A+ owner Kevin grew up in Wayne, IL - the middle of three boys- and when asked what his favorite toy was "Soundwave", the transformer that turned into a boombox was the answer.."it had tapes that turned into little robots and birds" - needless to say Kevin had a creative mind from a very young age. He has owned A+ for the past 5 years and his first tattoo (which he gave himself) was of a spray-paint can on his left leg.
Q & A:
What are you known for? Do you have a specialty?
Probably best known for 3-d color work
What artists do you look up to, tattoo or otherwise?
Randy Muller (tattoo), John Pound (Illustrator), Bill Plympton (Illustrator)
What Person do you look up to?
Lunchbox. For sure. (Lunchbox is Kevin's Dog)
Do you ever travel to other tattoo shops for guest spots?
Previously but it’s been a while.
What’s your tattoo pet peeve?
Lots. Tattoo TV shows in general.
Whats your favorite funny movie of all time?
Favorite ACTION movie?
DIE Hard. Die hard 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Ghouls and Ghosts
Last meal, Go!:
Bone in Ribeye
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I want to say Chicago, but I always want to get out.
Name 3 things you cannot live without (your tat gun doesn’t count)
Lunchbox, Cottage Cheese, Baseball cap.
Do you have a favorite brand of tattoo guns?
No, but I can tell you what I’m using.
Steve Turner machines, Turner Made is the name of the company.
I should give a shout out to Chris Smith too, he’s good.
You walk into a bar, whats your go-to drink?
Build a burger:
Yipeee Kay-ay mother fucker!
Kevin Starai works Tuesday-Saturday. Request an appointment or contact him at the shop. View his work in our gallery.
Kevin has been featured in a number of tattoo magazines including International Tattoo, Skin Art, and Tattoo Review as well as newspapers and magazines nationally. He has won countless tattoo awards and trophies but says his favorite trophy is his 5-foot tall Trophy for the Sycamore Speedway Demolition Derby CHAMP title in 2000.