PHOTOS BY CONOR DOHERTY :: SHOT AT JM CURLEY
Will Gilson, Chef-owner at Puritan & Co.
" 'Eat' [see feature] was my gateway drug. I knew I wanted to do the dogwood on my arm, and if I didn't do this one, there was no way I was going to commit to the big one. I got this done in the kitchen of my former GM. . . . If all else fails, and I'm not a chef anymore, it could be 'meat' and I could be a butcher, 'beat' and I could be in a band! But after that, I got the dogwoods on my arm. The dogwoods were the two trees that were growing in front of my family's farm and restaurant; it's the name of my dad's landscaping company, and when two of my relatives passed away, I put dogwood branches right on their caskets. This was really the only thing that meant enough to me to do on such a large scale."