Jose Perez Jr.

Chicago, IL

Jose Perez Jr, owner of Dark Water Studio, is one of the top black and grey Realistic tattoo artists in the world. 


During my career, I’ve turned to some of the best artists, both old masters in art and new artists in the tattoo industry, as well as many other forms of art, craftsmanship and nature for inspiration.  Knowing that tattooing is a vast industry, I had to push myself to learn and recreate realism — to be able to stand out amongst great tattoo artists.  I strictly tattoo in the realm of black and grey realism that pushes the limit on texture and detail. It’s all about getting the right reference photo and I have always been a very visual person. I strived to achieve something that other artists weren’t doing at the time and I continue to work hard to perfect my craft.

Josue Cortez

Chicago, IL

Josue Cortez is a self taught tattoo artist born and raised in Elgin, IL. His interest in the world of art began at an young age.

Graphite and charcoal was his medium of choice until tattooing was introduced. Senior year of high school he picked up his first machine and never looked back. He now specializes in color realism, black and gray realism and various other styles.

Find Josue on Instagram @sidotattoo