Ideas for Chemistry Tattoos

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Ideas for Chemistry Tattoos
A DNA tattoo is a great way for you to express your love of chemistry. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tattoos are often lifelong commitments, and should be considered carefully before they are undertaken. Many people want their tattoos to have meaning, to represent some aspect of their lives that is important to them. If you're a chemist or interested in chemistry, a tattoo that represents your favourite part of the science provides a great conversation piece.


A tattoo that features DNA can create an interesting look for any part of your body. You can wind the DNA around your whole arm or just your wrist, around your back or around your ankle. This tattoo can be colourful or black and white. If you're a woman, you can add a feminine touch by ending the DNA strand as if it's made from ribbon. This tattoo can be incorporated into and around other tattoos or can be a stand-alone.

Think (Periodically)

If you love science and the pursuit of knowledge, consider a tattoo that places three elements of the periodic table -- Thorium, Indium, and Potassium -- next to each other. The symbols for these elements spells "THINK," sending a message that chemistry requires thought. This tattoo works as a larger piece on your back or as a smaller mark on your wrist or ankle. It can be inconspicuous and still professional, depending on where you get it.

Hydrogen Atom

You can get a tattoo of a hydrogen atom to commemorate the most basic of atomic entities. The tattoo can incorporate colour or be done in black-and-white. You can express your creativity by designing a specialised look for the electrons or protons. This tattoo can express the idea that the small things matter, and that everything, great or small, has the same building blocks, ideas that can be humbling.


As a chemist, it's likely that you have a molecule for which you have a particular affinity. If that's the case, consider demonstrating your love for it with a tattoo. You can use a simple stick molecular structure tattoo or utilise the ball-and-stick model, depending on your desires. You can incorporate colour or leave it black-and-white. You can detail a complicated molecule, such as D-lysergic acid diethlyamide, or go with something more basic, such as the molecular structure for water, depending on the message you want to express.

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