Anthony Bourdain was one of the most renowned celebrity chefs and travel documentarians of all time. Bourdain gained his culinary education at The Culinary Institute of America. Prior to deciding to become a chef, he attended Vassar College but fell in love with cooking from working in various seafood restaurants. After graduating from culinary school in 1978, he earned his stripes working in restaurants throughout New York City.
Between shifts as a chef in NYC, Bourdain found time to publish a number of popular cookbooks, including 2000's "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." This "New York Times" best selling book put Bourdain on the map and led him to his first television show, "A Cook's Tour," where he experienced cuisines and cultures from around the world. That show premiered on the Food Network and after wrapping in 2003, Bourdain went on to star in another food and travel documentary series, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations." This show lasted from 2005 to 2012, until Bourdain left the Travel Channel for "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" on CNN.
While filming an episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" in Strasbourg, Bourdain committed suicide by hanging at Le Chambard hotel on June 8th, 2018. His death rocked not only the culinary world but the mainstream as a whole, with his mother Gladys Bourdain telling "The New York Times," "He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this." Following his death, many celebrities shared their thoughts on his passing to social media and in 2019, Bourdain's friends Éric Ripert (who found the body) and José Andrés declared June 25th (Bourdain's birthday) to be Bourdain Day.
In honor of Bourdain Day and Anthony Bourdain's incredible contributions to food, travel and popular cultures, take a peek at some of our favorite tattoos that take inspiration from him in the gallery below.