Let the Ink Run!
For nearly one hundred years, tattoo parlors have not been allowed in the city of Montebello, CA. However, thanks to the result of a 2014 lawsuit, the City Council is expected to give final approval to an ordinance that will legalize them next Wednesday. What a weird idea, right? That in 2017 we still need an ordinance to have a tattoo shop in some places. Wild.
The lawsuit filed by Greg Millan forced the city to allow him to open Carpe Diem Tattoo. Soon after the verdict however, council imposed a moratorium blocking any more tattoo parlors from opening. This new law will lift that moratorium. Montebllo’s planning manager, has said the city has “no choice but to allow tattoo parlors” as a result of federal court rulings that say such businesses are protected by the First Amendment.
“A city can’t ban them but can impose reasonable regulations,” he added.
And that is just what they will do… the new law requires any new tattoo parlors to obtain a conditional use permit and limits them to commercial and manufacturing zones that aren’t within 1,000 feet of single-family homes, schools, religious establishments, parks and city facilities.
Councilman Bill Molinari said the city never allowed tattoo parlors because they never seemed appropriate. But times have changed, he said.
Yeah, seriously Bill.
Photo via Carpe Diem For nearly one hundred years, tattoo parlors have not been allowed in the city of Montebello, CA. However, thanks to the result of a 2014 lawsuit, the City Council is expected to […]