Open Source Tattoos at OSCON


Most everyone who's anyone in the world of open source is getting ready for the O'Reilly Open Source Conference, which will be held in Portland, Ore., next week. This year marks the 10th anniversary of OSCON, and as always, the week is full of workshops, keynote speakers like Tim O'Reilly and Mark Shuttleworth, and events including the O'Reilly Open Source Awards, OSCamp2008, and the SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards.


The SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards will occur at 6 p.m. PT, Thursday, July 24, at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland. SourceForge always throws a great party for the CCAs, from what I've heard. But here's the really wacky part -- along with the award winners this year, SourceForge wants to show off open source tattoos.


Yes, you read that right. According to a SourceForge.net spokesperson, the community will pay for 10 volunteers to get tattoos next week at the tattoo parlor in the hotel and then show them off at Thursday's awards. From a SourceForge.net statement:

Participants have to be able to meet with Ross Turk, SourceForge's Community Manager, at the beginning of the week to get the gift certificate, they have to sign a couple waivers (one for the tattoo parlor and one for SourceForge), the tattoo has to be open source-themed or techy in nature, and they have to show up at the CCA party Thursday night.

E-mail Ross Turk if you want more details.