Electrical engineering students at UC San Diego are getting their first electric tattoo on a campus that’s home to some of the most advanced technology in the world.
The university has a program called UC Electrical Engineering, which was founded in the 1990s to foster the next generation of engineering talent.
Students can choose to be tattooed by a technician, or can choose a volunteer to do the work.
“There are a lot of students that are very interested in tattoos and they’re looking to get a tattoo,” said Mark Lazzaro, the program’s coordinator, as he demonstrated the tattooing process.
He explained that the tattoo will cover the student’s entire body.
“A lot of our students are really, really interested in being creative,” Lazzaros said.
“They want to go into the world of engineering and they want to be able to create something out of nothing.”
The students have come up with a tattoo that looks like an electrical circuit, and the project is just getting started.
“We have to do a lot more,” said student and former UC San Francisco electrical engineering major Ryan Gorman.
“We’re just starting to work on it and we’ve got a lot to do, so hopefully we’ll have a really great project in the future.”
Gorman is one of several students getting tattoos.
He said he wanted to give back to the campus, but he wasn’t sure what he wanted.
“I thought it was a really cool idea, so I decided to give it a shot,” he said.
Gorman, who has an electrician’s license, had no idea what kind of tattoo would be involved.
“I didn’t really know what the word was, so the first time I got the ink I was like, ‘What the hell is that?'”
He said he was pleasantly surprised to get the ink, and thought he might be able work on his electrical engineering degree in the next few months.
“The idea of giving back is something I definitely enjoy doing, so it kind of made sense,” he explained.
“It kind of gives me a chance to get more involved in the program, and also get a little bit of recognition for myself.”
Gormen said he hopes the tattoo could be used to help others.
“It’s really about giving back and being inspired by the technology and the work that the people behind it are doing,” he added.