PHOTOS: 6 Restaurant Tattoos You Won’t Believe

05/14/2014 at 09:53 AM ET
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Courtesy KFC

Can you imagine loving a restaurant so much that you want its logo — or in one case, your receipt for a burger and shake — inked on your body?

Recent news that a man in Louisville got KFC’s Double Down sandwich tattooed on his calf got us thinking: He can’t be alone in his, um, extreme fandom. And sure enough, it turns out this guy is in good company — here are 5 other people who’ve taken the plunge to make their favorite restaurant a permanent part of them.

(As far as the Double Down, it’s only on KFC’s menu through May 25, but we suppose this is one way to keep it around forever…)

Courtesy Hot Doug’s

Chicago cult favorite Hot Doug’s — home to hot dogs made of alligator, rattlesnake and more — gives free meals for life to anyone sporting a tat of this smiling hot dog man. Unfortunately, the establishment just announced it’s closing in October. Don’t worry: At least one laser center in Chicago is offering a 50% discount on removal of Hot Doug’s tattoos.

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This Norwegian teen caved to peer pressure and got the receipt from one of his McDonald’s meals tattooed on his arm — extra burger toppings and all. Apparently, his friends told him it was either the receipt on his arm or a Barbie tattoo on his butt. For some reason, he listened.

Courtesy Bull City Burger

Bull City Brewery in Durham, North Carolina is strict with its customers seeking a Bull City tattoo (and corresponding 26% discount on food): There are only three approved designs, and they prefer you to get your ink done at Durham’s Dogstar Tattoo Company. If you’re feeling artsy, you can submit a rogue design to the tattoo arbiters at the restaurant to see if it meets their approval to score the discount.

Courtesy Melt Bar & Grilled

Joining the Melt Tattoo Family at grilled cheese restaurant Melt Bar & Grilled in Cleveland comes with a membership card, ID number and guarantee of 25% off your bill for life. The initiation requirements: Incorporate one of the restaurant’s three approved logos into a creative tat (owners are happy to look at your designs before you take the plunge — “remember, this is permanent!” they warn on their website), and come in to Melt to get a photo taken of your new body art.

Courtesy Kono’s

The real question: Why wouldn’t you want a tattoo of a surfing pig? Especially when it gets you 25% off every bill, forever, at Kono’s Restaurant in Hawaii. Not just any surfing pig will do — it has to be this exact guy above — but you can add any other flourishes as long as you don’t alter the swine. Then, congrats: You’re an official member of the restaurant’s Tattoo Crew.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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