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Deluxe Tattoo

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1459 W Irving Park Rd (at N Janssen Avenue)
Chicago, IL 60613
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Deluxe Tattoo - Chicago, IL

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DELUXE TATTOO WAS VOTED THE BEST TATTOO PARLOR IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA BY THE 1035 KISS FM LISTENERS.

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My tattoo was actually done with the wrong color!! When this was brought to Ben's attention, it was addressed as not being a big deal. I think it is a huge deal! This tattoo is fa...

BEST OF CHI WINNER ; KISS FM 4/27/2010

DELUXE TATTOO WAS VOTED THE BEST TATTOO PARLOR IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA BY THE 1035 KISS FM LISTENERS. more

Worst in chicago!!! 9/16/2008

i went here a couple of weeks ago to get a tattoo and piercing. first of all they dont even do piercing and second the acted like they were to cool to help me with designing a tat! they are very arrogant and rude AVOID THEM!!! go to jade dragon instead, i did and i got an awesome tattoo from a guy named Ralph!! You can read my review of jade to if you want. Pros: cool looking on the inside Cons: rude jerks more

This place is great 7/22/2008

My title says it all. This place is great all around and def the best place to get tattooed in Chicago. I've been to Jades and the Factory and after coming to Deluxe, I won't be returning to those hack shops. If you want a high quality tattoo, with friendly staff and customer consultations, this is your place! Pros: excellent work and nice staff more

Best Tattoo Experience Ever! 6/2/2008

After getting my first tattoo at Jade Dragon and being satisfied with the quality but not the service, and getting my second at the Tattoo Factory and not being satisfied with the quality OR service, I decided to do some research for my third one. I came across Citysearch's rank of tattoo places in Chicago, looked at all the websites of the top 5 and artists featured within, and I was most impressed with the site of Deluxe and their artists. I really enjoyed Jason Vaughn's portfolio on his website. I emailed him and he made an appointment with me, no problem. Pros: Friendly and relaxed atmosphere, amazing talent Cons: Smaller shop, close early more

Body art at it's best! 5/1/2008

Working on my third tattoo (and it's the biggest) this is the second one Ben has done for me and it's freakin' amazing. Do yourself a favor and get a tattoo at a shop were people are artists not some assembly line, or a piece that hundreds of other people have, it's called body art for a reason. I proudly show off my work even unfinished (one more visit should do it). You don't feel rushed and it's great to look around the shop and see what other people are getting done. I don't see myself referring anyone to any other shop in this city! more

Deluxe and tattoo, definitley 2 words that go together. 8/28/2007

Currently...I am working on a sleeve with an artist at DELUXE Tattoo, Miles Maniaci. Miles is an artist that is focused. I find that he has a quiet side while getting tattooed. But when it is silent...he's just in his ""ZONE"" and the work he has finished is just fantastic! I am always getting compliments on nmy tattoo work. Too bad I can't take credit for it. Pros: All, up and coming Chicago tattoo artist come out of DELUXE Tattoo Cons: It's only open until 8pm, I've always gotten tattoos late night. It goes together, in my opinion. more

Made a bleh Tattoo F#$^-ing AWESOME!! 8/23/2007

I recently moved to Chicago and was in search of a great tattoo artist. I visited Jade Dragon and Tatu Tattoo and was somewhat impressed with their friendly service, but not by their actual artistry as tattooers. Both of these places did not seem like real artists, they only seemed concerned with getting as many tattoos done in an hour as they could. I really did not trust either of these places to complete the piece I had started on my back several years ago. I asked around, especially people with really amazing tattoos, and other tattoo artists; they all recommended Ben and/or Harlan at Deluxe. I went in for a consultation with Ben, bringing in several ideas for not only fixing my tattoo, but adding on to it to make it a beautiful, finished piece. Ben was extremely receptive, helpful, and had a keen eye for detail. During my actual tattoo appointments, he was kind, but not super chatty. However, truthfully, I would rather have an awesome tattoo artist, who knows what he is doing, especially with composition, blending and tattooing skills; than someone who has a knack for conversation, but little artistic/tattooing skills!! I am never going anywhere else to get my tattoos done. If you want flash tattoos that you can pick off a wall, done in a non-artistic, crappy way, go to Jade or Tatu Tattoo. However, when you want those fixed and/or if you want an f#&$-ing awesome tattoo that you will be proud of for the rest of your life, go to Deluxe. They really are the best in Chicago!! Pros: Artistic skills, cover up/fixing up tattoo ability, prices more

Beutiful Work 4/24/2007

My hubby and I have been going to deluxe for a couple of years now and we won't go anywhere else. Ben fixed a few of my tattoos done by Jade Dragon and made them into color masterpieces. We worked on my back and now it looks Fabulous! My husband got portraits of my son, his mom, and myself and Hanna made them look so lifelike it's unreal. Nothing really hangs on the wall but who wants to pick some ramdom tattoo that thousands already have. Great Place Great prices! Pros: Most sought after artist around more

Dont bother 4/16/2007

They made it very obvious that they not only dont care about their customers they dont even care if they have any customers. Save your time, energy and money - go to Jade Dragon! Cons: horrible service more

Harlan is awesome! 1/3/2007

I can't begin to understand the 7.5 rating on here.. but I'll explain my experience with Deluxe! Pros: Very skillful artists, price Cons: Parking wasn't too bad. more

Best shop in Chicago 10/22/2006

I had three very big pieces done at Deluxe and they make my other good work look weak. The people here are artists that do tattoos and do them well, not just some guy with tattoos that decided to start doing tattoos as a job. If you want to be cheap or if you're just looking for some unoriginal tattoo off a wall of flash, this is not the place for you. Deluxe may be a bit more expensive but they won't leave junk on your arm like the other ""best shops"" in Chicago. Remember, just because tattoo shops spend a ton of money on billboards or ads in the phonebook does not make them good. Talk to people at other shops and they too will reccommend Deluxe. Trust me, when somone is reccommended by their competition it means a lot more than some billboard with DMX or som other bad celebrity on it. Pros: Great work, very attentive, clean & sterile more

To all the clueless low rating folks... 4/19/2003

...this place isn't for people that like generic tattoos, unoriginal pieces of flash, or those that like to pick stuff out of a ready-made book and/or catalog; this place is for those that like to bring in stuff, talk over what they want the end result to be, and provide plenty of feedback. In other words, don't go in and expect them to figure out what *you* want. A whole slew of my friends have gotten stuff done here, and every one of them's been extremely satisfied. If you want lame, go to Jade Dragon or whatever. Pros: Friendly, Awesome quality Cons: Originality only! more

excellent 2/9/2003

the artists at deluxe tattoo - especially hannah - have excellent portolios and deliver quality service at fair prices Pros: excellent quality Cons: bad parking more

don't go here 1/4/2003

don't risk making a major permanent mistake by counting on the artists at deluxe tattoo. plain and simple, just don't go here! more

Ben and Staff F@$*ing ROCK!!!! 8/13/2002

All the negative words that I have read about Ben just made me register so I can say some things in the mans defense...... First off, The man did not get picked to be in Flash magazine because his work is bad, he does not have the bad tat books laying all over his shop which read ""Born to Loose."" You have to have an idea in your head when you get their and he will work with you.... The man is also an expert color blender...... Ben tattoed my Airborne Wings on my back which took 8 hours in 3 sessions and mixed colors that have gotten me compliments from Chicago Clubs to Las Vegas poolsides.... Pros: color, blending, staff was great more

thumbs down! 8/10/2002

If this is the best tattoo parlor in Chicago, it would be worth it to go the extra mile (no pun intended). I also had a tattoo done by the owner Ben. It has missing colors! It does not have any depth to it and is not creative. Ben does not spend enough time with his customers to truly understand their style and what they want. He is very nonchalent about his art form and clearly does what Ben wants to do, not what his paying customers want Ben to do. more

disappointing 8/5/2002

My tattoo was actually done with the wrong color!! When this was brought to Ben's attention, it was addressed as not being a big deal. I think it is a huge deal! This tattoo is fairly large and I walked out without any ointment on or even a bandage! I was not given any after-care directions, only ""don't call with any stupid questions"". I'm very disappointed with my experience at Deluxe, but judging from the previous reviews, maybe Deluxe is just inconsistent. Pros: inexpensive, parking Cons: lack of communication, poor customer service, attitude more

You can't do better in this city 8/2/2002

Deluxe is the place to go for custom work in Chicago. They have flash on the wall, but it's all crap that they've had up for years. They do their OWN work and fill their portfolios with it. Ben did my first tattoo of a custom piece I brought in. He went the extra mile to make sure the pattern was symmetrical on my back even though my spine is curved! They don't do many walk-ins and it's better to go and consult with the artist beforehand and make an appointment. These are _real_ artists, not just flash-tracers. Look at their portfolios and decide which artist is right for you. This place is serious about tattoos. As far as I could tell, they don't do piercings because that's best left to a _piercing studio_, not one of these ""we'll make you a freak"" joints. Pros: real artists, clean Cons: high prices, not open late more

Behind Times 7/26/2002

Oh my gawd! This shop is so dated! There tattoos are so late 80's and they still think they are cool!? Wake up losers and look around, the world has changed since you had your first ""ugly-mean-cool"" tattoo. more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    A large open room dotted with animal bones, workstations surrounded by sketches, paintings hanging from the walls--you know you've walked into a tattoo studio, where art meets...

  • 10/23/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Daily 12pm-8pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    North Side, Lakeview

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