Sunday, November 13, 2011

My Mandelbrot Set Tattoo

I did it, at last :) And despite the misgivings of some, it came out beautifully. What do you think? :

Mandelbrot Set Tattoo

I'm extremely happy with it :) ... I intend on getting it worked on further, when I'm able to afford it. "The possibilities are infinite" :P ... Well, as infinite as the skill of the tattoo artist allows. I worked on an idea and showed it to the guy who did mine before he started, and he seemed quite apprehensive, frowning, and saying that it would be impossible to get 'that effect'.

Here's what I'm talking about:

I mean, yes, I understand it would be a difficult process, but surely it's not impossible?

Anyway, I'm reconsidering this even now, though, hehe. As cool as having a fractal spine could be, I'm now thinking of keeping things simpler... I'll work on a few designs and post them later.

So why did I get a tattoo of the Mandelbrot? ... Well, the way I see it, it represents the essential, underlying nature of the universe. That's why. ... Chaos. Infinity. The hidden language (and beauty) of mathematics that exists not only in our Euclidean man-made world of technology and architecture, but also (as fractal geometry is proving to us) everywhere in the natural world of trees, rivers, organic bodies and galaxies.

Lastly, my apologies for not posting anything at all for 6 weeks! ... Life, you know... I'll get to Mandelbulb 3D again soon. There has been quite a nice update recently, I noticed :) .. Cheers Jesse.


  1. Love it :) Don't get cold feet! It's only going to get better with each session.
    Like the meaning 2 it as well. Enjoy!

  2. Hey Jody! As I said on FB, I really liked your tattoo!!! I do not think your original idea is impossible, but it is, yes, very hard. From a person 7 times tattooed: always try to get something you know for sure your tattoo artist can do. There is a problem with the very very fine lines in the your original idea, because the ink spreads in your skin cells, and it spreads even more with time, specially under Salvador's sun.

    As for the shading, the 3 tones of gray could be subbed by 3 awesome colors. That's a idea that might work.

    Anyways, for now your tattoo looks great and you even had to calculate your freckles. Haha.

    You have fun with your fractals. cheers!

  3. Hey D, cool tattoo! I hope you stick with your original idea, it would look epic awesome. Oh but change your facebook profile pic... I don't like it... it makes you look broken and insecure :/

  4. put it on a it grows u get to see more
    or rather as it grows keep adding more detail to it...hehehe

    gr8 tattoo man
    i think if i ever get 1, its going to be a motif with this and an om...cheers and thank you for those starting to explore the fractal world...found some of ure tips handy


  5. Haha... Tattooing a baby is so WRONG though.

    Glad my tuts are still helping people, even though I haven't posted anything in almost a year! (A situation I hope to change soon).
    Thanks for the comment, vishesh =)