Temporary Tatoos

Temporary Tatoos

Express your love of particle physics with these temporary tatoos.

Here are explanations for some of them...

100000000 quarks and electrons

Most of ordinary matter is made of quarks and electrons. These particles are extremely small and you need a huge amount to make up yourself. The whole universe is considered to be made of 3.28 x 1080 particles.

13800000000 years old and still going strong

All particles you are made of were produced at the moment of the Big Bang which was approximately 13.8 billion years ago.

LHC Collision

At CERN, the LHC or Large Hadron Collider produces collisions of particles at very high energy. This energy then spontaneously creates hundreds of new particle. The tracks of these new particles are seen in huge particle detectors. (This tatoo is best placed around your wrist)

LHC Dreamcatcher

This is an artist interpretation of mixing an indian dreamcatcher (a handmade willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web) and particle tracks left in one of CERN detectors (see above). They dont have much in common even if the LHC detectors allowed thousands of physicists to make their dreams come true!

My mother is a supernova

Most of atoms making up our body such as oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and calcium were first produced in gigantic star explosions, known as supernovae. Therefore, not only your mother, but also your father and yourself are products of supernovae.

I am the best you can make out of quarks and electrons

Most of ordinary matter is made of quarks and electrons. With up and down quarks (gathered by gluons) you can make protons and neutrons, which themselves make up nuclei. Add electrons around the nuclei and there are atoms. All atoms are made of these 3 simple components which then make any ordinary matter in us and around us. That's quite a nice recipe with very few ingredients!

WWW born at CERN

Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989. The web was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world