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is a graduate student working on her PhD in Chemistry(and quite possibly soon switching to chemical engineering). She works on instrumentation(building and application), biotech, microfab,nanotech, nanoparticles, drug delivery, cancer research, medical engineering(med instrumentation, better contrast agents, faux tissues etc)

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Comment by Alchemystress in Why Are People Touching Me?

@sci thats teh worst when you don't know its about to happen and then just touching ug you poor thing... your post made me think about all my past experiences so much and finding its common Read More
Jul 12, 2011, 1:51pm
Comment by SciencingSara in Why Are People Touching Me?

Like Scicurious, my tattoo is on my back so I can't see them coming.  It drives me nuts.  I have some vines on my upper back that peak out of the top of certain shirt collars and people will walk. . .Read More
Jul 12, 2011, 9:29am
Comment by JaniceF in Why Are People Touching Me?

Wow!  I can't believe that this happens to you.  People are so rude.  If that were me my gut reaction would be to call out, "Help! I'm being assaulted!" That would make them feel bad and it woul. . .Read More
Jul 11, 2011, 8:37pm
Comment by 27 and a PhD in Why Are People Touching Me?

Dude? Seriously? WTF? That's just so wrong, on so many levels. My tat is in a place where only I decide who can see it, and touch it, but even if it was at a visbible place, that gives no one, not . . .Read More
Jul 11, 2011, 7:35pm
Comment by Dr. Girlfriend in Why Are People Touching Me?

When my baby nephew did it was adorable. As soon as his eyes caught the tattoo he zoned in and immediately wanted to investigate it further. Children are curious and love bright colours. But surely. . .Read More
Jul 11, 2011, 6:42pm
Comment by wyxz in Why Are People Touching Me?

It looks to me as if those people thought that just because you've got a tattoo, especially in "kinky places", then you must be more accesible (whory, so to speak) than those girls who don't own t. . .Read More
Jul 11, 2011, 4:18pm
Comment by Scicurious in Why Are People Touching Me?

I totally identify.  I've had people come up to me and start tracing my tattoo.  Creepy beyond belief, especially since it's on my back and I can't see them coming.  I've had people pull my shir. . .Read More
Jul 11, 2011, 3:10pm
Comment by Alchemystress in Why Are People Touching Me?

@Brian yes exactly thats a great analogy.. apparently I am asking for it...   @Evie yeah its really common place grocery stores, bars... etc.. I have no idea why people seem to. . .Read More
Jul 11, 2011, 9:24am
Comment by Psycasm in Why Are People Touching Me?

I'm tattooed, but most people don't notice. I can't say anything you haven't, but that behaviour is shocking.... what the hell is the reasoning? . . .Read More
Jul 10, 2011, 9:22pm
Comment by JaySeeDub in Why Are People Touching Me?

Wow, I've touched, but only after asking. And never an area so intimate as the hip. That's just...incredibly personal and creepy. . . .Read More
Jul 10, 2011, 6:21pm
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tree tattoo

A lot of people have been very curious about my tattoos, so I thought that I could start my blogging life by explaining one of my biggest and most important tattoos (I have about 8 in all). I am working on a sleeve, which is also very important, but it is a work in progress. Once it is close to finished, I will delve into the explanation and pictures of that one.

I waited to get tattoos until I was about 22 years old. That was on purpose, as I didn’t think I was mature enough before then to know what it was that I wanted. I am so glad that I waited; my ideas at the age of 18 were vastly different than at 22. I am very happy with what I have chosen at this point.

Nature has always played a huge role in my life; I go to the woods or to the sea, or just outside, to collect myself and calm my thoughts. I have always found this solace in nature, even from a very young age. My family has always been the kind that went hiking and explored the outdoors, and I am very grateful for that. Not only did they introduce me to the great outdoors but, before I could even walk, I was taken to almost every sort of museum you could imagine, where I played with Tesla coils and looked at Rembrandts. To this day I have a great appreciation for art and museums. Art holds a special place in my heart: I myself cannot create art to save my life, and I am awed by watching someone make a canvas come alive or make a figure from a piece of clay. I am enamored by dancers, and have great love affairs with some fashion designers. I think that’s why I like modeling; I feel that I am part of the art somehow.

I am okay with the fact that I am not an artist; we all have our talents and I am more than happy that someone else can do that. In a sense this brings me back to my tattoos. As with modeling, I feel I am somehow part of the magic. Tattoos are the art I get to keep with me and be part of the creation by giving them life with an idea, a concept that thrills and delights me. My tattoos are all very science and nature based. Some serve as reminders, some as inspiration, and some help in the definition of me. I only have one that does not fall into this category, and it is a memorial tattoo for a good friend who passed away in April 2009.

As you can see above, there is a tree. It looks suspiciously like the Tree of Life, which the inspiration does come from, but I am not religious, and I find that some of same meanings can stand for science. This is my tree of infinity. Look closely and see that the trunk has an infinity symbol inside of it, and the branches and roots have a plethora of infinity symbols running all the way through. On a closer look, you see that the tree itself represents the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. For me it’s the infinitum of life and death; the circle keeps going and knows no time, just cycles. Everything has its cycle: life to death to life to death again; dust to dust. The four seasons representing the stages we go through in life, and all the stages in which life takes place in every organism -  there is a definite cycle, each different and each the same. Spring to summer to autumn to winter…  birth to death.. Infinity is written all over this cycle of life, hence the small infinities written throughout the tree. The nice thing about it is that each life has some effect on this infinity, and we are all parts of it. Nothing is permanent, and nothing affects us more. Change and cycles are inevitable - but we matter, and what we do inside of each cycle matters. The idea really transfixes me, and I think about these sorts of things a lot. I have a true obsession with the infinity symbol because of this.

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Your tattoo is really exquisite and I love the way you incorporate art into your life. To me, reading this and seeing your tattoo, it reminds me of the importance of balance in life, to have multiple dimensions, that we are not only scientists.

I also love how abstract spirituality is interwoven with an image of nature. Brilliant!

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Well thank you so very much! I am glad it was thought provoking and enjoyed. Was rather unsure where and how to start.


I like to think I can be defined as more than a scientist but that all that "more" makes me a better sceintist. Again thank you :)

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Those leaves are done really well

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Thank you. This artist is amazing. She will be doing work on my sleeve tomorrow. I have one piece on my arm from someone else but the rest will be all her. I am so excited I have no idea what she has drawn up just the ideas I have her. Its a nature verses Tech(Science) sort of theme so very feminie pretty and very harsh, and geeky. On my fore arm I may have a DNA strand tattooed in black and white, its small infinity symbol like. Anyways I am very excited!


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Excellent post and fucking awesome ink!


I need more colour, but I'm loathe to colour my Kali... must be time for a new one! Yay!

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Thank you!!! :)

colour is good here and there i have kept a couple black and white.... i think it is time for another...

Kevin Z

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You RAWK! OK, so that's tattoo #1 what are the other #7 lol. Brilliant job of waiting. I was too impatient and got my first tat at 17. That was a far different life then and the tats are reminders of that life, for better or worse, I might get one covered up (a wolf bursting out of my arm lol), but I don't really mind the rest  because I look at them think about how far I've come from drugged up little stoner kid to now a fucking PhD student!  Craziness.

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Well thank you so very much!!!! My others are spread all over the place. I had 3 on my arm and now am connecting them into a sleeve. I have one on my lower back, upper back (small) upper thigh same leg, ribs and thats it.


Wolf bursting out of arm, I like it. Its good to have that and look back. Its amazing where we go and where we have been in life. Good job on getting to grad school!! You must be so pleased! It takes so much out you to get out and do something like that with your life.

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Like you I am so glad I did not get the tatoo I wanted at 18! I got my first one at 24, and even though it is not a design I would choose today it is a part of me and I still love it. Looking to get my third here soon - a design I have been thinking about for a while. Love your tatoos & post! 

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Thank you Dr G! I actually left out one I have one over my hips too. What sort of tats do you have?

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Beautiful memorial!  I agree the leaves are amazing, and I love the vitality of the trunk.

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Thank you so very much! I was so happy with this piece!

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