By way of an aggressive law, passed seven years ago, there are no tattoo shops in Lakewood.
However, there’s been some recent movement to change that.
“I think it’s an outdated thing,” he said. “I am surprised, especially with how many people have tattoos and how common it is.”
The city has a 1996 ordinance on the books, making it next-to-impossible for a tattoo parlor to open in the city.
The major roadblock is a portion of the legislation requiring any prospective tattoo parlor to staff a medical doctor on-site at all times during open hours.
“What medical doctor would oversee tattoos?” Nutting said. “I think that was done before there were many health department regulations.”
“If you don’t know anything about tattooing, you might think it’s a health issue. I understand why it was (included in the regulation). It’s completely understandable, but I think this this could be a benefit to the city.”
Some city officials recently said the law isn’t likely to change anytime soon.
If at all.
That doesn’t sit well with Nutting, who said he’s already gotten some feedback from council members.
He staying optimistic.
“Tattooing is like any other small business,” Nutting said. “We sell products, people pay for them. And they pay tax.”
“It’s not like 1,000 shops would open overnight. There’s only so much Lakewood.”
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