Careful, Lightning Can Cause Tattoos - Lichtenberg Figures
The two men above were struck by lightning. The red patterns that appeared on their skin after surviving being struck are called Lichtenberg figures. Its the shape electric discharges make after passing through an object. A tattoo straight from the skies.
The figure was named after German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg who discovered and studied them in the 1770s. Whether the electricity passes through a metal plate or human skin, the figure comes out the same. They are also classified, along with snowflakes, as fractals.
The first picture shows modern 3-D Lichtenberg Figures or “Electrical Treeing” in a block of clear acrylic. The fractal discharge pattern is believed to extend down to the molecular level.