Marko Rossi

People - Issue 9

Cooking is a job with a lot of stress and pressure. You are working through fires and with much fuss for several hours. You may need to work under such conditions for more than seventeen hours continuously. I think that all this thing considering tattoos comes from an American culture, with cooks from Mexico and citizens of the U.S.A also, in the '70s, that had " jail style " Old School tattoos. It was quite common at that time, after being released from prison to work as dishwashers in diners and then in time becoming cooks. Nowadays, there is a fashion that has nothing to do with what I have said. Tattoos for cooks are an "excuse " for the conditions that we work under, including pressure and many hours.

Besides being a cook, I am also the founder of I had my first tattoo done when I was seventeen. I don't think I have so many tattoos, so as to “pick” one.


Name: Marko Rossi
Profession: Creative Chef.
Residence: Athens – Syntagma.

How many tattoos do you have? 


Which artist(s) did your tattoos?

Κostas Flessas - Skipi - Dimitris RTB.

Which tattoo is your first and which one was your latest? 

A star on my ankle. A skull Mandala on my hand.

Which tattoo is your favourite and why? 

Each one has its own story. I consider all of them favorite ones.

Which tattoo artist do you admire? 

Thomas Hooper.

Which tattoo style do you like best? 

Linear - Mandala – Dot.

Do you regret getting any of your tattoos, if so why?


Have you done a tattoo cover up?


Have tattoos affected your life? If so, in what way? 

Tattoos are moments of my life.

Do you have an activity of yours that you would like to mention? 

Head chef at Nixon bar. Founder of Founder of Gastronomic Collectiva.


Marko wears men's shirt from Monsterville clothing store.

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HeartbeatInk would like kindly to thank Nixon Bar Restaurant (Agisilaou 61B, Kerameikos, Athens) for the hospitality and the realisation of the photoshoot.

The shirt that Marko wears in the photoshoot is from Monsterville clothing store (Spyrou Trikoupi 10, Exarcheia).

Photos by Ino Mei.