Support TattooEmergency911's appeal to Denver's Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals

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Gentrification threatens tattoo-removal startup serving at-risk youth, says owner

DENVER - Denver-based tattoo removal startup Tattoo Emergency 911 today launched an online petition calling for Denver's Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals to grant a special exception for the storage of Tattoo Emergency's mobile tattoo removal vehicle - a converted ambulance - on the private residential property of Tattoo Emergency owner, Jesus Bujanda. The case is part of a broader, ongoing conversation in Denver about gentrification and its effects and the lack of support from city administration for businesses and individuals that are affected.

In 2017, after receiving a complaint, the city cited Bujanda for having what he calls a "commercial vehicle on residential property." Denver's Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals says that Bujanda's "specialized vehicle" is not allowed to be stored on Bujanda's residential Park Hill property unless it is rendering services. Bujanda was routed to several agencies and finally advised to move out of Denver as a proposed solution.

"I have lived in Denver all my life and the advice from the city was that I would probably be better off in Commerce City or Arvada," said Bujanda. "That feels like gentrification to me."

Bujanda's clients are at-risk populations - former adult and juvenile offenders - who seek a fresh start. Bujanda works with government agencies in Denver and Greeley to offer services affordably for those who otherwise would not be able to afford the service.

"A majority of the work that we do is with juveniles who want to change the path they are on and can't afford it on their own," said Bujanda.

A hearing on Bujanda's appeal is set for February 27.

Those who would like to support the appeal can e-mail Denver's Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals directly at Please put "Case: 215-17" in the subject line of the e-mail.



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