But it was his garish bowling shirt that drew more attention than the unconventional Rosetta project scientist's words or ink - a collage of pinup girls in various states of undress.
Summarizing the firestorm, the Guardian proclaimed in a blog post: "ESA can land their robot on a comet. But they still can't see misogyny under their noses."
"I made a big mistake and I offended many people," he said, breaking down in tears. "And I'm very sorry about this." Watch Matt Taylor's apology: