William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 21, December, 2009

New Adventures In Body Modification

Filed under: Forensics — williamthecoroner @ 11:29

Melt Restaurant in Lakewood, Ohio is offering a 25% discount for life for their customers who get a tattoo of their logo, a grilled cheese sandwich, on their bodies. H/T Bob

I’ve seen many interesting tattoos as a forensic pathologist. The guy who shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, who had tat of a naked woman in chains kneeling in front of a grotesque skull castle. That was when I started really noticing and researching tattoos. The alcoholic who had “your name” tattooed on his penis, and used it to win bar bets (and died of cirrhosis). The man who was shot by police with the word “Outlaw” written across his chest in fractur script.

I’ve seen plenty of Harley Davidson tattoos. I’m not sure that I would be willing to get a brand name upon my body, even if it was a brand I liked. I tend to favour classic tattoo iconography, companies and brands both change too often. I also think that a human analogue of a NASCAR vehicle is…creepy.


  1. That is creepy… and at 80, that tat will look NOTHING like it did at 25… just sayin…

    Comment by Old NFO — Monday, 21, December, 2009 @ 13:18 | Reply

  2. My favorite chief back in my Navy days had a rooster, upside down, on his left calf. Bar talk/bet : “I’ve got a cock hanging below my knee”.

    Traditional submariner tattoos: pig on one foot, chicken on the other.

    One other MM had woman on a pegasus on his back, from just below belt extending up to shoulders. He had the outline done his first overseas port, and each stop after that had it filled in.

    Alas, the days of tattoos having a story behind them are long gone.

    Comment by Glen — Monday, 21, December, 2009 @ 15:57 | Reply

  3. I decided long ago to not add any illustrative marks to my body by which I might be identified. I also wouldn’t put anything on my body that I wouldn’t hang on my wall.

    However, after I recovered from Rocky mountain spotted fever I did consider getting a life-sized Ixodes sp. tick tattooed on my big toe beside the bite scar. I thought better of it; see reasons given above.


    Comment by Rabbit — Friday, 25, December, 2009 @ 12:13 | Reply

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