Learn the romantic story behind Tao’s Executive Chef John Villa’s tattoo of Cupid and Psyche.
“We all know that I’m a chef so my interest in a food tattoo just made sense – as long as tattoos are something that make sense to you.”
Ryan Hayes is the Sous Chef at the Empire Diner. Except for the 718 on his fingers, which is the area code for Brooklyn where he lives, Ryan had no preconceived plan for his tats. Usually he has the tattoo artist try one of their new designs at a discounted...
Chef Sean MckEnna is currently the Poissonier at Bâtard. My right arm was a full sleeve done on Long Island. It's an Asian style based around the elephant Buddha which is by my shoulder. My left arm I got all-American traditional style done piece by piece in...
“The story behind my sleeve goes back to an old story of a rooster in Portuguese culture. The rooster saves an innocent man’s life and is now considered a symbol of good luck.”
“So I was always terrified of the end of the world and the apocalypse. What is it, 2012? I saw it on the History channel when I was 18, and I was convinced for years I was gonna die.”
“My right arm is based on a book called Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I had a friend of mine read the book and just do the drawings. I let him interpret it how he wanted to.
“My tattoos are big food fights, which represents my 35 years of cooking. Having fun with…
This is a famous portrait of Cupid and Psyche. It’s about two people that did whatever they could to be with one another. To me, it symbolizes my relationship with my wife; we have been together since we were teenagers.
Giuseppe is the Sous Chef at Lavo and an artist when he’s not cooking. He made some drawings for the tattoo artist reproduced.