Tattoo parlor OKd for downtown Grafton
WisconSkin Ink to occupy former PJ Collectibles space

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff

Dec. 21, 2017

 WisconSkin Ink will be occupy both sides of the lower half of the building at
1309 Wisconsin Ave. in Grafton.
Photo by Mark Justesen

GRAFTON Grafton could be home to a tattoo parlor as early as next month.

Frederick Meyer, a body artist previously working in West Bend, received unanimous approval Tuesday from the village of Grafton Plan Commission for his conditional use permit to open WisconSkin Ink at 1309 Wisconsin Ave.

His application indicates he plans to be open in January or February. I have managed a shop in West Bend for eight years now ... Im just really wanting to do my own thing now, Meyer said. It (Grafton) just seems like a great place for a small business.

During the public hearing for the permit, there was both opposition and support for WisconSkin Ink coming to Grafton.

I think Grafton should be a good place to raise children, not just under-18 children, but young adults, said Grafton resident John Enright. Jimmy Buffett said, Its a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. My feeling is drugs and alcohol are often a part of that temporary feeling.

Wolff said that there had been several other residents who called or emailed the village with concerns, though they did not come to speak at the public hearing. She said she had spoken to police in Port Washington about the tattoo shop there, and was told there had been no issues with the shop.

There is no indication this business has a negative impact on surrounding businesses or property values, Wolff told commissioners about the Port Washington store.

Several commissioners asked questions of Meyer and about his business; he told them he does not tattoo or pierce anyone intoxicated, saying it is illegal to do so in Wisconsin, as the intoxicated person cannot provide informed consent. Wolff confirmed that tattoo shops are state regulated, and Meyer said he intends to have the business insured.

Jesse Kopp, the owner of the building at 1309 Wisconsin Ave., also spoke during the public hearing.

It seems like were making a vast assumption that people who get tattoos are linked to drugs and alcohol, and I dont think thats necessarily the truth. Im looking forward to having them there, Kopp said.

The shop will take up about 820 square feet on the first floor of the building, in the location previously held by PJ Collectibles and Advance Check Cashing. While the permit application requested hours of 10 a.m. to midnight daily, one of the conditions placed on the permit was for the shop.