art, culture, current calendar
Check out Revolution Tattoo at 2221 N. Western. This Saturday, October 13 is a perfect time since their annual Halloween Art Exhibit reception is from 8PM til midnight.
Revolution has a swell looking red neon star in the window that I couldn't resist so I went in to talk to Max Brown (see photo). He explained that Revolution is a custom tattoo shop and began five years ago as a gallery, adding tattoos after the first two years. Principals are Omar Guitierrez, his soon to be wife, Cheri Basak and Max along with his brother Marshall (Brown too).
Tattoos used to be synonymous with biker culture but no more. You may remember that not so long ago they were pretty standard, boringly so. Now complete arm and leg tattoos, handsomely rendered are not unusual. Servers in hip restaurants often succumb to cool-looking visuals.
I am fascinated. In New York recently I noted a young Brooklyn father with a tattoo covering his completely shaved head and realized he can wear or not wear his decorations, depending on his chosen hairstyle of the moment, the best of both worlds, I figure.
Much of Revolution's business is referral based, although there's walk in traffic too. Ask to see some of their reference books and you'll realize that Japanese culture, among many others is rich with the tattooing tradition.
Revolution is open Monday through Saturday from 12noon-9PM, 2221 N. Western Av., 773.486.8888.