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Motocross Legend To Open Tattoo Parlor In Lake Elsinore

The Lake Elsinore Planning Commission unanimously approved a request by American Freestyle Motocross champ Mike Metzger to operate a tattoo business in the city.

“The Godfather of Freestyle Motocross” will bring his famous name and his love of body art to Lake Elsinore.

Tuesday night, the Lake Elsinore Planning Commission unanimously approved a request by American Freestyle Motocross champ Mike Metzger to operate a tattoo business inside a 1,800-square-foot leased space in Westlake Village Commercial Center at 31712 Casino Drive.

Without reservation, the commission approved a conditional use permit for the business, which Metzger plans to call Mob Syndicate Tattoo after his motocross moniker.

The shop, which Metzger hopes to open within two months, will offer tattoos and body piercings, as well as the FMX star’s mixed-media paintings.

Metzger’s name is legendary. He is an international celebrity in his sport, having headlined at top events like the X-Games and doing media-grabbing Evel Knievel-like stunts such as setting a Guinness World Record in 2006 with a 125-foot jump that included a back flip over a fountain at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He’s also made many television appearances and is featured in a video game.

At 36, Metzger said he still rides but the thrill isn’t what it was.

“I come back from a ride and it’s not the same,” he said.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, Metzger explained that he has been tattooing for 18 years, and has been painting since childhood. His family moved to the area when he was young, and he now resides in Canyon Lake, he said.

Metzger explained that he looked at possible locations in Murrieta and Temecula for his business, but felt Lake Elsinore -- with its Dream Extreme motto that promotes action sports -- was the ideal spot.

He said the December opening of the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park also appealed to him.

“I love Lake Elsinore,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a better place for this business.”

During the meeting, commissioner Rick Morsch said he had spoken to tenants at the Westlake Village Commercial Center, which includes, among other businesses, Don Jose Mexican Restaurant and Lotions & Lace adult store.

“They are all very supportive,” Morsch said, noting that the center’s landlord was excited about the possibility of bringing in the famous tenant.

A father of five, Metzger said the tattoo business is a lucrative post-FMX opportunity, and he explained that the timing is right: In 2010, Metzger experienced two near-death crashes that left him hospitalized in ICU for weeks.

“I smashed myself really badly,” he said.

He’s also lost some famous friends to riding. In 2009, fellow motocross freestyler Jeremy Lusk died days following a crash, and last November rider Jim McNeil was also killed in a crash.

Metzger lives on as a FMX legend, but he said he’s looking ahead to Mob Syndicate Tattoo.

“I’m ready to go.”

justme February 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Metz will bring money and people to Elsinore. There is no bigger name in FMX, the fact that he will have something here is incredible. Not to mention the names he can bring in with as well. We have a huge number of famous FMX riders that live in our area, anything is possible :) Plus with outdoors coming through Elsinore for AMA's this summer plus the track opening and developing, this is all on the up and up! There is alot of money to be made in the FMX and SX industries, I just hope Elsinore capitalizes on it rather than sitting on their hands
Major February 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Tattoos and Body Piercing; how appropriate and a wonderful addition to our growing community. I know law enforcement will certainly appreciate the additional means for identifying all of you.
Mr. Cobra February 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Wow. Because someone has tattoos or piercings they are a criminal? Way to prove ignorance is alive and kicking still! Way to be the respectable adult citizen and fellow neighbor who keeps the stereotypes alive in modern society.
Megan Batson February 25, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I am glad he is opening a tattoo shop in Elsinore maybe I will go and get my next tattoo from there!! Gotta love all of the haters!! Get a life if you don't like it who cares it is his business not yours, he don't need your business he has a big name so he will have business!!!
Tonto February 25, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I don't do tatoos, but go for it youngsters ....don't let nobody tell you can't do what you gotta do :)

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