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3rd downtown Elgin tattoo parlor petition rejected

Updated: October 15, 2013 12:52PM

ELGIN — A third tattoo parlor will not open in Elgin, following a city council vote last week.

Marco Muniz of Streamwood had asked for a conditional use permit to open Big Heads, a tattoo and piercing business, on the first floor of rented space at 210 DuPage St.

A private graphics studio was set for the second floor for creating tattoo and airbrushed art.

The request failed on a 5-4 vote.

According to Elgin’s code department, the second floor could not be used for another purpose, because the area was accessed by a pull-down stairway. That area would also have to be fitted with fire suppression sprinklers, officials said.

Following the vote, Muniz’s attorney Scott Richmond of South Elgin, said he was disappointed in the outcome, but did not know yet if his client would appeal the decision.

It was one of two new proposed tattoo shops recently seeking city approval to locate in the downtown. The council did give the go ahead last month on an 8-1 vote for the owners of Funky Monkey to locate at 73 S. Grove Ave.

The Funky Monkey will join the only other downtown Elgin tattoo parlor — Topnotch — which as been open at 216 E. Chicago St. since 1999. Topnotch owner/operator and Elgin resident Lucas Clifford had opposed the petitions from Funky Monkey and Big Heads, saying, “To condense all of those shops in such a small area all within a block-and-a-half/two blocks from me, it seems like overkill.”

The petitioners countered that Clifford simply did not want competition, which was not a reason, they said, to deny the requests.

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