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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.

About

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

58 comments
emenau
emenau

DIY tattoo with the HP tattoojet

sethgonzalez
sethgonzalez

Jack, I love this tattoo man. Much different that your typical boring played out tribal band. Hat's off to you!

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

I wish we had known he was going to get that Linux tatoo. We would have warned him about the switch. Jack - Can you do a Windows tatoo on the other arm? ;-)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

adorable? Adorable? Cannot quite combine it with a tat on a guy without giggling. Really, adorable?

RealInIT
RealInIT

Damn Jack! That's hardcore!!!! Wish I'd thought of it first...looks great, not sure I could handle 2 hours of pain for it, but it is cool!!! pcwiz... 8)

bookkeeper
bookkeeper

I have to admit thats a good looking tattoo and yes yea for the penquin ;)

meryllogue
meryllogue

I have a butterfly that is completely shaded, on what looks like a background of green spider-plant type leaves. Gorgeous yellow, blue and purple coloring. A full 2 hours, plus a touch-up visit later. It is above my right boob below my shoulder point, so very tender. It is nearly the total size of the uber-geek tat on your arm, but more needle coverage. It was NOTHING. I just put my head in a place that made the sound and feel of it "normal." It was like having someone scratching the same place over and over. I had a fun visit with them all... completely ignored it the whole time. But you know what they say... women are MUCH more tolerant to pain. ;-) heh heh heh Pobracito. (Oh! Responding to a post above... it was NOT off the shelf, either.)

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Bad enough we have "normal" religious fundamentalists running around causing trouble. Now we have the Followers of Linux. Linux is God. There is no other God other than Linux. Linus Torvalds is it's Prophet! They sit in front of computers the world over to worship. They vehemenently denounce all other operating systems as false. What's the difference between Linus Torvalds and Pope Benedict? Torvalds actually has tangible miracles?

Mark.Moran
Mark.Moran

Seriously dude? Are you ? Have you imagined how sad that's gonna look when you're 60 and no one knows what linux is? If you are gonna get a tat, make sure it's one that ages well (ie stay clear of company / product logos). My mate had the batman symbol back in the day when it was popular... 5 years later and he just looked a bit of a pillock! A lesson we should all learn! :-)

jont999
jont999

Good grief, it's just as well you're married!

franmill
franmill

Very much enjoyed this digital commentary! I never had or will have a tattoo but I enjoyed this immensely and Tux never looked so good! Wonder what Andy Rooney would say?

danm
danm

that's truly embarassing

Jaqui
Jaqui

nope. not gonna happen. something about sticking a needle through my hand when I was a child has made me and needles best kept separate. though passing out after a blood test and coming to on top of a pretty nurse is not a bad experience ;) [ she tried to catch me, and it didn't quite work. :D ]

Tig2
Tig2

I am so glad sometimes that I have progressed to being an old fart at an age where getting a tattoo is ill-advised. But the art looks great on your arm and you have definitely proven out to be the top of your geek class! Fun photo forum, thanks!

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

Purple ink shot up your arm and came out of your head through your hair ?? :D

swheeler
swheeler

...to wear his heart on his sleeve! I don't predict any Windows tats any time soon, or ever.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

hurt like he//. That forearm stuff ain't nuthin'! ;)

jlwallen
jlwallen

this planet would have a population of 1. i never claimed to have any tolerance to pain. and, yes, i am a wuss.

Bizzo
Bizzo

Did you edit your post because you originally spelt it "moran"? Jack, that tattoo is really nicely done. I was expecting more blood! I just hope Linux and the Tux logo never get bought by MS or Apple!! :D

jlwallen
jlwallen

thank you. you are too kind.

jlwallen
jlwallen

i'm sure that in 20 years (when i'm 60) linux will be even stronger and more relevant than it is now. and i'm sure my other 6 tattoos will look just the same as my new one will when i'm 60. ;-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

IF/When they get one, Rule 1, know what they want for a full year before getting it. Something that lasts forever should not be an impulse buy, nor should it be something taken off the wall in the ink shop. Rule 2, put it somewhere where you can hide it so you can maintain the illusion of respectability. Rule 3, think about what it will look like when your 80 in the nursing home wearing a diaper. The WORST are the losers that hopped on the "TAZ" bandwagon a decade ago. Not a fan of the tramp stamp, nor any on the midsection.

brian.mills
brian.mills

that Linux is going to fade away any time soon, especially since it's been steadily (albeit slowly) gaining popularity since it was first introduced. Distributions may come and go, but Linux will be here for quite a while.

jlwallen
jlwallen

my wife is really hot. and is a kickboxing instructor so watch what you say. ;-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

that a little pain ever hurt anybody? :0

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I can't conceive of anything that would inspire me to voluntarily make permanent alterations to my body. I've got a ring on my left hand; that's permanent enough for me.

brian.mills
brian.mills

Sounds like a pretty good way to wake up, if you ask me.

jlwallen
jlwallen

that's what shot up my arm. ;-)

neilb
neilb

OK, so check the date of the previous post and then check and see if something has eaten your brains.

jlwallen
jlwallen

my wife is going to get some art down her spine. she can take pain. she can't code, hack, or own the command line...but she can take pain!

meryllogue
meryllogue

I read your replies above, esp to the trolls. I laughed out loud on this one. Wuss or not, you post some fun stuff. And best of all... no flame wars on MS versus Linux versus whatever!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

in fact, you are too kind. :)

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

but the logo may change over the coming 30 years meaning the tattoo just looks like an overweight penguin, great!

brian.mills
brian.mills

One of these days you'd think people would learn that the Linux geeks get all the hot chicks. :)

Jaqui
Jaqui

anything about pain? it didn't hurt when I stuck the needle through my hand. maybe that 1cc intramuscular injection of pure penicillin did help boost my body's immune system even :D [ 9 years before I even caught a cold after that ] but I have had serious issues with needles since then.

jlwallen
jlwallen

that which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Jaqui
Jaqui

coming to on top of a pretty nurse wasn't a bad experience. it would have been better if we were both nekkid though ]:)

swheeler
swheeler

I got a tat on the back of my neck. I think I'm in the same league as your wife when it comes to pain. It's interesting how the pain changes as the needle moves down the vertebra. I think it's awesome you finally got the little guy to ride on your arm forever!

jlwallen
jlwallen

and you only get re-trolled (and angry). besides, you catch more trolls with honey.

brian.mills
brian.mills

I'd love to see that article pop up on here. I'd give it a read, share it with my non-Linux friends...

jlwallen
jlwallen

maybe i need to write an article: 10 Reasons Why Linux Geeks Get the Girls

jdclyde
jdclyde

The told him they were bringing him something for the pain (had been two hours and not so much as an asprin, poor kid). I told him "Ha ha, your going to get a HUGE needle stuck in your butt!" him, "no, they will do it in the arm". nurse walks in "I need you to lower your pants and turn around". He jumped a little when they stuck him, so I asked him if he needed a pain shot for his pain shot. he was laughing to much to be bothered by pain, and the nurse thought we were both quite "unsane"..... [i]maybe she was more right than she knew? ;\

Jaqui
Jaqui

that Nietzsche was unsane don't you? [ inflammable = extremely flammable, so insane = extremely sane ]

jlwallen
jlwallen

and what would he say of "phantom pain"?