From gritty line cooks in greasy-spoon diners to the executive chefs at the world’s most popular restaurants, it’s hard to find a cook who doesn’t sport some ink. 

There's a large brigade of local chefs, cooks, bartenders and others in the food industry who decorate themselves with the stories of their lives. 

Here, 13 of Tulsa’s most-decorated chefs, as well as the former Tulsa chef who inspired the story, tell the tales behind their tattoos.

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