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Ashley Wollaston, from Ravenswood, Tattoo's Jennifer Beese from the South Loop at the Pioneer Tattoo Studio.

An inked generation: Getting tattooed in college

September 24, 2018

Getting tattooed is an electric experience. Walking into the shop and hearing the buzzing of the tattoo guns by artists creating work that will last forever is an experience growing among individuals ...

Tattoo parlors offer special prices for Friday the 13th

Tattoo parlors offer special prices for Friday the 13th

October 9, 2017

Once or twice a year on Friday the 13th, tattoo parlors participate in an unofficial community celebration and offer tattoos and piercings for reduced prices. On Oct. 13, tattoo parlors across Chicago will once...


Transformative Tattoos—using body art to heal mental and physical scars

February 15, 2016

Each piece of body art has a backstory. It may have been the result of a desire to get a matching tattoo with a childhood friend or the product of an impulsive decision.Increasingly, women are using ta...

Farmers market coming to Prairie District

By Kaley Fowler

April 30, 2012

As summer approaches, Chicago will host numerous farmers markets. Some locations are staples of the outdoor market scene, while others, such as the Wheeler Mansion Market, will debut this year.Wheeler Mansion, 2020 S. Calumet Ave., is a historic boutique hotel located in the South Loop’s Prairie District. The mansion will hold its first market from 4 – 8 p.m. June 6. The market will open every Wednesday through Oct. 31....

Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp strikes a chord with musical youth

By The Columbia Chronicle

July 19, 2011

The darkened Columbia auditorium is filled with the sounds of the blues. On a stage crowded with musicians and instruments, the lead singer laments his misfortunes in love while expertly strumming his electric guitar. As he belts out the final note, the audience breaks into enthusiastic applause. It’s like any blues concert in the world, except for one significant difference.The broken-hearted, world-weary singer is 11 years ...

Thinking through ink

By The Columbia Chronicle

February 28, 2011

By Vanessa MortonContributing WriterIn a three-shot photo sequence, an abstract pattern of tattoo-covered arms stretch across the frames that hang on one of the gray and red walls of The Arcade in the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building. Patrons gather closely to study the frames that resemble a contemporary version of the Sistine Chapel painting of “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo. This was one of the many pieces displaye...

From inking skin to painting porcelain

By Brianna Wellen

April 5, 2010

In an Uptown neighborhood storefront window, across from a Target under construction and surrounded by empty buildings, a life-size figure of Elvis Presley stares out onto the street, inviting curious looks from passers-by. The figure is paired with the world’s largest velvet Elvis painting hung on the opposite wall. Painted toilet seats surround them both. This is the Tattoo Factory Gallery, 4443 N. Broadway, and while...

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