Tattoo parlors talk of discussion for N. Charleston committee

Tattoo parlors talk of discussion for N. Charleston committee

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If you're looking to get a tattoo, and you live in North Charleston, you may not have to go far.

Tattoo parlors could be headed to city limits in the next couple of months.

Right now, there are no tattoo parlors in the city itself, but there are some with North Charleston zip codes that fall under the County's jurisdiction.

Thursday night, a North Charleston city council committee discussed zoning regulations for the parlors.

"I think of them more as tattoo boutiques nowadays," said Timothy Dean, owner of Artistic Ink in Summerville. "It's not your run of the mill jump in a shop, jump in a chair, get drunk, and get your sailor tattoo."

"It's a new fashion, people are going to get tattoos," said council member Ed Astle. "The only thing I am kind of hard on, is that it's put in M1 zoning."

Astle added he would like to see this industry come to the city, but the zoning regulation needs to be addressed, hence his idea for M1, which is a more industrial area of the city.

"It's kind of out of sight, out of mind," Astle said. "So if you really want to get a tattoo you have to go and find the place. It's not like it would be at the mall, or out on one of the main streets or a strip mall."

The legal department for the city will draw up a draft, siting a M1 zoning preference. That zoning may change depending on what the committee decides as well as the full council.

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