Nerdy Dirty (Nicole Martinez)

Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors. – Sheldon, Big Bang Theory

So what are your guilty pleasures? Mine?  Extra large meat and cheese plates, BYOW establishments, bubble baths with lavender and sandlewood scented candles — and every once in a while — Big Bang Theory marathons. Pardon my aside, but that show is simply brilliant. Few sitcoms get a laugh out of me the way that Big Bang does, and the producers have one character to thank for that: Sheldon Cooper.

A master of geekdom, incapable of relating to others and mired in self-focused routine, Sheldon is on the surface nearly every woman’s nightmare. He has got a dry and condescending way about him, not to mention a misguided sense of fashion, but the truth is that he is in his own way a little charming.

One of the more amusing plot twists on Big Bang as of late is Sheldon’s romantic relationship with homely neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler.  Between Sheldon’s inability to express love — or even momentary affection — and Amy’s ‘by the book’ approach to intimacy, the couple’s interactions are uncomfortable and at times painful to watch.  I have secretly been hoping to witness a breakthrough moment between the two characters. Cue Boston-based illustrator Nicole Martinez and her Nerdy Dirty postcard series.

When I first saw these postcards, three thoughts came to mind: (1) I want to send one, (2) I would love to receive one, and (3) this would be an incredible candidate for product placement on Big Bang Theory. I can already envision an entire episode centered around these things. If only I had an in at CBS.

Though there is nothing particularly striking about the artwork, I find Martinez’s postcard concept amusing. Minimalistic and lab-inspired, her illustrations are a refreshing combination of innocence and innuendo. The fact that the witty flirtations are meant to be sent through the mail rather than given in-person is even more fitting with the nerd-driven theme.

It is unlikely that these postcards will make it into Sheldon or Amy’s hands on Big Bang any time soon, but what might be equally as entertaining is for you to have one for yourself. Check out Martinez’s shop at Society6 — maybe you’ll find a playful gem there to surprise someone you care about.

About the author

Yolanda Muchnik is the Founder of Aliveasart. A working professional with a passion for the visual and performing arts, she's got a soft spot for all things creative. In addition to ten years of formal dance training, Yolanda has experience as a graphic artist, a management and strategy consultant, and digital marketer.