The president of the Sheffield Homeowners Association and the homeowners association organization known as JXN United plan to continue to oppose other vape shops, tattoo studios and liquor stores in the city of Jackson.
That’s the position of Ashley Ogden, chair of the Sheffield Homeowners Association, after Jackson City Council paved the way for a tattoo artist to open a studio at The Junction shopping centre.
The city council followed the recommendation of the Jackson Planning Board, which advised John Craig to receive a conditional use permit to operate his tattoo studio at the center. The Junction is the location of Target, The Home Depot, PetSmart and other retailers.
“The Sheffield Homeowners Association and JXN United opposed the use permit because it did not meet our long-term goal of re-establishing Jackson as a family town,” Ogden said. “Unfortunately, the planning council and the city council wanted to provide this particular use permit based on the promises made by the applicant to be a different type of tattoo shop and the promise of the applicant to change the perception negative of this type of store.”
Ogden went on to say that he invites Craig to join the Sheffield Homeowners Association and JXN United in the “fight to save Jackson’s real estate values and restore our town to a family community.”
Craig, a tattoo artist for 15 years, said he plans to open his studio by mid-June. Interior construction of the space must be completed and inspections by the Mississippi State Department of Health and safety and fire inspections remain to be done, he said.
Craig received the same type of license as Electric Dagger, a tattoo studio located in the heart of Fondren in the Fondren Corner Building in Jackson. The permit must be renewed annually.
Craig, 38, a resident of Jackson, and his fiancée, Dr. Lynn Nguyen, dentist at Terrance Family Dental, are co-owners of the tattoo studio named Profane Studio. Nguyen is not involved in the business other than to help with interior design, he said.
In Mississippi, a person must be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo.
Booked three to four weeks in advance, Craig said his business was good. He works eight hours a day creating tattoos.
“Before that, I was running my business working in someone’s studio,” he said. “I just change locations and try to serve the same people.”
Children sometimes accompany a parent who gets tattooed, said Craig, who makes sure the child has a comfortable place to sit while they work. Many children are playing video games while expecting, he said.
Angelique C. Lee, who represents Ward 2 on City Council, supported Craig’s request for a conditional use permit. The use permit must be reapplied in a year, she said.
Lee, whose neighborhood includes The Junction, pointed out that a tattoo studio is located in a strip center at the corner of Beasley Road and I-55 Frontage Road and also in the Fondren Corner building in the center of the Fondren neighborhood.
Craig is an educated professional and entrepreneur who wants to invest in his neighborhood, said Lee, who met him about his plans.
The junction already has a CBD store and a liquor store as tenants, Lee said, and the space Craig wants to occupy is vacant. “At the moment, this space is an empty plot generating no tax revenue,” she said.