Tattoo shops squared: Midtown

It is with great regret that I noticed the Unicef store on P Street is closing, and the shop has a sign “For Rent” in the window. The regret I feel is that I have walked by that store a thousand or more times in the last 8 or 9 years, thought it looked interesting, but never went in. If you’re at all like me, then no wonder they’re closing.

Meanwhile, the tattoo place next door to Unicef is still open. There is also a new tattoo shop open just down the street at 21st and P. It’s called…”The Royal Peacock”. Hmmm, decidedly fitting moniker.

But this prompts me to ask: how many tattoo shops can you have per square mile? Isn’t there a limit? (It’s one of those questions like ‘how many angels can you fit on the head of a pin?’) Don’t forget the body piercing/tattoo shop down here on 29th and S as well.

Here’s a novel idea (or not) for an all-in-one Midtown Shop Extravaganza: open a tattoo shop that sells gourmet coffee, hamburgers, and sushi. Massage and yoga available for extra. And maybe you can get a Britney (i.e. head shaving) while you wait.

6 Comments so far

  1. sfchick74 (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

    Color me ignorant, but the only thing I know about UNICEF is that kids used to collect pennies for it on Halloween back in the day.

  2. cd (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    I wish that new shop would’ve kept the old moniker “The Bottle Shop.” That was a great name.

  3. Ursula (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

    The Unicef shop had (has) a lot of interesting international-flavor gifts. You could buy little trinkets from other countries or books in other languages.

  4. DAVELA CANNON JR> (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    Hello, this is DAVELA cannon jr. u might remeber me from your post not an amber alert but close enough back september 30 2006, well i did get caught and am back at home, to make a long story short I was on google and typed in my name and came to the bulletin that i guess was posted and was just wondering if you could possibly remove it…. THANX ur tha best plez feel free to email me back

  5. Britton McFetridge (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    Hi. My name is Britton McFetridge and I am the owner of the Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor located on 21st and P st. I would like to give you a little background about our shop and who we are.
    I am born and raised in downtown Sacramento. I recieved my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute, and have been tattooing for over 6 years.
    When we found the current location of our tattoo parlor it was in a total mess. The store front known as the Bottle Shop had been neglected for decades. The outside was even worse. Over the years the corner of 21st and Pst had become a place were the homeless congregated and drug dealers ran their business.
    We came in and completely transformed the location, building something unique and different in midtown. There are no longer any rift-raft hanging out on our corner, and the drug dealers have gone elsewhere. Our tattoo parlor is know as one of the finest shops not only in Sacramento but in the greater area. The great thing about cleaning up the neighborhood is that it creates community. All of the businesses around our tattoo parlor love that were here because not only is the corner and block clean, but our business spills over to theres.
    So we at the Royal Peacock would like to thank you for throwing us in with all the hacks and fly by night tattoo shops popping up in midtown Sacramento. We dont take it as an insult, just a lack of knowledge on your part.
    We welcome you to come in and check out our parlor anytime. The Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor is open from noon to midnight everyday, and walk-ins or appointments are welcome. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at (916)448-1979.
    Britton McFetridge
    Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor

  6. BRL (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 11:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Davela… I know I missed it… miss you too… glad that you are at home safe.

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