McHENRY – A McHenry man has moved one step closer to opening a tattoo shop on Main Street in McHenry.
Derek Zeunert wants to open Crimson Peak Tattoo at 3929 W. Main St. The shop would operate on an appointment-only basis, and Zeunert would be the sole tattoo artist to start.
The studio also would offer retail items such as prints, clothing and paintings, according to city documents.
At a recent meeting, McHenry’s Planning and Zoning Commission gave the green light on a use variance for the business, but Zeunert still must go through the City Council before the permitting process is complete.
Economic development director Doug Martin said the property is in an area of McHenry that needs more businesses.
“The only way to improve the location and desirability of this area is to fill these [vacant] spaces and generate more activity,” he said. “Staff doesn’t believe the tattoo parlor will have any adverse land use impacts on adjacent properties or require additional city services.”
Zeunert said he wants to get started on the remodel as soon as he gets permits to begin work.
“My plan is to essentially remodel the entire internal space,” he said. “This includes laminate flooring, freshly painted walls, new ceiling tiles, a dividing wall … and two sinks.”
Zeunert has been a tattoo artist for seven years, and he said he felt it was time to move on and open his own place.
“My goal is to give the citizens of McHenry the highest tier of body art in the area,” he said. “I have received tattoos from some of the most well-renowned artists in the world, and learned many valuable tools and safe practices along the way. I want to inspire people to get beautiful tattoos, rather than receiving mediocre work that they feel needs to be covered up or removed.”