Science Ink; A Mediazink Book Report:

Science Ink; A Mediazink Book Report:
October 14
21:29 2017

Science Ink; Combating an old stereotype:

Science Ink is a great book that seeks to deal with a very specific stereotype and stigma: Tattooed people aren’t smart, or that scientists don’t have tattoos. The whole book is a long gallery of tattooed scientists, showing off their ink and explaining the reasoning behind it. Even better than that still, for the science lovers. The ink is just about all science related.

They display people from a long list of sciences, from Psychology to Astro-physics. People with bachelor degrees to multiple PhD holders. All they have in common, is that they work with science, have tattoos and well… they love science.

Indeed the book goes very far, to try and showcase that tattoos are for everyone. Carl Zimmer the books author, is even a very well renowned science writer. Yet in this book, he doesn’t talk about his own science. Rather he talks about the acceptance of tattoos and tattooed people in his own way.

Burying that old Stigma:

The book definitely has succeeded in doing what it set out to do. We would defy anyone that reads this book, whether tattooed or not tattooed, to not change their opinion at least just a little. It is a great book for people curious about tattoos, especially the culture of tattooed people. It shows off the diversity of tattooed people today, by diving into a less known branch of very tattooed people, science nerds.

Definitely go and read this book, if you want your thoughts provoked a bit and your ideals shifted. We can’t recommend this book enough. It got published back in 2011 and was written by Carl Zimmer. It is definitely still up to date and very relevant today. Even with the shifting norms regarding tattoos, people need to see that even scientists get inked up and love tattoos.

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About Author



Mads W. K. Masters of science in Sociology (Cand. Scient. Soc.), from the University of Copenhagen, who specializes in embodiment sociology, but especially in tattoos and tattoo culture etc.

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