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Tattoo Artist / President Of Operations

From a boy with a dream and a passion for Nintendo and bed wetting to a man of many hobbies, an obsessor of art, and a procrastinator of life. I introduce myself as Mikey Lo. I've been tattooing since 2006 and drawing since I was eleventeen years old. I have never limited myself to one particular style, Im confident in tattooing any style just as well as the next. 99% of my work is custom drawn on paper or free handed directly onto skin to give my clients a one of a kind piece of art, not a copy or gimmick. My main hobbies consist of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I can quote the movie top gun better than you and all your friends, but my favorite movie is gremlins. I love fishing and the only thing stopping me from being pure white trash is lack of motivation. If I had to describe myself in one word it would be "proffesionalasfuck". I love life and live to laugh, I'm pretty easygoing. Come get tattooed by me for the full experience! I ban the word "tat". I don't tat people up, I do Tattoos how you like 'em, done how I love 'em, just good goddamn motherfucking tattoos!

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Mikey Lo's Portfolio

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The resident shop nerd. Comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, dungeons and dragons, anime and everything geek spinning around that hamster wheel I call a brain. I don't just have one forty year old virgin closet full of action figures, I have two. When I was young there is a good chance that I may have stuck crayons up my nose. They're still likely there because my boogers sometimes taste like purple. Instead of medical school, I suburban white kid rebelled my way through art school. There, I received a really cool piece of paper that says I like to draw stuff and got to wear black turtle necks. I am confident tattooing in any style, but I mostly enjoy color realism. I have a background in illustration and classical oil painting that greatly translates into my painterly style of tattooing. I believe everyone should be what they wanted to be when they were five. Therefore, one day, when I get a FOID card, I'd really like to get some tattoo guns that shoot bullets. Then I can become a space pirate and pillage the stars in zero gravity. Until then I'll be on planet earth doing the best I can to exceed the expectations of everyone I have the privilege to tattoo and hopefully talk them into getting Boba Fett on them. A boy can dream.

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Erik Schwarz's Portfolio

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Tattoo Artist

I was lucky enough to start my career as a tattoo artist at the age of 18. Tattoos have always caught my eye since I was little, & my appreciation for this industry continues to grow every day. I'm thankful to have met the people I have that helped influence my art style today. I started working professionally at Labyrinth Tattoo in Channahon, IL but currently work at Skin Gallery in Downers Grove, IL. Black & gray realism & lettering have always stood out to me & that's what I love to do. All of my lettering is custom drawn & designed. I put everything I have into the tattoos that I do because that piece of art is going to be there forever.

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Max Falada's Portfolio

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Tattoo Artist

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Martin Garza's Portfolio

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Lead Body Piercer / Shop Manager

Been piercing for about 6 years. Looking to make sure my customers are always well taking care of. I always want them to leave with an safe, and fantastical experience ready for more. Always up for a challenge so please induldge yourself. Bloodborne pathogens,  first aid, and cpr certified. Philosophies- Keep it clean, Don't touch it!!!!, Check twice pierce once, love what you do, don't eat yellow snow, any stop sign that has a white border is optional.

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Bear's Portfolio

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Brent "Zombieland" Baker

Body Piercer

As a piercer here at Skin Gallery my main goal is a safe, professional, but also fun experience.  I pride myself in my cleanliness, bed side manner, and thorough aftercare instruction.  I enjoy learning new things when it comes to piercing and techniques, and I am always focused on continuous improvement. Certified in bloodbourne pathogens training, first aid and CPR.

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Brent "Zombieland" Baker's Portfolio

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Piercing Apprentice

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Tattoo Artist

I love anything star wars, marvel, or lord of the rings. Most of my art influences come from comic books and video games. I have been very lucky to have such amazing artists alongside me as i started my journey into tattooing in january of 2012. since then, it’s been a crazy ride and i don’t want it to stop. I love challenging myself from realism, black n grey, traditional, and even lettering, but i would have to say my heart will always be with neo-traditional and tradtional styles of tattooing. I am fluent in American Sign Language, can cross my eyes, and i hate mustard and pickles.

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Testimonials

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    Megan Harris

    Mikey Lo is an AMAZING artist! His color work is phenomenal! He also is a master at hand drawing almost anything on peoples bodies. Next time your thinking of getting a beautiful tattoo done call this place & ask for Mikey Lo!!!! You wont regret it!
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    Emily Davilo

    The staff at skin gallery is great and the shop is amazing!!!! the shop has done a complete 360 since I was in high school 8 yrs ago!!!! I came in to have Kris pierce me and found out he was no longer here so I was a little be weary about someone else piercing me when I have been to Kris my whole life for piercings but, let me tell you Bear was amazing!! It was the most fun and professional experience I have ever had at skin gallery and would recommend Bear for all your piercing needs!!
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    Google Review

    Super happy! Went in there thinking I would need to repierce my nose. He took a look and said it just needed to be stretched a little, he did it crazy fast, and then didn't even charge me!! Thanks again for the great service!!
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    joeyjoey89

    Joeyjoey8901/29/2012
    Found my new tattoo artist Mik...
    Found my new tattoo artist Mikey Lo on Facebook his work is the best I've seen in a long time! I called the shop and made an appointment with him. He was very knowledgeable on how the tattoo i wanted should "flow" as he stated. When I came in for the appointment he even drew a lot of the tattoo on me by hand which i thought was pretty skillful haha His prices were very reasonable and affordable .. My girlfriend also got her belly pierced by Kenny while i was getting tattooed. In my option their quality of work is amazing. Go to Skin Gallery to get your next tattoo or piercing!
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    My husband got a custom tattoo by Mikey Lo and we love his work. He is awesome with color and imagination. I personally love this place. Bear did my micro dermal and to tell you the truth it was quick. The environment is good and the place is clean. Will be back next week for more dermals and to finish the sleeve!
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    Stacyanne87

    Bear is the best piercer ever and he loves ninja turtles too! cowabunga!! I will always see Bear for my piercings!
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    Melanie Sutton

    I've gotten all 4 of my tattoos here and my ears pierced here.

    Brent is extremely knowledgeable in what he does. He explains everything he's going to do before he does it. Answers any questions you'll have about the piercing process or after care. Highly highly recommend him!

    Martin did 1 of my tattoos and I have no complaints and still love my tattoo.

    Max has done the other 3, and makes you feel completely comfortable about the whole process. He's also got insanely clean lines and just that alone makes it worth it.

    I'd recommend any of the guys that work here, they're all really really good at what they do!
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    Karen Ott

    I got my lip pierced by Bear, and despite the fact it was late on the Friday the 13th in September, he didn't do a pierce and run. The time was taken to explain proper cleaning and care, and there was plenty of charisma left. I'm hoping to go back soon. ^^
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    Luke Fernando Munoz

    The best shop I've ever been to. plus. The artist. There are so kool and like my boy Mikeylo. Works relay. Nice. Much love to all the Vatitos. There.
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    Lisa Manno

    Mikey lo is the best!
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    Courtney Elizabeth Rodriguez

    I got my sons foot prints done by @[1077113374:Mikey Lo]. He does amazing tattoos. I will always go to him.
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    Bobby Barnes

    It was a pleasure getting a tattoo from both Mikey lo and Martin yesterday. Service and quality are their thang.
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    Mikey Lo

    Mikey Lo is awesome and handsome!
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    Boyd MacKenzie

    Watching Tattoo Nightmares on SPIKE makes me very happy that I found an artist that does good work and that I can trust and would recommend to anyone. Thanks Mikey Lo, you're the man
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    Samantha Martinez

    I had derma's that kept rejecting that were done at other shops, I heard skin gallery had better jewelry than most other shops in the area. I went in and Bear took them out and told me to come back in a couple weeks to put new ones in which I did. Its been 6 months since and no problems! BEARS THE BEST!!
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Open Monday-Saturday 12:00pm – 9:30pm Sunday 12:00pm – 5:30pm

 

We are located at:

1402 Ogden Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

(2 miles east of I355 between Belmont and Main st.)

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