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.
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