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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift for your tattoo-covered friends, January 2, 2012
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This review is from: Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed (Hardcover)
I am a scientist but I have no tattoos. In fact, I abhor the idea of permanently marking my body with current interests. I have no bumper stickers on my car. My interests and my passions are kept within me to discuss with those I wish to discuss them. Someday my friends and family members might wake up and wonder what the hell possessed them to litter their bodies with ink - just as I expect all those car owners with Ford/Dole bumper stickers to wonder with regret. OK, you get the picture of my attitude. I love science but question tattoos. Nevertheless, I found this book so interesting that my tattoo views changed.

I purchased two copies for in-laws who love tattoos and are covered in them. These two people are dear to me and I support them in their interests even if I find them odd. What I discovered after reading the book on Christmas eve and Christmas day was that there are some incredibly creative people out there permanently marking themselves with their passions. I loved the intricacies of many pieces. Would I get a tattoo? No. Would I recommend the book to those who love tattoos? Yes. In fact, I would recommend the book to anyone who loves science and art. The book is a work of art.

Well, here is the rub. I might consider getting my social security number tattooed on my foot in barcode just for easy posthumous identification. There you have it! I changed.
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Tome Raider says:
Great review. I likewise abhorred tattoos. Then I went on a motorcycle trip in New Zealand in January 2000. Many of the "older" people in my group were getting these totally cool Maori tattoos (no, not on their faces) to commemorate being in New Zealand as the New Millennium came in. As I reflected on it, I later realized that those tattoos were the most authentic and meaningful souvenirs a person could have gotten from that time and place, and I deeply regret not getting one then. I have tried to redeem myself: I now have an octopus from Maui on my right bicep, and every new place I go I scour the environment for an appropriate symbol for that bare left bicep.

I think the deeper regret many people will have are the colored tattoos. I anticipate those will not age well, and especially when they cover a lot of surface area. I suspect there will be millions of regrets twenty years from now. The point: a good tattoo can be a wonderful "investment" and a bad tattoo can be a big mistake. But half the fun is trying to determine where that line personally is for you.
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