When mathematicians and modifications meet.

This scarification piece on Svenna (who apparently  hates raccoons) is of Euler’s Identity, a mathematical equation known for it’s “mathematical beauty“. I read the wiki entry on it (twice) and I still have no clue what it means. In fact, I get a headache just thinking about it. Nonetheless, while I have minimal appreciation for mathematical beauty, I definitely can appreciate modified beauty and this scar is an excellent example of that.


This scar was done by modblog regular Brian Decker. He did the fill in with a hyfrecator as opposed to the more commonly used flesh removal technique. As you can see through the progressive pictures, the piece healed amazingly even. As an added bonus, according to Brian the hyfrecator method is also far quicker.

Brian is considering doing some work at the Philly Tattoo Convention, so if you are interested, hit him up on his IAM page or at purebodyarts.com.

25 thoughts on “When mathematicians and modifications meet.

  1. Whoa! I’m not into maths at all, but this is BEAUTIFUL!!! The shapes are awesome and, most of all, they remained awesome! Sweet piece, Brian!

  2. WOW! at first i was like, “that’s way too clean-looking for a brand…” i’d love to hear more about this hyfrecator thing, and/or see it in action!

  3. Awe I love this piece! I’m no math geek but I love a good and neat scarification. Of course it’s amazing cos its done by sexy jesus! 🙂

  4. Wow, this is beautiful! I personally think math/science mods are some of the sexiest things possible.

  5. The hyfrecator works so well. The scar you did for me with it is one of my favorites.

    Genius idea.

  6. Wow, it healed absolutely beautifully! I want to run my fingertips over it just to feel the texture…

  7. i prefer the way this looks than to flesh removal. i think it seems to heal a little bit more predictable/neater?

  8. what an amazingly well-healed scar! it stayed so true to the original design and healed so flawlessly. appropriate that it’s an equation for beauty 😀

  9. Euler’s Identity is based off of a way to write complex numbers (those involving the square root of -1) as powers of the base of the natural logorithm or with trigonometric functions. Pi in this case is a number of radians, a measure of arc, equivalent to 180 degrees.

    e^(i*pi) evaluates to cos(pi) + i*sin(pi) by Euler’s formula (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euler%27s_formula_in_complex_analysis). That in turn evaluates to -1 since cos(pi) = -1 and sin(pi) = 0.

    In general, this material is typically covered around the 2nd-3rd year of college.

  10. this is the first time I’ve heard of a hyfrecator, and I would love to see an article posted about this method, if there isn’t one already. Hint, hint!

  11. hyfracetor is another word for cigarette brand, see how it came out all nice and uniform and healed at the same rate? no wait..

  12. i knew it would only be a matter of time b4 i saw this on sum1. im jealous! awesome execution!

  13. I’m really impressed with how that healed and kudos to brian for doing a combo like that. I really dig it.

  14. Wow! I went past this entry over an hour and had to come back to comment- this is a peice I can’t stop thinking about running my fingers over.

    I’m working on my own maths tattoo… since I’m not a genius major, it’s taken me more than year to try and make sense of wikepedia and textbook pages well enough to say what I mean with numbers. This reinforces my dedication, just a little!

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