What a shame:
Some South Buffalo Residents Fighting New Tattoo Parlor
If you don't feel like reading the entire article the basis is that South Buffalo residents are fighting the opening of Hero's Ink Tattoo shop.
I love this quote:
"But it's not the tattoo parlor itself that the residents are opposed to. It's the kind of riff-raff normally associated with tattoo parlors that they're trying to keep off of Seneca Street."
Calling 16% of US population and the 116,000 Buffalonians who have tattoos riff-raff is insulting. I wonder how many tattoos and piercings Judy's (member of the South Buffalo Community Block Club) friends and family have? Are they riff-raff too?
Give me a break. All classes of life now wear permanent artwork. Many professionals not only have tattoos, but full sleeves and body suits. This is well documented by a great photographer (and corporate lawyer) Dave Kimelberg at www.inkedinc.com (example of his work below).
Famed tattoo artist Paul Booth has a 2.5 year waiting list that includes surgeons and lawyers amongst other high income professions.
The bottom line is that tattoos are no longer for sailors and bikers. They represent the same freedom of expression that allows Judy to voice her opinion and represent a wide variety of age and income.
Fighting against shops that wish to provide a safe and sterile environment to its customers will push people to alternative methods and provide the exact type of crowd that Judy and her team are fighting against.
Wise up. Let's hope South District Buffalo Common Council member Michael Kearns sees the light and lets Heroes Ink do its work.