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Nick Colella

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  1. Now that the dust has settled and things are getting back to normalcy in mine and my family's life and the lives of the crew at Great Lakes Tattoo I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of not only myself but the crew and ultimately Great Lakes Tattoo itself. It has been an amazing last few months and the support and acknowledgment of the shop has been overwhelming and very humbling. The shop is something that is a part of all of us who walk through its door everyday. It's shows the dedication of not only myself and crew but the behind the scenes dedication of
  2. This event will showcase Jon Reiters entire Dietzel collection which is the foundation for his two books on Amund Dietzel. If you missed the show at the Milwaukee Art Museum this is your opportunity to see it in a more up close environment. The opening night party and opening weekend will be an event to raise funds for Jons hospital bills due to some recently discovered blood clots in his brain. All proceeds from the Dietzel tattoos done that weekend will go directly to those bills. This is a chance for people to pick off the actual flash that hung in Dietzel shop in Milwaukee. We will als
  3. I wanted to address the forum as to not let speculation get to out of hand. I am actually amazed that anyone is concerned about me leaving Chicago Tattoo and the amount of support and well wishes i have received is very humbling. I want to thank everyone for reaching out. I spent ALOT of time at CTC ALOT! from the first time I walked in at 15 with Erik Gillespie and was promptly told to leave to the last 18years (almost half my life) I have been in awe of that place. In awe of the history, the stories, the people, the friends, the tattooing, the flash, the neighborhood. Everything was just am
  4. ill be at the shop next on tuesday after 4

  5. awesome, im an xxl..if you need any info on Chicago, places to eat things to see let me know

  6. These two where on a guy who came in the shop who was pretty wasted. He said he got the dagger in Lake Geneva at Greg May's first spot "you know by the train tracks before he moved upstairs" that had to be in the late 60s, he said it like it was common knowledge.. not sure about the Playboy bunny
  7. So heres 3 tattoos by Ralph Johnstone done at what i figured was the 400 S State Street shop that he and Tatts worked until they changed the law to 21 in 1963 and everyone closed shop.. This guy said he was pretty young when he got tattooed by Johnstone but said he was always very nice to him despite the super scary guys that hung out there. He said Johnstone introduced him to some mob guys that used to hang out in the shop when he was there claiming that one of them was Capones brother.
  8. its been a while since i posted but heres a few more old timers, the anchor and tiger where done on a guy named Chuck Renslow. Chuck was "partners" with Cliff Raven and actually introduced Cliff to Phil Sparrow. Chuck was learning how to tattoo from Phil in the late 50s and decided it wasnt for him, but thought Cliff should pursue it. The rest is history. The next two images where done in Milwaukee around 1965, this guy said that they where done by two different guys at the same shop. He said he was 15 when he got them and that the tattooers seemed ancient to him, so I am assuming they
  9. its a sorry state of affairs..ive dealt with this entire process from the word go,, Investors calling the shop wanting to buy the rest of Cliffs flash to half wit designers asking for opinions, to me screaming at all of them..its a lost cause. the only good that came out of it is that Erik Gillespie and I where able to obtain all of Cliffs personal tattoo photos, family photos, letters, awards and tattoo portfolios because they didnt think they could make money off of it,,the flash that they have is pretty amazing though
  10. Has anyone ever thought maybe the reason Dann Higgs doesnt want anything to do with tattooing is the crazy Dan Higgs posts and sometimes creepy hero worship like the ones that happen here and everywhere else his name is mentioned. I mean ive never been tattooed by him nor met him, but i would think that its all pretty overwhelming.
  11. Katie Sellergren has just started her 2 week bid at The Chicago Tattoo Co. If anyone wants to set up a time with her please call the shop at 773-528-6969. For those of you not familiar with Katies work you can check it out here http://www.facebook.com/katie.sellergren
  12. everyone talks about how forward thinking Higgs was with tattooing..shit Cliff Raven was so forward thinking he was tattooing with no clothes on..maybe all the youngsters will start doing that now..
  13. Shawn

    I would definitely like to buy any and all Cliff Raven video footage you might have. Or at least send you DVDs whatever you want. Thanks for posting this stuff


  14. Ive seen that Cliff Raven stuff Mike Wilson has it as well. It's super naked. Ha!!
  15. Sarah won the lottery after i hired her..10 years later and 2 kids..yep im a dream walking!!! Ha!
  16. there should be problems..im sure parent teacher conferences go really well with the gaping vag on the neck too.
  17. Rock of Ages to me is what i associate with the perfect iconic tattoo image. its amazing it has drama, faith, beauty, adventure all the right workings that make for a perfect tattoo, i got one from Hardy in 2000 its rad ill post pics later
  18. Greg May ruled!!! i bought my first antique Jonesy from him back in 94..his shop used to be so amazing
  19. Deb thats so awesome..you and Don are some of the best people in this business..Congrats
  20. i believe it is Ed Young who works at Hawks shop that had HELL FIRE on his knuckles which i always thought was pretty tough then i saw him a few years back and he had it changed to HELP FIRE. the P being all real think and that made it even cooler. I think he mentioned that he chilled out a bit and wasnt so full of angst. also i offer you POOP CORN
  21. It's crazy. I would have never been and still am not that cool. A guy who I work with named Dave he's been tattooing for 25 years. He got a cock that hangs below his knee from Dietzel when he was 16. Imagine the amount of cool and F U you gotta gave to get that tattoo at that age. He has all these tough tattoos from Tatts Thomas and some other guys. All super rough and tumble stuff. I just wish I coulda been that cool.
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