By Amanda Yarnell
I didn’t intend to come to San Francisco to get a tattoo, but stuff happens. Lucky for me (and my marital bliss), the kind I got today is temporary.
The body art I’m sporting is a structure of serotonin, provided by biophysicist-turned-artist Raven Hanna. Hanna is the brains behind Made With Molecules, a line of chemistry-inspired jewelry, T-shirts, and super-cute duds for baby. C&EN's Ivan Amato recently chronicled Hanna’s life and art.
Tipped off by a fellow meeting attendee sporting a pair of Hanna's signature estrogen earrings, I tracked down the artist in a far corner of the exposition. Despite her not-ideal piece of real estate, Hanna was doing blistering business. When I found her around 4 PM on Monday, she had nearly sold out of T-shirts, and I had to wait in a line four chemists deep to buy my own earrings.
If you want to get a pair of your own, or any of Hanna's other cool chemical creations, you’d better bring cash (or visit her website, where plastic is fair game). But even if you’re strapped, don’t worry, be happy: Her serotonin temporary tattoos are free—as long as they last.
(Photos by Linda Wang)