Earlier today the Zoning Board of Appeal met at Boston City Hall where the eight-person board unanimously approved the request by Fat Ram's Tattoo Parlor to move two doors down from the business’s present location at 380 Centre St. to its new digs at 374-376A Centre St. The Zoning Board’s approval was needed to change the legal occupancy of the property from four apartments and retail stores to “four apartments, retail stores, and body art studio.”
Accompanied by the general contractor doing the renovation at their new shop, co-owner Juliette Hannan appeared with her husband Ram at the very brief and perfunctory hearing. Representatives from the Mayor’s Office, and City Councilors Matt O’Malley, Stephen Murphy, Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, and Ayanna Pressley, all registered their support for the move.
The Zoning Board permits testimony from abutters and concerned citizens but there was no opposition to Fat Ram’s request. By all accounts, Fat Ram’s has been a faultless neighbor and developed solid community relations.
Fat Ram’s opened in 2001. It is Boston’s first licensed and oldest tattoo parlor. Among other reasons, the expansion is needed because the popular shop has a waiting list of clients.
After the hearing, Juliette Hannan remarked that the new location will expand the shop’s capacity by 30 to 40 percent. “We’ll have two new tattoo stations,” she said, increasing the total number to six.
The contractor doing the renovation at the tattoo parlor’s new location said that the work was progressing well at the building, which is presently boarded up. “The interior is nearly finished,” he said. “About all we have to do is paint. We’ll begin working on the exterior now,” he added.
“We hope to open by the end of the month,” said Juliette Hannan.