Plant Tattoo

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I've always wanted to get a tattoo, but I'm a big wuss when it comes to needles. At the Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 25th, I came across a volunteer from City Farm sporting this tattoo. Joe, who has been volunteering with City Farm for about a year, told me that his background was in restaurants and the inspiration for this horticulture inspired tattoo.

If my memory serves me, I forgot to take notes, the plant depicted in his tattoo is Allium tricoccum which is known by several common names. Ramps, spring onion, ramson, or wild leek, are names you'll find associated with this wild onion. "Chicagoua," was the word the indigenous people of this area used for "skunk" & this onion and it is said, where the name of our city originates from.

Do you have a tattoo inspired by your love of plants? I don't mean something you picked out at the tattoo parlor because the plant is "pretty" or your "favorite" but because you grow it. If you do share the pic (and photos of your garden) in the Chicago Garden flickr pool.

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