Episode 9: Chicago Tattooer Nick Colella

In this week’s episode, I take a trip back to the 90’s and the days of “house punk rock tattooing” with Nick Colella, owner of Great Lake  Tattoo in Chicago and the brains behind the Walk Up Classic. He talks about all the antics of the old-timers, how tattooing used to be, and how things have changed over the years. You can hear the passion in Nick’s voice, and you can tell how true it is when Nick says that tattooing was his first love. You’ll learn about how internet and social media have changed the way customers get tattoos, and how it can be a gift and a curse. Nick’s humility is something to behold, and hearing him say that he’s just a “regular tattoo guy” is hilariously weird for someone who knows what a tattoo hero he truly is.

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words by amber sipe and david meek

Written by Lucky

Tattoo fanatic and head honcho at Lucky's Tattoo News

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