Calendar Photo Caption | Calendar | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Calendar

Calendar Photo Caption

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

Longtime Reader contributor Andrew J. Epstein took this photo for a 1973 interview with tattooer Cliff Raven, who at that time operated out of a storefront on Belmont Avenue. Raven talked about drawing political cartoons for the Seed, his love of science fiction, and the government crackdown on tattoo parlors in the early 1960s. He took pride as one of a younger generation reviving a moribund skill, infusing their work with borrowings from the Art Nouveau fad and psychedelic art. But Raven bristled at the suggestion that tattooing was an art form, instead calling it a craft that at its best revealed "good mechanics." Epstein's photos and interview are featured in an exhibit of tattoo-related art opening this Friday, March 10, from 6 to 10 PM at the Aron Packer Gallery, 1579 N. Milwaukee (suite 205). It also includes watercolor "flash" designs, drawings, photographs, and jewelry by Rob Billings, Jeff Crisman, David Kotker, Dianne Mansfield, Brent Riley, and Sandy Sager. The gallery will hold a free artists' talk and demonstration at 2 PM Saturday, March 25. Call 862-5040 for more.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Andrew J. Epstein.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →