Editors Note: Our partners over at Intel’s internal Circuit News recently scoured the world within Intel for well, employee body art. What they found was not that surprising, Intel employees just like millions of others across the globe like tattoos. But for an engineering company steeped in a history rife with pocket-protectors, bunny suits, and geek eyewear (now chic), we thought you might like to meet some of Intel’s painted people. The following is a sample of Intel staffers (and one very dedicated fan) found in virtually every geography around the world, with a variety of job descriptions in a diverse range of business groups.
Fairies. Dragons. Leprechauns. Paw prints. Chakras. A praying mantis. There’s no end to the variety of tattoos Intel employees have indelibly inked onto themselves.
We found tattoos in Amsterdam, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. We found them adorning the bodies of engineers, layout designers, manufacturing technicians, finance analysts, facility managers, and more. Even a technical assistant for a senior executive. We also found a walking billboard in Damien Bayless, who is not an Intel employee but probably should be.
Name: Yendry Zamorapiedra
Job: Infrastructure automation services, Intel IT
Flower power: Lotus flowers often grow in muddy waters and beautifully emerge at the surface—a great metaphor for Yendry: “I see myself in the lotus, as someone who went through a hard time and is now coming out of it.”
Name: Alfredo Zangara
Job: Business architect, Intel Architecture Group
Gemini tribute: The twin dragons on Alfredo’s forearms are in honor of his wife, who is a Gemini. He decided on dragon tattoos because “Chinese dragons signify creative energy and good fortune.”
Name: Keven Woo
Job: Product development engineer, Intel Architecture Group
Hawaiian princess: The gorgeous woman on Keven’s leg is his girlfriend of two years, Veronica, who is of Hawaiian and Columbian heritage. “I’ve always wanted a Hawaiian girl on my leg—why not use the real thing?” laughs Keven.
Name: Smitha Rao
Job: Visual platform group India operations manager, Intel Architecture Group
Fighting off evil: Smitha’s tattoo is a modified version of the Sudarshan Chakra (with a yin yang in the center instead of a “Om” symbol). According the Hindu mythology, the Sudarshan Chakra is called upon to destroy the enemy.
Name: Jenny Walker-Liddell
Job: Quality engineer, Intel Technology and Manufacturing Group
Geek chic: Jenny’s first tattoo—she got it in 2002—is a mathematical pun, a triangle with an eye over an equal sign. “It’s a way of symbolizing commitment to think for myself.”
Name: Henry Moreno
Job: Layout designer, Intel Architecture Group
Hey! That looks familiar! Henry worked on Intel’s high-end enthusiast gaming platform code-named Skulltrail back in 2007. “I always wanted a skull, but after working on the layout, I decided to get a modified version of the Skulltrail logo tattooed.” Henry has numerous other tattoos, many of which reflect his Mexican and Native American heritage. “My tattoos are a like a walking Photoshop of my experiences, history, and culture.”
Name: TJ Topacio
Job: Fab 68 finance analyst, Intel Finance
Impulse buy: TJ—from Dalian, China—chose this design from a tattoo shop in the Philippines on a whim. It’s a tribal sun with the eye of Horus—an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health—in the center.
Name: Beth Butrymowicz
Job: Global media manager, Intel Sales and Marketing Group
Coastal girl: Growing up on the New Jersey coast, Beth grew to love everything about the ocean, including traditional American sailor tattoos. She now lives on the other coast—in California—and continues to work on her full-sleeve tattoos.
Name: Mark Mahony
Job: Customer business analyst, Intel Sales and Marketing Group
Incubus inspiration: A fan of Brandon Boyd from American rock band Incubus, Mark’s tattoo is inspired by the artist’s work. “My tattoo was done on a small island in Indonesia while backpacking a few years ago in a tiny shack overlooking the ocean—the tattooist had a pet monkey called Captain Jack!”
Name: Emilio Diaz Zamora
Job: Server development engineer, Intel Architecture Group
Guardian angel: Emilio—who works in Costa Rica—got his tattoo two years ago. “That’s my guardian angel; it represents all the people around me that care about me, my family and friends.”
Name: Randy Huff
Job: Network engineer, Intel Architecture Group
Fighting real fires: After he fights email fires via Outlook, Randy leaves work and battles the real thing as a volunteer firefighter in Banks, Oregon. “I’ve been doing it for six years and I wanted to commemorate the work I do.”
Name: Tatiana Afonso
Job: Facilities planner, Intel Finance
Fairy fan: “I’m crazy about fairies,” says Tatiana, who works in Brazil’s Sao Paolo office. “This tattoo symbolizes the youth that I will always carry inside me.”
Name: Natalia Sanchez Orozco
Job: Costa Rica accounts payable, Finance
My favorite things: For this tattoo lover and art aficionado, sometimes you don’t need a reason to get inked. Natalia’s tattoos are of all her favorite things, including cupcakes, Hello Kitty, and, pictured here, a green squirrel from Happy Three Friends, a cartoon series.
Name: Michael Holthouser
Job: Advanced platform designer, Intel Architecture Group
The balance of things: Michael has seven tattoos; half are “hot signs,” half are “cool.” This praying mantis is a cool sign, as they are calculating and methodical, reflecting how Michael approaches his job and life. This praying mantis balances the “hot” scorpion that he has tattooed on his back.
Name: Giap Mai Hung (Leo)
Job: Vietnam Staffing account manager, HR
Go fish! Leo tattooed a koi— a symbol of aspiration and advancement—on his back as a constant reminder to pursue his goals.
Name: Saskia Van Tulden
Job: Assistant facility manager,Intel Amsterdam, Corporate Services
For a job well done: After successfully quitting smoking and exercising to lose weight, Saskia rewarded her healthy efforts with a floral tattoo in her favorite colors—pink and purple.
Name: Victor Duran Sanchez
Job: Costa Rica logistics customer service, Intel Technology and Manufacturing Group
Legs of steel: The tattoo on Victor’s right leg is of a Viking sword with a parchment that reads “We miss you.” It’s dedicated to loved ones who passed away. His left leg features Thor’s—the Norse god of thunder—hammer. The hammer represents power, strength and lightning in Norse mythology.
Name: Alexis Crowell
Job: Technical Assistant to Reneé James, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Software and Solutions Group
Not the type: “The best reactions are from people that never believed I would be the tattoo type—the disbelief is always a little fun!” Alexis got these Stargazer lilies for her birthday in 2010 as a reminder that loved ones are always close at hand, no matter where she is in the world.
Name: Gerry MacAuley
Job: Engineering technician, Intel Technology and Manufacturing Group
The romantic: The night before his wedding, Gerry surprised his wife-to-be—and the entire wedding party—with a tattoo of his nickname for her, “sweet bee.
Name: Brandon Kennedy
Job: Validation engineer, Intel Architecture Group
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! An ongoing work of art, Brandon’s malevolent leprechaun pays homage to his Irish heritage. Before becoming an engineer, Brandon managed a tattoo shop. “Tattoos are interesting—I like that they are permanent forms of expression.”
Name: Renee Mueller
Job: HR Administrative Assistant
Tat trust: After she lost her husband to cancer two years ago, Renee decided to get this tattoo as a symbol of her Christian faith. “I’m just trusting in God’s plan.”
Name: Pablo Castro Mora
Job: HR Relocation associate
Dream on: A big fan of Sigmund Freud—who believed our subconscious comes to life when we sleep—Pablo chose a Maori mask to symbolize dreams.
Name: Matt Daily
Job: D1D Manufacturing technician, Intel Technology and Manufacturing Group
Itchy tats: A big fan of dragons, Matt’s working on expanding his little monster to fill his entire arm. What’s it like to work in a bunny suit with a fresh tattoo? “Itchy.”
Name: Jayne May
Job: Supply network capability communications, Intel IT
All in the family: After Jayne’s daughter, Rebecca, convinced her to get a tattoo, Jayne chose to ink her daughter’s name on her ankle, along with a tiny paw print because she’s always called Rebecca “little cat.”
Whoa! You’ve got to be kidding: When we first heard about Damien Bayless, we strongly suspected Photoshop shenanigans. Nope, his tat is the real thing. Damien—ok, he’s not an Intel employee, we made a special exception—is a service tech for Superior Computer Sales in Ontario, Canada. He picked up his tat in early March at an Intel conference in—where else?—Las Vegas.
“When people see it, their jaw hits the floor,” Damien said. Intel’s Megan Buechler, who was watching said she can vouch for the fact that he wasn’t drunk when he had it done. “I can vouch for the fact…” she said. Any buyer’s remorse? “Absolutely not,” says Damien. “I am a real Intel fan boy.”