Sunday, July 26, 2009

Should I get a food tattoo?

Pig parts, via silive.com

One of the chefs on the Baja trip and I were discussing food-oriented tattoos, and he talked lovingly of a favorite boning knife he's thinking of memorializing on an arm. I like the idea of getting a food tattoo -- even though I'm not a chef, I'm pretty sure I won't ever get tired of eating. But unlike the pig parts tramp stamp girl pictured above, I'm just not sure what would be the best subject. I love tamarind, for instance, but a tamarind pod would just look like an ugly blob, I'm afraid. I'll have to ask Octavio Becerra who did his nicely-detailed butcher knife. Guess it's time to peruse Flickr's Food Tattoos pool.
Have you seen any great food tattoos? Please email a photo if possible, or just describe it in the comments, and I'll let you know if I decide to get one.

(Palate's Octavio Becerra, via LAmag.com)

16 comments:

THE ACTORS DIET said...

yes you should. but i have no suggestions, sorry!

little ghost said...

not necessarily a tattoo you'd get...but i remembered the three owners of the unexpected restaurant--feast--in houston, tx, got three little piggy tattoos! they're pictured in the ny times article below. if you're ever in houston, feast is worth checking out!

http://events.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/dining/reviews/08note.html?pagewanted=all

L.A. Story said...

Yes! Tamarind tree? :)

Food GPS said...

What about a sizzling strip of bacon? A taco? Or maybe something dim sum related, since you're such a big fan of Chinese food?

winechef said...

I'm doing a book on tattooed chefs! Check out Inked Rogue Chefs .com There are some amazing ones out there. One of my favorites is the molecular code for sugar, another is a blue fin tuna that takes up his entire arm.

HerbyN said...

no you should not. do you really have to ask?

Vanilla Chunk said...

I would love a food tattoo, but what is my favorite food?

Cheese.
Hmmm.

what KIND of cheese????
must think...

it's either pho or cheese!

(that knife could be so easily misconstrued, btw)

Anonymous said...

No

Anonymous said...

frog ovary sacks
-t.d.

Anonymous said...

Octavio Becerra's tattoo was done by Craig Jackman (American Electric Tattoo Co.)

Kathy A. McDonald said...

A sardine or a picturesque escargot.

Pat said...

Thanks for the info on Octavio, that's actually where I got my other one. I like the taco and sardine ideas...

Amy said...
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Amy said...

Tom at Silver Lake Tattoo recently did my bee tattoo...which I realize is only sort of food-related.

I think he is really skilled, and his shop has no attitude or pretensions to hipsterdom. You might want to talk to him before getting your tattoo. He isn't a charmer, but he is really talented.

You can see my bee here: http://antler.tumblr.com/post/121265773/bee-on-me

Anonymous said...

A lot of my friends have food tattoos. Some are sushi rolls, a steak, a bbq grill, ice cream cone, fruits, the Simpson doughnut head...

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