I showed my Wisco pride by getting the somewhat clichéd state outline on my rib cage. After a few tweaks to the original design, we added in a wood violet.
I showed my Wisco pride by getting the somewhat clichéd state outline on my rib cage. After a few tweaks to the original design, we added in a wood violet.
Cory James of Walker's Point Tattoo.
Cory James of Walker's Point Tattoo.

Wisco pride, tattoo style

A recent trip to Walker's Point Tattoo taught me a valuable lesson about myself: I'm not very good at getting tattoos. Although not my first, I'm sure the other patrons in the shop thought it was, given my wincing, cringing and twitching. 



This trip marked my third occasion at Walker's Point Tattoo. Each time I've worked with Cory James, a local tattoo artist. I first met Cory last March during a trip to Austin for SXSW. At the time I only had one tattoo done in Milwaukee.

I was looking for an artist that could work on a few concepts for me, but have fun with it and build on the ideas – I’d classify my own artistic ability as completely inept. Shortly after getting to know a bit more about Cory it was obvious tattooing was not just a job for him, he's an artist that appreciates the beauty of the work he's doing. 



Cory started working at Walker's Point Tattoo roughly six months ago, but has been tattooing for a little over four years. Like many tattoo advocates, Cory got his first tattoo when he turned 18. Although tattooing didn't become his immediate calling, when offered the opportunity to travel around the country with another tattoo artist, he didn't hesitate.

When describing his first tattooing experience in Fort Lauderdale over spring break I immediately thought lower back tattoos, body shots and Girls Gone Wild – of course this is probably because I've never actually been on a spring break.



Cory has had the opportunity to travel all over the U.S. and plans to continue to do so. Although a local artist, his love for tattooing lies partly in the ability to travel, the freedom to design and the networking opportunities that come with meeting new people on a daily basis. If you frequent bars in Downtown Milwaukee, you may have seen his live art at Rogues Gallery.



As for my tattoo, I showed my Wisco pride by getting the somewhat clichéd state outline on my rib cage. After a few tweaks to the original design, we added in a wood viole…

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