Occasional news related to my natural science illustrations


Science illustrations as tattoos

Over the years I’ve been contacted by a few different people interested in licensing one of my illustrations for a tattoo. Most recently, John Conn, an Air Traffic Controller for the United States Air Force, wanted to incorporate my illustration of a timber rattlesnake into his “Don’t Tread on Me” tattoo (on his calf).

John Conn's "Don't Tread on Me" tattoo

yellow phase, Crotalus horridus horridus © Emily S. Damstra

Several years ago, a woman licensed my pen-and-ink blastoid illustration for an arm tattoo. Kat Marie Moya inked the tattoo.

fossil blastoid illustration as tattoo

Mississippian-age blastoid Pentremites godoni © Emily S. Damstra

It makes me happy when folks like my illustrations enough to wear one on their skin!