Chicago | January 22, 2015 9:00 am

Tattoos: What Every Chicagoan Should Know

Who to see when you want to get inked

By The Editors

Tattoos. They’re not for every man.

But every man, interested or not, should be aware of tattoo etiquette and options, if only to be a more engaging conversationalist.

So we’ve curated seven local ink maestros and styles to give you an idea what’s out there.

If you’re in the market, let this be your jumping-off point.

If not, consider it your voyeur’s pass to the current state of skin art.

But first, to the question: “I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo. Where should I go?”

The answer — from your ink-bearing correspondent — is simple: depends.

You wanna find your style first. Then your artist. Keep in mind: Good artists are worth waiting for.

And before you look, some basic rules and etiquette of the road:

  • Come with an idea. Book in advance.
  • Trust your artist. 
  • But don’t be afraid to give your input and meet in the middle — good ink is a negotiation.
  • Don’t forget to tip. At least 30%.

And remember, in the words of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins: “Good tattoos aren’t cheap, and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”

Let’s get to it.