Archive | January, 2012

Physics And Basketball

18 Jan

ABA Basketball Tattoo W/Vector Lines
Around thanksgiving, a friend of mine challenged me to do an original “Basketball” tattoo on him. He specified that he was a fan of the ABA, particularly the colored ball used in the ABA. I have done more than my fair share of basketball tattoo’s, most of which were admittedly pretty sterile, the flaming basketball or the ball right above the rim or a backboard with ball. Now if you check the work of some players in the NBA you will see a lot of “And-1” pieces similarly styled stuff. All in all it didn’t look good. After wrecking my brain for a few weeks I thought hey my friend loves science as much as I do. So the question was, how can I create a tattoo for a ball player who is very scientifically literate? Above is the sketch and below the finished tattoo. Now let me explain a little bit. The right angle vector lines are for horizontal and vertical momentum and the semi circular arrows represent spin. Now, before I get E-mails from people who know physics, I know that the vector arrows that represent spin is for a side view (like A wheel), and not a ball spinning on the finger, however I was more concerned with the way the vertical and horizontal vectors were represented in the composition of the tattoo than accurately representing the position of the ball in space! Either way this was super fun to do and I look forward to doing more science related Tattoos in the future!!! Hint Hint

ABA Basketball Tattoo W/ vector lInes

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