Those of you who have been following MAL for a while know that we love sciency tattoos. Lots of people do, in fact — Carl Zimmer even compiled a bunch of them into a book. Sometimes, we even catch a glimpse of them on strangers. And what better way to approach a stranger than to say “Hi, I’m a contributor to this cool art and science blog. Can I take a picture of your tattoo?”
Which is what I did for our first-ever edition of a brand-new post series entitled Illustrated Anatomy.
This tattoo belongs to Elizabeth LaPorte of Chicago, who I met at an art-salon house party. That bone is the humerus, which just happens to be the actual bone over which it’s tattooed. Cool, huh?