Landlord Offers Clarification On Planned Falls Tattoo Parlor Move

Crown Property Management partner says there's more to the story on In Your Face Tattooz planned move in July

The owner of the building which houses In Your Face Tattooz at N87 W16458 Appleton Ave. has requested a bit of clarification regarding the circumstances surrounding the tattoo parlor’s planned move. 

In Your Face Tattooz plans to merge with the newly-formed Immortal Tattoo Company a short distance away at N85W15964 Appleton Ave.  If all goes well, the new location will open July 15.

Last week, about the move quoted business operator Cliff May explaining why he was planning to move from his current location.

“We’re moving because our landlord wants me to do some construction in the building and he wants me to do it at my expense,” May said.  ” My landlord re-wrote a lease when my (temporary) lease was up in May. He increased the rent to almost double of what it was and he said he wanted me to fix the furnace in the building, replace some tile that’s out in the foyer, do some drywall work in both the front and rear foyers, and build a wall that would section off a room – all at my expense.”

However, Jay Keinert, a partner at Crown Property Management, says May’s description of the circumstances is not completely accurate.

“He (May) wanted to rent the upper suite which is smaller and we had another party interested in that suite,” Keinert said. “(May) actually liked the lower suite which was much bigger and more conducive to what he was going to do. He took the lower space and we gave it to him at the same price. He only wanted to do a six-month lease because he wanted to see how things would develop.”

Keinert said the lower suite also had two separate side offices that were not included in the rental agreement but said that May took those over while he was setting up his business.

“He had taken over the whole main floor but he wasn’t paying rent for it,” Keinert said. “He was subleasing it to other tattoo and piercing people. So we said, ‘If you’re going to use these suites for your business, you’re going to have to pay something extra.’”

The extra suites rented out for $195 per month each. Paying for them would have nearly doubled the tattoo operation’s rent. Since May didn’t want to pay the difference, Keinert says he offered an alternative.

“I asked him to finish putting in 18 floor tiles in the entry foyer and put up a three-foot divider wall to separate one suite which we would rent as a private office. He agreed to do that but then said he wouldn’t do it until he got a year or two extension on his lease. He was also not able to provide us with a certificate of liability insurance.”

May said he made numerous attempts but could not get liability insurance for a tattoo shop.  Keinert countered that “You can get any kind of insurance you want. You just have to be willing to pay for it. We’re not trying to insure his clients. We’re trying to insure that if someone walks into the place, falls and gets hurt when coming to his suite, they can’t sue us for that.”

Barb July 06, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Some people always want something for free. These tattoo people are probably young and they feel entitled to have what they want and not pay for it.
Nate July 07, 2011 at 08:29 PM
I'm glad the building owner cleared things up. I had bashed him on the initial article due to a lot of landlords strong arming business tenants.
nicole July 27, 2011 at 10:51 PM
My husband and I recently rented from Mr. Keinert and were not pleased with how he handles business. He still owes us our security deposit and will not respond to emails. There were also problems with the heat which he did not fix but instead dropped off space heaters which were supposed to heat the entire upstairs. I'm sure there are two sides to the story but I don't believe Crown Property Management is the most honest and straight forward business
Shilow October 02, 2011 at 06:11 PM
There was mold in the walls we had no choice but to move out. I was one of the workers for the tattoo shop and had to move and open in a now place because the place had so much mold and now your renting to new people when the place should be fixed before renting to anyone else.
Shilow October 02, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Why dont you tell people what the real deal was. Like them trying to make us fix things that they the landlord should be doing. He wanted us to build walls with no permit and fix 4 other things or we had to move out. The landlord also came into our shop when we had costumers and started to yell and throw things in the hall. I'm very unhappy with the out come and how me and others where made out to look bad when we didn't do anything. We also had a over hang fall on one of our guys and ended up in the hospital and has therapy now. This could have been stopped because i was the one who seen the over hang coming off the wall and i called the landlord right away. The landlord did not come out to fix this. I was told he would get to it when he got to it. Three days later it came down on a friend because it wasn't fixed. I was just happy it wasn't a costumer of ours, Once it came down it sat in front of our door of over a week before we had to move it so our costumers could come into our shop. We closed the shop for a week because of this.
Shilow October 02, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Barb Im one of the Tattoo guys your talking about. I own my own Tattoo shop and jewelry store and we all are 25-45 years old so no we are not young. Before you throw a title out on tattoo people as you call it you made just want to look into us first. A lot of use even run other businesses and even run Banks. So no we dont feel entitled to have our way or not to pay for it. We even donated a lot to the town of Menomonee Falls. Before you stereotype tattoo artist learn about them first.
SUE G February 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Well Shilow this is one of your very unsatisfied customers!!! Jeff put a tattoo on me where I didn't want it! I kept telling him where to put it but he'd say "oh trust me it'll look great"!! "!! Yes! I did let him cuz he talked me into it!! But I now know the real reason why, because he afraid to put it around my wairst & hand!! and he did a tattoo on my son also!! But where in the HELL R YOU 2 ??????? NO FREE TOUCH UPS!! NO PHONE NUMBER, NO CALLS TO TELL US UR MOVING, NOTHING!!!!
Jeff March 01, 2012 at 03:06 AM
hello sue the tattoo you wanted was were I thought you wanted it... I'm sorry for any problems and I would be glad to give you a free touch up...You had are number, it never changed, if you lost it I'm sorry.. I would love to touch up your tattoo and make it the way you want it, sorry you were so unsatisfied plz come in and we can take care of this asap :)
Shilow March 02, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Sue sorry to say, things didn't work out with us and the gym. We paid our bills but the other party didn't. Me and Jeff had to walk away from that shop as a BIG BIG loss. We did move, we never changed any numbers. I do have the same number and Jeff also never changed his. We did move our shop and I would even be happy to take a look at your tattoo and even fix it myself if you'd like. We do back up our ink work and do free touch ups. We did have it posted and even have our web page. So I'm sorry that you lost touch with us but we are around and we are open. Feel free to give us a call, the number is on the business card we gave you. We will not be moving ever again. Jeff and I did not take on any partners so we will not have to worry about someone else. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Cliff May June 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Hello Barb, I am also one of those "Tattoo People" in fact I am the Tattoo Person you speak of -Cliff May Why do we jump to the assumption that "tattoo" is bad and those people are Lyiers?? It Just so happens that we let the court decide who was right in this matter and yep you guessed it the "Tattoo Guy" was found to be (in the words of the court) VERY CREDIBLE where as the other party was found to be not so credible. so my words to you are how dare you judge me without knowing who or what I stand for? Are we to assume you are the only "Perfect person" on this planet?? I am not sure where or why this article arose but I did not "merge" with anyone and if anyone has any questions for me plkease feel free to contact me via e-mail tat2cliff@yahoo.com
Jack September 19, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I filed a lawsuit against Jay Keinert and his partnership for not returning security on a commercial rental, he also tried to talk me into doing work on this unit. Look him uo on CCAP he has dozens of lawsuits against him, He's a con man.
rudy bagonia March 21, 2013 at 04:06 AM
We need to stop Jay before he hurts another family.


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