Owner of and personal chef at the Royal Radish, Brooklyn, New
"I got this tattoo about five years ago, when I was working at a
bistro on Elizabeth Street shucking oysters. I knew I wanted a
tattoo of a calendar because I was interested in the passage of
time and how we mark it. I had planned to get the design on my arm,
but the guy took one look at my scrawny bicep and was like, "we can
either do this around your waist, or the fattest part of your leg.
Unless you want to take up bodybuilding." So on my thigh it went. I
get a lot of attention for this tattoo, some comments more welcome
than others. Every once in a while folks stop me on the street,
stick their face in my business, and say stuff like, "yo, I'm a
virgo, what does that mean?!" If somebody is really bothering me, I
tell them the tattoo has to do with charting my menstrual cycle,
which usually shuts them up. Other people ask me if it's a treasure
map. I always say yes."