Great Lakes Tattoo Collaboration Blend & Event
Look for the Great Lakes Tattoo Blend to premiere at the Walk Up Classic on March 18th, available in Dark Matter retail stores and online thereafter
 “Once you've come to be part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.” - Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make
Two prominent Chicago-based businesses, Great Lakes Tattoo and Dark Matter Coffee, have collaborated for the first time on a limited edition coffee: the Great Lakes Tattoo Blend.  To be released at Great Lakes Tattoo’s flagship event the Walk Up Classic (March 18th and 19th, 2017) and available in Dark Matter retail stores and online shortly thereafter, this blend comes from beans from El Salvador and covers a range of colorful characteristics; like our city, it’s loud, complex, and always genuine.  Something that everyone can enjoy.  Great Lakes Tattoo aims to capture all that Chicago offers: the grit, the beauty, the strife, and calm, and is dedicated to preserving the history of tattooing in Chicago and determined to make history of its own.
This partnership comes in conjunction with Great Lakes Tattoo’s second annual Walk Up Classic, which features 22 artists from all over North America who converge for a two-day convention-style tattooing event.  Last year, the artists were able to complete over 200 tattoos in two days and this year, they will undoubtedly surpass that.  GLT recently announced the full lineup of artists that will participate this year, which features some of the most vital and influential tattooers in North America:
Beau Brady (Captured Tattoo - Tustin, CA)
Steve Byrne (Rock Of Ages Tattoo - Austin, TX)
Greg Christian (Tattoo Faction - Cleveland, OH)
Nick Colella (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Mike Dalton (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Mario Desa (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Chip Douglas (Port City Tattoo - Long Beach, CA)
Brad Fink (Iron Age Tattoo - St. Louis, MO / Daredevil Tattoo - New York, NY)
Erik Gillespie (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Tony Hundahl (Rock Of Ages Tattoo - Austin, TX)
Marina Inoue (Traveling Tattooer)
Jen Lawes (Pearl Harbor Gift Shop - Toronto, ON) 
Kevin Leary (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Nikki Lugo (Tattoo Paradise - Washington, DC)
Miles Maniaci (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Angelo Miller (Inksmith & Rogers - Jacksonville, FL)
Mike Rubendall (Kings Ave. Tattoo - New York, NY)
Robert Ryan (Electric Tattoo - Asbury Park, CA)
Dan Smith (Captured Tattoo - Tustin, CA)
Scott Sylvia (Black Heart Tattoo - San Francisco, CA)
Glennie Whittall (Pearl Harbor Gift Shop - Toronto, ON) 
Matt “Beatdown” Ziolko (Great Lakes Tattoo - Chicago, IL)
Between the hours of 11am and 7pm on Saturday and Sunday March 18th and 19th, clients will be able to walk in and select designs to be tattooed the same day - no month-long waiting lists or multiple sittings, no attitudes or egos, just efficient and reliable tattooing in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere - by some of the greatest tattooers in the country.  Additionally, GLT will host an opening party and flash preview the evening of March 17th where clients can choose from designs prepared by all participating artists exclusively for the Walk Up Classic.
More news and information about Great Lakes Tattoo's Walk-Up Classic 2017 is below.  For now, keep up with the GLT crew on Instagram @greatlakestattoo and on and follow Dark Matter Coffee at and on Instagram at
When: March 17, 18 & 19
Opening reception: March 17th from 7pm-10pm
Walk Up Classic Tattooing Hours: March 18th & 19th from 11am-7pm
Where: Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave.  Chicago, IL 60642
April 19, 2024 — Kyle Hodges

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