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Sean Yanagi

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Sean Yanagi is a talented chef who gets tattooed by my friend Jill Bonny aka Horiyuki of State of Grace Tattoo Studio. I met him the other day and we got talking about restaurants and cooking. So it was only natural to interview him for this blog!! Read on and find out Sean’s thoughts on food and tattoos! Cheers!

Molly: Tell me a bit about yourself, please include what you are doing now

Sean: My name is Sean Yanagi and currently a line cook. At an early age I’ve always been enriched in food and the culture through family and just a natural curiosity but never really started to cook myself besides a microwave and late night top ramen till my late 20’s. Unwittingly I found cooking as a new hobby, Since then I’ve been hooked. School was really never meant for me so I spent most my career in the bleak hole of retail. After a long and an impassionate day of work I’d come home to cook off works stress and found cooking calming and therapeutic. Cooking a satisfying meal would simmer away all the loathing I had in the day’s work of retail. I decided I wanted to cook as a profession and once I started I felt right at home, working with people that actually had passion for what they do and worked to at least their best abilities. These eccentric, oddball misfits was an environment of people I felt at ease with where I can speak my mind and keep it real no bullshit aside. “By the ticket, take the ride” so to speak

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M: I always loved that about cooking, every kitchen is a motley crew! What is your favorite thing to cook?

S: My favorite thing to cook is anything low and slow to some good music, like cooking up some Gumbo to the sounds of Sidney Bechet or a nice Bolognese relaxing to some Pavarotti.

M: Woah, cool!  When did you get your first tattoo?

S: i got my first tattoo when i was 21, i wanted something i would not regret so i got my last name

M: Nice! Who do you admire in the tattoo industry?

S: The work that really caught my eye was from Jill Horiyuki Bonny. When looking for Japanese style tattooing I really appreciated her attention to detail, her work with color and classic style in her art. I also admire Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura, Luke Stewart for Japanese art and Jun Cha for black and grey all artist I’d like to get work from done.

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M: Thos are all really great artists and people! Do you go to any convention, if so which ones?

S: None

M: Why do you think so many chefs are heavily tattooed?

S: I feel cooking and the art of tattooing come together well because each has its creativity, freedom, culture, history and boldness, all ingredients that on the  palate bind well together naturally.

M:  What is your next tattoo gona be?

S: I’m in the progress for getting a 3 quarter sleeve Japanese cherry Blossoms in the wind

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M: What cooking magazines do you read?

S: Bon Appetit and Food and Wine

M: Love those! Do you own any tattoo magazines?

S: None

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M: Any cooking advice for a novice?

S: Always prep ingredients ahead of time before you start cooking called “Mise en Place” you’ll find the cooking experience more enjoyable and learn more from it. Also use your instincts, if you feel something is not right change it remember its just cooking have some fun with it.

Sean gave us an amazing recipe for beef yakiniku! Yakiniku is grilled beef Korean style and its one of my personal favorites! Thank you Sean!!

*Sorry I measure my ingredients by eye  so if you don’t feel comfortable you can buy pre made Yakiniku sauce at the Japanese market

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Yanagi’s Beef Yakiniku With Shishito Peppers

  • Flank Steak (or sliced Flat meat specifically for Yakiniku at the Japanese market) Preferred

Yakiniku Glaze and marinade

  • Japanese Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sake
  • Mirin
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Minced Ginger
  • Minced Garlic
  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • Japanese Spices(Shichimi Togarashi)
  • Scallions
  • Hondashi
  • Black n White Sesame(for garnish)

1.               mix all ingredients and steak into zip locked bag and marinade for at least 4 hours

2.               mix another batch of Yakiniku sauce and cook to reduce in a sauce pot to make a nice glaze(add corn starch mixed with cold water if sauce hasn’t thicken enough)*make sure there are no m

lumps in corn starch mixture

3.               Grill beef to your liking.

4.               lay beef over a bed of Japanese rice and drizzle with Yakiniku Glaze then add a layer of sautéed Shishito Pepper and zest Yuzu on top

Sautéed Shishito Peppers

  • Shishito Peppers( Sliced)
  • Kumquat(Thinly sliced)
  • Oil
  • Yuzu zest
  • Ponzu sauce
  • Shichimi Togarashi
  • Scallions

1.     Heat oil in sauté pan on medium high heat, add peppers, scallions and Shichimi Togarashi spice when oil is hot.

2.     cook until peppers are slightly still crunchy to the bit

3.     add kumquat, yuzu and ponzu sauce to mix in and turn off heat and set aside

 

sean tokyo

Thank you Sean!!!!

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Tattoo Tuesday

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Tattoo Tuesday by Chris Mercer!!  Thank you Chris!!

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Cheers!

Tomatoes

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Well October has arrived and what better way to start the scariest month of the year than to bring up the creepy, scary tomato. What do you mean the scary tomato, you ask? Well for over 200 hundred years the tomato was considered an inedible and poisonous plant. The tomato was dangerous food to eat as many people wound up sick after eating the fruit. This was because at that time aristocrats ate off of mostly pewter plates with pewter utensils. Lead in the pewter broke down and leeched into the highly acidic tomatoes.  This obviously led to lead poisoning (ba da bum ching!). The tomato was considered a Solanceae plant in Europe, the same category as the mandrake or the deadly nightshade (deadly and ominous plants). Tomatoes did not shed its infamous rep until around the 1800’s around the time the pizza was invented in Italy.

The plump veggie/fruit had a much better reputation in Mesoamerica, where they originated. Ironically, Tomatoes were brought to Europe by early explorers and brought back to the Americas with the Italians who paid little attention to their reputation and regularly enjoyed eating them. Thus the pizza, thank you Italy!

The name, tomato, comes from the Aztec word, tomatl. And In German history, the tomato was thought to conjure werewolves and was integral in lycanology. Creepy!

Nutritionally tomatoes are the ‘renaissance man’ of nutrition. Tomatoes are jam-packed with Vitamins A, C, K, B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium. They help fight sun damage to your hair, skin, improve bone mass, and are a natural cancer fighter.  The tomato also regulates blood sugar and is an anti-inflammatory. What a talented food!

Lastly, there are many varieties of tomatoes. Many, many, many, many varieties. There are literally too many to name! Here is a good resource to read up on the different varieites, http://njaes.rutgers.edu/tomato-varieties/.  You will be surprised on how many there actually are! Choosing ripe tomatoes is not that difficult. Make sure the skin is unbroken and intact and the tomato should be plump yet firm not squishy or too juicy. The squishy ones will be good for cooking sauces or soups with, however.

One more note: the acid from tomatoes and the lining of cans (BPA or Bisphenal-A ) are not a good mix. It is more of a health risk with fetuses, infants and small children. So buy glass canned tomatoes whenever possible!!

Her is my recipe for basic tomato sauce, it never fails to impress people! And you can freeze it!

1- 1 1/4c olive oil

10 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

4 yellow onions, roughly chopped

4-6 fresh Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped

4 TBLS dried oregano

1 tsp dried chili flakes

1/4c red wine

4 16oz jars of glass jarred tomatoes (I found them at Costco of all places!)

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat 1/2c of the olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium-high. Add the garlic, onions, fresh tomatoes, and chili flakes. Let the onions sweat until they are starting to turn translucent and become soft. Add the wine and cook off the alcohol, about 2-3 minutes. When the alcohol is cooked off, add the jarred tomatoes and bring the sauce to a very slow simmer. It should bubble every 2-3 seconds, not a full rolling simmer. Turn the heat down and let slowly simmer for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, transfer to a blender or use a hand blender and puree the sauce smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now let the sauce cool and then divide it into plastic containers in portions you will eat later and place in the freezer. Enjoy!!

Get out and buys some tomatoes today and enoy this amazing food!!

Cheers!

Photo by the lovely Michelle Roberts!!

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Tattoo Tuesday

ImageTattoo Tuesday done by none other than Timothy Hoyer!! Thank you Timothy!

Send us your food tattoos or recipes, we would love to feature you!

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Cheers!

 

Jeff Gogue

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I had heard Jeff Gogue was a foodie through my husband. So imagine how excited I was to hear that Jeff had agreed to have a chat with me about food. This was the first time I had ever gotten the chance to sit down with Jeff one-on-one, and I have to say that he is very genuine and very nice. His humble attitude is almost shocking as he is one of the most talented tattoo artists out there today and could have every right to be not as nice as he is.

 We mostly spoke about food, what Jeff’s favorite things to cook and eat are. We also spoke about his love of fishing. Jeff grew up fishing around Lake Tahoe but now lives in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. It sounds scenically stunning and really chill, have to make it up there one day! Just imagine the seasonal foods you could forage in the abundant wildlife up there! Jeff and his wife recently took a fishing trip up the Puget Sound where he caught some pretty impressive-looking salmon. The trip sounded fun and like a real adventure with the crisp sea air and ice-cold sea!

Jeff likes cooking (and eating!) fish in pretty much any way you could think of preparing it. He also loves a good pork chop or a rare steak on occasion. But he really tries to stay on a healthy diet and exercise regime. His favorite lunch at work consists of a young coconut filled with berries and Chia seeds. That actually sounds amazing and I will have to try it out myself! When he does have a cheat day, he loves to chow down on a burger with peanut butter. While that may sound strange, I think it is reminiscent of Thai beef with peanut sauce. Very innovative! Anyone have a good recipe for either?

An interesting fact about Mr. Gogue is he actually wanted to be a chef at one point in his life and had even taken a cooking class on one of his trips to France!

Here are some photos of Jeff, hope this inspires you to get tattooed or get in the kitchen!!

Cheers!

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Thank you Jeff!!!!  You can catch more of Jeff and what he’s up to at any of these fine places:

@gogueart

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-gogue-art/112639418796840

http://www.offthemaptattoo.com

If you have food tattoos, recipe or are a tattooed chef or foodie tattooer- we want to talk to you!

Hit us up at @knivesandneedles or knivesandneedles@gmail.com

 

Jeremy Smith

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I do not know Jeremy Smith very well personally, but I can tell just from speaking with him for this blog that he is one hard-working chef. You can see all his hard work paying off with his mouth-watering food photos. Read on and try out Jeremy’s recipes, you wont regret it! Let us know how it turns out!

Molly:  Tell me about yourself, background and what you are doing now

Jeremy:  My is Chef Jeremy Ryan Smith, I am currently a Sous chef at Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Resort in Cherokee, NC. Previous to this I was a sous chef for Norwegian Cruise Line on the MS pride of America based in Honolulu, HI. I just finished a 20 month contract. I’m 25 years old and I have been in the Industry since I was 14. My culinary background includes high end to greasy spoons but I specialize in new American to classic French typical gastro pub style.  I strive to do good wholesome food. Fresh ingredients and nothing too confusing… Just far enough outside the box to push the envelope of new cuisine.  I graduated from the Columbus Culinary Institute in Columbus, OH in 2009.

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M:  Gotta love cooking the classics! How did you get into tattoos?

J:  I have always been interested in tattoos from a very young age. My parents were the “partying” type and I was exposed to all walks of life growing up… Majority of them having tattoos. I always knew I would get a tattoo and I didn’t get my first one until I was 22. I was picky and wanted to make sure that I got something that told a story about my life and was able to express myself in the awesome art form of tattoos.

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M:  Cool, what was your first tattoo?

J:  My first tattoo was my B&G Chef skull with a Damascus steel chefs knife and cleaver crossing under the skull. The skull is wearing a chefs hat and is says Mise En Place under the knives.

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M:  Ah mis en place! So who do you admire in the tattoo industry?

J:  I admire every professional tattoo artist that works in a legal clean shop trying to earn an honest living making there clients lives that much more enjoyable by giving them a life changing tattoo. It takes a lot of courage to do what they do!

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M:  What will your next tattoo be?

J:  My next planned tattoo is a full chest Piece of an Anatomically correct heart “claddagh. ” crown on top of the heart with hands wrapping around the heart and the arms will be Celtic knot work going out towards my shoulders to show my Irish pride.

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M:  Cool. Do you read any tattoo magazines?  If so, which ones?

J:  Yes I do. I read Inked Magazine, Tattoo, Tattoo Culture Magazine,

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M:  You are the first chef to tell me he reads tattoo magazines! Has being tattooed ever been an issue in getting a cooking job?

J:  Tattoos have never been an issue with my career as a chef. They have always been welcomed and shown off with pride. It kind of comes with the territory I guess. Especially since most of tattoos relate to cooking.

Thank you Jeremy! Check out a couple dishes Jeremy wanted to share with all of us today. They look delicious!

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Raspberry coullis filled mellon ball our of Asian pear, thinly sliced green apple, yellow bananas sliced on a hard bias, crowned strawberries with blueberries in the center, crowned cantaloupe with sliced strawberries, pineapple leaves for garnish

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Fillet of beef stuffed with Gruyere cheese wrapped in apple wood smoked bacon

The steak is seasoned with Sea salt, corse ground black pepper, and garlic powder, the steak is basted in a rosemary beurre noisette ( place 4 T of salted butter in sauté pan with 1 sprig of rosemary and place on medium high heat until butter browns a little) place raw steak in pan and baste with a spoon until desired temperature. Mine is a nice medium rare. Under the steak is a potato gillet ( thinly sliced red bliss potatoes, shaved Gruyere, minced shallots) small cast iron skillet coated in butter, shingle one layer of potatoes in bottom of pan then add cheese, shallots S&p, another layer of potato until desired thickness. Place skillet on stove top on high heat for about 8 min… Long enough to brown potatoes. Place In an oven at 350 degrees F for 12 min. Turn gillet out onto a cutting board and cut into triangles. Fan triangles out on plate and place steak on edge of fanned potatoes. Blanch 1/4 C trimmed Brussels then sauté 1 T of Jillian onions and raw diced bacon in 2 T of butter. Add Brussels and sauté for 5 min. S&P to taste. Place Brussels on the end of plate and drizzle with rosemary infused balsamic glaze (2 C balsamic vinegar 1/2 C brown sugar)(  Mix balsamic vinegar fresh sprig of rosemary  with brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until glaze is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Glaze should coat the back of a spoon. Bon appetite

…  Ughh I’m so hungry now, thank you Jeremy!

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You can catch more of Jeremy on IG at @jeremiah76 or on FB  at Jeremy.smith.3304@facebook.com

Also Jeremy’s work was done by Forbidden Color Tattoos in Waynesville, NC.  You can heck them out at:

http://www.forbiddencolortattoos.com

https://www.facebook.com/ForbiddenColorTattoos

Thanks for tuning in today, I hope you enjoyed this post! If you are a tattooed chef or foodie tattooer who has recipes or food tattoos they would like to share, give us a shout! We would love to feature you!

Cheers!

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Tatau Bistro

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I have never interviewed a restaurant owner but I could not resist with a restaurant named Tatau Bistro and their chef/owner, Tonino Valiente just seems so cool. Tatau Bistro is located in Huesca, Spain. They serve mainly Tapas and have just changed their menu. From the photos and reviews I’ve read, it looks and sounds like a refreshing stop with delicious food and a cool atmosphere. Tonino and I managed to do an interview via email, check it out and definitely check out Tatau Bistro the next time you are in Spain, I do not think you will regret it!!

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Molly: What is your concept and how long have you been in business?

Tonino: We are a high quality tapas bar and restaurant located in Huesca (Spain) . Our name is Tatau Bistro due to our two passions: Tattoos (Tatau) and Cooking (Bistro)! Everything in our restaurant has something to do with tattoo culture; starting with us, the owners: Tonino is the cooker and he has plenty of tattoos. In fact , one of his arms is completely covered with tattoos dedicated to food and cooking culture 🙂

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We opened Tatau Bistro on 2nd August 2012 so the restaurant is only one years old! Anyway , Tonino Valiente, the cook and owner of Tatau Bistro, has been cooking since he were 16. He learned in Barcelona, at Hoffman School (http://www.hofmann-bcn.com/) and has been working on some of the most relevant spanish restaurants since then. After so many years of experience, it was time to start working by himself so with lots of effort he opened Tatau Bistro, a small restaurant that joined his two passions: Tattoos and Food. 🙂

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M: What was your first tattoo?

T: It is hard to remember as I have so many tattoos. But I think it was a tribal on my ankle. It was the kind of tattoo that you get done when you are a teenager and that you kind of regret later, so I decided to cover it with another one… that’s why I cant show you a pic of that tattoo ^^

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M: When did you get them and who did them?

T: I have been getting tattoos since I was about 16 and I am 33 now so you can imagine! I have been tattooed by many different artists.

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M: Do you have any memorable or funny stories about getting tattooed?

T: Well every tattoo has a story somehow… Now I remember an evening, when I was a teen, walking around the streets in Barcelona with my bro Ray. We just came by a Tattoo Shop and without any special reason we suddenly decided to get a “brotherhood” tattoo, so we entered that Shop and we got that tattoo… it says, “Bloodbrothers”, we both got tattooed the same lettering and on the same wrist, so it is a really special one for me.

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M: Do you have a favorite tattoo?

T: I like most of them a lot, but there is one that has a lot of meaning for me. I am left-handed so my left arm is all covered with food and cooking related tattoos. On the top of this arm I have tattooed a tribute to Auguste Escoffier (http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Escoffier) the master of modern cooking. This really means a lot to me, it is inspirational.

M: Who are some artists you’ve been tattooed by?

T: All my tattoos have been done in Barcelona. My favorite tattooers and in fact the ones that have tattooed most of my body are Dani Soriano and Toni Delgado. You can see their work here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Way-Tattoo/111699335617388?fref=ts

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M: Why do you think the tattoo and culinary industries are so similar?

T: Somehow we both, cookers and tattooers, are artisans; we both put our heart and soul and knowledge on what we tattoo or cook for the clients, and they are the ones that enjoy the final result of our work.

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Tonino, muchas gracias!! Que muy interesante!!

Here is a recipe that Tonino wants to share with all of us, read on and try it!!

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Jaegermeister oxtail with pumpkin and goat cheese

Reduce the Jaegermeister liqueur and caramelize the pre-cut tail.

Cover with white bouillon (chicken stock), flavor, and simmer.

Decant the tail and bone it.

Correct the seasoning and add goat cheese brunoise, put into a mold and cool.

Strain the cooking liquid, degrease with red wine and make a demi glace then reduce and stir in butter.

Add salt and set aside.

Crush the Pumpkin , mix it with butter and flavor.

Caramelize the pumpkin seeds.

Ratione the already cold tail, and then heat it to 150 ° C.

Prepare for the mice en place the sauce, the puree, the caramelized pipes and the cheese brunoise.

You got it!

Thank you again, Tonino!! If you have any questions about this recipe or have anything you would like to share, tag us on IG or send us an email!!

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Check out more on Tatau Bistro at

http://bit.ly/17JSsCs

and

https://www.facebook.com/TatauBistro

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Have a great day!!

Cheers!

Papaya

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Papaya is a fruit that does not get enough credit. It is a fruit that is jam-packed with vitamins, mineral and enzymes.  Lately, papaya is known for its skin benefits, as the enzymes contained in papaya are great for exfoliating, acne and dry skin. They are cancer and heart disease preventers, and are also good for averting eye problems such as blindness. Useful buggers, right?

The exact origin and timeline of discovery of papaya is difficult to determine but the fruit originated in Central America, most likely along the Caribbean coast somewhere and cultivated by the people in that region for centuries. The ancient Mayans honored the papaya tree as sacred, calling it the tree of life. When the Portuguese and Spanish invaded the Americas, papaya became a favored fruit among the Europeans and they were instrumental to spreading the seeds throughout the rest of the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Asia. Papaya seeds are stubborn and keep for long periods of time, so making long journeys were possible.

I like eating papaya with lemon juice squeezed over it. Normally the papaya has a very distinct yet subtle flavor and the acidity of the lemon enhances the fruit perfectly. Think of the movie Ratatouille when the rat tastes cheese and fruit together and little fireworks start going off in his head. That is papaya and lemon! It’s a staple in the Hawaiian breakfast and should be a part of everyone else’s!

Papaya are also great in smoothies, ice creams, juices, salads, by itself and countless other ways! What’s your favorite way to eat papaya? Let us know!

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Cheers!

Photo by the lovely Michelle Roberts

Tattoo Tuesday!

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Tattoo Tuesday!  This juicy fruit is done by Damon Conklin! 

Catch more of Damon Conklin on IG at: @damon_conklin!!

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Cheers!!

Tattoo Tuesday

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Looks good enough to eat! Thank you Kyle!!
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