Palatine Rejects Plans for a Tattoo Parlor

The Palatine Village Council Tuesday rejected plans for a tattoo parlor at 1709 N. Rand Road.

The Palatine Village Council Tuesday unanimously rejected plans for a tattoo parlor at 1709 E. Rand Road.

"A residential neighborhood is not the place for a tattoo parlor," said Palatine resident Laurie Acevedo. "We don't want this anywhere near our subdivision."

Acevedo presented a petition with 106 signatures from the 250 home Pinehurst Manor subdivision opposing the parlor.

"It's not the question of having tattoos, the question is where they're putting the establishment," she said. "Everyone keeps saying its art. CEOs have them. I read the newspaper. That's fine and dandy, but where you want to put it is in a family neighborhood."

The parlor was proposed by Beth and Phil Cisco of Wheeling.

Beth has been a tattoo artist for 11 years, Phil 23 years. The couple said they had dreamed of opening their own business and chose the Palatine location only after careful research.

"We will do whatever is asked of us from the village," Beth Cisco said."[We will] request any permits, cross every T and dot every I, to ensure we comply with whatever is expected of us."

The tattoo parlor would have occupied 1,800 square feet and would have had four work stations, with the possibility of a fifth station being added at a later date. The Ciscos provided the village with information related to licensing and certification, as well as their business plans. The Ciscos also pointed out that it is illegal for someone younger than 18 to get a tattoo.

"We have no intentions of harming the community of palatine or to be a bother to residents," Beth Cisco said, adding that she had hoped to have a meeting with concerned residents before the council meeting. "We were saddened and disappointed that we didn't have that opportunity."

District 6 Council Member Aaron Del Mar praised the Ciscos, their presentation and the information they provided.

"My concern is the type of business your owning, there is a stigma to it.Having this tattoo sign on rand road is going to upset quite a few people in our community," Del Mar said.

"Palatine is a very particular town, it's a home town. It's my home town. And my vision, and I think some people share my concern is that in our home town there is not a tattoo shop," he said.

Common Sense February 23, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Really?! But all of the bars and crumbling vacant strip malls are perfectly acceptable? That strip of Rand Road is not only not "family friendly", it is the eyesore of the entire village. No one would even notice a tattoo sign wedged between those of the bars, liquor stores and vacant strip malls.
mom22 February 23, 2011 at 05:08 PM
So what we need is another chuck e cheese type place. So parents can ignore their kids while they fight each other for tickets to purchase crap. I would much prefer take my family to "Hot Shots" for an afternoon of great food, music and free foosball. I'm sorry to this couple they sounded lovely with a great business plan.
Anne Copeland February 23, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Funny, I've lived in Pinehurst for over 5o years but no one came to my door to ask my opinion of having a tattoo shop nearby. I suppose because I would not have signed any such ridiculous petition. Shame on the village for refusing these business owners the right to earn a living.
mom22 February 23, 2011 at 05:31 PM
@anne if they had a like button, I'd like your comment. well said.Thank you.
Craig Doherty February 23, 2011 at 05:41 PM
I agree with Anne. We also live in the area, and nobody asked our opinions. Our family does not subscribe to the prejudice and misinformation that the "stigma" of a tattoo parlor apparently presents. Sure we'd love some nice fancy stores along that strip but between the shell of Idol's through a tiny resale shop, clock store, deli, empty strip mall, bar, liquor store...up through that fine flea market, I don't see a lot of the so-called family-friendly utopia they're talking about. Perhaps another Cash for Gold store would meet their criteria since they are so shiny and exlusive?
qui me amat February 23, 2011 at 05:57 PM
I can't believe some of these people's comments. Why would you want a tattoo parlor in your hometown? Is that something to be proud of? NO!!!! Is putting a tattoo parlor in an already undesireable section of Palatine going to make it better? NO!!! I'm glad the Palatine council rejected it.
Hometown Giant February 23, 2011 at 06:21 PM
As a resident of Palatine for over 20 years, I am very disappointed that our governing body would deny a small business the chance to display their craft simply because it MAY come with a certain stigma. It sounds more like the residents of the houses south of that location just don’t want to be seen with what they most likely consider the unsightly ilk of the town. Also, I have a multitude of friends who have wanted tattoos and have had to go to other artists in other towns to get them. Such a service can provide good revenue for the town and to deny such revenue because of such narrow views is ridiculous!
Double D February 23, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I agree with hometown its not like someone wanted to open a STRIP CLUB like heavenly bodies 2 ! Or a Casino/ night club. OH, wait maybe I will take that to city hall. What does Palatine want??? I say let it be a ghost town, No stores, no nice places to eat good food, just dont let anyone open a new business there cause god forbid the location will never be right. I feel very bad for this couple I even told them to try Rolling Meadows I am sure they would love to take the revenue in. So So Sad. Wake up America its 2011!!!! Not 1956.
Jenny February 23, 2011 at 08:13 PM
To the cheering section that wants Palatine to be business friendly (at all costs, may I add). Suppose Palatine did let a Tatoo Parlor into a vacant strip mall. Exactly what, or who would be the kind of business that would be DYING to move in next door? Hmm. What would make this market mix? Let me take a stab at it.... Cigarettes, leather goods, a bar, ear&everything piercing establishment, maybe a liquor store, or hair cut place. -But, honestly, not much else. If I'm looking to open a business, it sure as heck ain't going to go next to a tattoo parlor. Don't you guys get that well-frequented businesses give each other business? A one-time tattoo isn't going to draw much of anything. And what it does draw won't necessarily be beneficial for the other businesses. Wait. I got it. The perfect market mix. An Autobody shop! "Tattoo your body while waiting at the Autobody! Anybody's welcome!
Rich Lewis February 24, 2011 at 02:37 AM
it's sad that they did all the work to research and make a good presentation. It may have not been what the community wanted in that area, but i hope try to find a location else where in the village.
Jason February 24, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Any legal, legitimate business should not be denied. I didn't know we live in a society that is dictated by ELECTED officials. Palatine is notorious for denying businesses these opportunities. They did it to Aldi because they knew they wanted that lot to build their outrageous new City Hall. I'm sure they ran Sears in the ground too for that reason. Jenny, people go to places they want to go. I have NEVER in my life said, "I don't want to go _____ because they are next to ______." Ridiculous argument. Times have changed in the last 20 years. Tattoos aren't just for gang members, criminals, and bikers.
Jenny February 24, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Other possible locations are: Wheeling, Carpentersville & Elgin.
Kelly K February 24, 2011 at 03:45 AM
I'm sorry to hear that it didn't work out. I would have welcomed this new store because I've been looking for a place nearby to get my second tattoo. I wish there was a way I could get in touch with these people to see if they could do it for me because it sounds like they are way professional. I think people need to stop being so prude and just let people live their lives without judging them based on their appearance. Most of my friends have tattoos and all of us are college educated with very good jobs. Just because someone has a tattoo or 5 or 10 doesn't mean they deserve to be discriminated against.
DC February 24, 2011 at 04:24 AM
I have been a resident of Palatine for over 40 years, I am very happy with the decision of our village council in denying the permit for a tattoo parlor in Palatine. Take it to Wheeling, Elgin, or Carpentersville.
Double D February 24, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Kelly I am sure you can get in touch with them, the company name they mentioned at the meeting was Maximum Tattoo and their last name was Cisco. I myself just have one tattoo and would like another one. I would choose them because I know they don't re-use needles and I really don't trust alot of the other places that provide them.
mom22 February 24, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Wheeling elgin and carpentersville? Diversity is ok. This whole thing sounds like discrimination to people celebrating an alternative lifestyle. As far what to put next store. Coffee shop or a bakery would be good choices.
Clear Brain February 28, 2011 at 01:28 AM
What is with the moral superiority? Yes, Palatine's armpit (dundee/rand) has no cohesion, cascading power lines, ominously draping traffic lights that threaten the brave vehicles passing beneath while dodging the Leaning Telephone Poles of Palatine....one can capture the illustriousness of a third world country without leaving the boundaries of Palatine....A revenue generating business that relieves the tax burden of our residents? No, thank you. We'd prefer perpetual vacancy. There's a massive Harley Dealer opening 1/4 mile up the road. Bikers/tats, hmmm.... Besides, White Castle or Sonic probably pull in more dregs in a day than a tattoo parlor would in a year. Does anyone know the subdivision we're talking about? Tattoos are the least of their worries. Can we get a do over? Seriously, drive up Dundee from 53 and look around and pretend you are still in the U.S.A.
Anne Copeland February 28, 2011 at 02:05 AM
As a resident of Pinehurst Manor I deeply resent Clare's comment. Our subdivision is a well kept area of modest homes. What an inappropriate statement when she obviously doesn't even know where the subdivision is.
Tom K February 28, 2011 at 02:26 AM
I cannot believe some of the ignorance in these comments, although what do I expect from an online comments section. Either way, hmm, let's see, where to begin? First off I'd like to ask how many of those petition names came from the same home? It's a lot less impressive when only 53 of the 250 homes signed. It's even less impressive when you find out that the Ciscos tried to hold a meeting with the residents to discuss their grievances, but not one of the residents showed up. Also, Ms. Acevedo admits herself that even ceo's have tattoos, so Jenny, that's what kind of business it would bring in. You have obviously never been anywhere near a parlor, as most businesses don't mind having them around at all, especially coffee shops, deli's, etc, anywhere people can go to kill time waiting for the artist to draw up their tattoo. You also seem to be stuck in some weird vacuum of moronic ignorance as evidenced by your rantings about the clientele, as most people with tattoos now-a-days aren't bikers, which is what I think you were driving at. This article does not mention that Mrs. Cisco is a velvet painter and was featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not! nor the fact that they also wanted to use the parlor as an art gallery, which would definitely be a draw, and a nice selling point for Palatine. To sum up, the ignorance surrounding tattoos baffles me, and it's a shame that this lovely couple now has to look elsewhere.
Jenny February 28, 2011 at 05:07 AM
I'd love to see the stats on CEO's with tattoos, Tom.
Anne Copeland February 28, 2011 at 12:23 PM
As for residents not attending a meeting with the Ciscos, I was not aware that such a meeting was being held and I'm sure the other Pinehurst residents were not either. Too bad.
xtine March 01, 2011 at 02:09 AM
It's awesome that you think YOUR hometown doesn't have a tattoo parlor, but it also "didn't" have those scummy bars, broken down 7-11s, or any other crap when you were born, either. Bringing a tatoo parlor into Palatine would be the most exciting thing in 70 years for this sad town. It'd bring in popularity! Screw having a "home-town." This is my home and I think a tattoo shop would rock. It'd fit in with all of our other random shops and gazeebos. Yeah, sure we have a reputation for being nice and friendly, but if you knew what went on behind closed doors in Palatine, you wouldn't think of it as so homey. I've lived here my entire life and Palatine changes alot. This could be one of those changes. People are afraid of tattoos, and that, I think, is funny.
xtine March 01, 2011 at 02:10 AM
we like to be white suburban. we don't like diversity. that scares me.
Voice of Reason March 01, 2011 at 03:06 PM
A sad state of affairs. My "home town" has people who hold such prejudice. There was ample reason to let this business in; the first of which is experience. This had all the makings of a successful, tax-generating business. Please, those who doubt, educate yourselves and get out more. Tattoos are part of an art form; it is a form of expression that an individual can have with them being obvious or discrete. All ages, all walks of life. To succumb to blaring opinions to push away business is a very bad thing. I worry about out elected officials as watching their common agreement is not good for our village. Our village board is one-sided and to xtine's comment, if you knew what went on behind closed doors...
Norma H March 01, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Don't think the tattoo business is a tax-generating business. It is a service like nail salons hair salons. No sales tax. Real estate taxes are paid whether the unit is rented or not. However I would hope the customers that would come to Palatine would get something to eat, shop a bit and spend money at other shops in PALATINE. The shop employees would no doubt grab something to eat and also shop in Palatine.
Beth and Phil Cisco March 02, 2011 at 05:16 PM
I think the comments left by the wonderful residents of Palatine are absolutely terrific (even the ones who oppose.. we're not judging you). Please don't think that Phil and I will forget you, we are working very hard to find a new location and will be sure to offer huge discounts to the people of Palatine just to show that we harbor no hard feelings and we will welcome you with open arms and hearts.
Sandra Mijares March 03, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Beth and Phil Cisco - The Tea Party Palatine wishes you all the best. We are sad to hear that free market principles are not alive and well in our village. Please contact us at craig@teapartypalatine.com if you are interested. We would like to hear more from you and follow your story. Again, good luck.
Alex Higgins March 03, 2011 at 03:41 AM
Tattoos are Stupid and the council of Palatine is stupid I don't see the problem?
mom22 March 03, 2011 at 04:01 PM
good luck where-ever you end up. Such a shame just drove past the site of the new Harley city limits. would have been a great opportunity for all.
Bill D March 04, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Is it just the location the Cisco's chose or is it the whole town of Palatine? There's plenty of empty storefronts in Palatine that aren't as close to homes as the Rand rd location.Hopefully they will find a nice location just outside the village so other towns can get the draw of customers. Sorry to Beth and Phil,I wish you luck in your plight. And may you have success in the location you finally find!


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