When the 10th anniversary of her going “all vegetables, all the time,” came up this summer, Deb Dusseau knew she wanted to permanently mark the occasion on her body. So, she called Portland tattoo artist Chris Dingwell.
“I wanted them on me,” Dusseau said. “I think they’re beautiful.”
Now, the vegetarian sports an eggplant, peppers, mushrooms, peas, greens, onions, a radish and more than a few tomatoes on her right arm, from her shoulder down to her wrist.
It took several sessions to finish the work, and she couldn’t be happier with the results. Dusseau, who already had many other tattoos, left the artistic interpretation of the veggies up to Dingwell. He chose to do them in a French illustration style — reminiscent of an old seed catalog.
It may sound obvious now, but giving up meat gave her a whole new appreciation for vegetables, Dusseau said. As she began to experiment with her own vegetarian cooking, getting further afield from the unseasoned, steamed greenery she was raised on, she was amazed.
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