After years of scouting out the right location and more recently securing support from neighborhood and city zoning bodies, Lisa Flynn and Eric Perfect are finally ready to open their newest tattoo parlor.
Kadillac Tattoo will open in Mount Airy on Saturday. The shop, located at 7102 Germantown Ave., is the Wyndmoor couple’s second.
Perfect said he’s ready to be part of the neighborhood.
“My wife and I, we come down to this area and it’s always the first thing that popped in my head ‘there’s no tattoo shops around,'” said Perfect.
Perfect and his wife received letters of support from West Mt. Airy Neighbors and Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle of Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, which sits directly across the street from the shop.
The location violates a regulation of the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections that says a tattoo parlor must be located more than 500 feet away from a church.
The city’s zoning code also prohibits tattoo parlors from occupying a space that sits below a single family dwelling. There is an apartment above the proposed shop.
The city’s zoning board approved a variance for the shop back in November.
Meanwhile, Perfect, a tattoo artist of 23 years, said he’s received support and inquiries from the community after completing signage on the building last Friday.
“People have been coming up non-stop,” he said. “I haven’t seen anyone come by and say anything negative.”
The shop will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Perfect said he’s expecting some friends from out of town to gather for the event, but otherwise it’ll just be another day of business.
Perfect will be working alongside two other tattoo artists.
The shop will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Tattoos will start at $50 and go up according to detail and the time required to complete it, said Perfect.
The shop is Kadillac’s second location. The first is in Northeast Philadelphia at 6722 Rising Sun Ave.