December

December schedule and events-

  •  We are proud to host the book release and original flash art show for the most recent publication from Yellow Beak Press - Ralph Ashwell! The book contains over 100 never before seen full color flash sheets painted by Ashwell and features his biography written and researched by Carmen Forquer Nyssen. The book will be for available for purchase and the originals featured in the book will be on display. Complimentary beer from Revolution Brewing and cider from Virtue Cider.

                 

  • The shop will close early on December 24 at 4Pm and will be closed on Christmas December 25. We will re-open on December 26 at 12PM. 

 

To book in with any of our tattooers call the shop at 312-870-0458 or stop by. We also take walk ins every day on a first come, first served basis. 

November

November guests-

  • Gary Royal - November 3. Message him directly to book in. 
  • Linus O'Malley - November 16-17. Message him directly to book in.                                

Chip Douglas will be out of the shop November 14-24. 

Nick Colella will be out of the shop November 14-16. 

Erik Gillespie will be out of the shop November 20-25.

The shop will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 23. 

 

To book in with any of our tattooers call the shop at 312-870-0458 or stop by. We also take walk ins every day on a first come, first served basis. 

October

 Guests-

  • Jen Lawes - Oct 2

Thomas Kenney's EBB AND FLOW will be up in the Gallery throughout October. He has his book and original paintings for sale. The gallery is open during shop hours - every day from 12-8. 

To book in with any of our tattooers call the shop at 312-870-0458 or stop by. We also take walk ins every day on a first come, first served basis. 

September

September Guests-                                 

Nick Colella will be out of the shop the 12-16 at the Kaiserstadt Tattoo Expo in Germany. Email him at nick@greatlakestattoo.com to book in. 

Chip Douglas starts full time on the 21. We are currently booking appointments for him over the phone or in the shop.  

Kevin Leary will be out of the shop the 22-25.

Thomas Kenney -Ebb and Flow- Book release and art show the 29th 7-10PM.

Mario Desa will no longer be working on Thursdays. His schedule will be T/W/F/SA

As of Sept 23 Nick Colella will no longer be working Saturdays. His schedule will be T/W/TH/F

As of Sept 24 Kevin Leary will no longer be working Sundays. His schedule will be M/TH/F/SA

To book in with any of our tattooers call the shop at 312-870-0458 or stop by. We also take walk ins every day on a first come, first served basis. 

August

Chip Douglas starts full time on Sept 21. We are currently booking appointments for him over the phone or in the shop.  

Mike Dalton will be out of the shop August 5-8. 

Mario Desa will not be booking appointments August 15-22. He will be taking walk ins on a first come, first served basis. 

Kevin Leary will be out of the shop August 19-29 and the 31- Sept 7.   

Brandon Heuser will be out of the shop August 31- Sept 7.

Kevin and Brandon will be at the Denver Tattoo Convention Sept 1-3. They will be taking walk ups and will have a book of designs as well as the new GLT sketchbook to choose from. 

Erik Gillespie will be out of the shop August 15-25. He will be at the WV Tattoo Convention August 18-20. He will have a book of designs as well as the new GLT sketchbook to choose from. 

To book in with any of our tattooers call the shop at 312-870-0458 or stop by. We also take walk ins every day on a first come, first served basis. 

July

Kevin Leary willl be out of the shop July 2-3 and July 30.   

The shop will be closed July 4 and will re-open July 5 at 12. 

Chip Douglas will be here on Sunday July 9. Contact him directly for appointments. 

Nick Colella will be out the shop July 7-8 and July 18-21.  

Chris Paprocki will be in the shop on July 11-12. Contact him directly for appointments.  

Jen Lawes will be in the shop on July 23rd TAKING WALK INS ONLY! Get here early!

Brad Stevens will be in the shop July 29-30. Contact him directly for appointments.  

To book in with any of our tattooers call the shop at 312-870-0458 or stop by. We also take walk ins every day on a first come, first served basis. 

June

Erik Gillespie willl be out of the shop May 30- June 7. 

Mike Dalton will be out of the shop June 2- 3. 

Rosie Evans and Sam Layzell will be in the shop on June 3rd for one day only. Contact them directly for appointments. 

Kevin Leary will be out of the shop June 9- 12.

Beatdown will be out of the shop on June 10. 

Frog will be in the shop June 26/27. Contact him directly for appointments. 

To book in with any of our tattooers call the shop at 312-870-0458 or stop by. We also take walk ins every day on a first come, first served basis. 

 

May

We will be closing early on May 3rd at 4PM for a Cubs game. We will reopen on May 4th at 12PM.

Nick Colella will be out of the shop May 5-6 at the Prestige Tattoo Convention and May 17-21 at Black Heart Tattoo. Email him at Nick@greatlakestattoo.com to book in for Philly or SF. To book in with him at GLT call the shop at 312-870-0458.

Mario Desa will be out of the shop May 9-11 at Rock of Ages Tattoo. Email him at permanentluxury@gmail.com to book in for Austin. To book in with him at GLT call the shop at 312-870-0458.

Brandon Heuser will be out of the shop May 17-18. 

Kevin Leary will be out of the shop May 29. To book in with him for before or after To book in with him at GLT call the shop at 312-870-0458.

 

 

Great Lakes Tattoo 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM GREAT LAKES TATTOO!

TAKING A LOOK BACK AT THE PREVIOUS YEAR — 

IN 2016, WE:

  • Held 7 events in our Gallery Space, Great State Gallery- 
    • Raking Light Projects -  Exhibition consisting of collectible prints created by skilled tattoo artists.
    • The Inborn Absolute - Book release and exhibition - A stunning collection of the paintings and tattoos of celebrated artist Robert Ryan.
    • Welcome Back to the Badlands - Showcasing the World’s Largest Roy Boy Collection 
    • Under Lock and Key - Book release and exhibition - Dan Smith and Shaun Topper. Consisted of over fifty original paintings using authentic mugshots from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
    • Continuing a Tradition - Book release and exhibition - Paul Dobleman. Fifty hand painted flash sheets, drawn directly from the established imagery of his predecessors.  Adapting classic imagery from giants of the craft.
    • Deadly Prey- a showcase of artwork from Deadly Prey Gallery’s large permanent collection of hand-painted movie posters and haircut signboards from Ghana, West Africa.

 

  • We were a host to over 20 guest artists from all over the world including the legendary Hanky Panky. 

 

  • We presented The First Annual Walk Up Classic - which featured 20 of the country’s most prominent artists. Having the feel of a mini tattoo convention the Walk Up Classic offered attendees the unique opportunity to walkup and get a tattoo by their favorite artist without an appointment. The event was a huge success resulting in 200 tattoos in 2 days. The Walk Up Classic will return in March 2017! 

 

  • Great Lakes Tattoo owner/ tattooer Nick Colella launched Instagram account - Chicago’s Tattoo History.  A visual history of tattooing in Chicago. @chicagostattooshistory

 

  • Our apprentice Brandon Heuser completed the  final stretch of his apprenticeship and started tattooing full time. 

 

  • The Chicago Cubs WON the World series and what better way to celebrate than to get a Cubs a tattoo? We painted several sheets of Cubs flash and did Cubs tattoos consistently in the days following the Cub’s win. We’ve continued to do them since, and the flash sheets are still on display for your choosing. 

 

MANY THANKS FOR GETTING TATTOOED AND YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER YEAR OF TATTOOING! 

Check out some highlights of our year in photos below: