Gallery: Sweet Ink: 7 Cool Sugar-Inspired Tattoos

Stephen Collucci, pastry chef at Colicchio & Sons, NYC
Stephen Collucci, pastry chef at Colicchio & Sons, NYC
"I've wanted a pastry-related tattoo for quite some time, but wanted to be very sure about it before I actually went ahead and got inked. I wanted to display the passion I have for my craft, but do so in a tasteful way without choosing anything too feminine (which is hard to do in the pastry world). Trickling macarons down my arm didn't seem to fit the bill. I wanted something that felt like me and opted to get "zucchero," Italian for "sugar" tattooed on my forearm. So much of who I am as a chef is a result of my Italian upbringing and this tattoo pays tribute to my passion for pastry and my family. I'm going to let this tattoo heal first, but if I'm up for it, I may tattoo "spezie," "spice," on my other forearm. We'll see how it goes..."—Chef Collucci
Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes
Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes
"I got this tattoo when I knew for sure that baking would be my career. I have been doing this for a long time now, and even if I stop professionally, baking will be a part of my life forever. When people look at me, they sometimes have a hard time believing I'm a cake decorator, but the first thing I do is show them the whisk. I chose a whisk because it's one of the basic, essential tools for baking—that, and your hands."—Chef Goldman

Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes [Photograph: Vince Lupo/Direction One]

Chef Darin Sturgill of Kachina Southwestern Grill
Chef Darin Sturgill of Kachina Southwestern Grill
"They represent my 3 evils, the things I always go to when i'm tired or cooking. Mt. dew, gummy bears and cupcakes"—Chef Darin
Chrissy Dieu, Events Manager, Chambers Eat & Drink
Chrissy Dieu, Events Manager, Chambers Eat & Drink
"I'm pretty heavily tattooed at this point in my life and I can certainly say my work has evolved quite a bit from when I first starting getting tattoos. I look back at some of my older tattoos such as the cupcake piece and it brings me back to my youth and my playful days. A tattoo artist friend of mine who made the tattoo gave me this piece as a birthday gift, he added the crossbones to make it more me—to give it more spunk. Nothing more appropriate than a wicked little cupcake for my birthday'"—Chrissie Dieu
Gina Velocci of A Toute Heure
Gina Velocci of A Toute Heure
"I wanted something related to pastry and chose the piping bag because I think of it as the most useful and versatile of pastry tools. I try to dabble in all sides of pastry- cakes, pies, cookies, ice creams, and more. I think the pastry bag comes in handy for all of those dishes, so that's why I went with this tattoo."—Chef Velocci
A friend of a friend
A friend of a friend
"'I'm addicted to sugar and think life is filled with sweet things."