Our story starts off with Ray Sr. and his wife. While working many a shitty jobs. Sr. was offered a tattoo apprenticeship ! There was so few tattooist at this time. And tattooing was well frowned upon, with places like the Courier Café refuses to let Sr. in, due to his tattooed arms being visible. Determined as he was to make tattooing an acceptable art form he pushed on and on. He was an early member of the Alliance of Professional tattoo artist. An organization that was determined as well. They hired medical professionals. That came up with standards for health and safety which Sr. lives by to this day. Parkland college was the next stop art class after art class, then conventions across this nation and seminar after seminar. Then came the awards dozens and dozens of them, and magazine covers, but just as important to him was client after client coming back saying all their friends and family where amazed at the quality of artwork they now bear. After which he was able to get the legal tattoo age in the state of Illinois changed from 21 to 18. So he gave back to his art form something every artist in the state can enjoy Before you knew it seems like 20 years went by so fast. Ray Allen now a man having grown up in this shop watching his dad, since birth. Well even though Sr. had hoped Ray Allen would move on to be a lawyer or doctor. Tattooing was just in Ray Allen's Blood there was nothing that could stop him and then another 8 years went by , Ray Allen a veteran tattoo artist himself now.
So in closing there are a lot of tattoo places in this town. Some have fancy names. Most go through artist in a hurry. Places change and time goes by. Those people at Champaign Tattoo will be there laying some high quality ink down till the day they die. It is in their blood its part of their soul.
1410 N Neil St