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11 Internet Tattoos

While I may be a tattooed professional blogger, I’ve never been driven to get a tattoo of something related to the internet—especially given how fast things fizzle out online. These folks don’t seem to mind the short shelf-life of most websites, though. Here are 11 people with internet-related tattoos.

1. Reddit Star Wars

You knew someone out there had to have a Reddit tattoo. Well, in case you’re wondering, that person happens to be Fernando Takai and his Reddit logo is all decked out like a Jedi—making it way more fun and geeky than a regular Reddit alien would have been. Like practically everyone else on this list, he too works online.

2. Google It

Here’s a tattoo my boyfriend would love to have for all those times I ask him random questions that even Matt Soniak wouldn’t know off the top of his head. I don’t know who artist Mez Love tattooed this piece on, but I can’t help but wonder if the gentleman in question has a girlfriend who asks him weird, random questions as well.

3. Powered By Google

Josh Charland is a PC tech who knows just how important a good search engine is, which is why he wanted the world to know that everything in his life is Powered By Google.

4. iGoogle

Of course, Google isn’t just about searching for info on the web; it’s also about customizing and organizing the web to best suit your own personal interests. Perhaps that’s why IT pro Ivan Morrison wanted to adorn his right shoulder with the logo for Google’s personalized homepage, iGoogle.

5. Blogger

Violet Blue is a blogger specializing in human sexuality. She loves her job enough to actually get a tattoo of her job title.

6. WordPress

Ed Morita is a Hawaii-based blogger specializing in the topic of baking, which makes sense since he is also a skilled pastry chef. Like Violet, Ed wanted to celebrate his line of work with a tattoo and the end result is particularly nerdy, featuring the WordPress logo surrounded by a PC motherboard. For those who don’t know much about blogging, WordPress is one of the most popular blogging software options around.

7. RSS Headphones

Blogger Drew Olanoff is best known for his recent fight against cancer, but he is also well known for his tattoos. Why? Because he actually auctioned off the opportunity for someone to get their Twitter name tattooed on his arm –with all of the money donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A year later, and after he battled cancer for himself, he auctioned off space on the other arm, this time donating money to the Livestrong Foundation.

Of course, while both of those are geeky and for great causes, I think it’s worth noting that even some of the tattoos he has gotten outside of charity auctions are still internet-related, like this RSS feed icon with headphones to represent his interest in podcasting.

8. Rackspace

Michael Long is a long-term employee of the Rackspace web hosting service. To prove his dedication to his company, he even got its logo tattooed on his left arm. Now that’s loyalty.

9. Threadless’ Cutter Fish

One of the most common arguments against tattoos is that if you like some artwork, you can always just get a tee shirt bearing the design and then you can remove it when you get tired of it. Of course, for true tattoo lovers, not only is that not enough, but sometimes they may even like a tee shirt design enough to get it tattooed on their bodies. For example, this Canadian gentleman who was tattooed with the image from Threadless’ Cutter Fish design.

10. Internets Love

Joe Stump is a web developer who has worked with eNotes.com, Digg and is co-founder of SimpleGeo. Given his career path, Joe clearly loves the interwebs—and he has the tattoo to prove it.

11. Internet

Rafael Rozendaal is a graphic artist who creates and designs websites, so it’s not all that surprising that he, too, loves the internet enough to get it inked on him.
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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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