Once reserved for biker gangs and hipsters, tattoos seem to be gracing the flesh of all kinds of Chicagoans these days (even veteran journalist Carol Marin). Few life decisions are as permanent, so choosing from among Chicago's many tattoo shops can be a daunting task. Look to to these local tattoo parlors for flash art, photorealism, Asian or custom ink you'll be proud to wear for a lifetime.
Chicago's best tattoo shops
Whether you're a first-timer or a veteran, if you can dream it, these tattoo shops can make it permanent—from flash art to photorealism