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First Ever Permanent WordPress Tattoo

Tattoo artist working on Ed Morita's WordPress logo tattooOver the last month, I’ve been telling everyone in the WordPress Community about my friend, , in Hawaii whose been running a contest asking “Where Should I Put My WordPress Tattoo?” He’s putting a permanent tattoo on his body (forearm) because blogging with WordPress changed his life and he wants to honor it by adding to his tattoo body art collection.

The deadline was January 30 and he’s getting the tattoo put on him right now as I blog this.

Update: Ed has finished getting his tattoo while we twittered it live and he captured images on his iPhone, so the images are upside down. There is some color distortion due to the resolution but also the antiseptic wash on his arm. Here are the latest series of pictures.

ed morita-black and white outline of logo and artwork for WordPress logo Ed Morita - First core color in background for WordPress logo tattooEd Morita - Final color on WordPress logo tattoo

The originals are on Twitpic: Black and White Outline, First Color Applied, Final Version.

Update II: My WordPress Tattoo is Ed’s description and story behind the first WordPress permanent tattoo (and it’s the right logo. Matt Mullenweg agrees.). He wanted to reveal the geeky part of personality. Like Data from Star Trek Next Generation, and other androids and cyborgs throughout television and movie history, he wanted the tattoo to look like the skin was torn off his arm to reveal the circuitry beneath, of which the WordPress logo is a chip in the circuit board. It is Ed Morita’s inspired design that led the tattoo artist down the path to the tattoo’s design. Kudos to both for the modern artistic approach to an age old art form.

We twittered the event live on my Twitter account and his, @NctrnlBst.

Come join us on Twitter for the fun, and the pain, of the first WordPress tattoo permanently inked onto a fan’s body.

This is the final version right side up, as you would view his new WordPress tattoo if you were shaking hands with him.

Ed Morita's WordPress logo tattoo right side up

Remember that tattoos have been around before modern religion as art, identification, and branding. They are respected around the world. Just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean they aren’t valued by others.



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84 Comments

  1. Posted February 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    That is shocking!

  2. Posted February 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I really love WP, but not that much!

  3. Posted February 10, 2009 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    The WordPress logo is the least ugly part of the tattoo…

    It’s supposed to look like the skin of his forearm ripped open to show an ugly, simple circuit board that “runs on WordPress”, right?

    Bad, bad, permanent choice, dude.

  4. Posted February 10, 2009 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I’m definitely a WordPress fanatic, but this is taking it to a new level. :)

  5. Posted February 10, 2009 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    Woah! I think it’s a good tat! And it is a great location.

  6. Posted February 10, 2009 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Will probably be a bit “retro” in ten years time(maybe 5) – at least noone got a Sinclair ZX Spectrum tattoo – or did they?

  7. prokka
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    Interesting idea, but… Just WordPress blog would be enough for me :)

  8. Posted February 10, 2009 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    PMSL. I love WP, but I don’t think I love it *quite* that much.

  9. Posted February 10, 2009 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    Cool

  10. Posted February 10, 2009 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Well, I hope things stay the same for him. Dan Woodman got a blue meanie tattoo when he was working at Microsoft. He got canned. See Gaping Void for some more chat about it.

  11. Posted February 10, 2009 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    At least he’s using the new logo… a script wouldn’t have fixed that. >:)

  12. Posted February 10, 2009 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Little much if you ask me. While I stand by the whole your tattoo’s should have meaning … this is not quite what I was thinking! lol

  13. Posted February 10, 2009 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Gr8 Work, Gr8 Tatto

  14. Posted February 10, 2009 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    I love WordPress but that tattoo is a turnoff. But then I don’t get it about tattoos in general so that’s just personal me.

  15. Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Wow, well, this just goes to prove everyone is different! Looks alot better then i expected though!

  16. Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Looks cool, but for how long?

    When is Ed holding another contest? Do you think it will have the same approach?

  17. Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Awesome tatt. Can’t really call You mad considering some things I done.

  18. Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Odd idea, for sure. Great ad for WP, but the tattoo itself is just bad. If that’s supposed to reassemble skin or any such beeing ripped off I can’t even find any words.

    Great idea, but the outcome wasn’t good at all, sorry.

  19. Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Have to say Nice to see ppl that just want to express themselves freely God Bless America!!!! :0

  20. Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Is it too late to mention that he might be using the WRONG LOGO?
    I got this on my RSS feeder

    http://www.wptavern.com/wordpress-tattoo-using-the-wrong-logo

    • Posted February 10, 2009 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      He is not using the wrong logo. We went through this and he gave the artist the official WordPress logo. We more than triple checked triple times. :D Looks odd on skin, though. :D

  21. mickey1090
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    i hafe that tattoo it’s really cool!

  22. Posted February 10, 2009 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    WOW! that’s really too bad for him

    Why the heck would he want a wordPress tat anyways?

    Drupal is 100 times better than wordpress, all of you people that like wordpress just don’t understand how to use drupal, and that’s ok – there’s a bit of a learning curve and most of you will never figure it out

    Drupal

  23. Posted February 10, 2009 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    this is so cool :):)

  24. Posted February 10, 2009 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Lorelle:

    People split hairs about WordPress and being WordPress.

    I posted the GOOD/BAD W graphic from a few posts ago. (which is a Ma.tt file) with the tattoo beside each other and pointed out to the parts I am questioning about the tattoo being the correct W (the correct logo has that part curved slightly, the tattoo is flat).

    I love WordPress a lot but I wouldn’t get a tattoo.

  25. Posted February 10, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Can you monetize that bad boy? Since WP doesn’t allow us to make money on our blogs… maybe they’d show you some “love”???

    Peace

  26. Posted February 10, 2009 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I hope he didn’t use the fake mis-proportioned W.!

  27. Posted February 10, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Looks good… and far from sporting a piece of retro advertising from the noughties, in a few years’ time one could always change one’s name to William, Wendy or weirdo.

  28. Posted February 10, 2009 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    caramelwhistle: he did technically. that top of the W (middle part) is flat, correct W should be slightly curvey.

  29. Posted February 10, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    wow, way to go all out. :) very neat though.

  30. Posted February 10, 2009 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    As a blogger with roughly 30% of my body covered in tattoos, I like the idea of the tattoo but I wish he would have gone to a better artist, the tattoo quality isn’t that good

  31. Posted February 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I repeat what my predecessors says. I love WordPress as an excellent and best blogger CMS. … but a tattoo is a but too much. Still it’s nice to see people are really devoted to WP. Nice ripping of the skin, looks good.

  32. Posted February 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Cool Tat, but what if WP changes their logo…then the tat will be outdated and need to be upgraded to WP 3.0 hehe :) Nice tat dude…

  33. Posted February 10, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Little bit weird.

  34. Posted February 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    It’s impressive! But for me WordPress is more like a tool :)

  35. Posted February 10, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    So very awesome. I’m a fan of that tattoo.

  36. Posted February 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    That’s awesome!
    I have 5 tattoos myself.

    Good work

  37. Posted February 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    That’s a little much, but it was done in a semi classy fashion. When your 80 you just say the W was for something else and get away with it.

  38. Posted February 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I would say that that is definitely taking it to another level!! I have two tattoo’s which have very personal meanings to me. I don’t know if WordPress would be that personal a reason? I completely enjoy WP – but a tattoo? Not. ;-)

    It’s nice though!

  39. Posted February 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Obviously “shaking hands” shouldn’t be a problem…as getting out and having a life does not seem to be of concern here.

  40. Posted February 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Jeff is right about using the “new” logo, but what about the next new logo? I wouldn’t worry. In 20 years he can just say it means W. Bush, or Wal-Mart, or whatever comes out by then that could be represented by a giant W.

  41. fullmetalgerbil
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Ack, and I thought I was a WP fanboy for owning the hoodie, t-shirt and mug.
    It wasn’t that long ago that I saw a photo of a gal with the WordPress logo inked on her leg. Could this be a disturbing trend like all those Tux tats?

  42. FB
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Yikes, the WordPress logo looks OK but man the rest is amateur hour. :(

  43. Alex
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    This is rather ugly. He should have done WordPress.com’s stats smilie instead! It is small and funny.
    And did he get a permission from Automattic to use the logo? ;-)

  44. Posted February 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    By that logic I should have the Commodore 64 logo where the sun don’t shine.

  45. Posted February 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    He should have just gotten the funny W instead of all the skin-ripping and circuit board stuff.

  46. ginfected
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Cool concept, too bad the guy cant tattoo color for crap. :\

  47. phiredesign
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    It seems to me that almost every comment any of you have made is pretty critical for not being tattoo artists yourselves, and for having opinions on the quality of the tattoo, when the picture itself is part of the problem. As you can see in the full size, the image quality of the photo is pretty poor.
    It’s amazing to me how not even 10% of the comments can in any way shape or form be supportive of someones personal decision. Shouldn’t we be celebrating the fact that someone loves something to such an extent to have it as a somewhat permanent presence on their body. And that something as simple as a PHP Blogging Platform can make someone happy?
    It’s astonishing at how negative people are. I feel ashamed to be a fellow WordPress user, is this is how half of you react to something that is truly great.
    No, I would not get this tattoo myself, but that does not mean that it is bad or that it is a bad decision. I think it says a lot about a person to have the ba//s to do something like this, and would encourage it any day.

  48. Posted February 10, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Again, it proved our lovely WordPress could be expressed on various medias or things

  49. Posted February 10, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    lol. now that is weird … :), you should show it to matt M. :)

  50. Posted February 10, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Really? Seems pretty silly if you ask me and I have several tatts myself.

  51. pinguinu
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    He’s one crazy dude…good for him.

  52. Posted February 11, 2009 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    not a fan of that tattoo…

  53. rahulcool007
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    is really nice,,,,,,,,,,,,

  54. aarthabenn
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    i dont understand when my mom saying people must be crazy, now i say that this guy must be crazy

  55. Posted February 11, 2009 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Hey, that’s really cool. Not.

  56. FB
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    @phiredesign “It seems to me that almost every comment any of you have made is pretty critical for not being tattoo artists yourselves, and for having opinions on the quality of the tattoo”

    Sorry, pal. I’m quite familiar with quality work from my first stop in a Tucson shop in 1990 to my latest in Wisconsin. He (you?) is just not a great artisan. If the guy with the tat is happy, fine. But I’d be extremely disappointed if that ended up anywhere on my body.

  57. pitchslap
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Oh dear I hope that is fake cos that is the lamest tattoo ever! I love tattoo’s and I love wordpress but thats just all wrong, can’t believe he wasn’t even drunk when he decide to do it, and they say footballers have bad tattoo’s….

  58. Posted February 11, 2009 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    nice tat if that’s what you want and if it’s real and good luck! Why not get a Microsoft’s Windows logo on your forehead as well and a Linux one on your butt?

  59. Posted February 11, 2009 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Nice tat….real nice.

  60. Anonymous
    Posted February 11, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    My arm hurts just looking at it! But good for Ed. It is quite colorful and attractive.

  61. Posted February 11, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    ouch… you are so fanatic with wordpress huh?
    i love wordpress too but i will think again to make it permanent tattoo

  62. Posted February 11, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    People overreact because they aren’t used to technological-related tattoos yet. I wouldn’t get one myself, but this tattoo has much more meaning than the tribal tattoos we saw a couple of years ago. And from a typographical point of view I reckon he could have chosen far worse logos than this W. Shouldn’t have used colours though in my opinion…

  63. Posted February 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Really cool idea but overall points, nah… the circuitry was boring, WP logo in Black…boring..a web2.0 color, something glossy :) will make it totally wicked.

  64. dragzonox
    Posted February 12, 2009 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    I think the person who got it should have thought about the design a bit more, before getting it.. I could easily have designed a better tattoo xP
    Though, I hope Ed Morita don’t regret getting the tattoo.

  65. Posted February 12, 2009 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    nice mannn….. congrats on the tattoo..

  66. Posted February 12, 2009 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Astonishingly this is awesome. Cool way to honor WordPress.The tat too looks great.
    But still a permanent one? I am damn sure you love Google too. Then another tat?

  67. Posted February 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I think Matt Mullenweg should now have to get one to honor all those of us who made his name famous by using WordPress and associated plugins, or would Akismet flag it as spam?

  68. Posted February 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    not bad. ‘W’ logo is look nice!

  69. swish
    Posted February 17, 2009 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Thats Hurt man, huh..!

  70. Posted February 19, 2009 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    wouw he’s really a big wordpress fan, nice :)

  71. Posted March 3, 2009 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Bahahaha is it bad that I’ve been thinking about doing this for months now?

    LOL so super awesome…

  72. Julia Johnson
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I don’t understand why everyone is soooooo skeptical to his tattoo.

    I would definitely consider getting a tattoo in remembrance to someting that changed my life that drastically.

    //Julia

  73. Posted May 28, 2009 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    OMG!!! I absolutely love it!

  74. Linda
    Posted June 22, 2009 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Can’t believe a Tattoo got so much attention, not my thing cause u better hope u die in the right Country or they will use your skin for lamp shades.

  75. Posted June 24, 2009 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    try the 3D tattoo, haha,wordpress tats on skin, great! cheers!

  76. Posted April 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Tattoo blog hopping..

  77. Jimmy Clegg
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Awesome…but is it a little too much?A big WP fan, but I personally wouldnt take it that far!

    Much Respect tho…

  78. Jpichardo
    Posted May 3, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Cool, I’m getting the same tattoo. Viva WordPress, he he.

  79. Joshua
    Posted August 14, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    You really love WordPress to extend of doing a tattoo on your body about it. Although this may sound weird to some people, but that is you and they should understand you that way. I too love WordPress.

  80. Posted November 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    A shame that the link to Ed’s telling of why he got the tattoo and such has gone the way of 404. It has been a few years but still, a little piece of WP History goes missing again :( at least this article does a good job and has pictures!

    • Posted November 28, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      Oh, no! Crap. Let me see if I can find a link to Archive.org version or contact Ed and ask him to republish his story. I’m still in contact with him.

      The reason was humbling to me. He has many tattoos as part of the way he honors achievements and memories, important events in his life. Being introduced to blogging and WordPress in a workshop I taught in Hawaii opened a new world to him. Not long after, his hand was crushed in a pastry machine, leaving him out of work as a master chef and baker, and undergoing years of surgeries to regain his hand. Blogging about food, cooking, etc., saved his life, he says keeping him on track, focused, and continued to be connected with his beloved industry while recovering. He created a community around his site and found new friends, support, and love while his life was spinning out of control. In the beginning of all that, he chose to honor WordPress by having this tattoo done, offering up a contest to his readers to vote on where to place it. Matt Mullenweg recommended he put it on his wrist so it could be easily viewed when shaking hands. That is where he put it.

      Ed joined me at WordCamp SF a few weeks later, the skin peeling around the tattoo as part of the process, and we showed him of to the crowds during my presentations. What fun was that! We spent a day going through Chinatown, eating and drinking (tea) our way into a stupor, exploring all the wonderful food, food and tea suppliers, and kitchen stores. I adore him! What a gift to the WordPress Community.

      It has been verified multiple times over that this is the first official WordPress tattoo. The second was John Hawkins, I believe, from Vegas, but unfortunately, he used the wrong logo. Not sure if he got that fixed or not. Soon after, others were reported in South American and Australia, then I lost track.

      BTW, Jeff, the founder of Archive.org and the Way Back Machine spoke at a WordCamp in Portland a couple years ago and challenged WordPress Plugin authors and developers to help him find a way of preventing 404 errors by having a “backup link” to a link via the Way Back Machine. Many were intrigued by that, the idea of WordPress sites always having a preserved link in their content, but I have no idea if that was followed up on. Maybe you can put the word out to the community. I think it is a brilliant idea to preserve our linking history.

      Thanks!

    • Posted December 1, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the heads up and the tip on the presentation at WordCamp Portland on preserving WordPress blogs. I think I found the video you’re talking about from WordCamp Portland 2013. I’m definitely going to look into it some more as the longer I write about WordPress, the more preserving WordPress content is important to me.

    • Posted December 6, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

      Oh, awesome. They had video issues that year and I wasn’t sure if that one was captured. Excellent.


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