Meet Ben Wahhh, The Tattoo Artist Behind Deluxe Tattoo

April McCallum

When planning for a tattoo, you want to make sure you’re being inked by the best. Ben Lewis, better known as Ben Wahhh of Deluxe Tattoo Chicago, is a Chicago-based tattoo artist that heads one of the best tattoo studios in the city. He’s incredibly talented, driven, and opinionated, and The Culture Trip got a chance to ask him some questions.


What is the most unusual request you’ve had? To go to a porno shoot with a customer. I didn’t.What do you wish you had known when you were first starting off as a tattoo artist?That everything will be fine. There have been some high anxiety moments in my career. One day I was driving to work having a freak out about getting a drawing done, and I had a realization that it always works out. Since then I experience much less anxiety.What’s next?Hopefully lots and lots more of the same.How soon do you check your phone in the morning?Within a minute or two of waking up.

Arm tattoo

What advice would you give your younger self?Do everything.What’s your pet peeve?Stupid/slow people.What’s the first thing you do in the morning?Awake to my one-year-old baby talking, and if it’s 5AM or 6AM, we get up and hang out.How would you describe your tattoo style in 80 characters? Detailed and involved. Not your run-of-the-mill tattoos.Game of Thrones or Harry Potter?Game of Thrones.

Back tattoo

Pizza or burgers?Pizza.Records or MP3s?MP3s.Biking or roller skating?Biking.Pen or pencil?Pen.Country or rock music?Rock. Interview by April McCallum

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