Area 51 Tattoos

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Seasoned tattoo artists produce works of art on patrons' bodies at this tattoo parlor and piercing shop in Crystal Lake.
  • 60 N. Williams St

    Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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  • 815-455-1199

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Nikki is AMAZING. Have 5 Tats. 2 done at Area 51 by Nikki. Best work ever. She's very meticulous. Completly worth the 70 mile drive!

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Nikki is AMAZING. Have 5 Tats. 2 done at Area 51 by Nikki. Best work ever. She's very meticulous. Completly worth the 70 mile drive!

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AMAZING place. Super clean, awesome staff and incredibly talented artists. Got my most recent tattoo done by Khalid and I will never go to a different place again! He not only did my tattoo perfectly, he even fixed a previous tattoo that

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AMAZING place. Super clean, awesome staff and incredibly talented artists. Got my most recent tattoo done by Khalid and I will never go to a different place again! He not only did my tattoo perfectly, he even fixed a previous tattoo that

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if u want your s*** done right this is the place to go. always professional

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if u want your s*** done right this is the place to go. always professional

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I went in to get my second tattoo done (first time going to Area 51) on my rib cage and I was kind of nervous. My pain tolerance is high but I still was a little scared. Joe did my tattoo and he did a phenomenal job. He's nice and easy to

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I went in to get my second tattoo done (first time going to Area 51) on my rib cage and I was kind of nervous. My pain tolerance is high but I still was a little scared. Joe did my tattoo and he did a phenomenal job. He's nice and easy to

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Had my 6th tattoo done this past week by Khalid and can't even begin to tell you in words how fantastic of a job he did on my new tattoo and brought such true meaning to it. He had me tearing up as we discussed it and after it was done I was tearing up again.

I would highly recommend anyone to go to Area 51 and get a tattoo done by Khalid..he is fantastic and the shop atmosphere and employees are great.

Thank you Khalid for making my tattoo so beautiful and the meaning behind so more surreal..

Sandy

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Had my 6th tattoo done this past week by Khalid and can't even begin to tell you in words how fantastic of a job he did on my new tattoo and brought such true meaning to it. He had me tearing up as we discussed it and after it was done I was tearing up again.

I would highly recommend anyone to go to Area 51 and get a tattoo done by Khalid..he is fantastic and the shop atmosphere and employees are great.

Thank you Khalid for making my tattoo so beautiful and the meaning behind so more surreal..

Sandy

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I have got tattoos all over the country and Desi@A51 is the BEST

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I have got tattoos all over the country and Desi@A51 is the BEST

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Hands down, without any question Area 51 is the place to go get your ink.
The shop is very clean and comfortable.
The artists, Khalid, Des, and Joe professional, know their $h!t, have great ideas and you walk away with an amazing work of art.
If my mom would ever get a tat, A51 would be where I'd take her, nothing but the best for my mom!

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Hands down, without any question Area 51 is the place to go get your ink.
The shop is very clean and comfortable.
The artists, Khalid, Des, and Joe professional, know their $h!t, have great ideas and you walk away with an amazing work of art.
If my mom would ever get a tat, A51 would be where I'd take her, nothing but the best for my mom!

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Area 51 is hands down the best tattoo shop in the state. I've been tattooed by all three of the artist's and each are skilled at their jobs with a extremely sterile and friendly environment.

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Area 51 is hands down the best tattoo shop in the state. I've been tattooed by all three of the artist's and each are skilled at their jobs with a extremely sterile and friendly environment.

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The best place to get a tat. they are pro's at what they do very nice people. Very great atmosphere

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The best place to get a tat. they are pro's at what they do very nice people. Very great atmosphere

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Before going to A51 I've gone to 2 other tattoo shops. After my experiences at A51 I'll never go to another. Khalid has done an amazing job on each tattoo hes done for me. I get compliments every time somone sees my half sleeve he did for me. It is extremely clean and everyone is extremely friendly. The atmosphere is great. Anytime any one has the idea of getting ink done I tell them right away to go see the artists at A51.

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Before going to A51 I've gone to 2 other tattoo shops. After my experiences at A51 I'll never go to another. Khalid has done an amazing job on each tattoo hes done for me. I get compliments every time somone sees my half sleeve he did for me. It is extremely clean and everyone is extremely friendly. The atmosphere is great. Anytime any one has the idea of getting ink done I tell them right away to go see the artists at A51.

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This is the best tattoo place I have ever been to. When you walk in the first thing you notice is how clean this place is, its spotless! Then how friendly everyone is. They work with you to get you the tattoo that is perfect, but will nicely steer you away from one that is a bad idea or will not transfer from drawing to skin. When you are getting your tattoo, everyone talks to everyone, and you are the first priority. Just how confident am I in the work there. I have had 4 done , hubby has 2, daughter has 2 and my son has 1. One of mine is on my forearm of my dog, let me tell you that no matter where I am I get so many complements on it, where I got it that I carry business cards with me. All of them are incredible artists and wonderful people!

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This is the best tattoo place I have ever been to. When you walk in the first thing you notice is how clean this place is, its spotless! Then how friendly everyone is. They work with you to get you the tattoo that is perfect, but will nicely steer you away from one that is a bad idea or will not transfer from drawing to skin. When you are getting your tattoo, everyone talks to everyone, and you are the first priority. Just how confident am I in the work there. I have had 4 done , hubby has 2, daughter has 2 and my son has 1. One of mine is on my forearm of my dog, let me tell you that no matter where I am I get so many complements on it, where I got it that I carry business cards with me. All of them are incredible artists and wonderful people!

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By far the best tattoo shop I've been too. I have been to other shops and not only was the tattoo better at A51 but also the experience was much more friendly. Joe has done 4 of my tattoos and they're my favorites out of the ones I have. Everything from creating the idea to having the tattoo finished was great.

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By far the best tattoo shop I've been too. I have been to other shops and not only was the tattoo better at A51 but also the experience was much more friendly. Joe has done 4 of my tattoos and they're my favorites out of the ones I have. Everything from creating the idea to having the tattoo finished was great.

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I just got my navel pierced today by Desi and she did an great job. She talked me through it and made sure I was breathing and not freaking out too badly. I would definitely come back to area 51 for any other work I wanted done.

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I just got my navel pierced today by Desi and she did an great job. She talked me through it and made sure I was breathing and not freaking out too badly. I would definitely come back to area 51 for any other work I wanted done.

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Decided to get my first Tattoo after researching designs for a long time. After stopping in to Area 51, I was greeted immediately with a smile and how can we help you. I chose Desi after seeing some of her work. What a great decision on my part. Within 24 hours she had my idea drawn up and ready for me to proof. Her art work speaks for itself. I have already recommended my friends who live out of state to make the trip here to get their tattoos done here. Do yourself a favor stop in and talk to the artists, you won't be disappointed.

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Decided to get my first Tattoo after researching designs for a long time. After stopping in to Area 51, I was greeted immediately with a smile and how can we help you. I chose Desi after seeing some of her work. What a great decision on my part. Within 24 hours she had my idea drawn up and ready for me to proof. Her art work speaks for itself. I have already recommended my friends who live out of state to make the trip here to get their tattoos done here. Do yourself a favor stop in and talk to the artists, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Friendly staff, very clean, great communication

Cons: absolutely nothing

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Desi has worked on my back piece for the better part of two years. I'ts phenomenal and has already been featured in Skin and Ink magazine. She's now done two more tattoos above each foot and is going to fill out my shoulder and upper arm work. Desi, Khalid and Joe make up the best tattoo parlor in the country as far as I'm concerned. I go to see Desi four times ayear and have about 40 hours of tattooing from her.

And I live in Minnesota!!!

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Desi has worked on my back piece for the better part of two years. I'ts phenomenal and has already been featured in Skin and Ink magazine. She's now done two more tattoos above each foot and is going to fill out my shoulder and upper arm work. Desi, Khalid and Joe make up the best tattoo parlor in the country as far as I'm concerned. I go to see Desi four times ayear and have about 40 hours of tattooing from her.

And I live in Minnesota!!!

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I've only gotten one tattoo with these guys, but I had a great experience and if I get another tattoo I will definitely go back. Khalid, Desirea (who did my tattoo), and Joe are all awesome people and extremely talented artists. I don't know a single person who has been disappointed with their work or the overall experience. In fact, I've only ever heard praise from anyone who has gone here, and I know I strongly recommend it to anyone looking to get a tattoo or piercing.

In a nutshell: Awesome. Extremely awesome.

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I've only gotten one tattoo with these guys, but I had a great experience and if I get another tattoo I will definitely go back. Khalid, Desirea (who did my tattoo), and Joe are all awesome people and extremely talented artists. I don't know a single person who has been disappointed with their work or the overall experience. In fact, I've only ever heard praise from anyone who has gone here, and I know I strongly recommend it to anyone looking to get a tattoo or piercing.

In a nutshell: Awesome. Extremely awesome.

Pros: Friendly and Talented Staff, Great Atmosphere, Clean

Cons: None

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The art is well drawn out and the ink stays bright for a long time. This is the only place in the Chicago-land area that I get tattoos from.

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The art is well drawn out and the ink stays bright for a long time. This is the only place in the Chicago-land area that I get tattoos from.

Pros: Conversation, Efficiency

Cons: No one is allowed in the back room.

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Both my tattoos have been from there, was referred there by my neighbor. Couldn't be more happy. Really cool people and the artistry is bar none

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Both my tattoos have been from there, was referred there by my neighbor. Couldn't be more happy. Really cool people and the artistry is bar none

Pros: Awesome atmosphere, awesome artists. Really work with you

Cons: I wish I had more money so I'd be in there more.

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I have been all over the US and this place is the best. Perfection! Absolute Perfection!

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I have been all over the US and this place is the best. Perfection! Absolute Perfection!

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Area 51 was recommended to me by a friend of mine who has had work done by them. Was a bit nervous going in because it had been 5 years since my first tattoo. Walked in and all 3 of them stopped what they were doing to greet me. The first studio I've been in where I didn't feel intimidated by the environment or staff. Joe came up with a big smile and took the time to listen to the ideas I had. He took those idea's,turned them into an Amazing tattoo! While working on my tattoo he made sure I was comfortable. There was far from a dull moment in the 3 sessions it took to complete my tattoo :) Love my tattoo more and more every day. Joe also did the rework of my very first tattoo again he did a great job with the little he had to work with. Won't go to anyone else but the artists at Area 51!

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Area 51 was recommended to me by a friend of mine who has had work done by them. Was a bit nervous going in because it had been 5 years since my first tattoo. Walked in and all 3 of them stopped what they were doing to greet me. The first studio I've been in where I didn't feel intimidated by the environment or staff. Joe came up with a big smile and took the time to listen to the ideas I had. He took those idea's,turned them into an Amazing tattoo! While working on my tattoo he made sure I was comfortable. There was far from a dull moment in the 3 sessions it took to complete my tattoo :) Love my tattoo more and more every day. Joe also did the rework of my very first tattoo again he did a great job with the little he had to work with. Won't go to anyone else but the artists at Area 51!

Pros: Super friendly, very clean, great prices

Cons: None :)

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I've been waiting 5 years to find someone who I would trust to put a something as permanent as tatto on my body. I needed to find someone skilled and enthusiastic about doing portraits and I found that person in Khalid. He was stoked about doing the tattoo which made getting it all the better exerience. Getting my 3 dogs on my shoulder was very personable for me and Khalid really hit it out of the park. The execution was spot on. No primadonna's here. They worked with me, laid it out great and I think it looks absolutely fabulous.

Khalid, Desi and Joe rock!!! Check them out....

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I've been waiting 5 years to find someone who I would trust to put a something as permanent as tatto on my body. I needed to find someone skilled and enthusiastic about doing portraits and I found that person in Khalid. He was stoked about doing the tattoo which made getting it all the better exerience. Getting my 3 dogs on my shoulder was very personable for me and Khalid really hit it out of the park. The execution was spot on. No primadonna's here. They worked with me, laid it out great and I think it looks absolutely fabulous.

Khalid, Desi and Joe rock!!! Check them out....

Pros: Great Artists, Friendly, Clean and Sanitary

Cons: None That I Can Think Of

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If you want it done right, by the best, this is the place for you! I will never go anywere else, and I fully reccomend everyone to give them a try! YOU WON'T BE SORRY!

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If you want it done right, by the best, this is the place for you! I will never go anywere else, and I fully reccomend everyone to give them a try! YOU WON'T BE SORRY!

Pros: Very clean, great friendly service

Cons: There are no cons!

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khalid, joe, and dessi are all great artist and very nice. cleanest shop i've ever been too. i will keep going back!

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khalid, joe, and dessi are all great artist and very nice. cleanest shop i've ever been too. i will keep going back!

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i got my nose and eyebrow pierced be desi...lovin them!!!! also got my 2 tatts fixed by her. i had them done somewhere else and they were terrible. she made them worthy of neing shown off!!! love you guys

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i got my nose and eyebrow pierced be desi...lovin them!!!! also got my 2 tatts fixed by her. i had them done somewhere else and they were terrible. she made them worthy of neing shown off!!! love you guys

Pros: best tatt repair,pain-less piercings

Cons: not open late enough

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I have gone to A51 for all of my tattoos, and I have known them all for quite a few years, working across the street from them. Every tattoo I have gotten there exceeds my expectations and I leave completely satisfied. I have never had an issue with healing or ink fading or shoddy linework. They are grade A tattooers, and can bust out one amazing original design after another. And not only that, but portraiture, some of the best i've seen in recent years. I love these guys a lot and I really couldnt recommend them enough. They're friendly, professional, and talented. You dont have to wait three months for an appointment, and they treat everybody like best friends. Really, this shop is very modest in downtown CL, but what comes out of it will blow you away.

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I have gone to A51 for all of my tattoos, and I have known them all for quite a few years, working across the street from them. Every tattoo I have gotten there exceeds my expectations and I leave completely satisfied. I have never had an issue with healing or ink fading or shoddy linework. They are grade A tattooers, and can bust out one amazing original design after another. And not only that, but portraiture, some of the best i've seen in recent years. I love these guys a lot and I really couldnt recommend them enough. They're friendly, professional, and talented. You dont have to wait three months for an appointment, and they treat everybody like best friends. Really, this shop is very modest in downtown CL, but what comes out of it will blow you away.

Pros: greatest tattoo shop

Cons: ... well, its a tattoo, so, the pain, kinda?

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Khalid, Joe, and Dessi do Very Nice Art Work. That Why I been going back to them for All My Art Work. AREA 51 Tattoo is #1

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Khalid, Joe, and Dessi do Very Nice Art Work. That Why I been going back to them for All My Art Work. AREA 51 Tattoo is #1

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I brought my design in along with my ideas, left it to Desirea to create a truly unique body of work, and voila! she created an amazing piece. I couldn't be happier and I am proud of it and it's awesome to know she is proud of her art as well. I would recommend this establishment to anyone who wants great artwork and great service!

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I brought my design in along with my ideas, left it to Desirea to create a truly unique body of work, and voila! she created an amazing piece. I couldn't be happier and I am proud of it and it's awesome to know she is proud of her art as well. I would recommend this establishment to anyone who wants great artwork and great service!

Pros: The crew, the place, the ink

Cons: Nothing

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I have known Joe for quite some time and when it came time to commemorate the loss of my brother, I turned to Joe for his expertise. Their shop is very clean, very organized, and very professional. The artists' areas are also very well kept. I am absolutely thrilled with Joe's work and I know I will be for the rest of my life. I recommend Area 51 to all of my friends. And I recommend Joe to even more. Not only did he do an amazing job but he was very concerned with how I was feeling through out the process. If I could do the whole experience again, I would in a heart beat.

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I have known Joe for quite some time and when it came time to commemorate the loss of my brother, I turned to Joe for his expertise. Their shop is very clean, very organized, and very professional. The artists' areas are also very well kept. I am absolutely thrilled with Joe's work and I know I will be for the rest of my life. I recommend Area 51 to all of my friends. And I recommend Joe to even more. Not only did he do an amazing job but he was very concerned with how I was feeling through out the process. If I could do the whole experience again, I would in a heart beat.

Pros: Everything

Cons: none

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I recommend Area 51 to any and everyone who is planning on getting a Tattoo or piercing. I have gotten 2 tattoo's here, 1 from Joe and 1 from Khalid, and i have had many friends get tattoos and piercings. The prices are very fair and the work is perfect. The shop is incredibly clean and they are all great people. they all are very accommodating and make sure everything is the way you like it. They are all artists and they all want your tattoos to look as good as they can. I will be going back soon and everyone should go check them out.

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I recommend Area 51 to any and everyone who is planning on getting a Tattoo or piercing. I have gotten 2 tattoo's here, 1 from Joe and 1 from Khalid, and i have had many friends get tattoos and piercings. The prices are very fair and the work is perfect. The shop is incredibly clean and they are all great people. they all are very accommodating and make sure everything is the way you like it. They are all artists and they all want your tattoos to look as good as they can. I will be going back soon and everyone should go check them out.

Pros: Clean, Great work, Great People, Very Afordable

Cons: none

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This was my very first tattoo and I was so impressed with everyone. I was very, very nervous but Khalid made me feel very comfortable. I wasn't intimidated at all and everyone was so professional and caring. The artwork was amazing and I will definately be back for another!!!

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This was my very first tattoo and I was so impressed with everyone. I was very, very nervous but Khalid made me feel very comfortable. I wasn't intimidated at all and everyone was so professional and caring. The artwork was amazing and I will definately be back for another!!!

Pros: Professional, talented and welcoming

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For my birthday I decided to get a tattoo with my two best friends. Because this would be our first, we did our homework and check out a few parlors. We came across Area 51 and boy I am glad we did. Totally professionals! . The parlor is immaculate and the rest of the staff were kind and helpful. They totally made my birthday special by allowing me to create a special moment with my girls. Joe(my artist), Khalid, and Desiree are great people and I will be back for my second tat! Thank you so much.

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For my birthday I decided to get a tattoo with my two best friends. Because this would be our first, we did our homework and check out a few parlors. We came across Area 51 and boy I am glad we did. Totally professionals! . The parlor is immaculate and the rest of the staff were kind and helpful. They totally made my birthday special by allowing me to create a special moment with my girls. Joe(my artist), Khalid, and Desiree are great people and I will be back for my second tat! Thank you so much.

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Just got my first tattoo from A51. I went to 2 other parlors before this and never had a good feeling about getting something I've wanted done for over 10 years. I gave Joe my ideas and requirements for a piece of work that was going to be on my body for life. You don't get to see custom work until your actual appointment and I was concerned that he wouldn't come up with something I would like. But when he showed me his vision for what I wanted, I loved it IMMEDIATELY. They are all truly artists in a profession that has alot of hacks. I was made to feel comfortable the entire time all 3 of them are polite, courteous and caring...especially for someone getting their first.

I love my tattoo and the vision he had for it.

I won't go anyplace else.

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Just got my first tattoo from A51. I went to 2 other parlors before this and never had a good feeling about getting something I've wanted done for over 10 years. I gave Joe my ideas and requirements for a piece of work that was going to be on my body for life. You don't get to see custom work until your actual appointment and I was concerned that he wouldn't come up with something I would like. But when he showed me his vision for what I wanted, I loved it IMMEDIATELY. They are all truly artists in a profession that has alot of hacks. I was made to feel comfortable the entire time all 3 of them are polite, courteous and caring...especially for someone getting their first.

I love my tattoo and the vision he had for it.

I won't go anyplace else.

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Desi is awesome! She does great work and really works with you to get you what you want. I'm actually going back there Sunday for another one!

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Desi is awesome! She does great work and really works with you to get you what you want. I'm actually going back there Sunday for another one!

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For my birthday, I went to get my belly button pierced. My friend went there to get hers done about 6 months earlier, and wouldn't let me go to any other place. They are clean, friendly, and the most professional group of artists I have ever met. Desirea did my piercing, and she made me feel very comfortable, and relaxed while doing the piercing. She made sure I knew how to clean it, and told me if there are any problems to please call her and she will do whatever she could to help me. I have NEVER had a problem with my piercing thenks to Desirea's perfect advice. I HIGHLY recommend this place for piercings. The best in all of Northern Illinois!

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For my birthday, I went to get my belly button pierced. My friend went there to get hers done about 6 months earlier, and wouldn't let me go to any other place. They are clean, friendly, and the most professional group of artists I have ever met. Desirea did my piercing, and she made me feel very comfortable, and relaxed while doing the piercing. She made sure I knew how to clean it, and told me if there are any problems to please call her and she will do whatever she could to help me. I have NEVER had a problem with my piercing thenks to Desirea's perfect advice. I HIGHLY recommend this place for piercings. The best in all of Northern Illinois!

Pros: The best you can find. I Promise!

Cons: none :)

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Area 51 has become a service that I would be permanently be provided only in my dreams. Every aspect of the bussiness, whether it be service, friendliness, atmosphere, and genuine artistry, Area 51 is respectable, reliable, and 100 percent worth every dollar if you want your tattoo to be recognizable.

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Area 51 has become a service that I would be permanently be provided only in my dreams. Every aspect of the bussiness, whether it be service, friendliness, atmosphere, and genuine artistry, Area 51 is respectable, reliable, and 100 percent worth every dollar if you want your tattoo to be recognizable.

Pros: Good conversation

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I have had 3 tattoos done at Area 51. As a 21 year Navy vet I have seen tattoo shops all over the world. The difference at Area 51 is that Desirea, Khalid, and Joe are artists who use skin as a medium. Desirea has taken two ideas of mine and turned them into works of art that are one of a kind and done with perfection. You may be able to get a tattoo at a lot of places. I seriously doubt that there is anyone in the Tri-State area as good, professional and original as the staff at Area 51. As long as this crew is at A51, no one and I mean no one else will add put ink on me other than them. Don't settle for average or ok work. Check them out and get a tat that is not like anyone or anywhere else.

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I have had 3 tattoos done at Area 51. As a 21 year Navy vet I have seen tattoo shops all over the world. The difference at Area 51 is that Desirea, Khalid, and Joe are artists who use skin as a medium. Desirea has taken two ideas of mine and turned them into works of art that are one of a kind and done with perfection. You may be able to get a tattoo at a lot of places. I seriously doubt that there is anyone in the Tri-State area as good, professional and original as the staff at Area 51. As long as this crew is at A51, no one and I mean no one else will add put ink on me other than them. Don't settle for average or ok work. Check them out and get a tat that is not like anyone or anywhere else.

Pros: Quality of work, shop cleanliness, professionalism, originality of designs and work

Cons: Wished they would play some Lynard Skynard on the stereo- ( yea, I'm an old guy)

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I have a number of tattoos and have gotten them from Seattle to Chicago - Khalid has done the most (5) on me and fixed all the rest (4). I will NEVER go to any other Tattoo artist ever again. The Art is QUALITY and original, The CLEANLINESS is without flaw, and the service is HONEST. Also You can't beat the price for the quality of work. I have told everybody who asks about my tats to see Khalid, Desirea or Joe - You can't go wrong.

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I have a number of tattoos and have gotten them from Seattle to Chicago - Khalid has done the most (5) on me and fixed all the rest (4). I will NEVER go to any other Tattoo artist ever again. The Art is QUALITY and original, The CLEANLINESS is without flaw, and the service is HONEST. Also You can't beat the price for the quality of work. I have told everybody who asks about my tats to see Khalid, Desirea or Joe - You can't go wrong.

Pros: Hours, Ambience is professional for a tattoo shop, Privacy.

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I've got many tattoos, from a number of different places. By far, Area 51 is the best.
All the artists do an excellent job - Khalid, Joe and Desirea.
They are very creative and listen when you have an idea you want to explore.
I had my work done by Khalid who did everything free-hand, and it turned out AMAZING!
I've recommended Area 51 to a number of people and those who have gone - have not been disappointed.
Hands down, the best place to go for Tattoos and Piercings!

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I've got many tattoos, from a number of different places. By far, Area 51 is the best.
All the artists do an excellent job - Khalid, Joe and Desirea.
They are very creative and listen when you have an idea you want to explore.
I had my work done by Khalid who did everything free-hand, and it turned out AMAZING!
I've recommended Area 51 to a number of people and those who have gone - have not been disappointed.
Hands down, the best place to go for Tattoos and Piercings!

Pros: Very Clean workstations. Very knowledgeable and friendly.

Cons: None

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I am a perfectionist and never thought I would let someone else draw on me with permanent ink until I saw Khalid's work. He is a ridiculously amazing artist. Bring an idea to Khalid for a tatt and his interpretation, artwork and finished product will be at least ten times better than what you imagined.

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I am a perfectionist and never thought I would let someone else draw on me with permanent ink until I saw Khalid's work. He is a ridiculously amazing artist. Bring an idea to Khalid for a tatt and his interpretation, artwork and finished product will be at least ten times better than what you imagined.

Pros: Amazing tattoos done by normal, cool, unintimidating artists

Cons: None

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Area 51 has something for everyone. If your covered in ink they can brighten up your old work or cover over ex-wives names. If its your first tattoo their friendly staff will help guide you and leave you with something you wont hate 6 months later. They also offer sterile piercing and gift cards. I have been getting work done there for awhile and I wont go anywhere else. They have the best customer service and a no pressure attitude. Also dont be affraid to ask questions because every member of the staff is always willing to help. Dont trust your body to anyone else.

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Area 51 has something for everyone. If your covered in ink they can brighten up your old work or cover over ex-wives names. If its your first tattoo their friendly staff will help guide you and leave you with something you wont hate 6 months later. They also offer sterile piercing and gift cards. I have been getting work done there for awhile and I wont go anywhere else. They have the best customer service and a no pressure attitude. Also dont be affraid to ask questions because every member of the staff is always willing to help. Dont trust your body to anyone else.

Pros: Great service, Great talent, Excellent prices, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: None

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Area 51 has great service. I got my first tattoo there. they made me feel really comfortable. Desirea did my tattoo and I LOVE IT! She is awesome. She definitely makes you feel relaxed and at ease. If it is your first tattoo and you are nervous, the people at Area 51 will make you feel at home.
I even went there a couple times before getting my tattoo just to look around and they were more than happy to help. Definitely recommend this place! I will be getting my next tattoo there very soon....

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Area 51 has great service. I got my first tattoo there. they made me feel really comfortable. Desirea did my tattoo and I LOVE IT! She is awesome. She definitely makes you feel relaxed and at ease. If it is your first tattoo and you are nervous, the people at Area 51 will make you feel at home.
I even went there a couple times before getting my tattoo just to look around and they were more than happy to help. Definitely recommend this place! I will be getting my next tattoo there very soon....

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I have been a patron at Area 51 for 3 years; my artist has completed three tattoos? and is currently working on my fourth. I have spent close to 30 hours in the chair and I can say with confidence that all of the artist (Khalid, Desirea, and Joe) take great pride in their work. They always greet potential customers and return customers with service that is profession and friendly. All of my work is custom drawn by my artist; it is a pleasure to work with my artist (Desi) to come up with the design. She will take the time to listen to what I want offering her own artistic impression to complete the piece. My work is complemented by many, due to the high degree of detail, the shading, and the coloring that has been applied to the piece. I do recommend Area 51 to my friends and my families, both of my children have had tattoos at area 51.

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I have been a patron at Area 51 for 3 years; my artist has completed three tattoos? and is currently working on my fourth. I have spent close to 30 hours in the chair and I can say with confidence that all of the artist (Khalid, Desirea, and Joe) take great pride in their work. They always greet potential customers and return customers with service that is profession and friendly. All of my work is custom drawn by my artist; it is a pleasure to work with my artist (Desi) to come up with the design. She will take the time to listen to what I want offering her own artistic impression to complete the piece. My work is complemented by many, due to the high degree of detail, the shading, and the coloring that has been applied to the piece. I do recommend Area 51 to my friends and my families, both of my children have had tattoos at area 51.

Pros: Pofessional, Freindly, Talented, and Clean

Cons: Parking can be difficult at times.

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My husband and myself both love Area 51 and refuse to get ink from anyone else! Khalid and Desirea are our artists and they are perfectionists! We love them and recommend them above anyone else. This is no shady shop - they do quality work for a good price.

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My husband and myself both love Area 51 and refuse to get ink from anyone else! Khalid and Desirea are our artists and they are perfectionists! We love them and recommend them above anyone else. This is no shady shop - they do quality work for a good price.

Pros: Perfectionists, Good Music, Plenty to Read

Cons: Busy Shop

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i have gotten 3 tattoos done at area 51, and all of them have turned out terrific! i've had them design up custom pieces, and they have always come out better than i had ever expected. when i got my first tattoo there, everyone made me feel so comfortable, and so relaxed, even though i was soo nervious. i would tell anyone to go anywhere else, area 51 is the best shop in area, hands down!!

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i have gotten 3 tattoos done at area 51, and all of them have turned out terrific! i've had them design up custom pieces, and they have always come out better than i had ever expected. when i got my first tattoo there, everyone made me feel so comfortable, and so relaxed, even though i was soo nervious. i would tell anyone to go anywhere else, area 51 is the best shop in area, hands down!!

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I get stopped at least 3-5 times a week when people see my tattoos and I always get the same comment, I have never seen a tatto that looked so good, well if you want one its as easy as going to A51 enough said!

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I get stopped at least 3-5 times a week when people see my tattoos and I always get the same comment, I have never seen a tatto that looked so good, well if you want one its as easy as going to A51 enough said!

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I got a tat from Khalid a couple of years back and absolutely love it. I refer everyone there and ALL are satisfied. Every other place that I've seen around here does average to below average work and if you're looking for quality along with a friendly atmosphere then look no further!

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I got a tat from Khalid a couple of years back and absolutely love it. I refer everyone there and ALL are satisfied. Every other place that I've seen around here does average to below average work and if you're looking for quality along with a friendly atmosphere then look no further!

Pros: Friendly,Easy To Work With,Creative,Great Custom Designs!

Cons: None that I have seen

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I have been a long time customer to my fellow friends at Area 51, and I would never think of going anywhere else, I have been nothing but 100% satisfied with the work that they do and the atmoshpere as a tattoo shop is clean, organized, and yet still has that rockin' tattoo shop appeal! In comparison to other tattoo shops, the prices are exactly what I would expect for the quality of work that they do, and have never felt like I was being "ripped off". I will forever be a loyal customer to this fantastic group of people and I highly reccomend that you stop in and check them out!!!!

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I have been a long time customer to my fellow friends at Area 51, and I would never think of going anywhere else, I have been nothing but 100% satisfied with the work that they do and the atmoshpere as a tattoo shop is clean, organized, and yet still has that rockin' tattoo shop appeal! In comparison to other tattoo shops, the prices are exactly what I would expect for the quality of work that they do, and have never felt like I was being "ripped off". I will forever be a loyal customer to this fantastic group of people and I highly reccomend that you stop in and check them out!!!!

Pros: Not enough room to list in this tiny space :-)

Cons: ZERO!

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Whenever I go out I always get compliments on my tattoo work that was done (by Joe) at Area51. I have been going there a few years now and whenever anyone asks for a recommendation of where to go Area51 is the only place that I recommend (and the only place I will go to now)... and anyone that I've sent there is happy with their work.

When I have gone into other tattoo/peircing shops in the past the people that work there were never friendly and always had some kind of attitude. But when I go in to Area everyone is always kind, polite, professional and very helpful. The artists there create amazing and beautiful work. Whenever I brought in an idea, what I got in the end was even better than I could have possibly imagined!

Area 51 has always been good to me and I recommend anyone goes there if you are looking for cleanliness, QUALITY, and amazing art that you will be proud of having for the rest of your life!
-Tessa

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Whenever I go out I always get compliments on my tattoo work that was done (by Joe) at Area51. I have been going there a few years now and whenever anyone asks for a recommendation of where to go Area51 is the only place that I recommend (and the only place I will go to now)... and anyone that I've sent there is happy with their work.

When I have gone into other tattoo/peircing shops in the past the people that work there were never friendly and always had some kind of attitude. But when I go in to Area everyone is always kind, polite, professional and very helpful. The artists there create amazing and beautiful work. Whenever I brought in an idea, what I got in the end was even better than I could have possibly imagined!

Area 51 has always been good to me and I recommend anyone goes there if you are looking for cleanliness, QUALITY, and amazing art that you will be proud of having for the rest of your life!
-Tessa

Pros: professional, clean, fair pricing, amazing artists... everything!!

Cons: NONE!

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Area 51 is the best tattoo shop I have been to. I have had tattoos in a few other shops and none can match the quality of work, professionalism, and helpfulness of the artists. The shop is bright and clean, and makes you feel welcome right away. I have referred friends and family to go there, and I'm heading back soon for another.

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Area 51 is the best tattoo shop I have been to. I have had tattoos in a few other shops and none can match the quality of work, professionalism, and helpfulness of the artists. The shop is bright and clean, and makes you feel welcome right away. I have referred friends and family to go there, and I'm heading back soon for another.

Pros: just too many to list

Cons: none

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Area 51 is, in my opinion, the best tattoo shop that I have ever been to. The staff and artists are professional and very good at what they do. They have a wide range of tattoo flash and body jewelery to choose from, or if your interested in custom work the artists can draw up what you are picturing. Everyone that I run into that has recieved ink from Area 51, including myself , have been very pleased with the outcome. When ever I want to get some ink done, I will always go to Area 51 first before any other shop.

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Area 51 is, in my opinion, the best tattoo shop that I have ever been to. The staff and artists are professional and very good at what they do. They have a wide range of tattoo flash and body jewelery to choose from, or if your interested in custom work the artists can draw up what you are picturing. Everyone that I run into that has recieved ink from Area 51, including myself , have been very pleased with the outcome. When ever I want to get some ink done, I will always go to Area 51 first before any other shop.

Message from Area 51 Tattoos

Area 51 wants to thank all of it's wonderful clients! You all have made A51 Tattoos what it is today. Being located in a nostalgic area of Crystal Lake make us a bit difficult to find, however your referrals and repeat visits have made us one of the BEST shops in Illinois! We promise to keep putting out consistently tight designs as long as you keep visiting and referring our work! Thank you again and hope to see you soon!!

More about Area 51 Tattoos

We offer high quality Tattooing at a very fair price. We also do and always will guarantee our work for LIFE! Gift Certificates available!

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Seasoned tattoo artists produce works of art on patrons' bodies at this tattoo parlor and piercing shop in Crystal Lake.

 

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