Ink will be occupy both sides of the lower half of the
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.
application indicates he plans to be open in January or
February. “I have managed a shop in West Bend for eight
years now ... I’m 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
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,
‘It’s a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.’ My
feeling is drugs and alcohol are often a part of that
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
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
Jesse Kopp, the owner of the building at 1309 Wisconsin
Ave., also spoke during the public hearing.
seems like we’re making a vast assumption that people
who get tattoos are linked to drugs and alcohol, and I
don’t think that’s necessarily the truth. … I’m looking
forward to having them there,” Kopp said.
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.