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.

Read more from the latest issue of Tulsa World Magazine at tulsaworldmagazine.com.