"I'm a huge whiskey fan, and love the story of Van Winkle. I also manage a bar with 120 American whiskies.
Pretty cool though: I was just working an event at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival serving up some of my cocktails when all of a sudden Julian Van Winkle was there. He was pretty cracked up and was happy to pour a glass of something special from his hip flask. I then got to pour him his first ever shot of Fernet...he was not thrilled."—Mattias Hagglund, Comfort, Richmond VA
Aliza B's Hop Tattoo
"I got this tattoo in 2010 at Revolution Tattoo outside of San Diego, California. Land of the hops! West coast styled IPAs have always been my favorite; I crave hops on a daily basis. My yearly trip to California begins with the Coachella Music Festival in Indio (2012 marks year #7!) but finishes with a statewide beer expedition."—Aliza B, Beer Lover
Junior Ryan's Lillet Tattoo
"Jackie Patterson was the Lillet brand ambassador, we were at Tales of the Cocktail and she asked me when I was going to get a lillet tattoo (because I have a lot of tattoos in general), I replied "When Lillet pays for it". We were very, very intoxicated at the time.
About 3 weeks after Tales, Jackie calls me and tells me she is coming up [to Portland] in a week and I should make the appointment for the tattoo. I couldnt believe that she remembered or that Lillet would actually pay for it."—Junior Ryan, Clyde Common
Ian Adams's Bitter Tattoo
Ian Adams of 15 Romolo in San Francisco always loved Negronis. He peeled the beautifully-lettered label off the Campari bottle and carried it around with him for a long time in case he got drunk and wanted to get a tattoo. He finally got it done by Tanya at Modern Electric in San Francisco.
Ilkka Sirén's Amphora Tattoo
"I've always been interested in the wine making process and this amphora tattoo is a sort of a tribute to the old school way of making wine."—Ilkka Sirén, theviinitv.com
"I have a skull and crossbones made of bar tools on my left arm. Skull is a Hawthorne strainer and bones are a barspoon and kitchen knife. I saw the design on a t-shirt at Tales of the Cocktail a few years ago and fell in love with it."—Marshall Fawley,
Whitney Adams's Paolo Bea Tattoo
"I wanted to get a tattoo that was wine related but at the same time a little abstract. I lived in Italy in 2009 and went on a truly epic wine adventure traveling all over the country. One of the most important visits I made was to see Giampiero Bea in Montefalco. His wines are so special, some of my favorite Italian wines. He designs all of his labels and sketched the little grape drawing that lives on the Rosso de Veo label. The seeds look like a heart and I love that. Every time I look at my wrist I think of my travels and all of the amazing opportunities and people that wine has brought into my life."—Whitney Adams, Brunellos Have More Fun
Rene and Heather's Cocktail Glass Tattoos
"My wife and I had mulled over the idea of getting trade tattoos for a number of years and eventually came across the print in David Wondrich's Imbibe!. We loved the symmetry of the design, and the no-frills look of tools and glass."—Rene Hidalgo (Lantern's Keep) and Heather Ash (Allswell)
Nicholas Panchame's Hop Skull Tattoo
"It's a Dios De La Muerta Skull with hop leaves and cones in it. I had it done in Portland, OR after I received my first job in the brewing industry."—Nicholas Panchame, 508 Gastrobrewery
Theo Lieberman's Negroni Tattoo
"My tattoo inspiration came from my love of drinks in all equal parts, and my favorite of those being the negroni. I kept betting my friend that if I lost at pool I would get the tattoo. I kept winning and said screw it, I really want it anyway."—Theo Lieberman, Milk & Honey
Stephanie Schneider's Sherry Tattoo
"It's a symbol on every bottle of sherry. I wanted to express my love and passion for sherry. I think it represents the glass or copita you would drink sherry from and the handle represents the 'venencia' that would be used to dip into the barrel."—Stephanie Schneider, Huckleberry Bar