Rebecca Huston | Bob Uphues/Editor

If you’re pondering just where to get a new tattoo in the future, you won’t have to wait long until you can type the word “Brookfield” into your Google search. On Nov. 28, village trustees voted unanimously to amend the village code adding tattoo establishments as a permitted use in all of Brookfield’s commercial districts and along the 47th Street industrial corridor.

The vote ended any suspense Rebecca Huston might have been experiencing since approaching local officials earlier this year about opening a tattoo shop in Brookfield. Huston owns Heathen Ink, a shop she’s operated in nearby Summit for more than a decade.

However, Brookfield’s code of ordinances did not allow tattoo establishments because that kind of use was omitted completely from the table of permitted uses. It’s likely that omission was intentional on the part of past village officials when tattooing was not such a widespread phenomenon.

More recently, courts have ruled in favor of tattooing business owners who have worked to break down barriers to their presence elsewhere. It didn’t take a lot of convincing for Brookfield trustees – at least one of whom proudly admitted to having many tattoos – to agree to the code amendment.

Elected officials in September tasked the Planning and Zoning Commission to consider the amendment, which that body unanimously recommended approving following a public hearing in October.

Not only that, planning commissioners and village trustees decided to permit tattoo establishments in all of the village’s business districts. Staff initially had recommended limiting the use to the Ogden Avenue corridor.

Huston closed on the purchase of 9040 Ogden Ave., a one-story brick building at the northeast corner of Ogden and Park avenues, on Dec. 2. The property will need a bit of interior renovation, including new flooring and ceiling work, Huston said.

“It hasn’t been updated for a while,” Huston said of the Ogden Avenue building, which was long home to a tax preparation business.

There is no date for when the Summit location shuts its doors and the Brookfield shop will open.

“I really don’t want to interrupt service for my clients,” Huston said. “Hopefully as soon as possible.”

Tattoo establishments are not allowed in North Riverside, as that village’s zoning code is silent on those types of uses. Local officials have addressed whether to change that omission in the future.

Riverside does allow tattoo and body piercing establishments specifically as uses in the B1-C business district along Harlem Avenue but does not allow those uses in other business districts.

During a brief discussion of the topic on Dec. 1, Riverside village trustees expressed support for allowing those uses in what would be a new B1-TOD zoning district, which would stretch along Harlem Avenue between roughly Addison and Lawton roads as well as a portion of East Burlington Street west of Harlem Avenue.