Anthony Bourdain's mom to adorn her body in memory of late son

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 25, 2018
11:38 A.M.

Anthony Bourdain’s mother, Gladys Bourdain, has revealed that she will be paying tribute to her son in a special way. Gladys plans on getting a tattoo.


According to The New York Times, this will be her first one ever. Her son had many that he made from the age of 44.

Gladys confessed that she was “never really a fan” of her famous son’s tattoos. However, to honor his memory, she will get ‘Tony’ tattooed in small letters on the inside of her wrist as a personal.

Gladys also plans on using Anthony Bourdain’s tattoo artist for the work. Anthony was a TV chef and host of the CNN travel show Parts Unknown.


He got his first tattoo at the age of 44 after the publication of his breakout book, Kitchen Confidential. The late star went on to have several more tattoos as he chronicled his culinary journeys.

For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. According to Maxim last summer, Anthony, 61, had shared that while he didn’t “overly place importance on them,” he felt that tattoos “commemorate in a way that photographs can’t.”

He revealed that he’d stopped taking photographs a long time ago when he would travel. “There’s this realization that the lens is inadequate to capture the moment, so maybe I’m just looking to mark time in another way that’s very personal,” the chef shared.

“I well understand that any additional tattoos are not going to make me any younger, any hipper, any more relevant, or even more attractive. It’s a selfish, personal thing. I jokingly say, ‘I’m driving an old car. It’s filled with dents. One more dent ain’t gonna make it any worse than this.'”

Anthony Bourdain, Maxim, August 21, 2017

The star described his first tattoo as a “beautiful, very thick tribal tattoo.” He also confessed that it did not make his first wife, Nancy Putkoski, very happy.


The famous chef explained that he’d gotten the tattoo to congratulate himself on the sudden success of his bestselling book. He shared that he enjoyed getting the tattoo and one led him to want more right away.

Anthony also admitted that he always got a “big endorphin rush” whenever he got a tattoo.

On June 8 the star was found dead by a longtime friend after taking his own life in a France hotel room. The late author and TV star was cremated in France.

Gladys told NBC News that the last time she heard from her son was in an email on Mother’s Day. She revealed that she had no idea that Anthony was struggling.

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