He said he got the tat about two years ago because he loves the city and is proud to be here. Not only has he lived here his entire life but his family has been living here since before the Chicago fire happened! That is a long ass time. Donnie says he wanted to keep it simple, which is why he didn't get the white filled in.
"For a long time I really liked Day of the Dead artwork and the meanings behind them. Then a good friend of mine passed away last October. So, I decided it was time to get that sugar skull. I wasn't exactly sure of the design, so I googled the shit out of 'sugar skull', 'day of the dead,' etc....I ended up finding a pic of what I liked. The photo was of a skull similar to mine burned on the top of an old wooden chest. I took that photo to my friend Rich Marafioti at Insight Studios and he completely redrew it. He then asked me what colors I wanted to be. I had seen Rich's stuff and he also did my flag, so knew he was good with color, so I let him pick them out....I trusted him. It turned out better than I thought. Rich does great work and he's now at Family Tattoo."