My Geeky Tattoo


Here is what I made for the Tattoos 4Life assignment. Pretty geeky…

Behind the Creation

I thought this would be sort of funny as a tattoo. “delete[] poop;” is programming syntax for C++ for when you want to deallocate or destroy the memory block that poop is pointing too. The tattoo would be meant for being above my butt so the arrow pointing down is pointing at my pooper. So essentially I am deallocating my poop, yeah I know it’s kind of stupid. Also the “[]” means that this is an array which is a type of list so poop is pointing to multiple instances or occurrences of fecal matter. The semi-colon is just a marker to signify the end of a line in C++ (and other languages). So yeah, this is my tattoo design if anyone wants an idea for their next tattoo.

The Process

I used the Mac word processor Pages to create the text for the design with the arrow.

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I opened the Pages application and clicked the “New Document” button in the bottom left of the window


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I selected a blank document from the template selector. After selecting the blank template I clicked the “Choose” button in the bottom right to create my new blank document to use.


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I then type in what I wanted and using the right menu adjusted the size of the text under the “Font” section.


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After adjusting the size of the text, I changed the text to Lucida Console since this is usually how text looks is most IDEs for code editor softwares.


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“delete” is known as a reserved word for C++ since it does special functions for you as needed. These reserved words are highlighted a special color so the programmer can know he or she is using a reserve word. I highlighted the text and under the “Font” section in the right menu I went to color and selected blue. Depending on what color scheme you have for your code editor this color will be different.


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I then inserted the arrow below the text. I selected the “Shape” option in the top menu bar which brought down a list of shapes that I could use. I selected the arrow for this design.


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I adjusted the size of the arrow using the little white squares around the arrow image and in the right menu it now gives me options to make other adjustments such as rotation since I have the arrow selected.


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In the right menu bar while having the arrow selected, I went to the “Style” tab to change the color of the arrow to what I desired. I made 4 variations of this image by changing the color of the “delete” text and the color of the arrow and took screen shots of each of them.


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I took screen shots of the four variations I made and then went to photo shop to put them into one image. I went to “File” and selected “New” to create a new blank canvas.


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I then set the dimensions of the image in this dialogue box to what I desired. After I was done, I clicked “Ok” to create the blank canvas.



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After I created the blank canvas, I went to “File” and selected “Open” to open the 4 images I made of my custom tattoo.


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I then dragged the tabs containing the custom tattoo images down so I could have a vertical split view of the tattoo images and the blanks canvas.


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I could now simply drag and drop the image into the blank canvas one by one and move them around on the canvas to align them.


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After dragging all the images into the canvas and aligning them properly, I was ready to save the image.


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I went to “File” and selected “Save As” and saved the canvas as a new JPEG image.