Welcome back to Ink Spotted, a feature in which Eater talks to DC's tattooed chefs and gets the stories behind their most intriguing ink.
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"Die and Get the F*ck Out of the Way," "Polished Turd," and "Hat Full of Sh*t (For Cletus)" are just a few of the charming little ditties you'll find on Agoraphobic Nosebleed's 1998 debut Honky Reduction. The grindcore extremists are all about the shock value, which is why the album's cover features a Stepford wife in a butcher's apron with a cleaver in one hand and freshly carved steak in the other. This was the inspiration for the giant pro-carnivore tattoo running down the ribcage of PS 7's chef de cuisine Andrew Markert, despite the fact that he has never heard a single Agoraphobic Nosebleed song. "It's heavy, heavy death metal," he says. "Not really my genre."
The piece came about when Markert wanted a piece of a butchers shop littered with sausages and pigs heads. His tattoo artist was reminded of the Honky Reduction artwork, so the two concepts were combined.
It definitely steps up the bad ass factor from the series of self-described "white boy tattoos" that Markert got on his ankle when he first started getting worked on — a tribal band, a Celtic band and a Japanese symbol that means "dream." As Agoraphobic Nosebleed once screamed: "Seemed like a good idea at the time."
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