Foodie Tattoos for People Who Like to Eat

Whether they are foodies or farmers, generation ink is making sure their favorite dishes and ingredients are represented.

Garden Tattoo

The Man With the Garden Arm

Why a radish? "It was the first vegetable I successfully grew," says star chef Hugh Acheson. "I also grew up eating radish sandwiches."

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

Why a radish? "It was the first vegetable I successfully grew," says star chef Hugh Acheson. "I also grew up eating radish sandwiches."

It makes sense that the Gen X and Yers who have embraced food as a lifestyle pursuit and tattoos as an expression of personal identity would want to combine those two loves. And foodie tattoos are now certifiably and definitively a thing.

Garden Tattoo

Celebrity Chef

Celebrity chef, restaurant mogul and cookbook author (A New Turn in the South) Hugh Acheson shows his devotion to food and farm fare in his garden tattoo homage to a favorite veg.

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

Celebrity chef, restaurant mogul and cookbook author (A New Turn in the South) Hugh Acheson shows his devotion to food and farm fare in his garden tattoo homage to a favorite veg.

Chefs have long embraced food tattoos as a badge of industry honor. A number of chefs sport not just odes to their favorite ingredient, from pork (Atlanta's Gunshow chef Kevin Gillespie) to the radish (decorating Southern-centric chef Hugh Acheson). A surprising number put the chef's supporting player—the knife—front and center.

fire in my belly book

Fire in My Belly Book

Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie's new cookbook "Fire in My Belly" book.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Angie Mosier

Image courtesy of Angie Mosier

Check out some of these other great food tattoos.

Broccoli Is Boss

Chef and co-owner with his wife Lisa of Atlanta's popular Home Grown restaurant, Kevin Clark is an avid gardener and grows many of the vegetables that show up on his menu in a garden behind his restaurant. Clark sports a vividly detailed image of broccoli, a constant reminder of his love of food and gardening. But that's just one of his many tattoos: he also has a peach ("because I am from Georgia"), a parsnip and a hog decorating his appendages.

Garden Tattoo

Chef's Choice

Chef and co-owner with his wife Lisa of Atlanta's Home Grown restaurant, Kevin Clark is an avid gardener and grows many of the vegetables that show up on his menu in a garden behind his restaurant.

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

Garden Tattoo

Eat Your Veggies!

Chef and co-worker with his wife Lisa of Atlanta's popular Home Grown restaurant, Kevin Clark is an avid gardener and grows many of the vegetables that show up on his menu in a garden behind his restaurant. Kevin Clark sports a vividly detailed image of broccoli, a constant reminder of his love of food and gardening.

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

Garden Tattoo

F(arm)-Full

Restaurant owner Kevin Clark boasts a number of garden tattoos on his arm including a peach ("because I am from Georgia"), a parsnip and a hog.

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

Garden Tattoo

Peach State

Home Grown restaurant owner Kevin Clark wears an homage to his home state, a Georgia peach, on his bicep.

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

Garden Cornucopia

"My fruits and veggies tattoo features my favorite produce both to grow and to eat: eggplant, asparagus, red-leaf lettuce, Brussels sprouts, green bell pepper, apple, orange, grapes, cherries, grapes and tomato," says Amy Ellis, an Atlanta resident who works in technology.

Garden Tattoo

Green Goddess

"My fruits and veggies tattoo features my favorite produce both to grow and to eat: eggplant, asparagus, red-leaf lettuce, Brussels sprouts, green bell pepper, apple, orange, grapes, cherries, grapes and tomato," says Amy Ellis, who works in technology.

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

Artichoke Ink

Atlanta chef and owner of "boutique charcuterie" spot the Spotted Trotter Kevin Outzs'  tattoo was inspired by the logo to his first restaurant: an artichoke. He also sports a pig tattoo.

Garden Tattoo

Artichoke Ink

Kevin Outzs' tattoo was inspired by the logo to his first restaurant: an artichoke. He also sports a pig tattoo.

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

Top Tom

Atlanta artist Lindy Lane has a number of garden-related tattoos that remind her of her parents and grandparents, who all shared a love of gardening and farming. "All of my garden-related tattoos are sentimental, nostalgic symbols for people and places in my life," says Lane. "The green tomato on my leg is for my grandparents, who grew up on farms in Georgia," says Lane. "I spent a lot of my childhood on their land in Jesup, Georgia where they grew many fruits and veggies. My 'Mema' always made friend green tomatoes with her fresh tomatoes."

Garden Tattoo

One Tomato, Two Tomatoes

"The green tomato on my leg is for my grandparents, who grew up on farms in Georgia," says Lindy Lane. "I spent a lot of my childhood on their land in Jesup, Georgia where they grew many fruits and veggies. My 'Mema' always made friend green tomatoes with her fresh tomatoes."

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

"I have lemons and mint leaves on my foot that represent home and my mother," says Lindy Lane. "I grew up on St. Simons Island in Southeast Georgia. Growing up, my mother spent a fair amount of time outside, gardening in the yard. We had a lemon tree and my mother would often ask me to pick lemons and/or mint for dinner, be it for sweet tea or seafood."

Garden Tattoo

Sweet Memories

"I have lemons and mint leaves on my foot that represent home and my mother," says Lindy Lane. "I grew up on St. Simons Island in Southeast Georgia. Growing up, my mother spent a fair amount of time outside gardening in the yard. We had a lemon tree and my mother would often ask me to pick lemons and/or mint for dinner, be it for sweet tea or seafood."

Photo by: Photo by Jason Travis

Photo by Jason Travis

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