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POLL: Should Exeter Continue Tattoo Shop Ban?

A tattoo establishment recently contacted the town.

In 1998, Exeter voters decided to essentially ban tattoo parlors from town.

Town officials last night discussed the issue after a tattoo establishment recently contacted the town about the possibility of opening up shop in town. That currently would not be allowed under the ban, which prohibits anyone except a licensed physician from running a tattoo shop.

Nearby, there are tattoo parlors in Portsmouth and Seabrook, among other communities.

Did you know Exeter had a ban on tattoo shops? Do you think it should continue? Let us know in the poll above!

Rosalie Goodwin February 08, 2012 at 01:33 AM
This is about tattooing, has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with protecting gay rights and don't see why someone has to make it into that..(they should be allowed to get married). Why would it be such a problem to have a parlor in Exeter? Just because someone wants/has a tattoo does not mean they are troublemakers.
Edward Dunsel February 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Agreed. I guess Ron can't imagine people being able to do two things at once, like opposing bigotry AND supporting a business.
Mike Lambert February 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
The tattoo parlor that was proposed back in 98 was going to be opposite the bandstand in the location now occupied by the Chinese Restaurant. The proposed owner was the same fellow that owned Leather & Lace in Seabrook, which is not a dress shop. How can this poll mean anything or the comments since Patch fields comments from afar ? I wish that all commenters everywhere would stand up and use their real names and places of residence. It modifys your tone ,which is important for public discourse, and could possibly add weight to your opinion. Absent that reveal, it's not worth discussing. Mike Lambert
Donna Warren April 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM
I agree, My daughter is trying to open her own shop, but there are still stereo type people who have all the wrong ideas about what tattoo shops are. It is NOT a biker hang out. My daughter is very professional and does beautiful art, she has all kinds of people for clients, including Doctors, Lawyers, and housewives, just everyday normal people. Tattoos are also used for medical purpose such as diabetics, they have gotten it tattoo on thier body in case of medical emergency. I wish these small towns would wake up and understand exactly what the benefits of having a tattoo shop does for the community.
Donna Warren April 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Tattooing is an art, and many people of all ages enjoy having something very special to them put on their body, It is too bad that there are still stero types in some small towns that still live in the dark ages and think tattoos are only for biker's. My daughter has tattooed so many professional's such as Doctors, lawyer's and even a Judge, her oldest client was a 91 yr old man.

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