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 of our artists.

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Marky Hladish spent 12 years as a professional illustrator and graphic artist prior to entering the world of tattooing. Having always been heavily influenced by the artistry and tradition of tattooing, he finished his tattoo apprenticeship under Joe Beatty at Dark Heart in 2015. Although only a few years into his tattoo career he is 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 as well as many other styles including neo-traditional, and full color pieces.

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