Under Phase 3, Illinois is allowed to reopen non-essential business with strict guidelines. Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that tattoo parlors are among businesses that can reopen. As long as shops follow strict social distancing and hygiene requirements, artists can return to work to tattoo their clients. Most shops are opening June 3rd, with some already open to appointments. Here’s a list of shops and their new procedures under the new guidelines.
1148 W Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Great Lakes Tattoo is reopening by appointment only, with same-day appointments being offered by availability. Their artists specialize in a range of American traditional tattoo styles. New guidelines and procedures are being developed and will include the necessity of a mask and limited shop capacity.
1459 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
Deluxe Tattoo is going to be reopening by appointment only. Their artists make a ton of different styles in their tattooing and will do anything from a name to a full sleeve. The shop will be implementing new guidelines to be discussed between client and artist.
1935 1/2 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Wicker Park shop Speakeasy Tattoo is reopening by appointment only. There are a lot of artists working at this shop. The work is neo-traditional, realist, Japanese traditional, geometric, and more. All guests are being asked to fill out a tattoo consent form prior to their appointment to minimize time in the shop. The shop is also taking extra precautions with an additional consent form about the client’s health and potential exposure to COVID-19.
1456 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Metamorphosis is opening for appointments only, no walk-ins. The artists here create a lot of different work ranging from tribal and fine line to geometric and realist styles. The shop is requiring that all clients come alone as guests will not be allowed in. Everyone in the shop will be required to wear a mask and wash their hands upon entering the shop.
5331 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
Jade Dragon is already open as of May 29. Their artists make tattoos that are illustrative and unique. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are available. Their clients are being asked to wash and sanitize hands, wear masks, and limit guests. They are capping the shop capacity at 10 people and will ask guests to wait in the waiting area or outside.
2221 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
For the time being, Revolution Tattoo is going to operate by appointment only. The shop will be taking clients’ temperatures and will be required to wear masks anytime they’re inside. Hand sanitization will be required and no guests or visitors will be allowed. Artists are asking clients to make their tattooer aware of a compromised immune system or the appearance of symptoms.
1147 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Pilsen’s staple tattoo shop Studio One is reopening its doors by appointment only. The shop’s small team specializes in American and Japanese traditional. The team is opening under the guidelines set forth by the city and CDC and will be coordinated between the artist and client.
1017 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Chicago tattoo is a northside spot with artists that do all types of tattoos. Their work is mostly neo-traditional, American traditional, and illustrative. The shop will be implementing non-negotiable safety procedures including masks and limited shop capacity.
904 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Brown Brothers Tattoo “represents all tattoo styles.” However, most of their artists’ work is American traditional. They will operate by appointment only. No walk ins, drop ins, or unnecessary shop traffic. Same day appointments will be available on a case by case basis. All guests and tattooers will be let into the locked shop upon arrival, and must be masked at all times.
2352 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Logan Square Tattoo has artists that have a diverse portfolio of work including American traditional, biomechanical, fine line, and black tattoos. They will be operating by appointment only and restricting the number of people in the shop, including the number of artists working at one time.
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