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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.

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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