Knives and Needles

Where Chefs can talk tattoos and Tattooers can talk food

Hi, my name is Marcus

Hi everyone! I’d like to introduce myself to you as a member of this great blog. My name is Marcus and I am a lover of food & tattoos. I manage the awesome tattoo shop State Of Grace in San Jose’s Japantown. I had the honor of being asked to work there with all the amazing artists and now I have the honor of being  invited to be part of this awesome blog! I can’t believe how fortunate I’ve been!

I love all types of food and am willing to try anything once. Although my favorite cuisine would be Vietnamese. The combination of textures and flavors within single dishes are compelling to me. So in the coming weeks I hope to share my recipes, food adventures, interviews, and random thoughts with you. Cheers!


A tattoo I got in NYC.


My left arm by Jill Bonny.
marcus at orenchi

Downing a bowl of ramen at Orenchi!

tengu thigh

Tengu and Kitsune masks on  my thigh by Drew Flores.

marcus and horiken

Horiken-san and I at UC Santa Barbara. He did a tebori demonstration and I was the subject.

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