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There is a polyglot on the Stack Overflow page 404, as described here.

I'm just asking if it is okay, for me to make a tattoo of the polyglot.

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apart from breaking "thou shalt not inflict pain unto thyself", you mean? –  Jan Dvorak Aug 27 '13 at 3:31
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What you do with your body is of no concern to me. –  Makoto Aug 27 '13 at 3:38
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don't forget to add the Creative Commons attribution to the tattoo! –  jmac Aug 27 '13 at 4:06
    
@jmac I would be willing to accept "if you ask I will tell you" a sufficient form of attribution in case of tatoos. It's hard to imagine having a URL tatooed nearby - and ensuring it stays visible - though it might be a nice idea (if we ignore the fact I despise tattooos) –  Jan Dvorak Aug 27 '13 at 4:17
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Sorry @Jan -- it looks like the powers that be disagree! And I quote, "Visually indicate that the content is from Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine." -- that's the easy part though. The Share-alike part may be painful: "Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one." –  jmac Aug 27 '13 at 4:23
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Honestly though, this is a terrible tattoo. You actually want brainf*ck on your body, forever? Can't you do, like, a unicorn, a semicolon, or an infinity sign or something, like a normal person? –  Kobi Aug 27 '13 at 5:29
    
@Kobi What position are you in to criticize? –  Emrakul Aug 27 '13 at 5:58
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@Emrakul - Is “Don't do it” a valid answer? –  Kobi Aug 27 '13 at 6:01
    
@Kobi This person is free to do what they wish. Your statement was downright rude, and certainly not constructive. When you tell someone "why can't you do X like a normal person?" you're no longer being critical of the idea, but of the person, and in a rather harsh and rude way at that. –  Emrakul Aug 27 '13 at 6:07
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@Emrakul - That wasn't my intent at all. I always forget sarcasm doesn't pass well. Unicorns, semicolons, and infinity signs are complete cliches, and I used a casual register, so I thought it will be clear :). –  Kobi Aug 27 '13 at 6:12
    
@Kobi Just... be careful what you write. Remember, you're not commenting for the rest of Meta, you're commenting for the OP. Read what you write as someone who knows none of the memes of Meta, who is interested in getting a question answered, and who is extremely sensitve. Sarcasm is okay sometimes, but... please be careful of your audience in the future. Thank you! –  Emrakul Aug 27 '13 at 6:15
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Just remember that a tattoo is permanent. Stackoverflow's 404 page is likely not to be. Before you get this done (or any other tattoo for that matter) ask yourself how sick you're going to be of explaining it to people thirty years from now. –  Spudley Aug 27 '13 at 13:31

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To give a straight answer, yes, you can get it as a tattoo as all content is licensed under creative commons. At the bottom of each page you can find the following line:

site design / logo © 2013 stack exchange inc; user contributions licensed under cc-wiki with attribution required

This specific polyglot was a user contribution by Mark Rushakoff in this thread (and therefore falls under the CC portion). The actual design as shown on the 404 page, however, is property of stack exchange inc and cannot be used as-is without permission.

You can read through the lengthy legalese if you'd like, but the general concept is as follows:

You are free:

to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work

to Remix — to adapt the work

to make commercial use of the work

Under the following conditions:

Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

So you can use the code and diddle around with it as you'd please (or use it as is) and it would not be in violation so long as you properly attribute it to Stack Overflow. In the linked blog post for attribution, the rules are as follows:

So let me clarify what we mean by attribution. If you republish this content, we require that you:

  1. Visually indicate that the content is from Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User in some way. It doesn’t have to be obnoxious; a discreet text blurb is fine.
  2. Hyperlink directly to the original question on the source site (e.g., http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12345)
  3. Show the author names for every question and answer
  4. Hyperlink each author name directly back to their user profile page on the source site (e.g., http://stackoverflow.com/users/12345/username)

So you would need to link to the thread, show the author name (Mark Rushakoff), visually show it came from stack overflow, and link to Mark's user profile.

The tattoo design that you use would also be required to be licensed under the same creative commons (and since everyone loves polyglots, I'm sure it would be all the rage with your friends who would get their own).

This is all without having to ask for permission at all!

Of course, you may get specific permission from Mark Rushkoff (since he owns the material according to the Terms of Service as best as I can understand it as a non-lawyer) to use it without visual attribution or requiring to share the designs under share-alike. You should consult a copyright attorney to figure out how copyright applies to tattoo designs, and to confirm the above to be sure. Or you could just get it done and hope that StackExchange doesn't pursue a lawsuit filled with unicorns for expert witnesses, and many exhibits consisting of freehand circles.

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