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4441 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.962869 -87.655661
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM ; Open 7 Days
Neighborhoods: Far North Side, Uptown
Knowledgeable Professionals – I went to get two piercings for myself and a piercing for my friend at about 1am. We weren't greeted, but I noticed that happens at a lot of tattoo places. After we walked up to the counter it wasn't long before we were seated and ready to pierce.
The place has a great atmosphere and looks very nice and clean. Our piercer, zack, was knowledgeable even though one of the piercings is an unusual one that only a few places in town can do. He was patient and made it as painless as possible. The actual piercing itself was quick. The placements were perfect.
The aftercare seemed sketchy at first but we soon found out that it was actually the best way to go. He even gave us his email and said to let him know if we had any questions or problems. He was very willing to have us back later to fix any problems we occured.
I've gotten many compliments on my unusual piercing. Experienced tattoo artists and piercers I meet often tell me it's the best surface piercing they've seen in a while.
I recommend this place to anyone looking for anything from a common to an unusual piercing.
Want a bloody piercing from Zach? – I went here to get my nose pierced. I've had it done before in MI, and it was quick and painless, so I wasn't worried about re-piercing. Upon entering, we were told that there was only 1 piercer available who was cleaning equipment and couldn't help us for 45 minutes. So we had a drink and waited. And hour later the piercer was telling us how professional he was, saying that he had years of training to become a hand piercer, which was supposed to be less traumatic and virtually painless. (he looked about 18). When we asked him if they were busy tonight, he seemed offended and appalled that we didn't know they were the #1 tattoo parlor in Chicago. He then continued to bash other places, telling us that "I would never even think about stepping foot in Jade Dragon." I have had very good experiences at Jade Dragon and was quite put off. Despite all of his ego problems, I still trusted him to do my piercing. Until, however, he stuck his needle into my nose. It was terribly painful. Then, as he was attempting to put the earring in, I heard a krack and tasted blud. He said, "oops. I pinched the glass earring too hard with my forceps and it cracked in your nose." I had blud running all the way down my face. He quickly blamed me for all the blud saying, "Oh, you're just bleeding so much because you were drinking." (Heed warning, one Long Island will cause gushes of blud out of the nostril). He then proceeded to attempt to force a new earring into the small hole he had just made, which was already closing up. I had a tear running down my face because this crazy ego guy cracked a glass earring in my nose, and he quickly explained the "obvious" connection between your nose and your tear duct and told me I wasn't crying because of pain. He finally got it in and seemed very satisfied with his work, praising himself for managing to get this earring into my bloody nose. Our quick Care instructions upon leaving: "do the opposite of what Jade Dragon told you."
Good quality piercings – Okay, I'll admit that it takes a few minutes for them to aknowledge your presence, but in my case, it was all worth it. I had formally been to Jade Dragon to get my nose pierced and had a pretty crappy expirience (lots and lots of gross complications). The Tatoo Factory was not only clean, it also had a friendly atmosphere after the initial waiting period. I dont know about the tatoo artists, so perhaps getting a peircing there is a completley different expirience. But I would recommend any person who wanted to get a piercing to go there. And with my expiriences there, If I were to get a tatoo, that is the first place I would go. In regards to the alleged over charging, that is the price you muct pay for cleanliness and dependability.
Ruining the Tattoo Experience – To put things in perspective, I created this city search account solely for reviewing Tattoo Factory.
The name says it all-FACTORY. If you are looking to pay for nearly 200 percent of the actual cost of a mediocre predesigned flash piece, go here! You are guaranteed to be ignored for at least ten minutes as the staff does their best to not notice they have customers in store, and then if you managed to lurch someones attention, you will be greeted with monosyllabic sentences and pure gruff. As if the great flash artists could be bothered!
Normally, great attitude should be accompanied by great skill, but even if that is the case, if your intention is to be a successful business, customer service, especially in a craft as personal as inking, is essential. As popular as tattooing has become, why would anyone want to perpetuate the stigma of an "exclusive club" when trying to run a business? Granted, there are many fucknuts that could be irritating and naive, but as artists and "gurus" of the field, shouldn't a welcoming and informational approach be given to uplift the craft? Moving on---
My last piece was done in Atlanta. Custom, color, much detail. The artist charged $125 per hour ( which is high, but he is worth it), and my final bill ran somewhere around $450 after 3 sittings (About 5 hours of work-he cut me some slack). Final piece- roughly 8x 6 inches.
A 3x 4 flash (once again, predesigned no custom) no color, all black, which time estmates at perhaps 40 mins, is quoted at $200. In hourly rate terms, that is ridiculous and gouging.
Tattoo enthusiasts, and first timers especially, beware. Don't waste your time, skin, or money on this ridiculous place, unless you know an artist who is an exception. In that case, tell them to move on. You should do the same.
we were robbed right in front of the place – All I have to say about this place is stay away. I brought my girlfriend here to get a tattoo of a small tribal and were way overcharged. They started out with a semi-decent price, but then kept adding on all kinds of hidden charges. I paid the price and she got her generic tattoo.
As we were leaving about 11pm at night, we walked to our car and some guy bum rushes my girl and snatches her purse. I chased him down the alley until he got in an awaiting car.
This place s--ks all the way around. High prices, bad area, rather arrogant employees and bums all around. Stay away from here, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
i don't think so – I walked into the factory wanting to add on to an existing tattoo which was a tiger on a rock. I thought he needed some company. When I went there the place was a ghost town and there were some artists playing video games. I stood by the counter and waited, knowing that what I wanted would need to be hand designed, so I didnt even bother to browse through the stock designs. I waited for a good 5 minutes before a heroin thin chick rudely asked me "what do you want". I explained what I needed and she points to some racks on the wall, telling me to look through there. I pretend like I'm looking when a greasy long haired fella approaches me. I explain my design, and he says he'll draw something for me. He comes up with some simple bamboo trees and a sunset, not exactly what I was expecting, but I asked him for a price anyway. He asks someone else for a price, then comes back and tell me that it will cost $500 on upwards, that I needed to leave half of the deposit and make an appointment for another day. Even thought there was no way in hell I would've paid that price, I asked why he couldn't do it today (since they were dead in there anyway) he says that he gets off in 2 hours and doesn't want to start any 'projects' today. _________________________ I said thank you and walked on out of there and won't be returning.
Never again, that's for sure – I went to the Tattoo Factory just before the holidays to get a flower on my ankle to symbolize the anniversary of my 1st cancer free year. I called on the phone and they told me that they were a 20 min ride from Zion. WRONG, try more like an hour! I went there alone, which was a VERY bad idea as this place is in one of the scariest neighborhoods I've ever been in, I even had to have one of the staff walk me to my car afterwards!
There were hoodlums and homeless people in the alleyway near where I parked my car. It was still daylight, so I walked in the place, nice and big, but looks like a biker shop. And after being rudely pushed around the waiting room by artists(?) that couldn't be bothered by me, I was greeted by Mike. I showed him my design and he priced it very high, $280 for a flower no bigger than a silver dollar! I decided that since I came this far, I was going to just pay for it and get it overwith, another mistake. Anyway, Mike was a really nice guy, until he started CARVING on my leg. This tattoo hurt so bad, that I would rather bear children than go back to this place again.
The tattoo looked OK at first but it was bleeding for 2 days and it hurt really bad. After about a week of following their care instructions, the tattoo was NOT healing, only getting worse. I called the shop but Mike was off that day. They were rude again and told me to call back and talk to him. I called my doctor instead. The tattoo was infected and there was a hole large enough to stick my finger inside. It was sick. My doctor gave me antibiotics and removed some of the tattoo tissue. It has been about 7 weeks and my tattoo is nowhere even close to being healed. Not only will I never be able to were shoes or pants that show my ankles, but now I have to pay to get it removed. AND IT STILL HURTS!
I will NEVER go there again and they will be recieving a letter from my attorney shortly. I will never go there again, and I will never get another tattoo, ever.
HORRIBLE!!!! – ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS PAULY THE OWNER IS NUTS!!! $300 FOR THREE CHINESE SYMBOLS!!! JADE DID IT FOR $160 AND IT DEF LOOKS BETTER THAN U HACKS COULD DO!!! DO NOT GO HERE!!!
Could not afford their high prices. – I've collecting tattoos for over 10 years and have gotten them done all over the USA and canada. The Tattoo Factory has the Higest tattoo prices I have ever seen. I had to leave because I cound'nt afford to pay $145.00 for a Chinese Symbol 1" x 1".
I'm not a zillionaire!
As comfortable as getting repeatedly stuck by a needle can be – On 28DEC06 I came into the shop to get a tattoo done on my left forearm. There I was met by CRAIG who listened to my request, took a look at the drawing I had demoed, and within minutes returned with several ideas, and I feel a pretty reasonable price. About 35 minutes later, I had the tattoo I envisioned and a much better experience than I had hoped for. CRAIG didn't make me feel silly because I don't have 12 tattoos, was personable, and very down to earth, and has actually seen MR BUNGLE live! The facility itself is relatively new, attractive and clean, and looks great. Parking is easy, but because of the hypes that wander the area, I'd lock my doors. All in all, a pleasurable time that I would recommend to anyone, tattoo novice, or colorful vet.
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