I have very little background in chemistry, so forgive me if I sound ridiculous and uneducated.

I want to have a tattoo designed in honor if my spine surgery that I had. I think that molecular structures (I think that's what its called -- the hexagonal structure stuff?) look pretty cool and I'd like to look into getting something like that.

Anyways, I dug some stuff up and came up with the alloy that orthopedic implants are usually made of, 6AL-4V ELI. Now, this is where I get stupid. Do alloys have molecular compositions at all? And if so, what would this one look like? If I just sound dumb right now and there is none, is there an alternative structure that could be used?

Again, I'm sorry if this is a silly question and is just wasting time, but this surgery is something I'm really passionate about and I would really like to have something visual to represent it by.

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    $\begingroup$ No, alloys don't have molecular structure, only domains at best. People obsessed with tattoos usually prefer certain organic molecules instead. Also, congrats on a successful surgery! $\endgroup$ – andselisk Sep 22 '17 at 6:05
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    $\begingroup$ No prob; do you want something compact, or elongated, say, hexagon chain along the spine? $\endgroup$ – andselisk Sep 22 '17 at 6:07
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    $\begingroup$ @paracetamol People want to imprint the stuff that makes them happy, or remind of something important. So molecules of drugs and hormones are the obvious choice. There was a related CSE question on a tattoo resembling a steel alloy used for crossfit weights or something; a woman won a competition and decided to make a tattoo, so it's not all that uncommon:) $\endgroup$ – andselisk Sep 22 '17 at 6:13
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    $\begingroup$ @andselisk Yup, I remember the steel-alloy-weight thingy. I also happen to remember one where the OP wanted to tattoo a molecule of LSD on her arm (think you might've seen that) ;) $\endgroup$ – paracetamol Sep 22 '17 at 6:32
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    $\begingroup$ @Julia 6AL-4V ELI alloy is mostly titanium, so maybe you can use it's electron shell configuration as a basis. Just an idea. $\endgroup$ – andselisk Sep 22 '17 at 6:39

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