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High-end Tattoo Salon Planned for Webster Street

At Monday’s planning board meeting, the board will consider a use permit application for a high-end custom tattoo studio at 1537 Webster Street.

The second Inkies Tattoo Studio – the first is in Fremont – would occupy the part of 1537 previously used as an automobile showroom. O’Connell Volvo would continue to use the rear of the space for automobile maintenance and repair.

In his application, Robert Arquero, of San Jose, wrote that the studio would provide “creative and artistic services in an upscale salon style environment…instead of the dark, grungy, unsanitary, head-shop/smoke-shop feeling most people associate tattoo shops with.” Body piercing procedures would be offered as well.

City of Alameda planning staff are recommending that the board approve the application.

The address is the former site of the Purple Elephant cannibas collective which was forced closed by the city in 2009.

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