I could pick your brains (or maybe, more specifically your funny-bone)?
I fancy having a little tattoo done, but have been struggling with what to have permanently etched into my flesh. I've been looking round the web at geeky logos and pictures, scientific equations and symbols, even romantic stuff I could possibly have about the girl I'm marrying in 2 months (not sure about that idea, kids are for life, but divorce can happen after all, haha). Then I hit on the idea of having a funny little "program" or code snippet done, something to insult/amuse the reader. That would be just the right amount of "geek". Doesn't have to be syntactically correct obviously, pseudocode would be fine too. But I'm struggling with it, as I'm no programmer and basically have very poor creative ability.
This is what I've conjured up so far, but I'm not happy with it yet :
TimeInSecs = 0
While YouReadThis = True
AnIdiotIsDistracted = TimeInSecs + 1
See what I mean? Very poor so far I think. It needs a little more, *something* doesn't it... So I know it's an odd request for help, but I thought I'd try my luck, as your writing style always gives me a good laugh and you always seem to help where you can.
If someone pointed a gun at my head and said "You! Decide on a tattoo for yourself in five seconds, or die!", then I would immediately nominate the "Hacker Emblem" glider, with or without the grid-lines. At the moment that symbol is tainted with the egotistical aroma of Stephen Wolfram, but after his crank theories have been forgotten, Life will endure.
If you're going with code, consider some famously elegant algorithm, rather than just a gag. Usually, the whole idea of a tattoo is for it to say something about you; if you're a programmer, some landmark piece of code from your field would serve the same purpose as a cosmic-background-radiation tat would for the right sort of astronomer or physicist.
If you're not a programmer, though, I think getting a code-tattoo is a bit like all of those people walking around with tattoos in languages they cannot read (often in languages that don't even exist).
I sent a slightly smaller version of the above to Jonathan, then realised I could turn it into this post with a bunch of pics plundered from the Flickr Geek Tattoos group. I invite readers to contribute their own suggestions, and also to show off their own totally rad whole-back IK+ screenshot or whatever. If you want an image in your comment (which the commenting system won't let you have), just give the image URL and I'll pic-ify it.
And now, on with the tats!
...and a smaller tat of a bigger molecule:
If you're going to go evil, of course, you might as well go ancient incomprehensible evil:
Or try to ward it off:
Technical but abstract:
More generic techno-symbols:
source: Rain Rabbit
The Answer to the Question.
(That one's actually a temporary tattoo, but it looks good enough to me.)
source: Mez Love
Oh, you're gonna pop a cap in my ass? Then I might just erase your species from history. How you like that, bitch?
source: Diamond Geyser
(Another Seal of Rassilon, with further sci-fi and anime tats, here. Also, it now occurs to me that it would be awesome if the Twelfth Doctor was Samuel L. Jackson.)
Reduced to its essentials:
source: HB Art
"NCC-1701. No bloody A, B, C, or D."
And the opposition, plus some triangles of no importance.
And then there's this Romulan spy infiltrating a Gay Pride parade:
The Glorious Revolution of Comrade Bushnell!
source: evil angela
This could just be camouflage for a pool shark.
A collection of ancient technological talismans:
(You can get geeky temporary tattoos, too. Oh, and if anybody knows where you can buy those fabric fake tattoo sleeves with stuff other than the generic tough-biker or B&W-tribal tats on them, do share. UPDATE: DealExtreme have a bunch of very cheap sleeves now, including a few less-Hell's-Angel-or-pirate options.)
UPDATE: Cracked tells you everything you need to know about tattoos!