Statue of Lise Meitner in Berlin, Germany. Photo taken by Killian.

Statue of Lise Meitner in Berlin, Germany. Photo taken by Killian.

"Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist." --Lise Meitner

Lecture, Austrian UNESCO Commision (30 Mar 1953), in Atomenergie und Frieden: Lise Meitner und Otto Hahn (1953), 23-4. Trans. Ruth Sime, Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics(1996), 375.

So here's the deal:

For every STEM-themed tattoo that I do (this includes things like my medical history flash sheets) or themed prints I produce and sell, 10% of the proceeds will go to Ignite or the Girl Scouts of the USA

Lise Meitner is the Austrian physicist you probably haven't heard of. She's one of many women (like Rosalind Franklin and Chien-Shiung Wu) whose research earned a Nobel Prize--that was instead credited and awarded to the men she worked with. I fell in love with Meitner while reading Richard Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb*. She won my admiration by being a rigorous and imaginative scientist, and learning about her further opened my eyes to the continued struggle of women in the sciences**.  

So why do I bring this up?

Because I'm going to do something with this information!

Already, 10-20% of my own and my partner's income is donated to effective charities*** by way of Giving What We Can. That money goes directly to saving and improving the lives of people all over the world, and I firmly believe that addressing preventable diseases and malnutrition is our top priority as a family of humans on this earth. However, I also want to support the women doing radical (and I mean that literally and colloquially) work in the sciences, and since I'm not a teacher or a scientist or a bajillionaire with the means to fund a School for Gifted Ladies, I will just have to do it the way I do best: donate monaaaaay.

So here's the deal: 

For every STEM-themed tattoo that I do (this includes things like my medical history flash sheets), 10% of the proceeds will go to Ignite or the Girl Scouts of the USA

Not sure if your idea for a custom piece applies? If it's not obvious (like, you want a geometric griffin or something), make me an argument I can't refuse! If your reasoning is thoughtful and/or hilarious, you know I'll be on board. And, when in doubt, ask! Never be ashamed to ask sincere questions!

One of my medical history/toxicology flash sheets. 

One of my medical history/toxicology flash sheets. 


*a brilliant work of nonfiction that I highly recommend--with the caveat that, as you may guess from the title, it covers some very dark history

**though Meitner was Austrian and not a WoC, learning about her brought me to discover and celebrate so many overlooked female scientists who suffer continued obscurity or misrepresentation as a result of their gender, race, religion, and/or orientation.

***for more info on effective charities and Effective Altruism, click!