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.

David Joseph Kline

Chicago, IL

Full Time Resident Artist

David Kline specializes in Color Realism and Linework.

He has been tattooing for over 13 years. 

Find David Joseph Kline on Instagram @davidjosephklinetattoos

Edgar Zavala

Chicago, IL

Born and raised in the city of chicago edgar has fought many demons to surpass falling victim to failure. His Passion for creating art and making people happy has brought him Happiness and new friends that has giving a new world view on human interaction and relationships. 


Edgar is a self taught artist who specializes in realism in both color and black and grey. He finds comfort in tattooing with freedom to achieve the needs of his clients. 


When he's not tattooing, he tends to his other role in life as a father and provider for his family, painting, or catching flights to tattoo in another city- growing his presence in the industry and establishing himself as an Artist.

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


Michael Evers

Chicago, IL

New Full Time Resident Artist starting JULY 2019.

Biography coming soon.

Find Mike on Instagram @mikeeversart319