Owner: Matthew J. D’Anca, Sr.
Artist/Shop/Place: Jade Dragon Tattoo, Chicago
Location: Left Shoulder
Description: A tribal design from a book on the wall
Story: Because he had a custom tattoo he wanted, Matt went to Jade Dragon to get a piece of “cool, simple art” to have his first ink experience prior to paying for custom work. When he first met the artist, she asked if he was getting his first tattoo. When he confirmed, she said excitedly, “I love poppin’ virgins!” When she began the line work, he thought it felt alright. About halfway through, her co-worker began talking about the artist’s recent breakup. The longer she talked, the harder she pushed, the worse Matt felt. He didn’t say anything, as being a man, he didn’t want to piss her off when she was already angry about men. About 45 minutes later, his girlfriend noticed he looked green. Upon hearing this, the artist finally looked up at him, and with surprise asked, “Are you okay?” He told her it had been getting worse the entire time she talked about her ex. She laughed, shrugged her shoulders and nonchalantly replied, “Yeah...”