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For the Record: History of Tattooing in Chicago

Courtesy of Tattoo Archive:  Today, we can say that Chicago is one of the great cities of the world, but Chicago was a late bloomer. It was still a wilderness roamed by Indians at a time when many other large cities were great centers of trade and industry. Less than one hundred years after it was founded Chicago joined these cities as one of the largest in the world. Chicago gets its name from the Miami-Illinois Indian word shikaakwa, which means “stinky onion.” This meaning came about because of the onions that grew along its river. The 1990 World Almanac lists Chicago as the third largest city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles, and the twenty-second largest in the world — all of this for a city that was not incorporated until 1832! In 1840 the population was 4,417, and by 1850 it had grown to 29,936! From there the city never looked back…

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Thom deVita, Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash Firecat Projects Art Show Opening Review

By John Niederkorn
First off, let me just say that this is not a traditional “review” considering  the fact that I’m not an artist… With that said this show was (in my unprofessional opinion) AWESOME! The opening was held on Oct. 28th, 2011 at  Tony Fitzpatrick’s Firecat Projects, located quaintly in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, and the only way I can describe the show room is, phenomenal…

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Ben Wahhh Talks About His Past and How Tattooing has Changed (VIDEO)

By Laura Roeper
Courtesy of ChicagoNow.com: 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… The juxtaposition of Ben the tattooist, and Ben the dad, were just too fun to just mention in writing so the video is in itself a piece of art, “The two lives of Ben Wahhh.” Enjoy!

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Don Ed Hardy, Thom deVita and Nick Bubash Present: 3 of a Kind Art Show in Chicago

The 3 of a Kind art show at Firecat Projects in Chicago will feature the works of Don Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash and folk art/tattoo legend Thom deVita, starting on Oct. 28th and running until Nov. 26th, 2011. Currently, this is all the information we have, but we will update this post when more information is made available.

3 of a Kind Art Show: October 28 – November 26 2011
Opening Reception October 28, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Firecat Projects
2124 N. Damen Ave., Chicago IL 60647
Beer by Three Floyds
Wines by Red and White Wines in Chicago

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Mario Desa at MUSINK

(Mario can be found at Chicago Tattoo Company in beautiful Chicago, IL) (more…)

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