Open Source

Jack Wallen gets his Tux Tattoo

Electric Devil

I have been using and writing about Linux for over ten years now; to me Linux is much more than just an operating system. Linux has been a "frame of mind", a career, a passion, a hobby, and a huge part of my life. And to that end, for the longest time, I have thought I should, at some point, get a permanent symbol of the Linux operating system tattooed on my person. Well, that point finally came. So I decided not only should I do it, I should also share the experience with the TechRepublic membership.

Now, I have plenty of other tattoos, so this experience isn't new to me. I decided to go with a fellow worker's recommendation, and made an appointment with local artist Caroline Moody at Electric Devil here in Louisville, KY. After phoning her and letting her know she would be put on the spot, she was totally down with the idea. So with camera in hand (well, my wife's hand that is) I was ready to have Tux permanently placed on my right forearm where he would forever stare back at me, making sure my mouse never peeked through any Windows.

This is where Tux, the Linux mascot, will be tattooed onto my forearm. I was recommended by the leader of Derby City Roller Girls whom I work with at Hair Strobel. When someone is covered in tattoos, you tend to trust their recommendation. The artist, Caroline Moody.


Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website