Dark Heart Tattoo

Crystal Lake's premier custom tattoo studio

Welcome to Dark Heart!
We are Crystal Lake's premier custom tattoo studio located at 448 W Terra Cotta Ave (176).
Unlike other shops who worry about getting you in and out of the door, we take pride in spending the necessary time on your individual custom design, leaving you with permanent body art you can be proud of.
We craft strictly custom individual designs for individuals. Our comfortable studio is the perfect creative environment for our talented artists to create a beautiful piece of custom body art for you!
Please call (815) 893 4655 to set up a consultation or to speak with one of our artists.

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Prior to beginning his tattoo career, Marky Hladish spent 12 years as a professional illustrator and graphic artist. Having always been inspired by the artistry and tradition of tattooing, he entered into a formal apprenticeship under Joe Beatty at Dark Heart in 2015. Although now only a few years into his tattooing career, he is clearly bringing his own notable style of illustrated realism into his tattoos, demonstrating a strong sense of composition with a keen attention to detail and sound fundamentals. He enjoys making bold, dark, high-contrast tattoos and putting his own spin on botanical floral. He also enjoys many other styles of tattooing including, black & grey realism, American traditional, neo-traditional, and full color pieces.

Follow Marky on Instagram @midwestlove