The Most Interesting Tattoo in the World?

As a dentist in private practice, I’ve seen my fair share of crazy and interesting things. I’ve seen cases of horrible gum disease, scars from sucking fentanyl patches, disastrous attempts at people doing dentistry on themselves, and many other things. I’d thought I had seen almost everything. That was until this patient walked in the door:

Beer tatoo on the lip seen at the dentist

Beer tattoo on his lower lip. Clicking on the image will show a larger version in all of its glory! Image copyright Dr. Nicholas Calcaterra.

As you can see by the facial hair, this was obviously a male – at least we would hope it is a male!

beer tatoo seen at the dentist on the inside lip

View of the tatoo looking down (which is why “beer” is upside down).

In talking with him in my dental office about his tattoo, it was clear that he was both simultaneously proud and ashamed of it. He loved showing it to me and my entire staff  – and to a couple of my other patients too! He enthusiastically gave a long and detailed description of how it was done, when it was completed, and who did it. It was clear this was one of his favorite stories to tell.

But then he confessed in an almost bashful demeanor that it was “the last stupid thing I ever did.” His tone and level of excitement were much lower than before. He did not advertise this to anyone but me. It was clear he had a love/hate relationship with his tattoo.

Most Interesting Tattoo in the World?

Most Interesting man in the world with an interesting tattoo

Does the Most Interesting Man in the World have this tattoo? (image courtesy Anderson Group via npr.org)

Could this possibly be one of the most interesting tattoos in the world? Could it be the most interesting? Do you think the most interesting man in the world has anything close to this? After all, the actor who plays the Most Interesting Man lives in Vermont, less than three hours from my office in Orange, CT.

At his last dental visit, I did not get a chance to ask him what his favorite beer was. But part of me thinks the beer he enjoys the most is Dos-Equis.

Despite my patient’s mixed emotions about this tattoo, I don’t think he will be trying to get rid of it anytime soon. After all, it is not visible to anyone, except when he comes to our office.

As I said before, I’ve seen a lot of crazy things as a dentist, but this one was totally unexpected. To this day, I still look at it every time he comes in for cleanings. And he enjoys showing it to us!