Branding for Math Geek Girls

I really like this at home strike branding that Roo and No_Pants did on Allana using an Allen Key and a stove, because to most it will just look like random scars, but for math geeks… recognize the sequence?


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57 thoughts on “Branding for Math Geek Girls

  1. Fibbonacci’s Sequence goes as follows:

    1 1 2 4 8 16 32…

    The brand goes as follows:





  2. One of it’s significant features, I think, is you can use it to calculate PHI (The Golden Ratio) 1.618…

  3. However, if Shannon hadn’t asked what it is and given the math geek clue, how many would have got it? 1? 2? People on the street will be like…why are there lines on your arm….

  4. Lol this is the second time I’ve seen the Fibonacci sequence in the last two minutes, on two completely unrelated websites! Cool though :D

  5. Roo – I was rather thinking that if I know what Fibonacci sequence is, then it really is not THAT geeky; I’m probably the least geeky person out there:P
    however, I can totally respect Allana’s geekiness :)

  6. It took me a time to see how this is the Fibonacci sequence… Finally, it makes sense… lines on 0-1-2-3-5-8-13-21(considering the two 1s drawn one above the other).

    But still, the perfectionist in me thinks the distance between 5 and 8 it’s a bit small.

    Nice idea, all-in-all

  7. Well, its geeky enough for me! She explained it, and I thought it was the Liberace sequence. Yup, I’m just that educated.

    Got to be something to do with Gay singers… it is Allana after all

  8. I know the ModBlog logo was photoshopped in there, but I think that would be an awesome shirt.

  9. That’s kinda funny, Fibonacci was my first thought but I didn’t see how I would possibly recognize it if you didn’t drop that whole math geek clue. But then again, after reading that clue I had my doubts, since a bunch of nicks measured out like so seemed a bit not so math geeky. So far as I know, my lot sees things a bit more symbolically than on an invisible number line.

    My thought is that if you’re going to get a math tattoo, it’s best you not go with something that is quite infinite. I can see perhaps a Koch curve or something, but marking off a sequence and stopping at 21 (or wherever that bizarre sort of scar is supposed to mean) because your arm is too short is just a tad silly.

  10. modblog shirts would rock.
    nerdy tattoos rock, especially the ones I don’t entirely understand.

  11. #14. That’s what I thought at first too! Being a biology(ish) major it jumped out to me as a gel electrophoresis before the fib sequence hit.

  12. I’m pretty sure that’s not the Fibonacci sequence. It looks like it’s going 1, 1, 2, 4 which would be wrong.

    It looks like a logarithmic scale to me.

  13. LOL@ #14 and #33 – guess I”m not the only person who spends too much time in lab. I’ve DREAMED about running gels these past two weeks.

    Maybe it’s the way her skin stretches, but it looks wrong for Fibonacci. Regardless of whether I look at the brands or the spaces between them, the spacing doesn’t look like it makes the right numbers.

  14. Definately not actually the fibonacci as in fib every number is the sum of the two before it as such- 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13……so forth and forthwith.
    This is more so about the twoses…
    Also there is a highly entertaining mathgeek webcomic that has a strip on it. Xkcd….

  15. The fibonacci sequence is 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc. You add the previous two numbers to get the next, and you start out with 1 twice. These brands confuse me a bit, because it really doesn’t look like the Fib numbers to me. The gaps between brands look like 1, 1, 1/2, 1/2, 1/4, 1/4, 1/4. Far too regular looking, to me.

    Although.. reading it again, maybe inherit_the_winds has it right. I agree though, the perfectionist in me insists that either 5 and 8 are too close, or 3 and 5 are too far. The artist in me insists that it’s a lovely branding regardless of how I interpret it.

  16. Yeah, I meant you start out with 0, 1. I’ve had professors argue endlessly about the proper initial conditions for the Fibonacci sequence, and even I still mix it up. Doh.

  17. if you take that the initial 0 has been excluded, and the rebranding 1 twice the marks on her arm look like 0 1 (1) 2 3 5 8 13 21. the measurements aren’t so clear in the photo, it’s possible she also had to shorten them to fit a little.

    sorry 22, just read your post. there are two 1s, btw , but i don’t see how branding it twice would prove much :P

  18. TrinityVA’s right, the (first) Fibonacci numbers are 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…
    Not 1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32…

  19. i simply don’t see it, the spacing seems to me as though she’s spelling out 1, 1, 2, 4 (or possibly 5, looks like that 2nd to last line is botched)

    Either way it appears in no way to be the fib sequence. I’m gonna put my guess with #36 on the powers of 2

  20. The fibonacci sequence would look like this
    | | | | | | | |
    And the scars seemes to be i this sequence
    | | | | | | | |

    I hope this illustrates how dumb most of you are, so I don’t have to be mean about it.

  21. #22, you’re right – “8″ is a little too close to 7. oh well! i hope to double-brand “1,” maybe… haven’t decided yet.

    #27, “34″ will go directly over my knuckles, but i thought hand branding could wait for the second round. symbolism doesn’t require infinity, anyways, though i could get a “…” or the infinity symbol branded along my middle finger…

    this idea was “i want lines on my arm, but not evenly spaced” first, and “hey, let’s make it mean something” second. so i’m not going to insist that people get the pattern significance. if i was into the math, i probably would’ve chosen a less arbitrary zero point, too.

    (so, it goes O – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 7/8 – 13 – 21 thus far. the spacing is from the zero mark, not off each previous number.)

  22. Still waiting for someone to tattoo Googolplex in decimal notation on him/herself
    Nice branding though ;)

  23. “Fibbonacci’s Sequence goes as follows:

    1 1 2 4 8 16 32…”

    No, it doesn’t.

    1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34….

  24. It seemes that my spaces got reduced when I posted my last comment.. I hope this works:

    (1 1 2 3 5 8 13)
    The brand:
    (1 1 1 2 2 4 4)

  25. My first thought was a ticker timer tape… but yeah, then i realised fibonacci

  26. i was thinking Fibonacci but i still dont like the spacing then i looked at the ratios between them still did not work out perfect then some one spoke of the 1.618 u realize the spacing between different lines are the same like the 1st and 2nd, 2nd and 4th and 3rd and last well the last set is a lil short but i think with an outstretched hand it will be matching. and the 1st and 3rd lines are the same as the 2nd and last and there are other connections they may be something there

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