Crystal Vaughan-Balser
Crystal Vaughan-Balser

14 Tattoos Dedicated to Snack Foods

Crystal Vaughan-Balser
Crystal Vaughan-Balser

Some people satisfy their snack cravings with sugar, others with sweets—but it takes a special kind of snacker to dedicate a patch of skin to their favorite munchies. 

1. Pop Tarts

Lots of people grew up munching on Pop Tarts (or, if their parents were health nuts, watched sadly as their friends got to eat them). This gentleman obviously really enjoyed the toaster pastry, since he paid artist Mike Devries to put a permanent, life-sized version on his arm.

2. Oreo

Lillian Chen of Ancient Art Tattoo inked this adorable little cookie onto a girl who went by the nickname of “Oreo.”

3. Cracker Jack

Brittany’s boyfriend told her she would only get a ring from a Cracker Jack box, so when they got engaged, it only made sense to mark the occasion with the help of artist Jason Reeder.

4. Cheetos Flamin’ Hot

These crunchy snacks are one of those highly polarizing foods—people either can’t get enough of them or they can’t stand them. This fan went so far as to get them inked on his leg with the appropriate slogan of “Light my fire.”

Artwork by Zane Watrous of Vamp Body Art in St. George, Utah.

5. Doritos

Like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, people seem equally enamored or disgusted with Cool Ranch Doritos. Crystal Vaughan-Balser’s boyfriend is most certainly one of those who passionately loves the chips—the proof is in the tasty-looking tattoo he asked Crystal to do for him.

6. Pringles

The man who invented Pringles requested his ashes be buried in a can of his beloved snack. Something tells me he would get along with this dedicated fan, who not only got a can of Sour Cream and Onion tattooed on his back but also added the word “perfection” to the banner spread across it. The tattoo, by DeviantArt user frogspud, also has a matching piece on the other side with a Coke bottle that has a banner bearing the words “true love.” Now that’s a man who loves his junk foods.

7. Cheez-It

Salem L. Drako posted this piece by Megan Jean of Painted Soul Tattoos on his DeviantArt. I’m pretty sure the crispy cracker tattoo isn’t Salem’s, but I can’t tell you who it does belong to.

8. Nutty Bars

You may have grown up on Nutty Bars, but you’re probably not as obsessed with them as Ebbin, who had them tattooed on his leg by Nate Vincent Szklarski of Monster Ink Tattoos in St. Paul, MN.

9. Snack Pack

The only thing better than finishing off your boring bagged lunch with a sweet Snack Pack was bypassing the rest of your food and going straight for the creamy pudding. Based on this tattoo by an artist from Brookland Park Tattoo in Richmond, VA, it’s easy to imagine that this woman traded her share of sandwiches for Snack Packs.

10. Skittles

There are a lot of odd Skittles commercials out there, but for all the times they’ve told you to “taste the rainbow,” I doubt the creators of that ad ever imagined someone would tattoo one of these candies right on their tongue. Stephen DAsti of Mass Ink Tattooing & Body Piercing did the inking.

11. Twinkies

While most of the junk food tattoos here seem to be authentically dedicated to the food itself, I have the sneaking suspicion Becca’s “Twinkie” tattoo by John Miller at Dermagrafict Tattoo might be some kind of innuendo. Maybe.

12. Ben and Jerry’s

Over the years, Ben and Jerry's has developed a pretty passionate fan base, but this girl might just trump them all—her entire side is covered by the delicious ice cream and a few other tasty treats. The artwork was done by James Pruitt from Alliance Tattoo Lounge in Yuma, AZ.

13. MoonPie

Don’t even think about getting between BME Zine user bbirdeman and his MoonPies. This artwork was done by James Jorgenson of Bay Area Tattoo in Houston, Texas.

14. Slurpee

You always need something to help wash down all those snacks and if you really have the munchies, few things are better than a Slurpee. And as long as people have snack cakes and corn chip tattoos out there, you knew someone had to have a permanent tribute to this icy-cool treat. This particular piece was inked by Aaron Broke.

Oddly, in researching this article, I wasn’t able to find any Goldfish cracker tattoos like the one Mangesh spotted on the subway that inspired this whole list.

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These Sparrows Have Been Singing the Same Songs for 1500 Years
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Swamp sparrows are creatures of habit—so much so that they’ve been chirping out the same few tunes for more than 1500 years, Science magazine reports.

These findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, resulted from an analysis of the songs of 615 adult male swamp sparrows found in six different areas of the northeastern U.S. Researchers learned that young swamp sparrows pick up these songs from the adults around them and are able to mimic the notes with astounding accuracy.

Here’s what one of their songs sounds like:

“We were able to show that swamp sparrows very rarely make mistakes when they learn their songs, and they don't just learn songs at random; they pick up commoner songs rather than rarer songs,” Robert Lachlan, a biologist at London’s Queen Mary University and the study’s lead author, tells National Geographic.

Put differently, the birds don’t mimic every song their elders crank out. Instead, they memorize the ones they hear most often, and scientists say this form of “conformist bias” was previously thought to be a uniquely human behavior.

Using acoustic analysis software, researchers broke down each individual note of the sparrows’ songs—160 different syllables in total—and discovered that only 2 percent of sparrows deviated from the norm. They then used a statistical method to determine how the songs would have evolved over time. With recordings from 2009 and the 1970s, they were able to estimate that the oldest swamp sparrow songs date back 1537 years on average.

The swamp sparrow’s dedication to accuracy sets the species apart from other songbirds, according to researchers. “Among songbirds, it is clear that some species of birds learn precisely, such as swamp sparrows, while others rarely learn all parts of a demonstrator’s song precisely,” they write.

According to the Audubon Guide to North American Birds, swamp sparrows are similar to other sparrows, like the Lincoln’s sparrow, song sparrow, and chipping sparrow. They’re frequently found in marshes throughout the Northeast and Midwest, as well as much of Canada. They’re known for their piercing call notes and may respond to birders who make loud squeaking sounds in their habitat.

[h/t Science magazine]

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18 Smart Products To Help You Kick Off Summer
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Whether you’re trying to spiff up your backyard barbeque or cultivate your green thumb, these summertime gadgets will help you celebrate the season from solstice to the dog days.

1. ROSÉ WINE GLASSES; $60

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Why It’s Cool: Wine not? When the temperature rises and beer isn’t your thing, reach for the rosé. Riedel’s machine-blown SST (see, smell, taste) wine glasses will give the sparkly stuff ample room to breathe, making every refreshing sip worthwhile.

Find It: Amazon

2. NERF N-STRIKE ELITE SURGEFIRE; $25

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Why It’s Cool: The N-Strike Elite SurgeFire (say that five-times-fast) sports a pump-action rotating drum for maximum foam-based firepower and holds up to 15 Nerf darts in its arsenal.

Find It: Hasbro Toy Shop

3. BUSHEL & BERRY PLANTS; $34

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Why It’s Cool: You don’t need to have a green thumb to create a brag-worthy garden this summer. Besides producing snackable mid-season berries, these open-growing bushes can be planted immediately for easy set-up to make you look like a botanical pro.

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4. INFLATABLE DONUT; $17

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Why It’s Cool: When the only dunking you’re doing is taking a dip in the pool, a 48-inch inflatable donut is the perfect way to stay afloat.

Find It: Amazon

5. STAR SPANGLED SPATULA; $21

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Why It’s Cool: O say can you see by your grill’s charcoal light / Meats so proudly we cooked ... with a star spangled spatula. Depending on the specific model, these all-American grilling tools (designed in New Jersey and made in Chicago) are made of a combination of walnut and stainless steel or nylon. As an added bonus: 5 percent of the proceeds go to the Penn Abramson Cancer Center.

Find It: Amazon

6. MLB HOT DOG BRANDERS; $8 AND UP

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Why It’s Cool: Take your hot dogs, sausages, brats, and more out to the ballgame without ever leaving your grill. These branders from Pangea Brands are dishwasher-safe and made of ceramic-coated cast iron.

Find It: Amazon

7. UNA GRILL; $139

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Why It’s Cool: This portable charcoal-heated grill is as efficient as it is stylish. The compact size lets you cook at the park, after hitting up MoMA, or anywhere in between.

Find It: MoMa Shop

8. HAMBURGER GRILLING BASKET; $21


Why It’s Cool: Made of steel and finished with a non-stick coating, this grilling tool flips four burgers at once and maintains perfect burger proportions to guarantee nobody stays hungry for long.

Find It: Amazon

9. COPPER FIRE PIT; $121

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Why It’s Cool: The grill isn’t the only place for a roaring fire this summer. This 100 percent solid copper fire pit makes for the perfect gathering spot at your next BBQ, or just to warm up after a cool summer evening.

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10. BENDY STRAW POOL NOODLE FLOAT; $10

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Why It’s Cool: Inflatable pool floats shouldn’t be boring, and this bendy straw float definitely does not suck. This unique spin on traditional pool noodles is sure to make for some cheesy jokes, but at least you’ll be comfortable floating in the pool or at the beach.

Find It: Amazon

11. GRIDDLER DELUXE; $111

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Why It’s Cool: If you’re looking for some serious panini power, this griddler offers up a versatile lineup of six cooking options in one. And with dual-zone functions you can sling burgers while searing filets and sautéeing vegetables all at the same time.

Find It: Amazon

12. VINTAGE SNOW CONE MAKER; $30

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Why It’s Cool: With its old-timey design, dual cone shelf, and endless flavor options, this snow cone maker is guaranteed create a cool treat.

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13. DACHSHUND CORN ON THE COB HOLDERS; $7

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Why It’s Cool: While meat-lovers will inevitably scarf down a lot of hot dogs this summer, vegetarians who happen to love another kind of dog will be smitten with these stainless steel, Dachshund-shaped corn on the cob prongs. They’re a fun spin on a summer grilling favorite.

Find It: Amazon

14. ICE CREAM SANDWICH MAKER; $16

Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
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Why It’s Cool: Four sandwiches are better than one, especially when they're of the ice cream variety. Make four ice cream sandwiches at once with this homemade spin on a classic cold treat.

Find It: Amazon

15. UE WONDERBOOM; $68

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Why It’s Cool: Besides delicious food and great company, some memorable tunes are required for the quintessential barbeque. This portable bluetooth speaker offers up some booming sound in a small package, and with a battery power of 10 hours on a single charge you can keep the party going all night.

Find It: Amazon

16. ROLLORS GAME; $38

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Why It’s Cool: When you’re sick of bocce, hate horseshoes, and you’re over cornhole, you might want to take up “rollors,” a family-friendly game that combines your favorite traditional backyard festivities into one game for people of all ages.

Find It: Amazon

17. HAMMOCK; $174

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Why It’s Cool: Rest easy knowing that this 100 percent hand-woven and hand-dyed cotton hammock contributes to artisan job-creation in Thailand.

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18. VSSL SURVIVAL ESSENTIALS; $59

Emergency Survival Tent Outdoors
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Why It’s Cool: Compact, convenient, and durable, the VSSL Shelter can come in handy when things don’t go quite as planned. The device—which features a lightweight emergency shelter all within the handle of a compact, weather-resistant aluminum LED flashlight—is designed to keep you safe under the worst conditions.

Find It: Amazon

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