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‘Tats of Chicago’ — Tattoos from the Taste of Chicago

Ally Mond 25 Bartender from Lakeview.  What's your tattoo about?  'I was born 1980s so boombox is for

Ally Mond, 25, Bartender from Lakeview. What's your tattoo about? "I was born in the 1980s so the boombox is for that. The diamond is for 'Material Girl,' which I performed for my senior recital, and the polaroid is because I have a tremor condition, so I tell people I'm shaking 'like a polaroid picture,' like in the Outkast song." | Kim Janssen~Sun-Times

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Updated: August 13, 2012 1:59PM



Call it the “Tats of Chicago.”

As the sun and the food comes out, necklines go down and sleeves disappear, revealing acres of inked, sunburnt skin.

Here’s a sample of the tattoos on display at the Taste of Chicago on Wednesday, and what the owners say their tattoos say about them.

Ally Mond, 25, Lake View, bartender

“I was born in the 1980s so the boombox is for that. The diamond is for ‘Material Girl,’ which I performed for my senior recital, and the Polaroid is because I have a tremor condition, so I tell people I’m shaking ‘like a polaroid picture,’ like in the Outkast song.”

Charles Dye, 32, Austin, Ford plant worker.

“I just love this city.”

Ray Skoglund, 37, Beecher, air conditioning installer.

“I love medieval times. Both the era and the family dining experience.”

Lynette Jones, 36, Englewood, nurse

“It’s a tribal tattoo. I’m just making a statement.”

Briana Charles, 32, Blue Island, mom

“ I just always wanted one. I want more but I don’t to encourage my kids to get covered in them.”

Brian Powers, 27, Jefferson Park, security

“I wanted something to remind me of all the stupid **** I did in college.”

Sean Gore, 23, Bartlett, Marine

“That’s my whole life, man — no regrets.”

Ken Westlander, 31, Jefferson Park, city worker.

“It’s a tribute to my grandfather, Glenn. He died of lung cancer from asbestos. He and my grandmother grew hibiscus in their garden in Santa Barbara.”

Bob Esterly, 43, Lombard, retired mould maker

“It’s my wife, Sharon.”

Steve Szilba, 30, South Loop, iron worker.

“It’s an eagle. It was a patriotic thing, I guess. I was gonna join the armed forces but then I got a full ride scholarship for wrestling, so that seemed like a better option.”

Rich Swets, 39, Elgin, carpenter

“It’s a tiger. I got it to cover up the snake I had underneath. That one didn’t come out so well.”

Pete Hernandez, 32, University Village, model

“I these in honor of my wife, Chelsea, and my 10-year-old daughter, Bella.”

Heidi Soto, 21, Norridge, Navy

“It’s supposed to be a tribal heart. I just liked the way it looked. My friend drew it up and did it.”



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