Congrats to Jose Perez Jr. for his 5 page feature in Inked Magazine
Be sure to check out the January 2014 issue of Inked Magazine for a 5 page feature on Jose Perez Jr.
Hello to all of our special little turkeys and other delicious flightless birds out there! It's that time of year where we think about what we are truly thankful for in life. And here at Dark Water, we are most thankful for our special clients out there who let us do what we love most, super cool tattoos and sparkly piercings. We think that this is the perfect opportunity to give back by offering some great deals!
Our Black Friday specials will run from Wednesday, 11/27 through Saturday, 11/30.
If you stop by and schedule a future appointment with a (non-refundable) deposit, You will receive a sweet Dark Water Tshirt and poster for free!!
If you buy a gift certificate, we will throw in something a little extra for you:
Pay $200 and get $275!
Pay $150 and get $200!
Pay $100 and get $125!
If you decide to get tattooed, you will get 25% off the price!!!! (Excluding existing appointments)
Piercings will be only $25, including jewelry!! (Excluding microdermals and industrials)
Well, as you can see, we are super excited to bring these great offers to all our favorite customers. As always, don't hesitate to contact us here at the shop if you have any questions. Our number here is (708)598-0999. Hope to see you soon!
Check out the newest addition to Dark Water Tattoos. New Look, Same Great Taste.
2nd Annual Art Fusion Night
Please join us December 7, 2013 at 7 pm for our 2nd Annual Art Fusion Night.
Cancer Ribbon Fundraiser
Dark Water Tattoos hosted a Cancer Ribbon Tattoo Fundraiser on October 25th to help raise money for Amanda and David's wedding. David was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma 3 years ago. He continues to battle this evil monster everyday. This beautiful couple has been together for over 6 years and dreamt of having a wedding to remember. With the help of the Dark Water Staff and clients, we helped raised $1247.00 for their wedding this past weekend on November 16, 2013. Thank you to all who attended and supported this event.
A special thank you to the artists and staff who donated their time and talents to make this event so successful: David Kline, Julian Hernandez, Brittany Banahan, Kim Morgan, Josh Herman, Annie Marino, Zander Reilly and Amy Wallace.
Here is the happy couple on their wedding day.
Importance of Surface Anchor Placement
Surface Anchors can be very convenient because they can be placed anywhere on the body where there is skin; almost anywhere you can imagine it, it can be pierced. Before choosing a spot to get a little gem placed, take some time to think about how often this new piercing can potentially get snagged throughout the course of a day. Keep in mind of your daily habbits, which side you sleep on, and common movements that may cause rubbing irritation on your new piercing.
Keep in mind how often you use your hands throughout the day. Surface Anchors placed on the fingers, hands, and on the wrist are very likely to get snagged. You use your hands for everything, there is a lot of movement in the area, and there is a lot of risk of getting bacteria in the area just by doing everyday activities. The closer a piercing is to the hands, the less suggested it is to get it pierced there.
The healing proccess of Surface Anchors can take a little bit of time, and it's easier to take care of them if you can see and easily access your piercings. Getting these piercings on your back can be hard to reach. If you accidently snag your piercing, you will want to keep an eye on it to make sure it wasn't knocked out of place. If you can't check on your piercings a few times a day, there might be something wrong and you may find out too late. It's easier to live with your piercing when you can see it.
Be aware of where your tighter clothing sits that may cause a lot of irritation. Be cautious of how high pants usually sit, straps on tank tops, etc.
Areas with a lot of movement should also be kept in mind because it may be getting irritated every time you bend or turn.
Surface Anchors have proven to last a very long time in spots where they may be considered unconventional. It is up to every individual seeking new piercings how much they are willing to put up with. Knowing the risks beforehand makes it easier to handle than to find out too late.
Tattooing Tips with Jose Perez Jr. LESSON 1: Portfolio Presentation
Booking an Appointment
The best way to go about booking an appointment with Dark Water is first and foremost, picking an artist whose style is what you are looking for in a tattoo. After that, you and your artist will have a consultation. During this you will go over style, design, size, and cost. We then require a deposit, which may very depending on the tattoo and artist. That deposit guarantees your appointment time and ensures that the artist has time to prepare the drawing. The deposit charge also goes towards the final tattoo cost and is not an extra charge.
Stylus Tattoo Machines
"I just picked up the new Stylus rotary machine, it's very versitile and seems to be designed for the everyday tattoo artist at a very competitive price. It has minimal moving parts and feels like a strong, solid machine. It comes in two models; hard and soft. I got the hard model because it seemed more versitile and I don't like to layer colors too much. It saturates the skin very quickly and it suits my style of tattooing more than the soft model. It has a 4mm stroke length and direct drive which allows for easy one pass lining with three to nine liners. The grip twists which allows for easy adjustment on stroke lengths. It also works well with mags all the way up to 23 mags. I highly suggest trying this machine to improve on your tattoo style and quality."
"So check it , I had bought the stylus going into it thinking it would take a while for me to get used to it. Gee golly was I wrong. Its the cats pajamas and the beez-neez. The best effin' tattoo machine I had ever used. A very versitile and consistant machine. I use it for everything from fancy cholo lettering to black and grey and even full color. All done in one sitting. The length adjustment tool on it freakin' rocks my socks. I love adjusting the throw of the needle during tattoos to create different effects. Point black this thing is the shit. Hands down , your shit will look better with it.. If jesus came back as a tattoo artist, you bet your sweet candy ass he would use the stylus. I truly wish I had more hands to give this machine 4 thumbs up!"
Lo Lo's first tattoo done here at Dark Water
Lo Lo- This was my first real Chicagoland tattoo that I did after moving here and getting hired at Dark Water Tattoos. I did this in front of the Dark Water staff before I got to really know them. They were all looking over my shoulders, including Jose. I really thought that the outcome of this tattoo would determine if I truly got the job here. I will remember this one for sure. Haha!
Ask Dark Water:
Welcome to the first edition of Ask Dark Water! In this article we will ask our artists the most enthralling and captivating questions to get a look inside the minds of the creative geniuses themselves. The question of the day is: "What is your most favorite tattoo you've ever done, and why?"
Garrett Harper- My most memorable tattoo that I've done is a memorial tattoo. It was for a good friend of mine who tragically had someone very close to her pass away suddenly. I hope that this tattoo was able to bring her some amount of closure and help her through a difficult time of her life.
Dave Kline- My most enjoyable tattoo that I've done is a piece composed of a skeleton hand, a bird, and a pocket watch. My client approached me after browsing my portfolio with these personally significant symbols, and admitted that she wasn't quite sure how to tie them together. Because she allowed me the freedom to use my own artistic style to create a totally unique tattoo , I had a lot of fun with it. The fact that she appreciated my work and trusted me to do that for her was very meaningful to me.
Julian Hernandez- Recently I had the opportunity to do a half skull/half woman. I enjoyed it because it allowed me to portray woman as they really are; soulless cold-hearted skeleton beasts. Just kidding! I love women! In all seriousness, I loved it because it was the type of thing I don't get to do every day and I think it turned out beautiful.
Thanks for checking out this edition of Ask Dark Water!! If there's anything you're dying to know about our crew, feel free to ask and your question might be featured!! The more personal and embarrassing, the better. So get creative! Hope to hear from you soon.
Love, Dark Water Tattoos
Stefano Alcantara visits the Dark Water crew for a collaborative tattoo project with Jose Perez Jr.
The month of October started off with a bang for us here at Dark Water! We had a very special Peruvian visitor by the name of Stefano Alcantara. Stefano is an inspirational artist to us and a very good friend of Jose's. It was very exciting to observe this great talent at work here in our home.
One of the most thriling moment of his visit occurred when he and Jose Perez Jr. joined forces on a collaborative piece. Working simultaneously side by side, these two incredible artists unleashed their powers all over one lucky collector's thigh!
Observing this event was truly a special treat for all involved. These two worked seamlessly together to create an absolutely stunning and totally unique tattoo.
Of course, we couldn't send Stefano home without taking him out for some fun in true Dark Water fashion. Cheers to our new amigo!
Dark Water Crew at Immersed In Ink
As a team Dark Water Tattoos had an extremely successful weekend at the Immersed in Ink tattoo convention. Special thanks to all of our customers who came out to show their support, we want all of you to know how much we genuinely appreciate it. We wouldnt be here without you! Thanks also to our very good friend Cris Gherman for joining us. We always love having him here in Chicago! As a team we took home 10 awards. Lo Lo brought home best large color, Dennis Kline and Jose Perez Jr. were both awarded 3 each, and Josh Herman took home his own 3, including best ink of the day on Friday. Most importantly we had a lot of fun and cannot wait to do it again!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Every Saturday in the month of October we will be offering $30 breast cancer awareness tattoos!
We have a variety of flash that will be chosen from! $5 of every tattoo will be donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Show support and get tattooed!