Chitown Tattoos

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Get inspired by our professional artists’ portfolios. From classic, traditional tattoos to modern or quirky ones, the artists live up to their names by creating distinct and inspiring work. Just walk in, or call to schedule a consultation with the artist that caught your eye.

All of Chitown Tattoo’s helpful and dedicated artists are specialists in the art of tattooing and piercing with years of experience, ready to bring your ideas to life. Your chosen artist will help guide you through your tattoo or body piercing venture –whether we do custom work, cover-ups, portraits, cosmetic tattooing, or piercing.

Chicago Tattoo Pricing & Requirements

Important! We do not tattoo minors. To get tattooed in the State of Illinois, you must be 18 years of age.

Tattoo prices starting from $80. Our hourly rate for tattooing is set at $150 per hour. This pricing can vary depending on the area tattooed — for example, sleeves, back pieces, and so on.

We recommend setting up a free consultation with an artist of your choice. A $50 deposit is required for small tattoos and $150 for bigger tattoos is required for any custom drawing and is credited to the tattoo price.

Tattoo Aftercare

Caring for your new Tattoo

Now that you have your fresh new tattoo, you want to take good care of it!
From this point on, your artist is not responsible for any infections or problems you may have with your tattoo resulting from improper care. You must follow these guidelines — a beautiful tattoo can turn into a disaster if it is not properly cared for.

Leave that bandage alone!

Your artist took care to cover up your new tattoo for a very good reason – to keep air-born bacteria from invading your wound. As pretty as your new tattoo is, it is still a wound. Open flesh is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Leave the bandage on for a minimum of two hours. The excitement of having a new tattoo will make you want to remove the bandage so you can show your friends, but they will just have to wait until later.

The only exception to this rule is if your artist covered your tattoo with saran wrap or plastic. Covering your tattoo with plastic can be extremely detrimental to a tattoo, so you should remove it immediately. You’re better off not having any covering than to be suffocating your new tattoo with plastic wrap.

Washing and Treating

After you remove the bandage, you will want to wash your tattoo. Use lukewarm water and mild, liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap (we recommend Satin and Provon; Dial tends to be too harsh – generic brand antibacterial soaps are better) to gently wash away any ointment, blood, and/or plasma and to clean the area completely. Do not use a washcloth or anything abrasive. Your hand is your best tool in this case. (If your tattoo feels slimy and slippery, you have probably been oozing plasma. Try to gently remove as much of this as possible – when the plasma dries on the skin surface, it can create scabs.)

Then pat (do not rub) the area firmly with a CLEAN towel or paper towel to get it completely dry.

Do not use Neosporin for tattoos. Neosporin is a wonderful product for cuts and scrapes, but not for tattoos. Some can have an allergic reaction to the Neosporin, which causes little red bumps. When the bumps go away, so does the ink, and you end up with a polka-dotted tattoo.

Specialty Products and Lotions

If you prefer, you can also use specialty products such as Tattoo Goo or any Organic Product for best results. It’s optional, as many over-the-counter products work just fine, so it’s up to you. Use the products as directed and continue for 3-5 days only.
After that, continue to keep it clean, but you can use a tiny amount of lotion when needed. Whatever lotion you use, it should be dye- (colorless) and fragrance-free.

Bathing, Showering, Hot Tubs, and Swimming

Yes, you can (and should!) shower with a new tattoo. It’s OK to get your tattoo wet – just don’t soak it. Submerging your tattoo in a bath or hot tub can cause serious damage, so you’ll want to avoid those for 2-3 weeks, but showering is perfectly fine as long as you don’t saturate your tattoo. If you get soap or shampoo on your tattoo, just remove it quickly with water. Swimming – whether it be a pool, freshwater, or salt water – should be avoided for at least two weeks.

Scabbing and Peeling

After a few days, you will notice some peeling and possibly a little scabbing. Apply warm moist compresses to the scabs for about 5 minutes 2-3 times a day to soften them, and they will eventually come off on their own. (Do not apply ointment or lotion to a softened scab – wait for it to dry) You will also start to itch, just like a sunburn when it begins to heal. The advice here is, don’t pick, and don’t scratch! If the skin itches, slap it. If it is peeling, put lotion on it. And if it is scabbing, just leave it alone. Your tattoo is almost healed, and now is not the time to ruin it!

Protection from the Sun

After your tattoo is healed, from now on, you will always want to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These can fade and damage a brilliant tattoo very fast. Before spending a lot of time in excessive heat, protect your tattoo with a minimum of 30SPF sunblock. This will keep your tattoo vibrant for many years, and it will continue to be a source of great pride.

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At Chi-Town Tattoo & Body Piercing, every client is treated with respect and individuality. We respect everyone's opinions and listen to all to meet your needs, going out of our way to meet expectations and beyond.

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