The Pale Blue Dot Tattoo
Pale Blue Dot tattoo is inspired by the story of a photograph that nearly didn’t happen. Its a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe. From a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers. It was part of that day’s Family Portrait series of images of the Solar System.
In the photograph, Earth’s apparent size is less than a pixel; the planet appears as a tiny dot against the vastness of space. Lost among bands of sunlight reflected by the camera. Voyager 1, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space. This was done at the request of astronomer and author Carl Sagan.
Carl Sagan coined the phrase that inspired the Tattoo
Carl Edward Sagan (/ˈseɪɡən/; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, planetary scientist and science communicator. Sagan assembled the first physical messages sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record. Universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them. Sagan argued the now-accepted hypothesis that the high surface temperatures of Venus can be attributed to and calculated using the greenhouse effect.
The phrase “Pale Blue Dot” was coined by Sagan himself in his reflections on the photograph’s significance and documented in his 1994 book of the same name. And actually, thats where I stared the design. I just built everything out from that. All the life of the tattoo and the copy was built outwards. I guess I got pretty inspired and lost in the book!
One of my favourite floral pieces that I’ve done.
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