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Proton Tattoo, a tattoo shop for customers in downtown DeKalb, 125 S. Fourth St., sits on a cloudy day. Proton is celebrating 20 years in DeKalb on Oct. 15 with a free party open to the public. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

DeKalb’s first tattoo shop celebrates colorful history

By Sarah Rose, Assistant Lifestyle Editor | September 24, 2023

Proton Tattoo established itself in DeKalb 20 years ago, laying the groundwork for tattooing in a town where tattooing was illegal. The owner, Chris May, started this business with his best friend Jon Bowman from elementary school. It was an arduous battle...

5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo in College

By Ginger Simons | October 7, 2017

Recently, I decided to make the biggest life commitment a woman my age can make. No, not marriage... getting a tattoo. Like myself, many people get their first tattoos in college and it seems like nowadays, more and more people are taking the plunge and...

Fargo Skateboarding and Proton Tattoo will collaborate for 9th annual Skateboard Inspired Art Show

By Northern Star staff | February 25, 2016

Fargo Skateboarding will be hold its ninth annual Skateboard Inspired Art Show 6 p.m. today at its new location, 629 E. Lincoln Highway.This year, Fargo Skateboarding is collaborating with Proton Tattoo, 120 S. Fourth St. The Proton Tattoo artists will...

Weekend Guide: Feb. 12

By Northern Star staff | February 12, 2015

Unlike, the world doesn’t revolve around Valentine’s Day. Here are some weekend events that have nothing to do with pink or heart-shaped treats:TodayThe University Honors Program is hosting an open mic night where students will perform...

Get tattoos now to enjoy summer

By Pat Quinn | March 31, 2014

Whether to reflect one’s personality or to remind someone of a good memory, a tattoo is the perfect way to express yourself, and April is the perfect month to make this addition to your body.Most tattoo artists tell customers it takes about four weeks...

Tattoo parlor comes to town

By Lark Lewis | September 18, 2013

On West Lincoln Highway, a new tattoo shop has emerged: DeKalb Tattoo Company, which opened Tuesday.DeKalb Tattoo Company, 817 W. Lincoln Highway, will join DeKalb’s other two tattoo shops, Out On A Whim and Proton Tattoo. Nick Misitano, owner of DeKalb...

‘Ink Master’ competitor Chris May opens up on show, life as owner of local Proton Tattoo shop

By Jessi Haish | July 22, 2013

“I was just lucky.”That’s how a local reality TV star would describe the journey that’s brought him to where he is.Chris May, owner of Proton Tattoo, 120 S. Fourth St., is a contestant on Spike TV’s “Ink Master,” a tattoo competition reality...

Local tattoo artist appears on “Ink Master” competition

By Northern Star Staff | July 18, 2013

A local tattoo artist may prove to be a master of his trade.Chris May, owner of Proton Tattoo, 120 S. Fourth St., is appearing on Ink Master, a tattoo competition reality show on Spike TV. On the show, tattoo artists go through a variety of tattooing...