Tattoos: What Every Chicagoan Should Know

Who to see when you want to get inked

By The Editors
January 22, 2015 9:00 am

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.

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