Ian Adams, a bartender at 15 Romolo in San Francisco, has a detailed tattoo of a few elements of the Campari label (there's the 'Bitter' script from the front of the bottle and the Campari family crest.) He says: "I have always been a huge fan of Campari, so why not?"
Joshua Breese of R/West says his "redilection for all things wine related inspired this tattoo" on his left forearm. "Now I’m never without a way to open a bottle," he jokes.
Ryan Benguerel of Tribune Tavern in Oakland has the alligator often featured in Fernet-Branca ads tattooed on his leg.
Bar Knife, Lemon Peel
Brian Means at the Fifth Floor in San Francisco has this garnishing equipment on his arm, "to symbolize bartending and the industry I love," he says.
Brian Means also has this jigger tattoo, surrounded by juniper berries.
Arrogant Bastard Logo
Chad Pozmantir of The Florentine in Chicago has a tattoo of Stone Brewing Co.'s famous beer. "I've always liked the Arrogant Bastard logo," says Pozmantir. "The beer is pretty good too."
Andy Pishko of 312 Chicago and Encore Liquid Lounge in Chicago says that "this tattoo was adapted from the book B is for Beer by Tom Robbins. It's a children's book for grown-ups that encompasses the celebratory, fun side of brewing and drinking beer, which is why I was drawn to this industry.”
The Joker as Bartender
Jim Gaut, the head bartender at Timothy O’ Toole’s Chicago, says The Joker from Batman is his "favorite comic book character of all time. I like his playfulness, creativity and wit... He's the ringmaster of his own evil circus. I guess that's part of being a bartender to me. Sure, it's a hustle but you have to be creative, playful and quick on your toes (physically and mentally). It also doesn't helps if you do all that with a smile."
Illustration from 'Bottoms Up'
Justin Lane Briggs of Imbue Vermouth and Cecil & Merl says his tattoo of a girl hugging a glass is pulled from "the 1951 cocktail bible, Bottoms Up by Ted Saucier."
The Skull of Oaxaca, Drink in Hand
Matthew Campbell, lead bartender at Comal in Berkeley, says he got this tattoo "right after working with the guys from Palenque Mystico, who produce Illegal mezcal. It was adapted from a stenciled graffiti piece we saw walking around Oaxaca City."
The Miller High Life Girl
Dustin Drankiewicz, the lead mixologist for Bottleneck Management in Chicago, says his tattoo of the Miller High Life Girl "pays homage to my Milwaukee roots. It's a company that basically built my hometown," he says.
David Kinsey of Sycamore Den in San Diego has a tattoo inspired by the Gin Blossoms song. He says it's "a reminder of the fact that alcohol is what brings a lot of people together (especially in all the bars I get to be behind), but at the same time, it can tear a lot of people apart. Much like making a cocktail is all about finding balance, the tattoo reminds me of finding that balance."