photo of Thomas Cameron's new Fedora tattoo

Here is real dedication, from my co-worker Thomas Cameron! Do you know anyone with a Fedora tattoo?

(Hopefully not the first tattoo created in Inkscape. 🙂 If you are interested in an SVG of the tribal marks let me know.)

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


42 thoughts on “Dedication

  1. I had a (henna) Fedora tattoo on me a while back.
    Some pics here: http://proyectofedora.org/mexico/2008/07/09/rompiendo-el-silencio/

    And here http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9863/fedoraunderwater.png

    Not as cool as real ink though.

    Posted by Nushio | September 3, 2009, 1:43 am
  2. A couple of months ago I was wearing a Fedora removable tattoo at a local event and and a SUSE guy took it for real and was amazed by my dedication. I calmed him down: no, I am not *that* dedicated 😀

    Posted by Nicu | September 3, 2009, 2:26 am
  3. LOL wow, what a…wow. fedora. FEDORAAAAAAAAA TONIGHT WE DINE IN HELL lol

    Posted by Ed | September 3, 2009, 2:30 am
  4. I hope you realise that this means no more branding changes for Fedora. 🙂

    Posted by stripe4 | September 3, 2009, 2:37 am
  5. He’s going to feel pretty dumb in 3-5 years when the Fedora logo is inevitably redesigned to fit in with then-modern design trends.

    Regular tattoos are bad enough. Tattoos based on guaranteed-not-going-to-last-your-entire-freakin-life logos are pure dumb.

    Posted by Sean | September 3, 2009, 2:48 am
    • Would the Fedora logo be redesigned in 3-5 years? Really?

      *nods to IBM*

      Posted by mairin | September 3, 2009, 11:05 am
    • I came to work at Red Hat because of my strong belief in Open Source. I support and promote Fedora because of that same belief.

      My tattoo is about much more than the distribution, it is about the ethos behind it. So even if Fedora changes, even if I change, the tattoo is a meaningful reminder of a very important chapter of my life. I love it, it means a lot to me, and it always will.

      Posted by Thomas Cameron | September 8, 2009, 1:17 pm
      • Of course we were just teasing you with (bad and predicable) jokes about the logo change… this won’t happen in the foreseeable future.

        Posted by Nicu | September 9, 2009, 1:54 am
  6. I work at Wall Mart and I have a Wall Mart tattoo. But unfortunately the best place on my body was already occupied by a Burger King tattoo, where I worked before.

    Posted by spongee | September 3, 2009, 4:10 am
  7. Nice 🙂
    Is there an easy way to convert a SVG artwork into a tatoo ?
    I mean, can we find a specific paper to print it ourself ?

    Posted by -Stéph- | September 3, 2009, 5:03 am
    • I don’t think is anything specific to SVG, you print the SVG just like any other type of file. But if you want to be really sure, export as PDF from Inkscape and have that PDF printed.

      Posted by Nicu | September 3, 2009, 5:15 am
  8. Crazy stuff. Though that is dedication.

    Posted by sime | September 3, 2009, 6:48 am
  9. My question was more about the paper to use in order to make a tatoo, not really about the input file format.
    Have you contacted a professional printer, or printed the tatoo yourself (and if so, how) ?

    Posted by -Stéph- | September 3, 2009, 7:44 am
    • I have no idea what Thomas dis particularly, but see: http://www.faqs.org/qa/qa-9609.html – normal paper, carbon paper, onion skin paper and more other options

      Posted by Nicu | September 3, 2009, 8:12 am
    • I will ask Thomas. I think he might have actually given the tattoo artist an exported PNG version of the file. But I’ll check for you.

      Posted by mairin | September 3, 2009, 11:03 am
    • Hi Stéph, I asked Thomas and he said he just brought the PNG file on a USB stick to the shop, and they have a special printer that prints it out on transparent paper that they use to make a stencil. He said most good shops can do this, so if you’re looking to do your own, all you’ll need is a high-res bitmap.

      Posted by mairin | September 5, 2009, 11:43 pm
  10. No Fedora tattoo, but I do have one of Tux: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wulfheart/102383525/ . At some point I plan to get Shadowman done on the other leg though. =)

    Posted by Vincent Danen | September 3, 2009, 10:07 am
  11. Maybe I should have told Tom about our impending logo change to the panda. JUST KIDDING!

    Posted by Paul W. Frields | September 3, 2009, 10:51 am
  12. That’s awesome! Although, I know of a guy who has a Chevy logo tattooed on his arm and we won’t stop making fun of that guy. Just sayin’. 😉

    And speaking of tattoos and Inkscape, my wife is off to get her final tattoo today of an Alice in Wonderland thingy that she made in Inkscape. Her last two tattoos were made in Inkscape as well. Perhaps Inkscape should be re-branded as a tattoo artist’s application of choice…before the Gimp crowd claims it. Hurry! We could even run the TV commercials during episodes of LA Ink. 🙂

    Posted by heathenx | September 3, 2009, 11:16 am
  13. Did he sign all the agreements to use the trademark, clear it though Legal and all that? I see that it does not meet the Logo usage guidelines in respect to the required spacing on each side.

    Posted by Robert 'Bob' Jensen | September 3, 2009, 4:13 pm
  14. Máirín did an absolutely phenomenal job with this design! I can’t say enough how happy I am knowing that this design was created using Free software and it looks so darned good! Thank you!

    Posted by Thomas Cameron | September 8, 2009, 1:22 pm
  15. Okay, now, quick. Change the logo!

    Posted by clee | September 8, 2009, 5:49 pm
  16. .-.
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    \ ‘.__,/ `\_.–,
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    / ‘. /
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    Posted by Stéphane | September 8, 2009, 6:04 pm
  17. Full points for dedication, yes. Just a shame all tattoos are fugly.

    Posted by Lab Rat | September 15, 2009, 9:25 am
  18. I think it looks pretty cool.

    Posted by Sonia Keys | November 27, 2009, 2:03 pm
  19. Wow ..that’s a very nice tattoo and I appreciate it anytime someone has a tattoo with a deaper meaning and not just for the style…respect and kisses

    Posted by Weedlady | May 26, 2010, 3:22 pm


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