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Virtue Feed & Grain Pastry Chef Bekka Baltzell Shares Her Day of the Dead-Inspired Cupcake Tattoo

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.

[Photos: Nevin Martell/]

Virtue Feed & Grain's pastry chef Bekka Baltzell didn’t get any tattoos as a young teenager, because she was afraid her mother would kick her out of the house. When she turned 18 though, she rebelled against her mom — sort of. She got inked with a cluster of stars, but they're not usually visible. "They're hidden below the belt and covered by a bathing suit," is all she'll say about their location.

A year later she added a tattoo when she and her best friend at culinary school got matching ohm symbols. "It's the only art that we could agree on that we both really liked," says Baltzell.

The pastry chef already has plans for her next two pieces. The first will be of "the perfect strawberry" and the seeds on its surface will be arranged to spell "epic." The second will be of a mermaid on her shoulder blade, which will spill across her back and down to her elbow. "It's going to be done in the style of Alphonse Mucha," says Baltzell. "She'll have flowing hair and a gorgeous pin-up face."

—Nevin Martell

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Virtue Feed & Grain

106 S Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314