Some people’s pride for Chicago runs deep. Skin deep.

Chicago Flag Tattoos, a local website that celebrates Chicagoans brave enough to get Chicago literally inked onto their skin, knows how to celebrate the “City of the Big Shoulders.”

The site was started by Fuzzy Gerdes. Growing up, Fuzzy’s family never stayed in one place for long. After being in Chicago for 11 years, Fuzzy decided to commemorate his love for the city that finally became his permanent home with a tattoo.

It was after getting his ink he realized he wasn’t the only one around with a Chicago-themed tattoo. Curious about the personal stories behind the tattoos he saw, Fuzzy created Chicago Flag Tattoos.

With help from his wife, Erica Reid, Gerdes interviews everyone and anyone he happens to see with a Chicago tat.

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One post highlights Kelly, a woman who’s from DuPage County and now lives in the city. After Chicago Flag Tattoo asked, “What’s your story and what’s your Chicago flag tattoo story?” Kelly replied:

“This whole sleeve is actually a bunch of Chicago stuff and music stuff. I’m from DuPage County, but I spent most of my time growing up out in the city working with bands, with Fallout Boy and Rise Against and all those guys, when they were the “local scene” back in the day. Just doing a whole bunch of Chicago stuff like that. So Kurt Halsey Frederiksen is a Chicago artist, this is one of his pieces with the skyline. I just figured the flag would tie in with it.”

Read the rest of Kelly’s interview and see more Chicago tattos at


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