China Doll Tattoo
James Schuhrke is the brainchild of China Doll Tattoo was in the fall of 1997, the idea was simple, to create a tattooing studio where art would win out over image. The road would be long. Jim began his career at a traditional tattoo parlor, the ind of place sailors and bikers made famous. He was taught volume over virtue, being drilled with the mantra, “Lick’em”, Stick’em, and Kick’em.” Instead of technique, he was taught what not to do. In spite of this, he began to develop his unique style and following. Jim, fascinated by the worlds of Dungeons and Dragons and comic books, became a master of figures and shading. Little did he know that he was planting the seeds of their business. In his shop, quality would win over volume. The atmosphere would be friendly and comforting, at the same time sanitary and professional. However, they knew the hallmark of their business would be the work. Instead of the in your face antics of the other shops., he would provide the public an increasingly rare sight…. skilled artisan practicing his craft. When word spread that Jim was striking out on his own, he established customers heeded the call. People came from everywhere to lend a hand. Building, painting, carpeting, he rarely was low on man power. In a building that once housed and exotic pet shop, a world class tattooing emporium started to grow. And grow it did. Within two years, he had outgrown the original shop and moved to the current location at 7346 Calumet Ave. By this time, the shop had taken on its own unique character, the sum being greater than its parts. In an industry rife with fly by night operators, James is still going strong. This is in no small part due to James. Courtesy and consistency have allowed them to outlast there competitors, treating their new customers as they would old friends. People in the know are just as likely to say, ” I’m going to see Jim ” as they are to say, ” I’m going to China Doll.” After nearly 18 years of tattooing, he managed to blend curious characteristics, vanguard tattooing in a Mom and Pop atmosphere.
7346 Calumet Ave, Hammond, IN 46324
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Griffith, South Holland,
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