From Lissajous to Pas de Deux to Tattoo: The Graphic Life of a Beautiful Loop

Douglas McKenna
Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)
Pages 295–302 Regular Papers


The author re-implemented of a custom drawing technique—developed nearly 30 years ago for large pen plotter artwork—in order to redraw an aesthetically tuned, calligraphically widened, compound Lissajous figure, only to find it rendered a third time in an unusual medium for mathematical art: as a tattoo.