Green sleeves: Tattoo art takes root in farm country
The lines, drawn in ink, tell stories, carry messages, and speak volumes about the passion their wearers feel for the land and the things they coax from it. There’s the tomato plant to remind its bearer of his favorite food and a grandfather who grew them healthy and hearty. There are bees as reminders of what could be lost, and the importance of working together. There are the colorful fields of corn, a barn, cows, and goats, cascading down the arm of a farm-to-table chef. Across a belly the words: Farm Life.
Here are some of our favorite farm tats, examples of the ink work artists are doing for growers, beekeepers, vintners, and chefs — people of all ages. Together, they bring truth to the thought that beauty is skin deep.