Years ago, strict policies and dress codes adapted by the F&B industry forbade or discouraged chefs, baristas and even bartenders from having highly visible tattoos on their bodies, but the emergence of independent restaurants and neighborhood bars, and the rise of the art of mixology have slowly altered the status quo, having bred a new kind of culinary scene that encourages creativity and expression in all forms. Tattoos are not so taboo these days, and body art on those who prepare your food and mix your drinks have become more commonplace, if not expected. Striking, awe-inspiring, intimidating, these inked expressions of art inspire mixed feelings, not to mention a few questions. You’ve probably wondered about the stories behind the tattoos of some of your neighborhood baristas, but never had the chance to ask. Time Out Bangkok does the job for you.
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