Instead of getting a tattoo of the Chicago flag or the state, Cole Scott got himself something different for his love for the city.
A couple of weeks ago, Chicagoist asked their readers to send over their own tattoos reppin' dear Chicago. Many readers sent their own Chi-tattoos but one man managed to work his way up into their hearts with his unique, Chicago tattoo.
Cole Scott’s tattoo isn't a flag, a state line, the Chicago state itself, or a landmark. His forearm is lined with colored, intersecting lines that look a lot like subway routes. They're actually a simplified version Chicago’s CTA lines.
The 26-year-old Lakeview’s Clark St. Karaoke bartender have had it for six years. To put it simply, Scott isn't the biggest fan of the CTA and he can't really explain just what made him get the design permanently etched on his skin.
But all in all, the tattoo may have something to do with the way he saw Chicago long before he even reached the city. It's with the way he saw Chicago through a looking glass when he was younger.
“When I was growing up, Chicago was always a really sparkly special city that I just had to get to, you know? When I finally got there it was so much better than I ever expected... I wanted to pay tribute that,” he said.
Scott went to Wicker Park’s Tatu Tatoo to get the tattoo done by a resident artist named Jerome who has since then relocated to Minneapolis. “It felt like [it took] 20 minutes,” Scott told Chicgoist. “This man was unbelievable.”
“He did such a clean crisp job on the detail in the Loop... I just won't have anyone else touch up.” Scott loved Jerome's work on him so much that he even consider travelling to Minneapolis soon for a touchup.
Expectedly, a majority of the comments Scott gets over his tattoo is the “Oh, so you never get lost!” in reference to his map-like tattoo.
“One day I’ll be able to look back, after they’ve added a million other colored lines, and say that the Chicago I have tattooed on my arm is vintage,” he said.