Thorn Choker

Julianne Quiday (Just Julie)

Katrina Larson (Kat)



After realizing that the weather was/is changing drastically, we decided to make a tattoo corresponding to global warming. We made a thorn vine tattoo choker where the thorns each represent a month of the year, and the size varying depending on the temperature anomaly for each month. The more degrees it is over the average, the bigger the bud, and vice versa. More will be explained below on the data, but this is basically a way to increase awareness about the drastic changes in temperature and how it’ll only grow from here if the human race doesn’t do anything about it.

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The Data

Using the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) we were able to find the temperature anomalies each month for the past year.

This data represents the way that temperature is being altered by climate change. Since climate change is an inherently negative topic, we wanted to translate the data into something with an equally negative connotation.






We were initially going to do a rose bud vine but we realized that if our topic of research was going to be something unfortunate, we should stick to a darker design.


Thorns are a part of nature, but they cause pain to other species, just like rising temperatures. Each thorn’s size is proportional to the temperature’s departure from average for a specific month.

The neck placement was chosen to visualize how these temperature changes can harm humans, with larger thorns (anomalies) causing more damage.  We are edgy. Idk if you knew that

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