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This was a tough one.

It’s C. Guy Fieri!

Read the excerpt below from an interview with Sonoma Magazine where Guy describes the special meaning behind his Namaste tattoo.

“My sister had melanoma and battled it for a year, and we just lost her in February.”

He stops for a moment, collecting his thoughts as a tenderness softens his face.

“I teach as many people as I can about Namaste.”

“I was 22 when I saw the first huge version of Botticelli’s Venus. It was early in the morning, I was in this restaurant and I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, that’s my sister…beautiful red hair, beautiful complexion, tall. And every time I saw that painting I would see my sister Morgan, that was always my sister.”

Fieri credits Morgan with being the family teacher. “She’s the one who got me into organics, she’s the one who got me into recycling, she’s the one who got me and my parents to work on spiritual stuff. And ‘Namaste’ is what she would always say at the end of her voicemails. You know, the God in me sees the God in you. And when you start to embrace that, it’s so beautiful, it’s one of the most amazing things ever.”

Guy stops. He seems entirely conscious of the paradox, so he addresses it, gesturing at the Venus, who is also his sister, inked on his arm.

“People say, ‘Oh, Guy’s got a big tattoo, and the earrings, and so on. He must be a big rocker.’ I’m not a rocker, I’m a little crazy, but this is the connection to my sister, and I had this done the day before we buried her. So I teach as many people as I can about namaste.”

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