Bartending is a serious gig that requires intense people skills, the ability to multi-task, major problem-solving technique, and a “don’t f*** with me” kind of attitude. Bartending can go underappreciated by patrons, especially depending on the type of bar and area it is located in. Some bartenders possess a no-frills demeanor while others claim the term “mixologist” over anything else. Whether it’s classic cocktails, modern science experiments, or just a good ol’ beer after a hard day’s work, millions of people around the world involve alcohol in their life and rely on a solid bartender to keep them satisfied. Here are a few tattoos for bartenders to showcase the simultaneously simple and complex nature of their job.
This beautiful and colorful full sleeve is an American traditional inspired piece that incorporates some of bartending’s biggest staples including citrus, fresh mint, and even barrels of what is assumed to be whiskey. It seems as if the sleeve is comprised of ingredients to build a specific and refreshing cocktail.
“Death before sour mix” can be laughed at by nearly any bartender. A true alcohol enthusiast will ditch the sour and drink their liquor straight. The pristine dot work pairs well with this classic flash style design.
Here is a gorgeous black and gray portrait style tattoo of a cocktail shaker. It even includes a reflection as though the shaker was sitting on a bar top. This piece marries realistic portrait style with a geometric design for a breathtaking finished product.
Cynar is a unique artichoke liquor that is an industry staple but is also an acquired taste. This piece is inspired by the vintage label on the bottle and features lush hues of green, yellow, and orange.
Simply put, this knuckle tattoo says it all. Here is a man who loves his profession and is dedicated to his craft. Whether it’s drinking or creating, you can be certain he knows what he is doing.
Lastly, this American tradition/flash tattoo inspired piece showcases a classic bartender complete with a carefully groomed mustache. He has a pensive look on his face as the words “Bartender for Life” scroll across the top of the image. This is a person who has accepted their fate and embraced it.