Santa Paula: Roses and Rivets Tattoo Art Gallery Coming to Town

 By Sheryl Hamlin

In a possible reference to Rosie the Riveter, a potential new business “Roses & Rivets” was considered by the Santa Paula Planning Commission on July 25, 2017.

Source: Roses and Rivets 805

Deputy Planning Director James Mason prefaced item 7.A. by noting that the application from Stephanie Robinson (aka “Sparrow”) is one of the most professional and complete he has seen.

The 1200 square foot studio to be located at 110 N. 10th Street in Santa Paula across from the Santa Paula Art Museum requires a CUP (Conditional Use Permit) per the Santa Paula Municipal Code for this type of business: § 15.15.020, Table 15-1.

In order to prevent minors from tattooing, the staff report proposed the following condition:

The business owner or person performing the tattoo would be required to comply with California Penal Code Section No. 653. Before receiving services, each customer would be required to present a valid form of identification to verify that the customer is at least 18 years of age.

The applicant, Ms. Robinson, said that she had formerly been the Chair of the Music Department at San Diego City College where she taught music and humanities. She fell in love with tattooing as one of the “last great folk art traditions in the United States”, which also happens to be “more lucrative than academics”, she added. She is enrolled in “WEV” (Women’s Economic Ventures), but did not indicate if she was receiving funding from this source.

She focuses on tattoos for women saying that half of people in the United States under a certain age have tattoos, most of which are celebrating a special moment in their lives. Her goal is to “provide a clean safe space for women to express themselves”.

The space will also sell art, which will provide a certain amount of sales tax for the city. There are no sales taxes on tattooing, which is considered a service. Below is a conceptual rendering provided by the application of the interior space.

Applicant’s Studio Visualization

Chair Ikerd expressed concern about the transient nature of the business saying that without a “following”, the business will fail, although he did note that people spend lavishly on tattoos.

With one member absent (Commissioner Robinson) and one member required recusal (Commission Bangs), the motion to approve the CUP passed unanimously.

In other business, James Mason noted that there will be a Fall Workshop of the General Plan with updates. There will be no Planning Commission meeting in August.

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