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Readers React to Idea of Banning Tattoo Shops

We asked readers what thought about banning tattoo shops in St. Peters. Here's what they had to say.

For a will be in the hands of the St. Peters Board of Aldermen.

In August 2012, the tattoo establishment asked the board to consider an amendment to a Planned Urban Development to permit Pandora Ink, a tattoo parlor, to open up shop in the Dollar Tree Plaza. Pandora Ink was one of two tattoo shops on the agenda that night. One located along Spencer Road near Menards was approved. Pandora Ink failed to get the five votes needed to pass. 

On Thursday, Pandora Ink will be back again in front of the board.

With the issue coming to the board, St. Peters Patch asked readers to weigh in on the tattoo issue. Spurred by a comment from a resident at the Feb. 14 board meeting, we asked readers if St. Peters should be involved in the tattoo game. The answers varied. 

In a poll with 19 responses, only eight favored a ban of tattoo shop while 11 were fine the establishments. In the comments the debate raged on.

Reader Tammy Mann said:

"Tattoos are no longer just for gang members and prisoners, many main stream people have body art and should be allowed to have this done where they live. No different than a hair salon."

Another reader, Mark, agreed:

"I am 61-years-old, retired, 20 year resident of St. Peters. When I drive around the city an see the large amount of vacant business property in the city I dont believe we need to so closed minded about legal business's opening in our city. They will provide tax income and jobs for our area and it would be one less vacant space. When people look to move into an area they look at different factors. The more vacant spaces the more they wonder if the area is in decline. This is not a porn shop or a strip joint. You will see people from all walks of life that now have tattoo"s and a lot of them are middle class mothers." 

On our Facebook page Stefanie Rasmussen offered a simple solution for those opposed.

"Impose strict health and licensing regulations on parlors for safety reasons, sure. But banning them? Ridiculous. It's simple—if you don't like tattoos, don't get tattoos."

Not everyone, however, agreed to allow the shops. Reader Fred Oompahloompah said

"Yes and strip clubs/bars and other unseemly businesses have become main stream in many places but does that mean we want to invite that into our community? As for a hair salon, hair grows back and styles can be changed a tattoo is a permanent scar on the body and very painful to remove once the individual realizes the obscenity or offensive mural they have inked on themselves was a mistake. Ask any person who is denied employment due to the respectable companies policy against inking! We can not regulate the "main stream" people's choices but we can regulate where they get it done in our community. "

Another reader, William Braudis, said the tattoo shops could lead to other problems further down the road. He said: 

Hey, if it is the intent of Saint Peters to fill some of these empty store fronts, gain Taxes and increase employment and as long as we do not care what moves into the City then lets set up a Red Light District along Mexico Road. If you do not like them then do not patronize them

The tattoo issue will be decided at the 7 p.m. meeting. A work session is set to begin at 5 p.m.

Board of Aldermen meetings and work sessions are broadcast on Charter Cable channel 992 and U-Verse channel 99. Replays of the meetings are played periodically throughout the month. Board of Aldermen meetings are also available online to view live or on demand. 

Joe Barker February 28, 2013 at 02:40 PM
When the two shops were up for vote in August, the Aldermen at the meeting said it came down to location. The first shop, Big Bear, is near Menards in what they consider a commercial area. The proposed Pandora site is very near a subdivision. However, Pandora wasn't really defeated, it just didn't get enough votes. The site got 4 yes votes and only 2 no votes. The reason it didn't pass is that two aldermen were absent and a majority (five votes) was needed. Had either of the two absent voted yes, it would have passed in August.
Steve Jefferson February 28, 2013 at 05:50 PM
The idea that a tattoo shop defines an area is antiquated. What can define it is the lack of businesses in the multitudes of strip malls throughout the area. There are store fronts in these strip malls that have been empty for many years. Some of the newer ones have never had a business in them. Yet we continue to allow developers to build more. You can't open a hardware store because there is a Menard's down the street. You can't open a grocery store because there is a Schnuck's. Doctor or dentist? Nope, we have medical buidings in business parks for those. What's left? Possibly something you may not want. Weird.
JenniferW. February 28, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I don't understand the comment about strip clubs? Who ever said anything about strip clubs? And news flash there are bars all around Saint Peters area,it's a tattoo if you don't like them don't get them but don't judge the people that do....lets fill some of these empty buildings that are ALL AROUND Saint Peters and yes tattoos are permanent and BY LAW you have to be 18 years or older to get one, you know once your considered an "adult", an as far as not being able to be employed as easily I completely disagree from experience I know of plenty of people (my fiance included, works for a RETIREMENT COMMUNITY) that have great jobs working here in Saint Peters that have visible tattoos....the world is becoming more accepting of this ART, maybe you should to :)
Jaycen Rigger March 01, 2013 at 12:26 AM
It's simple. Does this make my neighbor more or less free?
Ima Therapist March 01, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Seriously! These folks may not be allowed to have visable tatoos on neck,etc. but what is covered up by their uniform is their business!! I've got news for you, I am a 50 year old female health care professional with non-visable tatoos that I LOVE and it is nobody's business! I know 3 Doctors in the area that have tatoos and ride motorcycles......shall we judge???
Fred Oompahloompah March 01, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Tattoo begats scum bags begat bars begat bars with strippers and gambling begats drugs begats crime= The domino effect! Welcome to sin city! Go West young man! Go West!
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 01, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Fred, please go west. Please go as far as you can, or at least until covered by water. Please.
Fred Oompahloompah March 01, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Ah, we hear from another pro inker. Many are those who want to weaken our way of life so they can thrive in caos and crime! History is abundent with these tragic consequences!
Fred Oompahloompah March 01, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Yes, as many many home owners in St. Peters did to get out of Spanish Lake, Black Jack and Ferguson. We keep moving West to stay a head of the "main stream" scum that slowly moves in to our once respectable communities. You would think the PTB would see this, haven moved out here, some of them decades ago, to get away from this element but some of them have forgotten what happened to the areas were they came from. So once again the for sale sign goes up and the rest who do not see what is happening will suffer the consequences of their investment deteriorate and will realize what they have supported was a mistake. It will be too late.
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 01, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Fred, what weakens our way of life is bigotry and hatred towards others who may not be exactly like us. Also, poor spelling and grammar. And lack of balls to use our real name. We all know your type, but fortunately the Archie Bunkers of the world are slowly dying off.
Sscott March 02, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Fred try anger management classes!DUH
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Is Narkawicz a real name? No more then any others on this thread! Poor grammar an issue? Just listen to our illustrious Mayor at the Board of Alderman meeting on Thursday when this ludicrous bill was passed. It made me cringe as it must have the rest of those who where in attendance. You would think that someone, maybe you, since you are so concerned about spelling and grammar, should point out all his grammatical errors in his speech. Got the balls for that Professor Narkawizzzz?
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 04:14 PM
We will see who needs anger management classes when your daughter comes home with a tat on her behind!
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 02, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I thought the mayor did a fine job Fred. His arguments made sense. Unlike the lunatic rantings of your side who lacked any decorum in attending a public meeting. Funny you didn't see the pro tattoo side getting scolded by the security staff for disrupting proceedings.
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 04:56 PM
I thought your issue was spelling and grammar Mich. How could you not hear his awful mistakes in his "rant" about how his tough 4 weeks "was" for him and they "was" this and that! Just awful and embarrassing for him and the City Government of St. Peters. I did not see any disruption so I will have to take your word, for what it is worth, on that. Why would the "Pro" tattoo side be disruptive? I would think it would have been the "Con" or "Anti" side that would need a scolding but if you say it was the people who were for this ludicrous bill passing "was"(as Pagano would phrase it) causing a problem, then I believe you. Mich, insert foot in mouth! Remember, do not use Mayor Pagano's name on any of your campaign literature with out his permission in case you are running for office.
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 02, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Fred, it was the anti tattoo shop side that got scolded. The lady in back who kept shouting out comments while others were speaking. I think it was when she shouted out that the tattoo shop supporters must be getting paid to speak at the meeting that forced the security guard to go up and speak with her. I found that funny because the tattoo shop supporters were all very respectful and listened to what everyone had to say without causing disruptions. Didn't quite fit the stereotype that you're going for, did they?
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Wait, which was it Mich? You wrote: "Funny you didn't see the pro tattoo side getting scolded by the security staff for disrupting proceedings"! Was it anti or pro? Make up your mind so we are all clear on this issue. I see nothing funny about any of this.
Joe Barker March 02, 2013 at 05:32 PM
"Fred" and Michael—quit antagonizing each other. Play nice. As for the security staff issue, there was one woman who was told by city staff to stop yelling things during the presentations. She was seated with those who favored voting no. I think Michael has been pretty clear on this, Fred, and you're just trying to pick a fight.
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 05:42 PM
He wrote the statment that it was the "pro" tattoo side that was disruptive. I'm just trying to get the facts straight. No fighting. Just the facts Joe!
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 02, 2013 at 05:51 PM
No Fred, I wrote that is was funny that you DIDN'T see the PRO tattoo side getting scolded while the ANTI tattoo side was told to stop shouting during presentations they disagreed with. I should have realized that reading comprehension isn't your strong point and worded it more clearly for you.
Fred Oompahloompah March 02, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I am sorry that I did not read this in your comment: "while the ANTI tattoo side was told to stop shouting during presentations they disagreed with." This is what you wrote: " I thought the mayor did a fine job Fred. His arguments made sense. Unlike the lunatic rantings of your side who lacked any decorum in attending a public meeting. Funny you didn't see the pro tattoo side getting scolded by the security staff for disrupting proceedings." Well I did not see the pro tattoo side getting scolded. I assumed your statement meant that it actually took place and that the security staff had to take action and it was funny I did not see that! I appreciate that you rewrote your confusing comment so we could all understand what you were trying to communicate. Once again I do not see anything "funny" about this, considering the disastrous results that this poor and ill advised decision by "our" Board of Alderman will bring to our community.
Fred Oompahloompah March 03, 2013 at 04:30 AM
All ready we are seeing the fall out from this tattoo establishment as a tattooed gentlemen ended up at the Mid Rivers Mall today and beat a 17 year old boy half to death!
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Really Fred? I'd like to know where you got your information. The only thing I can find is on KSDK, and they do not name or show a photo of the suspect as he has not yet been charged by prosecutors. The teen wasn't beaten 'half to death', he had facial lacerations and needed 10 stitches and was sent home. I hope he makes a full recovery and the suspect gets faces appropriate charges and punishment. What information do you have to suggest the suspect has any tattoos? And how does any of this irrelevant information tie into a tattoo shop that hasn't even opened up yet? Stop trying to twist things to fit your agenda.
Fred Oompahloompah March 03, 2013 at 05:08 PM
It is called "inside" information Mitch! You get yours from a TV station with historically questionable news reliability.Stay tuned or switch your news source for more accurate information! :)
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 03, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Now Fran, none of us believe you have any inside information.
Fred Oompahloompah March 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM
There are other sources then your Television Mich. I am not sure who "us" maybe and I can only assume they are as uninformed as you are. Hint: Internet! BTW Patch is also a questionable source but Joe does give it the old college try.
Fred Oompahloompah March 03, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Speaking of tattoos with your permission please view a guy who is helping those who have made the mistake of inking themselves and is removing them for free. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/03/man-gives-free-tattoos-to-ex-gang-members/
Ooompaloompah Slayer March 03, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Did you read the article Fran? Pr visit the Ink 180 website? He doesn't actually 'remove' the tattoo, but instead covers over existing tattoo's with- get this- a TATTOO! Thank you for helping to promote ink!
Fred Oompahloompah March 03, 2013 at 11:48 PM
You are welcome Mich! The best ink is the ink that hides ink don't you think? :)
Fred Oompahloompah March 04, 2013 at 12:52 AM
I do see a finacial boom for this business in the future! In the near future under Obamacare everyone will be required to have an expiration date tattooed on their arm or forehead to signify a no resuscitation order or no medical care because they are too old for practical need or hope for recovery. This age will be determined by agovernment board. Tattoo joints will be awarded contracts for this requirement!$$$$$$

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