How much do you love food? Enough to eat it, sure. Enough to cook it, probably. Enough to draw or paint it, perhaps. How about enough to have it permanently on you in the form of a tattoo? Food tattoos are something that used to be only for chefs and major foodies, but now it’s growing into a bigger trend with those that aren’t the completely food obsessed!
The Globe and Mail’s Wency Leung did an article on this new tattoo trend, speaking with one woman who has ice cream on her leg and a banana split on her arm, amongst other food items. When asked about the tattoos she says that they represent fond childhood memories and show off her favorite treats when she was young. She also believes that food tattoos are becoming more fashionable, since she’s seeing more of them on people than when she started her own food theme 4 years ago.
Cohen Floch, a tattoo artist, told The Globe that, “I think that food holds powerful associations for a lot of people. Tattoos … can commemorate certain times in an individual’s life. [They] can remind us of certain people or actions. … For some, food ends up being the best way to express all of that.” Mr. Floch has also seen an increase in clients wanting food related art to be a permanent addition to themselves.
Food tattoos may be relatively new, but the symbolism to the people who get them isn’t. A tattoo of a favorite fruit, vegetable or dish may be a new way to express a time in someone’s life or just the love that people have of food besides just cooking, eating, and traditional art!
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