Over the last month, I’ve been telling everyone in the WordPress Community about my friend, Ed Morita, 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.
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.
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.
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.