Cosmetic Tattooing Okayed In Niles

Trustees approved it with a contingency--anyone under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian. It's a non-permanent technique to apply month-long lipstick, eye liner, etc.


Those who are tired of applying lipstick, eye liner and eyebrow pencil every day may soon be able to get permanent cosmetics applied in Niles.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Niles village board approved changing the village's zoning code to allow cosmetic tattooing, but only for those at least 18 years.

"Cosmetic tattooring is different than regular tattooing. It puts...pigmentation around the eyes, lips and cheeks. It looks like cosmetics," said Trustee Andrew Przybylo.


He was informing fellow trustees about what had been discussed by the Building and Zoning Committee, which he chairs. 

The village's zoning code does not allow regular tattooing, but the cosmetic tattooing would be allowed within salons, Przybylo said. 

Rich Wlodarski of the village's Community Development Department said cosmeticians who perform cosmetic tattooing are regulated and licensed by the state. 

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Trustee Chris Hanusiak brought up the idea of requiring a minimum age of 18 (or with a parent's or guardian's permission) for customers who want the beauty-enhancing procedure. The following day, however, Wlodarski researched the state law and found it already requires customers who have the procedure to be at least 18 years old. 

Two women from the Kim Sun Young Beauty Salon Inc. at 9369 N. Milwaukee Avenue came to the village's Buidling and Zoning commiteee meeting on Oct. 21, 2011 to express interest in offering cosmetic tattooing.

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At that time, according to the minutes, a salon employee identified as Amanda told the committee that the needle used for cosmetic tattooing is different than regular tattooing, and only punctures one layer of skin, while regular tattooing punctures three. Consequently, cosmetic tattoing fades within a one to two year period, she said. She added that the salon would be regulated and inspected by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Perfection Dermagraphics November 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The tattooing you have in the video is by Kate Ciampi from Perfection Dermagraphics in Des Plaines, NOT from the Niles salon.
Perfection Dermagraphics November 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Niles clearly was lacking....Cosmetic tattooing is regulated by the Department of Health, however, the Cosmetology end of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations does not allow for tattooing in salons. So one entity approves, the other disapproves. Tough spot to be in. Salons could potentially lose their ability to conduct business at all if they are found performing procedures that puncture the skin. I personally know of someone who was forced to give up his cosmetology license so he could tattoo. I know another salon owner who had to install a separate entrance and room, separate signage, phone number, business name, and credit card machine so that she could offer both hair and permanent cosmetics. Also, contrary to what was told the committee, all tattooing must be placed in the dermal layer of the skin (second layer) otherwise it would not stay. All tattooing fades and while cosmetic tattooing generally fades at a faster rate, it is still permanent and rarely disappears altogether. It must be touched up regularly. People need to be extremely careful when choosing a place for any type of tattooing. Most concerning are permanent cosmetic procedures performed in a nail salon. With nail filing dust everywhere in the air with bacteria, fungi, etc., this is not the environment for invasive procedures - neither is the kitchen table when people choose to host home tattoo parties, but that's another story!
Pam DeFiglio November 30, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Thank you. We knew it wasn't from the Niles salon (they were not performing the procedure at the time this article was originally posted). Thanks for identifying the author, though!
Pam DeFiglio November 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Where is your salon located in Des Plaines, and could you provide a link to your website?
Perfection Dermagraphics November 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Our studio is at 69 N. Broadway Street in Des Plaines http://www.perfectiondermagraphics.com


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