Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention

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Chicago Tattoo Arts convention was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont on March 22 to March 24. The convention was hosted by  who are old pros at this and it showed.  The facility was easy to park at, not too pricey compared to downtown garages and was right off major expressways.  The actual... Read more »

Live Free or Die Artshow

Cheri Basak, co-owner and curator at Revolution Tattoo, recently hosted an incredible art opening – with the theme being “Live Free or Die” with the support of Northdown. I asked her to expand a bit on why she choose that theme, (which is covered nicely in her curator statement below) and how she  determined participating... Read more »

Speakeasy Custom Tattoo - Chicago

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Seeing all of the changes, expansion and staff increases with one of my favorite Chicago tattoo shops, I revisited Speakeasy Custom Tattoo here in Chicago.. the purpose was to meet some of the new artists and film the action for a day in the ubiquitous Flat Iron building on North Avenue in Chicago. Patrick and... Read more »

The Congregation of Forgotten Saints, Preachers and Fools in LA

The Congregation of Forgotten Saints, Preachers and Fools in LA
FROM LOS ANGELES: I had the incredible opportunity to talk to Cody Varona, fashion designer and the owner of Forgotten Saints and Sara Lou, who is the tattooist at Preachers and Fools, both under the Congregation of the Forgotten Saints regime. Uniqueness is the absolute best description of the shop, art gallery and all it... Read more »

Family Tattoo on Belmont in Chicago

Family Tattoo on Belmont in Chicago
Family Tattoo on Belmont in Chicago invited us in for a little Q & A, a lot of visuals and some fun. The first thing I noticed is the vibe I felt when I was only at the shop a short time, a very relaxed atmosphere that was warm and welcoming. I met all the... Read more »

Sailor Jerry Event at Chicago Tattooing

I had the pleasure of being invited to cover the Sailor Jerry event at Chicago Tattooing this past Saturday. Chicago does not get the “event “ hype LA or NYC does, so it was great that the Midwest was represented as Sailor Jerry and Chicago have a unique history. The event was centered around original... Read more »

Ben Wahhh- Deluxe Tattoo Chicago

I had the wonderful experience of interviewing Ben Wahhh- he shared his knowledge and wit when we spoke at his shop, Deluxe Tattoo in Chicago. Ben, I do want to get some background information and a bit of personal history.  Did you, as many of the artists I have spoken to, have any drawing interests... Read more »

This one is a bit different

When I started my blog, I had two very firm ideas in mind.  One, that was a bit more of an undertaking than I originally thought, was that my blog was going to feature original content only, mainly interview based.  I do understand that blogs are the same, and also different for each and every blogger... Read more »

Revolution Tattoo and Art Gallery

Revolution Tattoo and Art Gallery
I had the great pleasure of spending time with Cheri and Omar, owners of Revolution Tattoo and Art Gallery, a merge of gallery and tattoo shop.  They had quite an adventure on the long and winding path to realizing a dream, including the inevitable problems of licensing and permit issues in our windy city, neighbors... Read more »

Interview: Speakeasy Custom Tattoo owner Patrick Cornolo

Patrick at work, tattooing Jill Hepp. Patrick Cornolo, along with his wife Kelly, is the owner of Speakeasy Custom Tattoo. Being the owner of a large, custom only tattoo shop is a journey that has a quite a few interesting twists and turns, something I discovered even with having the background of being a long... Read more »
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