Throughout the nineties, tattoo art experienced what can only be described as an artistic evolution. Art students, comic book artists, and graffiti writers all began to see the tattoo as not only a way to express themselves in a different medium but a way to make a living. After all, there aren’t a lot of people out there who are willing to invest in art, but there are a lot of folks out there who are willing to pay for a tattoo. Moreover, as tattoos and other forms of body modification started to become less and less taboo, more people were getting inked up. So the nineties saw the greatest artistic developments in tattoos, a huge spike in the number of tattoo artists, and greater diversity in the styles of tattoos that were available. These are all trends that have continued to the present day.
As a result, it seems that everyone is a tattoo artist these days, and that’s both good, and very, very bad. Getting tattooed is painful, and the results are permanent, so if you’re thinking about going under the needle then choosing a tattoo artist is something you ought to do carefully and conscientiously. Here are the top tattoo shops in Chicago:
2230 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
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Revolution Tattoo and Art Gallery
2221 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Butterfat Studio Chicago
3129 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL
That’s my top 3, if you want to find your own top 3, I suggest the following:
Check Out A Bunch Of Studios
In Chicago, there are dozens of tattoo studios, and before you get your work done you should visit at least three or four of them. Hang out in the shop, watch any work that may be in progress, look through a portfolio, and ask questions, as many questions as you like. This should not be a problem. As for price, some of the best tattoo artists can charge up to 600 dollars per hour. That might not suit your budget, but at the same time if a price seems low and too good to be true, then it probably is. Keep in mind that this is your body we’re talking about, so you’re not looking for a great deal.
You don’t have to have any special qualifications to distinguish good artistry from art that’s not so great. Also, someone’s skill with pen and paper does not necessarily translate to being great with a needle and skin, so make sure that you ask to see portfolio items that are photographs of tattoos. Look closely at the work; are the lines smooth, or are they jagged and bumpy? Do squares look like squares, or do they look like rectangles? Are circles circular, or are they oval? These are all questions that you should be asking yourself.
Also, does a tattoo artist you’re considering seem more committed to serving you, the client, or does he or she seem more interested in being able to express his or her version of your body?
Talk To Others
Most successful tattoo artists get to where they are thanks to word of mouth. Talk to your friends who have tattoos. How was their experience. Also, if you see someone walking down the street, and you notice that they have a great tattoo, don’t be afraid to ask them where they got it. You might be surprised; as it turns out most people love talking about their tattoos.