Dawn Grace


I live and work in the amazing city of Chicago, Illinois, where I was born and raised.

I’ve been tattooing professionally since 1998, after serving a formal 2-year apprenticeship with Cap Szumski at Timeless Tattoo in Atlanta, GA.

I moved to Atlanta in 1996 specifically to apprentice with Cap, who made sure I earned my way into the craft of tattooing with plenty of blood, sweat, and tears.

I returned to Chicago in 2004 to be nearer to my family. I began working at Tattoo Factory in the notorious Uptown neighborhood upon my return, and remained there until November of 2012.

With love and blessings from my Tattoo Factory family, I opened my own private tattoo studio in 2012 in the beautiful Old Irving Park neighborhood on the Northwest side. 

My clients and I both thoroughly enjoyed the intimate private studio setting, but I missed being around other tattooers, so in October of 2017,  Brennan and I opened Bella Rose Tattoo. While Bella Rose is open to the public and our artists are available for walk-ins, I am appointment only. i’m typically booked a few weeks in advance

I do all styles of tattooing, and enjoy making the design flow with the natural lines of the body. Along with artistic designs, I also offer 3D nipple/areola tattooing for breast cancer survivors, scar coverups/embellishments, cosmetic tattooing, and re-pigmentation.

I love tattooing, and can generally draw whatever you want. I’m ridiculously anal-retentive, which is a blessing and a curse. I was trained by one of the best (and also most anal-retentive) tattooers in the business, and it's my responsibility to carry on our tradition of quality, consistency, and pride. I am a huge believer in continuing education, and attend classes & workshops as often as possible.

I’ve been an artist my whole life; I come from a very creative family of artists and musicians, and they have always encouraged me to create. I have wanted to be a tattooer since I was a little kid, drawing all over myself and my Barbies, and have always had full support in making my goals a reality. I don't consider myself blessed or lucky: I've worked very, very hard to have my life, art, and business be a success.

I try to learn something new every day; current obsessions include anything from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, art nouveau, ancient history, modern history, architecture, antiques, documentaries, movies, reading, and the golden age of piracy. Apparently I’m also a gamer now.

I'm a total nerd; If you are concerned with having a "cool" tattoo artist do your work, I am not your gal. If you want someone who takes their craft as serious as a heart attack and strives to do their best work possible, you've found me!

Be aware that while my schedule isa little tight, I will always accept new clients. You don't have to audition to get tattooed by me; I don't select clients based on what I want to do, or do only "my style". I was trained to be versatile, to offer all styles of tattooing, and to have a professional and friendly bedside manner. I do my best to make every client's tattoo a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Your comfort and happiness are very important to me. I guarantee all of my work.

Please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment or consultation and I look forward to working with you!