About the Site
Hi, I'm your host Fuzzy Gerdes. My family moved around quite a bit when I was a kid, so when I hit 11 years of living in Chicago in 2010, that was the longest I'd lived any one place and I decided to commemorate the occasion by getting a tattoo of the Chicago flag around my arm. Once I had the tattoo, I started noticing Chicago Flag* tattoos everywhere I went. Knowing that my story was not as simple as "I was born here and love the city"** I was curious whether other people had interesting stories behind their tattoos as well. And I'm pretty shy, so I thought I'd challenge myself to interview strangers. My first three interviews all revealed people who happy to talk about their tattoos, and wildly different stories behind them. So I thought there might be something to sharing those stories out with other people.
If you just want to send in a photo, we always love to know:
- What is about Chicago that made you want to get your tattoo?
- Where did you get it done?
- May we use your full name on the site?
- If possible, we'd love to see a photo of you and not just your tattoo. Check out some of the interviews on the site to see what we mean.