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Tattoo Parlor Ban on Chincoteague Open for Debate

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Tattoo work being done at Crucial Tattoo in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) Tattoo work being done at Crucial Tattoo in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va - There is an ordinance on the books in Chincoteague that does not allow tattoo parlors, or for people to be tattooed, on the island.  And it's an ordinance that could soon be changed at the popular vacation destination.

The idea of changing the ordinance was brought up during the last planning commission meeting for the town back in August.  The ordinance will be brought before a public hearing next week.

WBOC caught up with some island residents on Thursday to get their thoughts about a possible change to the ordinance, allowing for tattoo parlors.

"I don't think it would hurt anybody," said Sheila Brunk of Chincoteague.  "It's better to be done in a safe environment."

"No, I wouldn't mind.  You know, the more you have, the more call there is for people to come here," said Chincoteague Islander, Dave Welsh.

Those for and against the change to the ordinance will have their chance to speak up at the next planning commission meeting Tuesday night on Chincoteague.

Whether the ordinance is changed or not, the question is would a tattoo parlor do well on the island.  WBOC stopped at Crucial Tattoo Studio in Salisbury to ask owner Jonathan Kellogg that question.

"You know, any vacation area, anywhere where it has a surge of people through seasonally is going to do well with tattoos.  Tattoos tend to do well in environments like that," Kellogg told WBOC.

The big difference a tattoo artist may see in a place like Chincoteague is the type of tattoos that customers are looking for.

"Vacation tattoos tend to be more spur of the moment," Kellogg said.  High quantity of smaller tattoos.  You're more serious tattoo collectors usually aren't going to do stuff in the middle of the summer."

To get a full look at the proposed ordinance for tattoo shops on Chincoteague, visit here.

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