Tattoo in Chicago

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Since the mid-’70s, Tattoo Factory’s crew of tattoo and piercing artists have been a fixture in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Examples of artists’ work and suggested tattoos line the roomy studio’s exposed brick walls as neon signs and glossy wood floors add color and retro flair. Clients lounge in black salon-style chairs as the skilled artists carefully create vibrant, long-lasting pieces of body art, such as the name of a loved one or a list of must-buy grocery items. Customers can also download the business’s recently launched iTunes app to get more information about tattoo and piercing artists, as well as glimpses at their portfolios.

4441 N Broadway St
Chicago,
IL
US

We specialize in aroma bath and body products created from natural ingredients. Synthetic free, soy free products that are simple, natural and good for you!

1610 W Grand Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Although tattoo artist Gonzalo Cervantes only founded Dream City Tattoos in 2011, his experience with ink goes back much further. As a young artist with burgeoning needle skills, he mentored under Richard “Tapeworm” Herrera, who instilled in his apprentice the techniques necessary to transform human canvases into works of art. In the 10 years since, Gonzalo has amassed a wealth of experience and now specializes in versatility, covering skin in black-and-white and full-color portraits, tribal designs, decorative lettering, and biomechanical creations. Patrons need only show him—or his equally adept brother Gabriel—their desired ink with a picture or describe it with semaphores.

2376 N Neva Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Fingerprints might be nature’s proof that we’re all unique, but custom tattoos are a more artistic and personal way to remind us of that. Mario Ink generates original designs for its clients, turning skin into a canvas on which to scrawl imaginative images, exquisitely detailed lettering, or more freckles. Mario also decorates clients with less-permanent pigments, offering professional body painting for everything from advertising events to Halloween costumes.

1441 N Ashland Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Most popular offering: Alley logo T-shirts and piercing jewelry

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Established: 1971

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: No

Pro Tip: Stop in the area to have a great beer and loosen up. This is like visiting the circus?smile and enjoy.

Q&A with Mark Thomas, Owner

What sets your business apart from your competition?

The combination of our four stores under one roof. We carry many one-of-a-kind items.

What was the inspiration for starting this business?

I was 17 and struggling with school when I fell into the opportunity to buy a business. I grabbed the savings bonds bought for me at birth, bought the business, and never looked back

What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

We have been here for 40-plus years. People come in all the time and, in this time of many stores closing, they say, " We are so glad you are still here."

What?s your favorite part about your job?

I love to go out and source one-of-a-kind items.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Go read my bio on the site. It is fun and gritty and the story of great success for small business in America.

3228 N Clark St.
Chicago,
IL
US

In 1980, tattoos were still the sole province of the slightly edgy, and standards for tattoo parlors varied widely. Even so, when "Fat Joe" Scapini opened Jade Dragon Tattoo, he sought to set a new benchmark for cleanliness as well as quality, inventing a "toss-a-tube" system that begins each tattoo with fresh ink and a brand-new barrel and tube. Though Joe passed away in 2007, his wife and children continue to work with the shop's 12 artists and six body piercers to maintain the high standard of sterility, still using the same system the founder invented. Tattoo seekers work with the artists to develop custom designs, or they can choose to reference one of more than one million pieces of flash, or premade designs. The shop also performs traditional and dermal piercings on ears, noses, lips, or other creative places, such as the ear but a little off-center. While their bodies are being turned into works of art, clients can gaze at the riot of designs and other artifacts—animal masks, neon signs, golden dragons, and a jackalope among them—that cover the shop's electric-blue walls.

5331 W Belmont Ave
Chicago,
IL
US