Oh, food. You wonderful, delicious, life-giving, gift. You bring us joy when we’re sad. You bring us comfort when we’re lonely. Food is one of the best things on the planet and eating some good grub can immediately transport you to memories of enjoying meals with friends and family. It should come as no surprise that many people delight in getting tasteful tattoos of their favorite foods as a form of self-expression.
Chefs and others in the food industry have long been fans of the humble food tattoo, getting knives, and butcher outlines, and other beloved tools of the trade. We’re happy that others are willing to wear their love for a certain foodstuff on their body. After all, there’s nothing better than sharing a satisfying meal with the people you love. It’s no different with tattoo designs! Here are 25 mouthwatering food tattoos that put the menu off the table and into the world.
A Taco Cutie
This taco makes us want al pastor right this instant! Look at that cute little wink! We also spot a teeny tiny cupcake nearby for dessert.
Why so Sad Berry?
This sad, sliced strawberry was a choice. Perhaps this little guy wanted some more time on the vine. Alas, this tattoo is done in a traditional style with minimal detail which make it a blast.
Fry that dough! This fun iced donut tattoo is dotted with colorful sprinkles and surrounded by some very cute little flowers. Donuts are a lifestyle and this tattoo honors that attitude.
Let Them Eat Cake
Yes, let them eat the sprinkles! This very cute slice of chocolate cake makes for a fabulous dessert tattoo that will surely be a hit among people who love to indulge their sweet tooth.
Give ’em the Beet
This is the weirdest tattoo on the planet! Okay. Probably not, but it is a cross between an anatomical heart and a root vegetable. “Keep beeting” it says and we’re not sure who or what that message is for.
Everyone’s favorite sandwich, the cheeseburger has it all! It’s got the meat, the crunchy pickles, the creamy cheese, the tart and sweet tomato. What’s not to love?
Slurps, Sips, and Chopsticks
The Japanese blessed the world with the greatest soup of all time, ramen. This playful and fun bowl of slurpy goodness is a fun reminder that there’s nothing better served in a bowl.
Happy to Meat You
Slow rotisseried mystery meat is one of the finest things you’ll ever put in your mouth! This wonderfully detailed tattoo of a doner kebab really hits the spot.
She Said ‘Dark Meat!’
Of all the pieces of chicken (there are like six, right?) the drumstick has got to be one of the most universally beloved. It comes with a little bone handle! What more could we ask for?
Look at the rice detail here in this sushi tattoo. The vibrant colors of the fish paired with the backdrop of the red sun really makes this tattoo design delicious.
Cute as a Cupcake
Icing lovers of the world unite and rally behind the cupcake tattoo! This simple, yet fun cupcake tattoo is topped with sprinkles and a sweet little cherry. What a blast!
A Little Fruity Friend
We’ve never met a slice of watermelon with a face and limbs, but we’re not opposed to the idea. This delicate watermelon tattoo is aided by the addition of fine, black lines to create a character. This is micro tattooing at its best!
Of all the foods that ever food-ed, pizza might be the most beloved around the world. Its ease and deliciousness make it the perfect, portable meal. We don’t know why this slice has a cat’s face, but people seem to see a lot of life in their foods.
Wow! There are a lot of foods swirling around this energetic tattoo design. Marinara, mushrooms, spaghetti, garlic, and more all showed up to this party. Yes, we’re craving a spicy meatball now.
A Sour Mood
Is this a bad apple? We all get a little moody at times so don’t let this tattoo’s sour disposition get you down.
Don’t Get it Twisted
Pretzels are so freaking good and they make complete and total sense when you eat them. Why then has the quote, “Life doesn’t make narrative sense” attributed to this perfect food. This pretzel’s life sure does!
Never Say ‘No’ to Noodles
What a cute takeout box filled with delicious noodles. Few joys in life compare to eating a giant block of salty, slimy noodles straight from the box. We love this design and the tattoo artist’s use of superfine lines to achieve such a sharp look.
We thought we loved every food with reckless abandon, but we’ve been outdone. This dude got a whole menu tattooed on his chest! #cheflife
That Ends That Debate
Well, this slice of pizza settled the score. The fierce debate regarding pineapple’s place on pizza has been raging for decades. You either love it or hate it and this person clearly took a position.
We’re all ears for this tattoo! Wait? Too corny? In all seriousness, this tattoo of corn is pretty remarkable and well-executed. We love the highlight on each one of the kernels.
Bagels are a superfood that are the perfect choice for breakfast in almost any situation. While people hold strong opinions about their preferred flavor and schmear, bagels are universally treasured.
Hot People Love Spicy Food
A chef got this incredible watercolor tattoo of pepper. It’s bursting with color and movement just like the heat that radiates from your preferred chili.
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Grill that Cheese!
The humble grilled cheese is comfort food that many of us return to again and again. This sandwich is being pierced by a knife, which leads us to beg the question: is this sandwich being cut down-the-middle or horizontally?
Chicago Dog or Death
Of all the dogs: chili dogs, cheese dogs, kraut dogs, etc. None top the brilliance of the Chicago dog. Spicy, salty, savory, sweet, juicy, and sour this dog has it all! If you know, you know.
A Classic for a Sweet Tooth
A hot fudge sundae is an ice cream parlor classic that never disappoints. This tattoo is no exception! Topped with all your faves, we bet this has you craving some ice cream now!
Tattoos are personal forms of expression that let the world know what we love. These 25 food tattoos express a love of beloved foods that always make us smile. We hope you enjoyed them and feel inspired to get a tattoo of whatever the heck you want.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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