By Jill Miskevics and Katherine Harry
Audio Slideshow: Interview with Robert Perez at the Chicago Tattooing and Piercing Company.
Belmont Avenue in Lakeview is known for housing quirky shops, vintage stores, and the historical Chicago Tattooing Company. Chicago Tattoo has been around for 39 years and takes the title of Illinois’ oldest tattooing studio.
Both the locals and Chicago tourists pay visits to the Chicago Tattooing Company to experience the history, art and body modification specialties that the shop is known for providing.
“Tattoos are a way for me to get something permanent on me that means something, that tells a story and then I just keep on telling the story, you know, keep on expressing myself through it,” said Robert Perez, 26-year-old United States Marine.
Perez and fellow marine, Leonardo Fortolis, came to Chicago from Washington D.C. for work-related business at the May 20-21 NATO Summit and spent the following Tuesday evening at Chicago Tattoo. Fortolis has visited Chicago Tattoo on a previous trip to the city and had his daughter’s name tattooed on his arm.