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Tattoo Shop, Art Studio Eager to Turn on Needles in New Oak Forest Shop

Peace of Art, an art studio and tattoo owned by Oak Forest Resident Rich Kocis, was approved for a move from Chicago Heights to Oak Forest. The new shop hopes to open in January.

Oak Forest residents looking for artwork, both for their walls and their body, could have a new shop to frequent in the coming months, thanks to the Oak Forest city council.

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the city council approved a text amendment and special use permit for Peace of Art, an art studio and tattoo shop currently located in Chicago Heights, for a new location at 15337 S. Cicero Av.

City council members debated the potential business for roughly 15 minutes, discussing if the shop would be a good addition to the Cicero corridor, which already has two other tattoo shops.

"I'm not at all happy with another tattoo parlor," Alderman Rich Simon said. "But, I do believe in the free enterprise system and I will support it."

Aldermen were also concerned about the parking lot the business would share with All Seasons Marine, a boating and boat repair shop. The concerns stemmed from the lot becoming clogged with boats that can become lined up during the busy spring and summer months, causing a traffic flow problem.

"What if this business comes to town and because of the parking issue, they have to leave," said Alderman Dan Ensing.

Ensing added that approving the shop for either the text amendment or special use permit was like, “putting the cart before the horse,” and motioned to table the two items until a formal plan could be made to address the parking issue.

Dotson told the council that a plan could be in place soon and was hopeful to have something before the board in the near future. Owner Rich Kocis said that he was hopeful to open as soon as possible, maybe even by sometime in January.

After the council approved the two items, Kocis addressed the board during the public comments portion of the meeting.

Kocis said that he and his family are Oak Forest residents and have been for about 12 years. He and his wife homeschool their four children—two biological and two adopted—and that the business would allow him to spend more time with his family. He added that being a Christian, his shop was not the typical shop and didn't focus on the darker aspects of art.

"'Crazy' I do, but I don't do Satanic," Kocis said. 

More information about Peace of Art can be found on its Facebook page, here.

Sally brown December 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Three tattoo shops on Cicero? Lets round it out with another no tell motel, a couple currency exchanges and 4 cell phone stores. And you had to amend the rules to allow it. Bad decision council. Do we know the vote?
Tina Kilpatrick-Hughes December 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Don't judge a place before hand. Rich is a GOD Fearing guy and he is a great person. Loves his family and what he does. So before you start bad mouthing him and his place go meet him and see what he's about.
mhernandez December 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Grow up Mr Kocis...no one cares about the religion of the shop owner! Great way to feed the negative sterotype of your own profession by implying that all other tattoo shops are into satanic art and yours alone is different. All because you happen to tell the world that you are christian.
joe kilpatrick December 19, 2012 at 03:43 PM
People always judge a person just because the have tattoos and not the real person ! Tattoo are a form of art and it is a store that will brings In money to a town that is losing stores and if you don't like it don't go their and shouldn't comment on something you know nothing about ! Like I don't drink alcohol but yet on the same street their are 4 bars and 5 or six places to buy alcohol but I bet if another bar or store would open you would say nothing!
Janice Most December 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Funny that there is no news on the tax hikes voted on last night. Dig in your pockets folks for a 3.08% real estate increase and a 15% raise in water rates from Chicago. There may be an additional hike in water rates after the city does a study of the water fund. Or after the controller tells the council how much she wants.
Dm December 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM
When's the strip clubs going to make its move from Chicago Heights to Oak Forest because that next. Tattoo shops, teen dance clubs bring on the Strip Clubs!!!
Sally Brown December 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Not bad mouthing anyone or what they do. Tattoos are a beautiful expression of art. As Joe said, how many businesses offering the same product are needed on one strip? Business models must be considered and while competition is healthy, saturation is counter productive. The council had to amend text to allow...this means it goes against the city's own business plan. FYI, I fear GOD too, and yet am still not crazy about a third tattoo shop on Cicero. What does religion have to do with the types of businesses and services available in OF? As far as generating revenue...tattoo is a service and not a product and would not raise any tax revenue. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Jeff Graveline December 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Janice, We're currently working on items concerning the levy and the water rate. Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading. - Jeff Graveline Oak Forest Patch
Jeff Graveline December 19, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Sally, The vote was unanimous on both the text amendment and the special use permit for the shop, 6-0. Alderman Laura Clemons was absent from the meeting. - Jeff Graveline Oak Forest Patch
Dm December 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Tattoos are Awesome and God is awesome too!!! I love the fact this guy lets people know he is a Chirstian! Thanks for letting us know your faith Mr. Kocis YOU ARE A GROWN UP
RKocis December 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Life is full of choices...we can choose a profession...open our own business....work for someone else...get married...stay single...have kids...no kids...democrat...republican...independent...vote...don't vote...speak...stay quiet...I highly doubt that a five minute interview with a patch reporter could truly convey my choices. If we read between the lines a thought...or choice may be perceived to be/say something that it is not....sorry if anyone's feelings are/have been hurt...but that could be your choice...
Janice Most December 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
To Jeff Grapevine: I hope you talk to the opposing side who voted against the tax levy so taxpayers who could not see the meeting hear both sides instead of just what the administration wants us to believe. Only 2 voted no. 4 of these elected officials showed no concern for the taxpayers who are struggling and one of those is my alderman running for election. I can't wait to help his opponent.
nick March 27, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Rich is a GREAT guy & GREAT tattoo artist. Good luck with the new location & see you soon...Nick F.

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