Hot dogs are a staple of American culture and have made an incredible impact on our modern world. Although they're by no means a sophisticated delicacy, they're a staple of popular culture and can be enjoyed at street carts, baseball games and barbecues. The hot dog we know and love was inspired by the frankfurters of Frankfurt, Germany, which have been around since the 13th century. The modern hot dog was invented by German-American restaurateur Charles Feltman in 1867. Feltman began selling hot dogs at the Coney Island beach, dubbing his culinary creation the Coney Island Red Hot. In 1871, Feltman began building his hot dog restaurant empire and in 1916, his employee Nathan Handwerker left the business to form his own rival company—known today as Nathan's Famous.
Nathan's Famous is not only known for being instrumental in spreading the hot dog craze around the country, it also established the time honored tradition known as the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. This contest began in the 1970s and is held every year in Coney Island on July 4. The contest requires entrees to eat as many hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes. The reigning champ is Joey Chestnut, who consumed 75 hot dogs at the 2020 contest. Chestnut is a veteran of the sport, winning the contest 13 times. Other competitive eating celebrities include Takeru Kobayashi, who has won the contest six times and Miki Sudo, who has won in the women's division every year since 2014.
In honor of National Hot Dog Day, which falls on July 22, we're celebrating the occasion with some of our favorite tattoos from talented artists around the world. Take a peek at these badass dogs in the gallery below and then let us know your thoughts on National Hot Dog Day in the comments section on social media.