A friend said he heard Tom Waits has a tattoo on his chest of a restaurant’s menu. Is this true?
Tom Waits has never let the facts get in the way of a good story. He has plenty of tattoos, but none of them include the soup du jour. Waits spent his youth in National City, a suburb of San Diego, where he worked at Napoleone’s Pizza House. As he liked to tell it, “I got a map of Easter Island on my back. And I have the full menu from Napoleone’s Pizza House on my stomach. After a while, they dispensed with the menus: they’d send me out, and I’d take my shirt off and stand by the tables.”
(Excerpted from the 2006 book Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, published by Three Rivers Press, written by Gavin Edwards.)