You are here: Home>Collections>Politics

The man with the Blago tattoo

(RedEye )
December 07, 2011|By Mick Swasko, RedEye

Jeremy Scheuch's has one addition he wants to make to the tattoo on his right thigh, where a Chicago style hot dog, a wad of cash and a banner style Chicago flag are inked around prominent portrait of former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

After he heard Wednesday's news that Blagojevich will be behind bars for 14 years on federal corruption convictions, he said he'll add a tiny teardrop under the convicted politician's eye.

"I think you actually have to cut somebody in prison to get a teardrop, but hey, you never know," he said of the tattoo, which he got – coincidentally he says – the evening of the first day of Blagojevich's first trial in June of 2010. "It's kind of the epitome of current politics in Chicago."

Scheuch said he was originally intended to meet artist Beth Cisco to get a tiger tattooed on his back, but he said she called with an alternate idea.

"When everything was going on with Blagojevich at first, everyone was saying 'Chicago style politics, Chicago style politics,'" Cisco, who now owns her own shop Maximum Tattoo in Deerfield, said. "But there's a lot of things that are Chicago style that aren't politics. I drew it up, and I know Jeremy would be down, because he is out of his mind."

And Scheuch was down. It took no convincing, and three hours later, the 32 year-old artist who also runs events website headed back to his Humboldt Park home with the governor's face now occupying a good portion of his thigh. It was good company for the Roadhouse-era Patrick Swayze she had already buzzed onto his rib cage.

"It was a fun, spur of the moment way to commemorate my time in Chicago," he said.

The story of Scheuch's body art came full circle when he met the Governor at Wizard World's Comic-Con in 2010, after Blagojevich's first trial. He was impressed with his super friendly attitude, and his ability to remember his name. Blagojevich also had a suggestion for Scheuch.

"He said I should be in the next jury," he said.

He said he has no regrets about the inked real estate on his skin, and after Wednesday's verdict, he has mixed feelings about the sentence.

"I just think he crossed over that line one too many times," he said. "In Chicago, if you go behind closed doors, you could probably charge every politician with those same crimes."

And even though the face that will permanently grace his leg is going to prison, for Scheuch, it still serves a purpose.

"It's kind of a reminder not to be stupid," he said.

Related: View photos of our favorite Blago hand gestures through the years

RedEye Chicago Articles