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Tatoos and Piercings Coming to Downtown

Original post made by Harley Babe on Feb 18, 2010

Just heard some great news. A tatoo and piercing salon will be coming to Main Street soon! Heard it is in the 100 or 200 block of Main, but maybe more in the middle of town if they can get a reasonable lease. My riding club heard it from somebody who owns a building downtown but no one was sure of the exact location. Anybody else know? This is gonna be so great!

Comments (34)

Posted by Fred, a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I think it is a great idea also. I think we need to good parlor which does good work at a good price. Congratulations!

Posted by Vinelander, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm

That is so cool. And Cigarette City over on First Street. Maybe we could get a Naughty But Nice on Main Street. Maybe a Hookah Club, too. Anyone for lap dancing??

Posted by Michael, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 19, 2010 at 7:44 am

Very cool. Though I don't have a tattoo or piercing on my body it's good to see something other than the standard "cookie-cutter" types of business on on Main Street. There will be those who disagree (that's why it's called a Forum) but do we really need another bank, real estate office, cute gift store, 2-star over priced restauant, in our Downtown?

Posted by Concerned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

I think it is time for the hoity toity in Pleasanton to encourage businesses to come to Pleasanton instead of increasing the already huge vacancy rates. People go to Dublin and Livermore to shop at Dollar stores and low priced retail. Pleasanton should get the sales tax instead of sticking our noses up in the air. We have been committing economic suicide by fighting Home Depot and Walmart.

Posted by letsgo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

I was hoping for another bank.

Posted by student, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

this sounds great, as long as it is a clean and legitimate place, it should be able to save some people around here a trip to Berkeley

Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Nice....keeping it classy Pleasanton.

Posted by Great, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

What next a Check Cashing store front!

Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

I'm glad to see something other than a restaurant, bank, or froo-froo salon going into Downtown. Those who think Pleasanton is too snooty to have such an establishment should thank their lucky stars they came to P-town after all the bars and pool joints had left. Get real people -- It's about BUSINESS, SALES TAX, and DIVERSIFYING Downtown. If those who think Pleasanton is too good for such an establishment can't see the direct correlation to those whining for another parcel tax on the ballot, then you're just plain dumb and ignorant.

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Feb 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Next will be a pot dispensery, followed by another 'massage parlor'. The good news is that, as another reader pointed out, it's about the revenue a new business brings in.
I'm sure the police and bail bondsman will be getting a lot of new business from the sleaze that patronize places like these.

Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm

To those with negative comments about the Tattoo/Piercing parlor coming to Main Street............unclench!

Posted by M., a resident of Downtown
on Feb 21, 2010 at 1:38 am

M. is a registered user.

TO judge a book by its cover...
The notion that only criminals, drug addicts, drop outs, and "undesirables" have tattoos and or piercings is an extremely close minded inaccurate and willfully ignorant idea. While it is true that tattooing, piercing and other body modifications have only recently (the past few decades) gained wide spread social acceptance in western societies, there are still some who refuse to accept that the social norms of half a century ago are no longer relevant. Social norms change continually, and clinging to the norms of a bygone era serves no other purpose than to slow down the social evolution of a society.
Regardless of taboos, or lack thereof regarding tattooing and or piercing there is no need in the year 2010 to cast dispersions on entire groups of people for any reason, least of all based upon whether they decide to adorn their body with ink, metal or other materials. With that said, you sir, and the other like minded members are presenting yourselves as nothing more than knee jerk reactionary blowhards.


Posted by Vanessa, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Business is business and sales tax revenue is money in the citys treasury.
I wish someone would explain why Pleasanton is so dead set against a Walmart superstore.
I probably can answer my own question tho in one word...SAFEWAY.
I have a friend that works for Safeway and she said every union meeting they have they are told to do whatever they can to keep a Walmart Superstore out of Pleasanton.
Lets just sit back and let Dublin build one and they can rake in the sales tax.

Posted by shelby harris, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm

yea my mom said she would take me to get my belly button peirced and that would be cool to have that downtown

Posted by Real Parent, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Yea, too bad your "mom" wants to be your friend instead of a real parent. Perhaps you should do a little research on potential risks of a belly button piercing:

Web Link

Have the courage to fight the peer pressure and truly be yourself vs. a cliche.

This is exactly the type of immature act that having this type of store located in downtown Pleasanton will encourage. I rather have vacant store fronts than this type of low class operation in Pleasanton.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Avila
on Feb 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I would like to know more about the "massage parlor indescretion" that was reported by the police a number of weeks ago. While there are plenty of people who have tatoos that don't fit the old sterotype, there is a higher percentage of shady tatoo or massage parlors compared with other types of businesses.

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Feb 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

To M. and the the tattoo and body mutalating advocates: The rest of us really cringe at the idea of having to witness your bad decisions today, when you are 70 and sagging all over. Ah, yes, the indisgressions of long ago.

Posted by Tim, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

I'm sure glad we keep out those crappy chain stores like Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc. so we can get tatoo parlors and cigarette stores. Seems like a great plan to me.

Posted by Ditto, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2010 at 9:27 am

Ditto Tim ;) I'd rather tattoo though than massage parlors...happy endings. I have a tattoo and never thought I would but I did and I'm glad. I'm no scuzz. When have you heard someone going into a tattoo parlor and getting things other than tattoos.

Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

Pleasanton is becoming another mirror of a narrow-minded community l left 20+ years ago called Belmont. Unfortunately, the property values haven't sustained as well as Belmont.

Posted by ss, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

I don't understand why most of you people are against some diversity on main st. Your self riteous yuppie attitude and diatribe is getting tired. most of you moved here a few yrs. ago and now want to dictate the policy for the entire town. I've been here for over 50 yrs. and when there were 17 bars on main st. it was still a fun town, and at least the people were "real" not a bunch of phony wannabees like now. Go buy your precious kids another new beemer so they won't be embarrased when they park in the high school parking it will look great in your driveway

Posted by Ngo Payola, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

Why is the City Council letting these types of business come to downtown, when they turn away reputable businesses? It really is vitally important that we throw Hosterman, Thorn and Cook-Callio out of office in November. Anyone with political campaign experience that wants to get a "Oust the Clueless Three" campaign going to put a new Council in place?

Posted by Mitchell, a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Feb 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

EVERYONE PAY ATTENTION: If you don't want cigarette shops, more salons, banks and so on....tell the city! We are one of the only downtowns in the state that doesn't have some type of restriction in place to monitor what types of businesses open in downtown. It is time for the city to take responsibility and stop the free for all. We just need to stop the salon sprawl in downtown. If you want a free market, then don't complain about what goes in.

Posted by Downtowner, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

It's amusing to watch the blue-noses get their knickers in a twist about some new business on Main Street. PIERCINGS! TATTOOS! CIGARETTES!!! OMG!!! Next, there might be... DANCING!!! Aaauuuuugh!

The best comment above advised these folks to "unclench". Indeed, the most successful cities have diverse downtown business districts that cater to all tastes and cultures. I don't smoke, and don't plan to get a tattoo, but people who do (and their dollars) are certainly welcome in our city.

Posted by Harley Babe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Some of you people are just amazing! And no, that is not a compliment. You want to dictate what goes in but you don't want to spend any of your precious money in the downtown. You want to bring your friends to "quaint little sanitized downtown Pleasanton" then go spend your money at WalMart (or the mall, or online, whatever). If this business can bring revenue to Pleasanton then what business is it of yours to stop it?
You think the "city" or the mayor or the PDA can pick and choose the business? Are you purposely speaking foolishly or just completely out of touch? The LANDLORD chooses who to rent to. Period. If the business does not violate the law and the landlord signs the lease then no one in this town has any say about it.
Of course you have plenty of say about what businesses STAY in downtown -- just start supporting them with your dollars for a change.

Posted by Curious, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

With all due respect to Harley Babe, this smells like a hoak email designed to rile up the masses and generate some humorous fodder. Either way, the responses on this thread are priceless. My favorites being those that do not want a Tattoo parlor in town, but want a Super Walmart? Seriously, have you shopped at any Walmart? The crowd that frequents WM probably does not meet the "high" standards the denizens of this Forum feel should be admitted into Pleasanton.

If a real email, my apologies to Harley Babe, but thank you for the laughs.

Posted by barnstormer, a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 22, 2010 at 6:53 pm

My feelings about tattoos and the people that want them are best expressed by a quote by Kim Kardashian to her sister Khloe when she said "You don't put a bumper sticker on a Bentley," I guess people don't consider their bodies that special when they want to put the equivalent of a "bumper sticker" on their bodies.

Posted by love my tattoo, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

To Real Parent,
Who are you kidding?? Just because a parent allows their child to get a piercing does not make them any worse of a parent. You have no room to judge anyone. I think it is great that a parent is actually willing to entertain the idea with you child so that their daughter doesn't end up getting her piercing done in some low quality shop and actually get it infected.
I say at this point if it's going to make the town money. GO FOR IT!

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Let's see if I understand our position. We in Pleasanton don't want pool halls, skimpily dressed female performers, tattoo parlors, piercing, places that play music "too late", larger waterslide parks, parking on Stanley Road on holiday weekends, downtown ice skating rinks, the downtown Niles-Pleasanton steam engine on weekends, the Las Positas freeway interchange, Stoneridge Drive extension, building additions to local churches, a new cemetary adjacent to St. Augustines Church, building on Staples Ranch, large retail stores, planned upscale housing, stores that sell guns, loud motorcycles, building on "our" hillsides, or houses painted the "wrong color".

I'm sure I've missed a few other things we're against. Although, I just remembered one thing I'm for, and that is finding another mayor and city council that resembles the one Ken Mercer had back when Pleasanton was a city of progress and vision.

Posted by M., a resident of Downtown
on Feb 23, 2010 at 4:04 am

M. is a registered user.


You assume that I myself have tattoos and or piercing simply because I am not in opposition to others having them. In fact I do not have any tattoos or piercings Steve. I do however recognize the rights of any human to adorn their body as they see fit. It is neither your place nor the place of any other person to dictate what they shall or shall not do to their body. I also do wonder who appointed you the spokesperson for "the rest of us" on this topic.


Posted by HZ, a resident of California Reflections
on Feb 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

I am so sick of the REAL PARENT attitudes in this City. Get off your high horse and open your eyes... there is a world out there besides Pleasanton. How can our children learn to live in the REAL WORLD if parents like you shelter them from everything. Our children need to learn how to make good choices by exposing them to many different things whether you agree with them or not and guiding them to choose appropriately without judgement...and for the record, I have no tatoos but I have absolutely no problem with a parlor coming to downtown Pleasanton. in fact, we need change to balance out this narcissistic community.

Posted by Moved to Pleasanton for A Reason, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Feb 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm

HZ if you think that the environment surrounding your children has so little influence on them, then why don't you sell your home and move to Richmond to expose your children to more REAL WORLD experiences. Then you'll see how difficult it is for children to make good choices when they are surrounding by more bad choices then positive ones.

Posted by a citizen, a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Too bad residents of Pleasanton don't shop more downtown. Yes, things are more expensive but it keeps the buildings from going vacant. Yet, remember Kolln Hardware?? The landlord wouldn't renew the lease, it wasn't the community's choice, but the landlord's. Diversity is good...too bad we don't have a henna salon too.

Having lived in some rough inner city neighborhoods (and gone to those schools) I agree, we move here 25+ years ago to give our kids a different life. Yet, if the tattoo/piercing place looks as upscale as the salons and message parlors will it be O.K.? Or is it the whole idea of tattoos and piercings? I'd rather my young adult go downtown here, where I know the law will enforce the regulations, than go off to an iffy one somewhere else. No, I don't have control of my 20 somethings, they live their own life with their own decisions; thank God!

Mom of kids with their own minds.

Posted by Annoyed Parent, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Feb 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

To Moved to Pleasanton for a Reason,

I think that the point HZ was making flew right over your head. They never said their surroundings have no influence on them. Quite the contrary, the more varied experiences a child is exposed to the wiser choices they will make, that is if you are by their side guiding them. Why do you have to be all or nothing? "Move to Richmond to expose your children to REAL WORLD experiences"? Wherever you live you learn from your surroundings and experiences. So your point is what exactly? A tattoo parlor in Pleasanton is going to influence your children to make more bad choices than good? We aren't talking about Richmond we are talking about Pleasanton. Maybe we should make everyone in Pleasanton who has a tattoo sit at the back of the bus as well oh and enter only through the back door of restaurants because my precious Johnny might make a bad decision if he sees too many people with tattoos! Yikes he might even want one and just how would I deal with that?

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