‘Promise fulfilled’ for tattoo titan Ryan Henry
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‘Promise fulfilled’ for tattoo titan Ryan Henry

Jermaine Nolen/Sun-Times Ryan Henry, owner of 9MAG and star of VH1’s “Black Ink Crew Chicago.” Freehand tattoo artist Ryan Henry’s love of art, a work ethic instilled in him by his father and a promise made to his sister made him a powerhouse in the tattoo game, and a creative role model on TV. For five seasons, Chicago’s tattoo scene has been thrust in the spotlight by Henry and the talented bench of artists in his shop on VH1’s hit TV show “Black Ink Crew Chicago.” The sixth season debuts at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The show, the second installment of VH1’s “Black Ink Crew” franchise, follows the daily interactions and inkings of several African American and Latino tattoo artists from across the city. But, the show almost didn’t make it to the airwaves. Henry wasn’t seeking the limelight for something that he enjoyed doing, and he simply wasn’t a TV guy. “I didn’t want to do television, but I had to think about everyone I work with. It was about expanding them. If I put these people in a shop to create opportunities to expand, how selfish would I be to deny them this high level of exposure and […]

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